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2017 was marked by news of school spending, bridge building, a pipeline and protests

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



If change is good, we had plenty of it in Addison County over the past 12 months. Faces came and went, news stories flamed up and died out. 2017 was quite a year on many fronts.

Relive some of those memories in this round up of the year that’s ending and then have a wonderful 2018.

Click on the headlines to read about each month:

January 2017 Year in Review

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State parks offer free guided family hikes on Jan. 1

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Start the New Year on the right foot with a hike in a Vermont state park. On Jan. 1, everyone is invited to join a free, guided, family-friendly hike taking place at many state parks and forests across Vermont.

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Middlebury patrolman builds a 'Sweet' career

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Police Officer Donnie Sweet’s beard is still fairly brown. And while his bullet-proof vest provides some padding, it doesn’t add quite enough girth for him to be mistaken for Santa Claus.

Still, the loquacious lawman epitomized the true spirit of giving among the younger officers on Christmas Day when he worked a double shift. Sweet’s kids are all grown, so the 31-year veteran of the department decided to help cover that coveted day on the calendar so greener folks on the force could share the holiday with their kids.

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School food earning higher marks in Addison Northwest

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Earlier during her Vergennes Union High School years senior Emma Husk was not exactly thrilled with the school food, either its taste or its quality.

“It wasn’t just that I didn’t like it, but it made me feel like gross and slow and groggy,” Husk said.

Her friend and classmate Kaitlyn Brace, one of a group of seniors and juniors that usually eats lunch in a room off the school library, also gave a thumbs-down review of what used to be served in the VUHS cafeteria.

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How a town found a dog

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Doug Anderson



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Dogs go missing all time. If they’re very, very lucky, they get lost in a community like Middlebury, Vt.

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Addison Northwest likely to consider $7.6 million bond to update school facilities

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board will probably propose to voters a $7.6 million bond on Town Meeting Day that would fund a long list of energy efficiency, fire safety and security upgrades at all four district schools.

And board members believe that bond can be mostly or even completely paid for without increasing taxes.

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State funding news 'shrinks' ACSD school budget problem to $1.3M

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Public school officials often lament the unpredictability of Vermont’s education funding system. It is not unusual for state aid information to be released in dribs and drabs, sometimes right up to the point at which school districts must finalize their budgets for Town Meeting Day votes.

This year has been no different. But a batch of state aid information received on Dec. 17 buoyed the spirits of Addison Central School District directors, who learned the Vermont Agency of Education has agreed to increase the ACSD student count by 53.

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MUHS student takes traditional American music to Japan

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Romy Munkres enjoys marching to her own tune, which last month led her from her native Addison County to the Japanese prefecture of Tottori. There, she and four other Vermont youths spent nine days performing traditional American music for their Japanese peers at a major art festival.

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Meet the Chocolatier: Blanca Jenne from Middlebury Sweets

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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’Tis the season for holiday cheer — a time when family and friends come together to celebrate. Sure, there are the usual holiday parties with finger food, egg nog, cozy fireplaces and ugly sweaters, but don’t forget the most important part… the candy.

What would the holidays be without chocolates, gummies, candy canes, toffees, brittles, caramels, cookies and all the other glorious sweets?

Boring, that’s what.

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Letters to Santa Claus

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Dear Santa,

Thank you for last years gifts.

I would like a train to share with my brother.

Love Jacob

Jacob Therrien, 5 years old, Brandon

 

Dear Santa,

For Christmas I would like...

1. ipod touch 7

2. Puppy

3. Nentendo Swich

4. A stuffed animal Pagin (Big)

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