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State OKs ACSU merger plan, and Otter Valley merger

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Education (AOE) last week gave its seal of approval to governance consolidation plans for three school districts — including one in the Middlebury area and one in the Brandon area.

The Dec. 15 decision paves the way for residents in the seven communities the Addison Central Supervisory Union to decide on March 1 whether their schools should be governed by a single board and funded through a single budget.

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Former Middlebury President Ron Liebowitz to lead Brandeis University

Posted on December 21, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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WALTHAM, Mass. — Ronald D. Liebowitz, who stepped down as the 16th president of Middlebury College this past June, has taken a similar job at a Boston-area educational institution.

Brandeis University’s Board of Trustees on Thursday announced that Liebowitz has been named the ninth president of the Waltham, Mass., school.

Liebowitz will begin his leadership role at Brandeis on July 1, 2016.

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Some good news as ANeSU boards start budget work

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — School boards across the state are facing additional challenges as they draft budgets for the 2016-2017 school year.

Health insurance costs through the Vermont Education Health Initiative — used by most school districts — are up 7.9 percent, at the same time as Act 46 is putting a squeeze on per pupil spending.

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Greg's market property slated to be sold at public auction

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The former owner of Greg’s Meat Market at 3 Elm St. in Middlebury has filed for bankruptcy protection and the property is expected to be sold at a public auction early next year.

That news was delivered to the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday by Jamie Gaucher, the town’s director of business development and innovation. Gaucher also noted that the mortgage on the Greg’s property is being held by TD Bank.

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Rail bridges plan could span 4 years

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The proposed fix for Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges has now been budgeted for $40 million, with construction affecting portions of the village area during parts of as many as four calendar years.

This latest information comes from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and Kubricky Construction officials, who recently presented Middlebury officials with a revised budget and construction timetable based on project designs now deemed 60-percent complete.

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Cider producers partner with Pabst

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Hard Cider (VHC), Middlebury-based brewer of the popular Woodchuck cider, has entered a partnership with one of the largest American-owned breweries, the Pabst Brewing Co.

The 15-year agreement, signed this past Friday, gives Pabst exclusive promotions and marketing rights to the sale and distribution of all Vermont Hard Cider brands as well as those of its parent company, Ireland-based C&C Group. The agreement will take effect March 1, 2016.

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Deer seasons productive overall

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — During archery, rifle and muzzleloader seasons and Youth Hunting Weekend in October, November and December, Addison County weigh stations handled 772 deer, the third lowest total in the past eight years.

But that total is misleading. Department of Fish and Wildlife officials earlier this year decided not to issue doe permits to muzzleloader hunters in wildlife zones that included virtually all of Addison County.

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New Haven brings skepticism to Vt. Green Line Q&A session

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — New Haven residents continue to grapple with whether — and on what terms — to accept the Vermont Green Line, a 400-megawatt renewable energy transmission project that proposes to site a large electrical converter station near the VELCO substation.

Last Tuesday, Dec. 8, more than 100 residents packed the New Haven Town Hall for an informational meeting, conducted according to Town Meeting rules and overseen by town moderator Pam Marsh.

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Waltham selectboard eyes revenue from power line, supports 'green line' proposal

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



WALTHAM — The Waltham selectboard came away from a Dec. 7 meeting with representatives of the companies proposing the Vermont Green Line saying it would recommend the town support the planned $600 million, 400-megawatt underground power line that would run from Beekmantown, N.Y., to New Haven.

“Our board was supportive of the plan,” said selectboard chairman Mike Grace in an email to the Independent. “We just wanted to get enough information to answer any questions at town meeting.”

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Injured Monkton man rises to the challenge, regains independence

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MONKTON — Chris Grant pretty much had life by the tail.

He had his health, a home, a job and a Harley.

Then June 27, 2009, came along and changed his life forever.

Grant, then 36, was taking his motorcycle for a quick burn along Walker Mountain Road in Clarendon. He was a mile-and-a-half from his home when he rolled into a curve and saw an oncoming pickup truck that was veering across the centerline of the road.

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