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Orwell rejects school unification, faces showdown with state

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Town Meeting Day again rejected a proposal to join a school governance merger with five nearby Rutland County communities, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the state under Vermont’s Act 46.

Orwell residents voted 219-137 against joining Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, and West Haven in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District that would have established one board to represent all of the member schools and create a single K-12 budget.

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All county school budgets OK'd

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent Staff



ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — The only time the “No” votes carried the day in voting on area school issues on Town Meeting Day was the rejection in Orwell of a school unification plan. Otherwise, it was all “Yes” for Addison County and Brandon schools as all education budget proposals were approved.

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Democracy takes the floor with Town Meeting 2017

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Addison County residents gathered Saturday, Monday and Tuesday for their annual town meetings.

They talked about school budgets and new trucks for the town road crews. They questioned decisions and applauded officials who gave their time and efforts to help out their communities. Some enjoyed pot luck dinners with friends and neighbors they see only at this time of year.

Then they voted on Tuesday.

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Daniels edges Benton in mayor's race: Former city leader topples incumbent

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The race on Tuesday for Vergennes mayor between two-term incumbent Bill Benton and former three-term mayor Mike Daniels went to Daniels by a slim margin, 270-265, in turnout of about 31 percent.

The win marked the second time Daniels, 69, unseated a sitting Vergennes mayor. He first won the job in 2007 by defeating incumbent April Jin, and then served for six years.

Daniels has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March.

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Bluegrass Gospel Project making a sweet farewell

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — Musicians are a tricky bunch. Passionate — yes. Playful — absolutely. Committed to their music — more than anything. So why is it that so many of our beloved bands break up?

In the case of the Bluegrass Gospel Project, their lead vocalist Colby Crehan is moving west for her husband’s new job at Grand Teton National Park, and the band figured it was as good a time as any to call it quits. They’re playing their last concert this Saturday evening at the Vergennes Opera House.

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Ferrisburgh treasurer out; clerk retains post

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh residents on Tuesday ended the tenure of Treasurer Garrit Smits, who had faced criticism for his accounting performance and work schedule from the town selectboard, co-workers, and town and professional auditors.

Smits ran for re-election against town auditor Deb Healey, who resigned her post to challenge him and defeated Smits in the race, 531-82.

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Student art featured at Art on Main's 8th Annual Emerging Artists exhibit

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Police investigating assault at end of college protest

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree and John S. McCright



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Police Department have been brought into the investigation of the violence that ended last week’s protest at Middlebury College against controversial author Charles Murray.

Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger’s hair was pulled and neck was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she and College Vice President for Communications Bill Burger escorted Murray to a car after his appearance at McCullough Student Center. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released.

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Lifelong educators honored for service to Brandon

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The gathering at the Brandon Town Hall Monday evening may go down as the feel-good town meeting of this young century.

Not only were local residents excited to hold this year’s town meeting in the Brandon Town Hall for the first time since 1979, but they enjoyed the highlight of the evening: the homage paid to lifelong residents Jane and Bud Coolidge and their expressions of thanks.

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Dubois Farm donation to expand size of Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON — A land donation has expanded the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison, Vt., one of Vermont’s premiere wildlife hotspots, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. The donation by Dubois Farm, Inc. of Addison will expand the property by 37 acres, to bring the property to a total of 2,895 acres.

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