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Mary Hogan school mulls playground future

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board is considering a comprehensive makeover of Mary Hogan Elementary School’s recreation areas, an initiative boosters will likely complete in phases using grants, donations and volunteer labor.

David Raphael, principal of Middlebury-based LandWorks, on Monday presented Middlebury’s ID-4 board with some ideas for replacing the aging-but-popular Kidspace apparatus while adding some new amenities and landscaping.

The board liked what it saw, according to ID-4 board Chairwoman Karen Lefkoe.

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Ferrisburgh school budget set

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Tuesday approved a roughly $1.619 million town budget for fiscal year 2013, but on Town Meeting Day Ferrisburgh voters will have the option of adding up to $79,000 to that bottom line.

The selectboard’s spending proposal does not include about $29,000 of charitable donations that Ferrisburgh residents typically back in March, plus two articles that would create capital funds: $30,000 for the town’s fire department and $30,000 for the public works department.

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ACSU school budgets unveiled

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Residents in the Addison Central Supervisory Union towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Shoreham, Salisbury and Weybridge will soon vote on 2012-2013 elementary school spending plans that in many cases reflect small increases in spending but decreases in education property taxes.

The proposed budgets, according to ACSU interim Superintendent Gail Conley, show a commitment by school directors to keep expenses low.

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Leicester selectboard

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



LEICESTER — On Town Meeting Day in March, Leicester voters will see a ballot with two open selectboard spots.

Incumbent Ron Fiske will be running to reclaim his two-year position on the selectboard, but longtime board member Robert Oliver will step down once his three-year term has ended, bidding farewell to the board after 19 years.

Oliver said he is retiring after more than 40 years of service to the town between the school board and selectboard.

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McKibben capitalizes on pipeline rejection

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



RIPTON — Bill McKibben had reason to celebrate last week after President Obama rejected a proposed massive pipeline that would have shipped oil from Canada to Texas. He was a prominent force in opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline.

But the Ripton-based environmental activist isn’t taking a rest. McKibben and 500 protesters plan to march on Capital Hill Tuesday adorned in referee outfits.

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GMP's Powell touts advantages of merger

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell believes her company’s proposed merger with Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) will stabilize utility rates, save customers $500 million during the next 20 years and make the state a stronger place to do business.

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Frost: From Mt. Abe marching band to making movie music

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



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NEW HAVEN — As a very young child in New Haven, Julie Frost showed she had a great sense of rhythm and was drawn to music, recalled her mother, Jean Stilley.

“She loved to be part of family sing-alongs,” Stilley said.

Stilley and Frost’s father, Ted Wesley, gave Julie a guitar at age six, which she took to. She also learned a little piano and played the clarinet in the marching band at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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United Way spearheads literacy in schools

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC) commitment to literacy.

The nonprofit organization on Monday announced a three-year, $30,000 commitment to promoting reading in four county grade schools, beginning with Salisbury Elementary.

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Bristol planners work to resolve extraction zone hangup

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — At its Tuesday meeting the Bristol Planning Commission told a group of 30 concerned townspeople that a zone prohibiting gravel extraction in and around Bristol’s downtown area would still be included in the new town plan. The perimeters of that zone and the language that accompanies it are still being hashed out.

After commissioners realized last year that there were discrepancies between different accepted versions of that no-extraction zone, they decided to go back to the drawing board to better define it.

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New golf and mattress businesses proposed

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Development Review Board (DRB) will spend the next few weeks discussing separate proposals seeking to bring a new mattress store, automotive reconditioning building and golf recreation facility to town.

The DRB on Monday, Jan. 23, will also resume its review of Vermont Hard Cider’s proposal to build a new, 87,005-square-foot plant on Exchange Street. Middlebury Town Planner Fred Dunnington said the board has already given the major project conceptual approval.

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