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January 17th, 2019

Local lawmakers set goals for session

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



MONTPELIER — As the new legislative session began last week, Vermont lawmakers said that they expect to pass bills on paid family leave and the $15-an-hour minimum wage, both of which mirror bills that Gov. Phil Scott vetoed last May.

Addison County members of the state Senate and House of Representatives said other priorities for this session include water clean up, education funding and providing legal protection for groups who face discrimination.

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Douglas to end three decades as town moderator

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 32 consecutive Januaries, James Douglas has visited Middlebury’s municipal offices to pick up a petition to run for the position of town moderator.

The former state representative, secretary of state, state treasurer and governor made that annual pilgrimage again on Monday, though for a different reason. Douglas informed Town Clerk Ann Webster he won’t be running for re-election.

At the same time he became the first person to sign the petition of his preferred successor: Former Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok.

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Indoor football team eyes Middlebury

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s some big news brewing at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

Friends of Middlebury Hockey President Michael McAuliffe (pictured) on Monday confirmed an “agreement in principle” calling for a new, professional arena football team called the “Vermont Brew” to play its home games at the center, starting in March of 2020.

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Frank Bruni tells college kids to embrace differences

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — As a teenager in the early 1980s, New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni decided that in college he would live openly as a gay man.

But when he walked into his dorm room at the University of North Carolina for the first time and saw the enormous poster his new roommate had hung on the wall, which said, “Jesus invites you to a banquet in His honor,” Bruni changed his mind.

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Pierre Vachon pierces perceptions

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — Odds are you’ve seen Pierre Vachon around Middlebury. And odds are you might have been a little scared.

It’s OK, you’re not alone. Guys in black leather trench coats, with tattoos, and enough muscle for a quartet are intimidating, for sure.

But we also all know that usually there’s more than what meets the eye. And Vachon is no exception.

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Following his GPS, 18-wheeler slams into Brandon covered bridge

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — An eighteen-wheeler bound for the Woodchuck Cider storage facility in Brandon tried to fit its 13-foot, 6-inch trailer under the 12-foot clearance of the Sanderson covered bridge on Jan. 8, causing extensive damage to the bridge.

A GPS unit is being blamed for sending the driver down the dirt road that leads into Brandon from Route 30.

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Ferrisburgh budget could raise taxes 2 cents

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard adopted a town meeting warning on Tuesday that includes spending measures that if approved by residents in March could add almost 2 cents to the municipal portion of the Ferrisburgh tax rate, which this year stands at 29.52 cents per $100 of assessed value.

The board’s decisions include:

•  A proposed town spending plant of roughly $2.065 million, one that crests $2 million for the first time.

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Midd students study free speech trends

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



MIDDLEBURY — New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni addressed an overflow crowd at Middlebury College last week about how tolerance for diverse views on campuses, as in many parts of American society, seems to have waned. (Click here to read more about his talk.)

Some members of Bruni’s audience have been asking some questions of their own.

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