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Leicester selectboard tackles illegal dumping, taxes

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



LEICESTER — The Leicester selectboard at its April 2 meeting heard reports of illegal trash dumping on Lower Bullock Road.

Town Health Officer Jim Russo reported that he had inspected the site and found prescription bottles, syringes, receipts from a liquor store and a Rite Aid drug store and three coy dog carcasses. He also found a name in one of the garbage bags on the site.

Russo passed the information on to Gary Urich, an enforcement officer from the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources.

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Bray announces state Senate bid

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Former Democratic Rep. Christopher Bray of New Haven confirmed he will seek one of Addison County’s two state Senate seats this fall, a move that sets the stage for an Aug. 28 primary showdown with incumbent Democratic Sens. Claire Ayer of Addison and Harold Giard of Bridport.

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Farmers struggle with visa program

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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VERMONT — On a gray May morning in Monkton, Norma Norris and Denzel Rankine were hard at work planting tomatoes, watering seedlings in the greenhouse and painting tables in preparation for the upcoming summer season.

Rankine, 48, comes to Norris Berry Farm from his home in Jamaica for six months each year through the federal H2A guest worker program, arriving in mid-April and staying until the end of the season in the fall.

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Long-serving educators ready for last bell: Karen Florucci

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Vergennes resident Karen Florucci can’t pin down whether she was in second or third grade when she picked out her career, but the choice stuck.

In early June, Florucci will retire after 25 years teaching at Addison Central School, 21 in kindergarten and four in second grade.

Before arriving at ACS, the 1972 Castleton State College graduate taught two years of elementary school in Castleton and three years at the now-shuttered Brandon Training Center, and then for four years in the 1980s operated her own kindergarten in her Vergennes home.

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Long-serving educators ready for last bell: Don McIntosh

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Don McIntosh has led three generations of Middlebury-area kids through exercises ranging from calisthenics to kickball.

Now, after 37 years as gym teacher serving local middle school-age students, McIntosh is ready to put down his whistle. But don’t expect him to prop up his feet in retirement, even as he approaches his 70th birthday.

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School administrators brace for big federal cuts

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



VERMONT — Superintendents and principals across the state are bracing for looming cuts in federal education aid.

The “potential catastrophe,” as Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca put it, could lead to teacher layoffs and the end of crucial services for those students who need extra help, local education officials said.

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Bristol residents demand clarity in new town plan

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Most of the roughly three dozen people at Holley Hall Monday evening for the Bristol selectboard’s first public hearing on a new draft of the town plan showed overwhelming support for the general vision of the proposal. Nevertheless, a range of fundamental changes were proposed.

The selectboard will consider these proposed changes at its May 21 meeting, and likely will hold two more hearings, selectboard chairman John “Peeker” Heffernan said.

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Planners: Alter new zoning regs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Planning Commission agreed on Monday to recommend that Vergennes aldermen make changes to proposed new zoning regulations based on testimony at the council’s May 8 public hearing.

The recommendations, according to planning chairman Shannon Haggett, will include a relaxed lot-frontage requirement in the new Historic Neighborhood District and a provision to allow multi-family housing in the Basin District.

Each recommendation was made after careful consideration at a two-and-a-half hour meeting, Haggett said.

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Aldermen hear police station needs

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their May 8 meeting last week, Vergennes aldermen continued to pare down their list of potential sites for a new city police station, and they heard Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel’s vision for what that station would offer his department.

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Parade and fireworks to keynote weekend bridge party

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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WEST ADDISON — Around 10,000 people are expected to converge upon the new Lake Champlain Bridge this weekend for a celebration marking the restoration of the vital transportation link between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison.

A group known as the Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) has spent many months planning the May 19-20 festivities, which will include a parade, entertainment, vendors and a fireworks display.

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