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June 25th

Koller wins statewide award for school volunteerism

June 25, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

SHOREHAM — Citizens serving on public school boards in Vermont toil many hours for little reward, other than the occasional pat on the back and the knowledge that they are helping local kids get a good education.

But every once in a while a school board member really gets noticed.

Such was the case last week for Bridport Central School board member Sharon Koller, who received a statewide award from the Vermont Board of Education for her many contributions to her district.

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June 21st

30 years and 51,000 acres

June 21, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON COUNTY — It was in 1988 that the late state Sen. Arthur Gibb, R-Weybridge, became the first Addison County resident to sell the development rights to his property to the Vermont Land Trust (VLT).

Almost 20 years later — and in the 30th year of the VLT’s existence — more than 100 Addison County farmers, orchardists and private property owners have followed suit, conserving a combined total of 51,000 acres in 21 local communities.

“I think there is a strong conservation ethic in Addison County,” said Allen Karnatz, a New Haven resident and co-director of the VLT’s Champlain Valley office.

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June 14th

Otter Valley budget passes

June 14, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — By 9 p.m. Tuesday night, Otter Valley Union High School poll workers had counted enough ballots to know that the school’s twice-defeated 2007-2008 spending plan had finally passed. But earlier that evening, it looked as if the vote would have to be rescheduled for the fourth time. Pittsford residents had filled out the wrong ballots.

The final tally to approve the $10,766,837 budget was 1,028-830, including the Pittsford ballots.

About half an hour into counting, poll workers noticed that the Pittsford ballots were marked May 8, the day of the last vote, when the $10,884,962 spending plan was defeated, 587-455. Somehow, Pittsford residents had used the ballots left over from last month’s vote.

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UD-3 teacher contract dispute settled

June 14, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — School board members and educators in the UD-3 school district have come to terms on a new, three-year contract that provides enough new money for teacher salary increases of 4 percent during each year of the pact.

The new contract — ratified by the UD-3 board on June 5 and by members of the Middlebury Union High School Teachers’ Association (MUHSTA) on Monday — will not result in any changes in the length of the academic year. It will also preserve the teachers’ current health care benefits, through which they are responsible for a 10-percent co-pay contribution to their Blue Cross-Blue Shield plan.

Union District No. 3 includes Middlebury Union Middlebury School and Middlebury Union High School, which employ a combined total of around 100 teachers. The contract will cover union and well as nonunion members. Those who have chosen not to be a part of MUHSTA will pay a fee for the negotiations/collective bargaining process.

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Early roots for Neshobe Farm Project

June 14, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — The fields at the Steinberg Farm in Brandon have been mostly fallow for 25 years. But Chuck Johnson and his California-based development firm, Elemental Development, which bought the 103 acres a few years ago, want to see those fields in bloom again.

This Friday at the Ball and Chain Café at 7 p.m., Johnson will present to the public the most current plans for that land just north of the Brandon Medical Center. He’s calling it the Neshobe Farm Project, a holistic community complete with varied housing, organic farming, open space, recreational trails and a community center.

“I went from calling it a sustainable community to a holistic community because what I’ve heard from Brandon is that they need economic development as much as housing, so we’re trying to create cottage industry, not leave anything out,” Johnson said.

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June 11th

Creative ideas for local economy

June 11, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury can strengthen its local economy by making better use of the Otter Creek; by becoming a center for alternative energy production and innovation; and by better harnessing the diverse strengths of its cultural, community and business assets.

Those were the conclusions of a group of more than 75 Middlebury residents who gathered at a June 5 forum to brainstorm ways to energize their town’s economy. It was the second of three scheduled “Creative Communities Program” forums, organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

The VCRD this spring picked Middlebury to participate in the program, through which townspeople come up with a wide range of ideas to promote a more creative local economy. The council then helps townspeople pare their ideas down to the leading three, and provides them with professional guidance to bring those top ideas to fruition.

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Kimble tribute at Paramount

June 11, 2007

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

BRANDON — Warren Kimble makes it a point to walk as much as he can, and to say, “Hello,” to everyone he sees whether he knows them or not, to include them in the community. The Brandon artist also stresses the need to involve young in the process of making decision about what goes on in a community.

“It is important that they know that they matter, that they are an important part of the community,” he said.

Beginning Saturday the Paramount Center in Rutland will let Kimble know that he is an important part of his community by kicking off a weeklong celebration in honor of Kimble’s contributions to the arts and community.

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NEAT TV

June 11, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Will Nottingham, 17, is interested in making movies some day, most likely documentaries. “Working with video is something that I’m planning on going to college for and doing as a career,” he said.

In the meantime, the New Haven resident and a few other area teens are getting a lot of on-the-job training from Northeast Addison Television (NEAT), channel 16. The Bristol-based public access channel recently received a Successful Community Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation to promote and expand its youth media program, which gives students like Nottingham a chance to see what the industry is like.

“We’ve got pretty active with young people here at the studio, but we’re always wanting to expand what they do,” said station director Mary Arbuckle, of the $8,040 grant that was announced in late May. “The grant will hopefully let us do that.”

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