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August 24th, 2006

Otter Valley Building Plan

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

BRANDON — Residents in the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union likely will decide through a November vote whether to approve a $10 million renovation of the Otter Valley Union High School.

The OVUHS board on Tuesday night reviewed plans for a major renovation and construction project that would help the 46-year-old school meet current educational requirements and fix some ongoing issues.

“The renovation has really nothing to do with the increase or decrease of student population, it all has to do with quality of the school,” said board chair Connie Carroll. “The issues we are facing would be apparent regardless of the population.”

After discussing plans presented by FNB Architects of Rutland and asking for some additional information, the school board will vote on Oct. 12 on whether to put the plan out for a district-wide vote on Nov. 7.

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Walk for Global Warming Awareness

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

ADDISON COUNTY — What could be America’s largest demonstration calling attention to global warming is scheduled to kick off in Addison County on Labor Day Weekend.

A concerned group of citizens covering the spectrum from farmers, hikers, hunters, birdwatchers, students, businesses, scholars and sugar-makers from across the Champlain Valley have signed up to walk from Ripton to Burlington in a five-day event dubbed “The Road Less Traveled: Vermonters Walking Toward A Clean Energy Future.”

Participants will gather at noon Thursday, Aug. 31, at Robert Frost’s writing cabin off Route 125 in Ripton. The hope is that by leaving from Frost’s cabin, participants will “find strength within Vermont’s Yankee heritage, which addressed problems forthrightly and figured out how to solve them,” said Will Bates, a recent Middlebury College graduate who organized the walk along with a half dozen other local people.

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August 23rd

Middlebury College Language School’s 2006 Commencement Address by Jane Edwards

Middlebury Language Schools Commencement, August 18, 2006
Jane Edwards
Associate Dean for International Affairs
Yale University

President Liebowitz, members of the Board of trustees, thank you. It is truly a great pleasure for me to be here:  what greater honor could I possibly hope for than to become a member of this community, one that is surely the leasing provider of language programs in the whole country?

It’s been a tough 10 days for all those of us who believe that moving people around the world is important if they are to understand each other.  The news from England, that we must once again find tighter security methods for airline travel, is a blow. But for me that means that it is more important than ever to reflect on, and to celebrate, international experience. For those graduating today engagement with other cultures is already ingrained, is something to which you are committed. Sharing this commitment, I have been reflecting on two things we do when we travel:   acquisition, and participation. I want to question the first, and applaud the second.

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August 21st

Full Edition of the Addison Indepependent Now ONLINE!

You can now read the entire Addison Independent online the same day it hits news stands at AddisonIndependentOnline.com.

The full edition is available in PDF format by subscription.

- Current print subscribers can purchase the full online edition for an additional $5 per year.

- Non-print subscribers can purchase the full online edition for $30 per year.

Click here for more information.

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70 lot development in Brandon gets preliminary approval

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

BRANDON — Brandon officials recently approved a preliminary application from Robert N. Hockaday Jr. of Roland Enterprises for a new development of 70 single-family homes called “The Woods at Spring Pond.”

Hockaday, who is based in Baltimore, Md., was granted approval for his firm’s preliminary application in the middle of July by the town’s development review board. The preliminary application requires approval from local services — including police, fire and rescue departments, water and sewer, and the local school system — to ensure that the town’s infrastructure can accommodate the needs of the development.

“When you’re awarded approval at this juncture, it means that the town has awarded you approval in principle,” says local realtor Skip Davis, whose office has listed the property for sale. The developer will now have to submit more detailed engineering drawings for the final permitting process.

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Bridport votes on garage project

By JOHN S. McCRIGHT

BRIDPORT — By a 81-75 vote, Bridport residents on Thursday approved a plan to spend $600,000 to build a new town garage and move the fire department across the street into the current municipal garage.

With the vote behind them, town officials hope to begin construction of the new garage in late September, with the road crew and its five town vehicles taking occupancy by the time snow flies.

Building the new, five-bay garage is estimated to cost $500,000 and will be erected on a 16-acre parcel of town-owned land at the intersection of Crown Point Road and Short Street. The spot is already the site of a sand and salt shed operated jointly by Bridport and the state of Vermont.

The town will spend an estimated $100,000 to renovate the current, four-bay town garage to accommodate the Bridport Volunteer Fire Department, which officials say has outgrown its two-bay firehouse. Four fireßtrucks are parked bumper-to-bumper in the firehouse, another truck is parked in the town garage, and a sixth is out for repairs.

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August 16th

Field Days smashed record

By ANDY KIRKALDY

NEW HAVEN — The tally of visitors to Addison County Fair and Field Days last week didn’t just break the old record, set in 2005.

No, the attendance for the Tuesday-Saturday event handled the old record like a Hummer would treat a demo derby beater: About 78,000 people paid their way into the annual county fair, almost doubling the old mark of 40,000 achieved just a year ago.

First-time fair director Cara Mullin and other fair officials were, unsurprisingly, ecstatic with the results.

“Every day was just amazing, the amount of people that came through,” Mullin said.

Also happy were Field Days vendors, who moved plenty of t-shirts, maple products and fried dough.

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Hip Hop in Starksboro

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

STARKSBORO — Although most of Vermont may not realize it yet, there is a large underground statewide hip-hop movement that is about to burst forth in Starksboro this weekend.

The extent of the influence of that the urban music and cultural phenomenon has had in the Green Mountain State will become apparent on Saturday when Bristol-based Nine37 Productions and Para Bellum Media Group stage a 14-hour hip-hop jam on a farm in Starksboro.

“We’re creating a kind of summit where people can display their skills and make connections with others,” said Josef Shafer, one of the promoters of the Hip Hop in the Hills event. “This is a positive thing for Vermont, we all want to show that it is not just for city and urban areas, this can give everyone a voice — this gives young people a positive voice.”

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