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April 9th

Connor Homes buys Standard Register property

April 9, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Local business leaders were ecstatic with last week’s news that a local manufacturing company, Connor Homes, had submitted the winning bid to acquire and occupy the former Standard Register property on Route 7 South.

Connor Homes, known until recently as Connor Building Co., could occupy the 115,000-square-foot Standard Register building as soon as this summer. The company has long-since outgrown its 14,000-square-foot space off Exchange Street. Connor Homes President Michael Connor said he had considered erecting a building of his own in the Exchange Street area. But his focus shifted when people within the local business community suggested that he take a look at the former Standard Register facility.

“At first we thought it was too big,” Connor said. “But the more we looked at it, the more it made sense.”

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April 5th

Mt. Abe pushes to be carbon-neutral

April 5, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Last year the Mount Abraham Union High School switched to a greener, cheaper mode of warming the building when it installed a wood chip-fired heating system. That idea began with a simple science class project by Jessie-Ruth Corkins and Christi Kroll.

Now, Corkins and three other MAUHS students are shooting for a more ambitious goal: switching much of the state to biofuels.

The four students over the last several months have developed a plan to promote the production of fuel pellets from switchgrass, a hardy prairie grass believed to hold promise for producing ethanol or other biofuels. They would begin with a fuel pellet factory sponsored by both the state and federal governments. The goal is to have half or more of Vermont’s heating energy come from pellets in 10 years.

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MVAA wins top award

April 5, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — When the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA) takes to the road, it’s usually to respond to a serious accident or medical emergency. The adrenaline is pumping and time is of the essence.

But this past Saturday, March 31, MVAA members finally went on a casual road trip, one in which they — and not their patients — were the center of attention. The occasion was the “2007 Vermont Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Conference and Awards Banquet,” where the MVAA scooped up a whopping three of the seven statewide awards handed out during the evening, including the prestigious “2007 Vermont Ambulance Service of the Year” citation.

“I would say the people of Addison County, and those in particular served by the MVAA, have a great deal to be proud of,” said Dan Manz, EMS director for the Vermont Department of Health, which coordinated the awards presentation at the Sheraton Conference Center in South Burlington.

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April 2nd

Where exactly is the Addison town hall?

April 2, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

ADDISON — Details remain a little fuzzy as to why Addison officials built the local town hall on Addison Baptist Church property off the intersection of Routes 17 and 22A more than 130 years ago, but parishioner Erwin Clark has a theory.

“(Townspeople) needed shelter for their horses and buggies,” said Clark, a member of the Addison Baptist Church since the 1930s. “They wanted to use the wagon shed that the church had.”

Cars have since replaced horses and buggies, and Addison shifted its annual meeting from its town hall to its more spacious elementary school around 30 years ago. And while the old town hall building has sat relatively idle, it has not been forgotten. After a discussion at town meeting about what do with the town hall, Addison officials have formed a committee to determine whether the venerable old structure can be resurrected for municipal use.

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Whiting / Sudbury school merger plans

April 2, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING/SUDBURY — With a new principal on board and a district vote tentatively scheduled for December, school directors in Sudbury and Whiting this week will kick off a series of monthly public meetings to iron out the merger of the two elementary schools.

The monthly meetings will convene alternately at each town’s school, with the first scheduled for Monday, April 2, at 6 p.m. in Whiting. Monday’s meeting will focus on governance, and later meetings will focus on transportation, financing, staffing and facilities.

“What do you do with a building?” Sudbury School Board Chair Steve Roberts asked. “Who owns the building? Does it stay with the towns or not? Or what if Sudbury already spent a lot of money on their sewer system and then Whiting needs a $50,000 system? Would we pay for those kinds of things?”

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March 29th

City and Northlands still at odds

March 29, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — As the Vergennes City Council discussed on Tuesday how city police and Northlands Job Corps officials should work together, aldermen also turned to the simmering issue of compensation for Vergennes for hosting the 280-student federal job-training program.

From 1979 until 2004 Vergennes was paid an amount equal to about 10 percent of its operating budget for hosting Northlands on the state-owned campus that once housed the Weeks School. That funding was promised the city in the original agreement between state, federal and city officials in which Northlands was founded.

But in 1999 federal officials claimed such payments were illegal taxation. Although Congress passed a bill to cover continued payments for five more years, state and federal officials have since refused to pay any more, despite the city’s ability to produce the written promise of funding.

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Design board rejects Bristol memorial

March 29, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — At a selectboard meeting on Monday, Bristol’s Design Review Commission (DRC) recommended rejecting the plans for the veterans’ memorial proposed by the American Legion for the corner of the Bristol town green. In response, the selectboard approved some changes to the design but kept most of the plan unchanged.

The architects who developed the plan said that part of the negative response was because of a misunderstanding of how it would look. “Some of the points just needed some clarification … The notion of this embedded position which got included in the newspaper was not the idea at all,” said Tommy Thompson of Twenty 4D Architects, referring to a possible confusion about what the memorial would actually look like.

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Sexuality with disabilities

March 29, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — There are a lot of things Randy Lizotte wishes he had known about sex before moving out of his parents’ house three years ago. The 26-year-old president of Speak Up Addison County, a self-advocacy group organized by area residents with developmental disabilities, said he was 20 years old when his father gave him “the talk.”

“My dad’s a man of few words, short and to the point,” he said. “It wasn’t scary, it was just kind of awkward that late in my life.”

Lizotte has developmental disabilities, but when he moved into an apartment in Middlebury, he was physically fully developed. It didn’t take him long to leap into his first serious romantic relationship.

Everything he knew about dating and his body, he had pieced together from things his friends told him. So he learned the basics on the fly and did the best he could. Now he wants to make sure others are more prepared than he was.

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