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Latest set of ANwSU unification public forums begin on Tuesday

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

VERGENNES — The first of five forums on Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification under one-board governance will be held on Tuesday at Vergennes Union High School.

The meeting on the proposal to operate the four ANwSU schools under one 12-member board will begin at 6:30 p.m. and run for a scheduled 90 minutes.

The five ANwSU towns will vote on unification on Town Meeting Day. All five towns must vote yes if the change is to be adopted.

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Local church to extend helping hands to Haiti

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — The nation of Haiti will mark a somber anniversary on Jan. 12, the date one year ago on which a magnitude 7 earthquake devastated the capital city of Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities.

Members of the Memorial Baptist Church of Middlebury are planning a trip to Haiti with aspirations of making the earthquake anniversary more about hope than about somber reflection.

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Starksboro store promotes commerce

Posted on January 6, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



 

STARKSBORO — Kerry Kurt runs her general store a little bit differently than the average business owner.

On any given afternoon, one might approach the Horse n Rebel Grille and Gallery on Route 116 in Starksboro and find a note on the door reading, “Out on the farm, call if you need me,” accompanied by a phone number.

And it’s not unusual for Kurt to return from her chores to find that people have left notes for her on the counter inside with a dollar for the Arizona Iced Tea, or an old saddle.

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Artist previews album at alma mater

 

MIDDLEBURY — Singer/songwriter Ezra Axelrod’s upcoming album, “American Motel,” represents the Middlebury College alum’s journey through the last few years.

Axelrod’s music represents the meandering experience of many 20-somethings that publications like The New York Times and “The Atlantic” reported on this past summer.

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Speech: Douglas looks back on lengthy record of public service

Posted on January 5, 2011 |
By Gov. James Douglas



 

Editor’s note: Gov. James Douglas bade farewell to the people of Vermont and to his colleagues in state government on Wednesday afternoon in a final address to the Legislature. The Middlebury Republican was due to complete eight years in the state’s top elective office on Thursday, when Gov.-elect Peter Shumlin was to be sworn in. Douglas, 59, was first elected to the Vermont House as a representative from Middlebury in 1972, and, except for two years, has served in the Legislature or in the executive branch ever since.

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Top Ten 2010: New bridges take shape, school spending levels, economy shows spark

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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It’s no surprise that one year can sometimes blend into the next. The Addison Independent staff’s picks for the Top 10 local news stories for 2010 contain four that were also on the list in 2009. Our top story for this past year — the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury — was No. 4 for 2009.

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Child care aid in line for change

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Local child care providers are concerned that parents will have a tougher time landing financial assistance under a new state plan that would see applications processed at a central call center in Waterbury rather than by officials in the county.

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Census shows slow growth in Vt.; early data for area similar

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — With the first official U.S. Census data out showing Vermont’s population grew just 2.8 percent in the past decade, estimates from 2009 indicate the next batch of information to be released within the next two months may show that Addison County’s growth may have been even slower.

The Census pegged Vermont’s population as of April 1 as 625,741, up from 608,827 in 2000, the last time a full national count was completed.

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Bristol's timekeeper

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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BRISTOL — Bristol resident Victoria Grace has the best view in town.

For more than 20 years now, Grace has climbed up the series of staircases and rickety wooden ladders to the tip-top of Holley Hall twice a week to wind the clock that was installed by the E. Howard Company of Boston in 1884.

Grace inherited the job from her brother-in-law, Roland Benedict, years ago after her sister turned it down. Benedict’s father before him had wound the clock.

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ANeSU officials to consider next steps on teacher pact

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



 

 

BRISTOL — On Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) Board’s Negotiation Committee will meet to discuss the board’s next steps in the teacher contract negotiations process.

At a Dec. 16 meeting, negotiators representing both the boards and teachers from the Addison Northeast Education Association reached an impasse, leaving school board members to decide whether they should impose a contract on the teachers.

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