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Redrawn electoral plan could split Middlebury district

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Apportionment Board (VAB) is nearing a vote on a map depicting 150 one-seat House districts — including a fractured Middlebury — and a Senate version that seems likely to keep the two-seat Addison County and Brandon district intact.

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Robotic milkers shake up dairy farm routines

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ORWELL — In a barn at the Hall and Breen Farm on Monday morning, two lines of cows jostled for position, eager to enter the single-cow berths where they’d be rewarded with troughs of grain.

On the other side of the berths, Louis Hall and two maintenance workers watched as the robotic arms grasped each cow’s udders, milked, then released. As a cow left the stall, she pushed aside a bar that allowed the next cow to enter.

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RNeSU teachers sign a new three-year pact

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Almost two years of negotiation have led not only to a new contract, but better relations between the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU) and local teaching associations, the parties said.

RNeSU, the Rutland Northeast Education Association and the Otter Valley Teachers’ Association have agreed to a 1.6 percent increase on the base salary schedule for the current 2010-11 school year along with a 1.74 percent for 2011-12 and 2.37 percent for 2012-13.

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Vergennes gets level city tax rate

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday made final a 2011-2012 budget and adopted a municipal tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year that will remain level for the fourth year in a row.

The budget features few spending increases other than a modest pay raise for some city employees.

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Two votes eyed for Middlebury fire stations

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters this fall will see the first of two votes on a major fix-up of the local fire department’s two firehouses.

Middlebury Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) officials last month unveiled a $5.2 million plan to replace their East Middlebury fire station and expand and renovate their Seymour Street headquarters. Officials at the time proposed a bond referendum for Town Meeting Day in March 2012.

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New law aids DUI offenders

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Many drunk driving offenders will have the ability to get on the road quicker beginning next month if they install a state-approved ignition interlock system designed to ensure they are not operating under the influence.

The reason is Act 126, a new state law passed by the Legislature in 2010 that takes effect on July 1.

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Georgia band replaces VSO at benefit

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History will be marching to a new tune at its biggest annual fund-raiser on June 30 in order to add a little musical variety while cranking up the financial return.

For the past 18 years, the Sheldon Museum Pops Concert, which is hosted in the week leading up to the Fourth of July, had featured the Vermont Symphony Orchestra (VSO) as lead performer during an evening culminating in fireworks. The concert has yielded an important piece of the nonprofit Sheldon’s annual revenue stream.

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Vergennes honors men in blue

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At Tuesday’s city council meeting, Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel honored several members of the city police department, and he and City Manager Mel Hawley swore in the newest member of the Vergennes force.

With two dozen of their family members looking on, Merkel praised all of the department’s officers for their willingness to work any hours and accept any duties he asked of them, and for their ability to create “peaceful resolutions” when faced with difficult situations.

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Aldermen review derby, vacancies, sewer rates

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Aldermen at their regular meeting Tuesday adopted a budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and set a new tax rate; see story, page 1A.

In other business, the city council:

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VY plant draws local fire

Posted on June 23, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — A New England nonprofit opposed to nuclear proliferation on Monday warned a group of 40 Addison County residents and legislators about the imminent dangers surrounding the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and its possible closure next year.

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