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Hospital budget back in the black

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board has OK’d Porter Hospital’s request for a fiscal year 2014 budget of $69,809,477.

That spending requires a 1.4-percent increase in net revenues and a 6-percent bump in gross charges.

The budget provides further evidence of a substantial turnaround in Porter Hospital’s financial health, falls well below the state’s recommended 3-percent revenue cap, and will not force any job cuts, hospital officials said.

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Vergennes council asked to reconsider pipeline support

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday heard for the first time a resident question whether the city should support the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline through Addison County.

Resident Jeff Margolis asked aldermen to rescind their support of the proposed natural gas pipeline, which came in the form of a 2011 letter backing Vermont Gas’s application to the Public Service Board seeking to use a reserve fund to pay for the pipeline extension from Chittenden County.

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Invasive Asian fruit fly returns, decimates raspberry harvest

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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SHOREHAM — As if an usually wet start to the summer and the threat of early frost weren’t enough, Vermont’s raspberry crop has another foe to contend with — an invasive species from Asia that has crept its way into the state.

Bob Douglas of Douglas Orchards in Shoreham said his raspberry crop has suffered the last two years.

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Two bicyclists critically injured; Shoreham man faces drunk driving charges

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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UPDATE: MIDDLEBURY — A local man who for the past nine months had been under an active arrest warrant for driving under the influence pleaded not guilty on Monday in Addison County Superior Court (criminal division) to multiple drunk driving-related offenses after he allegedly struck and critically injured two cyclists in Sunday’s Tour de Farms event in Shoreham.

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In 21st century, local churches learn new methods to connect

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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ADDISON COUNTY — The Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Middlebury Congregational Church, considers his profession one of the dwindling “generalist” vocations in an age when experts and wonks reign supreme.

“Our currency is not in knowing everything about one thing, but knowing something about a lot of things, and more importantly, beyond knowledge, it’s all about human connection,” he said, sitting down in his spacious Charter House office.

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ACSU position would oversee maintenence of 7 town schools

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) is considering creating a new, $73,449-per-year position to help the district’s seven elementary schools maintain their respective buildings and plan for their long-term facilities needs.

As the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday, five ACSU elementary schools had endorsed the idea of a “facility maintenance manager,” a person who would, among other things, be tasked with:

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City plans better speed enforcement on South Maple St.

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday supported Police Chief George Merkel’s plan for more aggressive enforcement in response to an August petition from South Maple Street residents requesting the city to address what they say is persistent speeding in their neighborhood.

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South Street project to wrap up next month

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Construction crews this week are expected to complete the excavation phase of a lengthy, $1,125,316 public works project on South Street, leaving only repaving work that will conclude next month.

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