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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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June 7th

A diploma ... 30 years later

June 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — After an accident five years ago that severed an artery in his heart, damaged his short-term memory and left him blinded for life, Jim Michaud decided to finish something he started more than 30 years ago: his high school education.

The South Starksboro resident dropped out of Mount Abraham Union High School during his junior year, when his family’s Lincoln home burned to the ground in 1977. At his mother’s urging, Michaud returned twice more to try and graduate. But he had already started a job at Shea Motors in Middlebury, and as he put it, school just “wasn’t for me.”

But this Saturday, on his 47th birthday, having finished the adult diploma program with Vermont Adult Learning, Michaud, complete with cap, gown, dark glasses and a cane, will process with the rest of the Mount Abe seniors to finally get that diploma.

“It’s about the only thing I’ve started and never finished,” he said.

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Here she is ...

June 7, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior Rachel Ann Cole entered the Miss Vermont pageant on a whim. Flipping through channels over winter break this year, she happened upon the Miss America pageant and just couldn’t stop watching.

She had participated in a pageant before. At two years old, her mother signed her up for one at the suggestion of a friend.

“I think I cried on stage and never did it again,” Cole said.

But this year, she signed herself up, developed a sturdy platform — “Building Bridges Through Literacy: Closing the Educational Gap” — and followed through.

On Sunday, at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Cole was crowned Miss Vermont 2007, a title that will take her to the Miss America Pageant next January.

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Changes to Mt. Abe busing fall short for the year

June 7, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — The school boards from the five Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) towns  of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro are creating a committee to study the district’s transportation needs and how to accommodate a longer school day at Mount Abraham Union High School.

But at a Tuesday evening meeting, the consensus among school board members was to not go forward in the coming school year with an administration-backed plan to achieve the longer day by doing separate bus runs for high school and elementary students.

“For this year, it’s not going to happen,” said Lanny Smith of New Haven, chairman of the Mount Abraham Union High School board. “The question is, should it be pursued in the future?”

The informal consensus to form a committee was reached during a meeting of the Mount Abe school board on Tuesday night, although members of ANeSU elementary school boards were present as well.

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June 4th

OV budget vote: Round 3

June 4, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — A slightly slimmed-down version of Otter Valley Union High School’s proposed 2007-2008 spending plan, twice rejected by district voters this spring, will go before those voters again on Tuesday, June 12, for a third chance at approval.

Residents of the six Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union towns — Brandon, Goshen, Leicester, Pittsford, Sudbury and Whiting — will be asked to approve a $10,766,837 spending plan, which they would fund through $8,652,535 in local taxes. That tax figures represents a 0.32 percent increase from the current year’s $8,624,808 tax levy.

Voting will take place at regular town polling places and times, and any time before June 11 voters can pick up absentee ballots from their town offices or call their town clerks to have a ballot sent to them.

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Ferrisburgh land purchase

June 4, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — A newly formed Ferrisburgh committee met on Thursday with the new owners of a 34-acre Route 7 parcel that town residents twice voted on whether to buy, and the two sides talked seriously about the town buying some of the land.

The parcel’s owners as of May 18 are Peter and Lisa Denton of Ferrisburgh, in partnership with David Carpenter of Charlotte. Under the name DC Builders and Developers LLC they paid $750,000 for the property, which includes a house and a barn and abuts the town’s elementary school and future town office site.

That purchase price from Clark Hinsdale Jr. of Charlotte was the same amount the town of Ferrisburgh had agreed to pay for the land, which has both the only good soils for in-ground septic systems in the Route 7 village area and local permits for a nine-lot housing subdivision. The town’s easements on the land for septic service for the school and the town office site remain in force.

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