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'Penguins' take a winter plunge to aid Ripton school

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — Twenty-one North Branch School students, two teachers, and one NBS alum plunged into a Ripton Pond in the first annual North Branch School Penguin Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 25.

As part of their winter ecology studies, students researched water temperatures of local ponds and learned about hypothermia and the body’s reaction to extreme temperatures. Students have been studying how animals survive the winter so the plunge provided a vivid learning experience.

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VUHS peace banners hung at the Statehouse

Posted on January 31, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MONTPELIER — On Tuesday, a delegation from Vergennes Union High School brought the banners from all nine of the school’s Sept. 21 Peace One Day celebrations to Montpelier, where they were hung for display in the Statehouse cafeteria.

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ANeSU schools set budget proposals, all would see tax hikes

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



Editor's note: This story was edited since it was originally posted to correct the Lincoln school spending plan number and the proposed increase in spending, and adjust the tax rates for the five towns.

BRISTOL — Proposed elementary school spending for next year is down in three of the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union. Nevertheless, all would see small increases in their tax rates, according to numbers supplied by district officials this week.

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Bingham seeks fourth three-year term on Middlebury selectboard

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Craig Bingham hasn’t shied away from the public spotlight during the past year, whether it be challenging the board’s policy on maintaining executive session material or speaking out against a proposal to build new town offices and a recreation center.

He will soon learn whether his positions have resonated with voters. Bingham is seeking another three-year term on the selectboard in one of the most hotly contested Middlebury elections in years.

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Freidin stresses public participation in run for Middlebury selectboard

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — John Freidin had been content to stay on the political sidelines since his last run for the Vermont House 15 years ago.

He’s now ready to jump back into the fray — as a Middlebury selectman. Freidin is one of eight residents in the running for a total of three spots on Middlebury’s top legislative panel that are up for grabs on March 4.

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VPIRG claims feds have jurisdiction over pipeline

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Anne Galloway VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — VPIRG has asked the Public Service Board to halt deliberations on Vermont Gas’ proposal to build a natural gas pipeline from Vermont to Ticonderoga, N.Y.

The environmental group filed a motion to dismiss with the board on Monday.

Bristol attorney James Dumont, representing VPIRG, argues the pipeline is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission — not the Vermont Public Service Board — because the pipeline would cross state lines.

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Ferrisburgh town clerk ready to end his nine-year run

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh will have a new town clerk and treasurer as of March — after nine years of the job, Town Clerk and Treasurer Chet Hawkins, 67, has decided to retire.

Hawkins said he only made the decision, although he had thought about it previously, on Saturday after a long talk with his wife.

“She kept saying maybe I should retire, she would really enjoy having me around,” Hawkins said.

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Brandon municipal budget would carry 13.9 percent tax hike

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the Brandon selectboard approved a proposed town budget that would ask voters to approve a 13.9 percent increase in taxes. The plan sets 2014-2015 municipal spending at $3,256,142 with $2,651,467 to be raised by taxes.

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Zeoli, LaFiandra vie for interim selectboard position

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — In addition to approving the 2014 town meeting warning, the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday accepted the nominations of residents Ann LaFiandra and Chris Zeoli to fill a short, interim stint on the selectboard.

The vacancy was created by the Jan. 2 resignation of Selectman Victor Nuovo.

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Public to remember Pete Seeger at Saturday gathering

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — A community gathering to remember and celebrate the life of the folk singer and freedom fighter Pete Seeger will be held Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. Seeger died Monday night in New York City at the age of 94.

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