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Circling back to yesteryear at the Sheldon Museum

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The late Henry Sheldon amassed so many objects, documents and photographs during his lifetime that it’s difficult to condense them all into a single, round number.

Instead, the Middlebury-based museum that bears his name has elected to showcase a sampling of Sheldon’s treasures in a circle — or rather a grouping in which each of the featured items boasts a circle as part of its visual allure.

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ANeSU students compete in literary 'Jeopardy!'

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Alex Trebek was nowhere in sight, but scores of elementary students from the ANeSU sending towns got together April 2 for a contest based on “Jeopardy!” — the popular game show Trebek hosts.

“It was so wonderful, the students were so excited to connect with each other,” Mount Abraham librarian Laura Mina said. “There was a hum and buzz throughout the library.”

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Electronics on menu at new store

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sammy Barnes and Greg Alexander were looking for a business opportunity following their relocation to Addison County from the Dallas, Texas, area this past winter. They were prepared to acquire an existing store of some sort, but changed their minds after hearing the following comment from an acquaintance:

“What this town (Middlebury) needs is a kitchen store.”

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VUHS board OKs reductions in staff

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday moved to adopt a new spending plan, which would bring spending below the current level and cut the equivalent of five full-time staff positions. It was a move board members said was necessary to rein in costs after voters rejected their first proposal by more than 200 votes on March 4.

Board member Neil Kamman said this budget is the most difficult he has ever worked on, but he supported cutting staff.

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School consolidation: Superintendents weigh in on costs vs. benefits

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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Lawmakers debate shorelands protection, GMO labeling bills

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRIDPORT — Two issues dominated the conversation at the annual legislative luncheon Monday in Bridport: bills in the Legislature to mandate the labeling of genetically modified foods and pollution regulations affecting Lake Champlain.

Farmers, community members and legislators packed the Bridport Community Hall Monday for the luncheon devoted to agriculture issues. State Reps. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, and Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, were on hand to discuss agricultural issues facing Addison County farmers.

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Porter CEO James Daily announces his retirement after three decades

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The past three decades have brought myriad changes to Vermont’s health care landscape, but one thing has remained constant: James Daily and his stewardship of Porter Medical Center (PMC).

But the sun must inevitably set on Daily’s tenure as CEO and president of the Middlebury institution. Daily last week announced he will retire by early 2016, ending what has been a legendary run at the helm of Addison County’s community hospital.

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Petitioners near goal for Middlebury town office revote

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A revote on a proposal to build new Middlebury town offices and a recreation center was still hanging in the balance as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday, though the leader of the petition drive to force the referendum was optimistic he would gather the minimum 230 signatures required by the Thursday, April 3, deadline.

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Healthcare expert forecasts bumpy road in Vermont

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Care Board member Dr. Allan Ramsay urged Addison County’s medical community to be patient as the state transitions to a new health care system that he acknowledged will be fraught with change and challenges.

“One of the things I’ve learned intensely over the past two years is that change is very hard,” Ramsay said at Porter Medical Center’s annual meeting last week. “It is very hard to change the system.”

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Middlebury gears up for busy construction season

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — As the snow and ice slowly recede from view, the town of Middlebury will turn its attention to a laundry list of public infrastructure projects aimed at repaving some local roads, upgrading the municipal water and sewerage systems, and replacing two prominent downtown railroad overpasses.

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