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February 3rd, 2016

Guest Editorial: Moneyed interests just made Annette Smith a Vermont hero

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the moneyed interests encounter an opposing force, they do what they have always done, which is to silence that opposing force.

In Vermont, and in this particular case, the moneyed interests are the renewable energy folks and the opposing force is Annette Smith.

They want her silenced.

In an Associated Press story it was reported she is now the target of a criminal investigation. The renewable energy folks contend she is practicing law without a license before the Public Service Board.

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Nurse layoffs added to list of Porter staff cuts

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials on Tuesday confirmed the organization’s workforce will be trimmed by 17.5 full-time equivalent positions, as opposed to the nine jobs originally disclosed this past Friday.

Officials said the updated, higher number reflects an additional 8.5 Registered Nurse positions that PMC could not publicly divulge on Friday due to the collective bargaining process that management and the nurses’ union follow when considering a reduction in force.

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Tweaks to Act 46 will help ANwSU

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Lawmakers huddled in the wee hours of Saturday morning and, after weeks of discussions, agreed on a measure to soften Act 46 provisions that penalized school districts — and their taxpayers — for excessive spending.

Locally, school officials in the Addison Central and Addison Northeast supervisory unions said the changes would have little impact.

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Exhibit of Eastern art at Jackson Gallery celebrates Spring

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury is currently showing “Return of the Spring,” an exhibition featuring the work of Middlebury artist Yinglei Zhang; her mentor, Mr. Li Xubai from China, currently living in Canada; and her teacher Mr. Guo Ziyu of Hong Kong. Both Li and Guo have work collected by private owners and museums around the world.

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Police get place to 'hang their hats' at Bristol Elementary

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — For the first time in several years, Bristol police will soon begin keeping a regular but informal presence at Bristol Elementary School.

“We just want a presence there, and we’re offering whatever services teachers think they could use, whether it’s bicycle safety or Internet safety classes for the kids, any number of things,” said Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

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Journey renews Bristol man's ties to his Cuban heritage

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Alfonso Enrique Ceballos — known more commonly around town as plain old American “Rick” — recently returned to Bristol, his home of many decades, from a trip that was a homecoming of a very different kind.

The 67-year-old banjo player extraordinaire, whose group Daddy Longlegs is known for its eclectic blend of traditional music, has just returned from a trip to Cuba, a homeland he has not seen for over 60 years.

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February 1st

Middlebury budget plan calls for no tax increase

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will decide a proposed 2016-2017 municipal spending plan that will not require an increase in property taxes.

The budget — which does not reflect local education spending — will require $6,943,658 in property taxes. If OK’d by voters on Feb. 29, this would translate into the same municipal property tax rate of 98 cents per $100 in property value that residents are currently paying for town services.

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