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Middlebury family faces graduation day dilemma

Posted on May 12, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — “Timing is everything,” or so the old saying goes. And unfortunately, the timing couldn’t be worse for the Harrison family of Middlebury — at least as it pertains to graduation ceremonies this year.

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Teens stuck on public awareness

Posted on May 12, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Groups of students from Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools took part in a recent “Sticker Shock” day around the county.

The purpose of Sticker Shock is to reinforce public awareness about the minimum drinking age law by placing stickers on packs of beer larger than a six-pack. The goal of this project is to discourage adults and older peers (those who are 21 or over) from providing alcohol to minors.

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Brandon voters reject $3.2 million town budget in re-vote

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Here we go again. Brandon residents defeated the proposed town budget on a re-vote Tuesday, 498-318.

It was a $3,218,670 proposed spending plan, with $2,613,995 to be raised by taxes, which represented a 12.2 percent tax increase.

While the original Town Meeting Day vote resulted in a 44 percent voter turnout, Tuesday’s vote only drew 29 percent of the electorate despite a mass mailing and selectboard members pounding the pavement.

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ANwSU towns to cast ballots on lower VUHS budget

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union will head to the polls on Tuesday to vote for the second time on a budget for Vergennes Union High School.

In the first vote, on Town Meeting Day, voters rejected a 2014-2015 spending proposal of $9.73 million by a tally of 961-747. A majority of voters in each of ANwSU’s towns voted “no.”

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Small hospitals given big job: treating sometimes-violent psychiatric patients

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department is used to dealing with people with serious cuts, broken bones and other physical ailments.

But for the past few years, Porter’s ED has been asked to accommodate patients suffering from ailments that can’t be sutured, splinted or even seen.

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MUHS mourning loss of educators

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was indeed a tough, emotional day at Middlebury Union High School on Monday, as teachers, students and administrators grieved for two longtime members of their community who died over the weekend.

Longtime physics and math teacher and former football coach Carl Ciemniewski, 55, died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday while attending a boys’ varsity lacrosse home game. Then on Sunday came news that veteran para-educator Terry Gibbs had succumbed to illness at the age of 57.

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Common Ground Center marks two decades

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — Tucked away in the rolling hills and babbling brooks of Starksboro is one of Addison County’s better-kept secrets — but Jim Mendell doesn’t want it to stay that way.

Mendell and his wife, Peg Kamens, are co-founders of the Common Ground Center, a family recreation retreat on a sprawling 700-acre parcel that straddles the towns of Starksboro and Monkton. Since 1994, the nonprofit has hosted children’s camps, family retreats, private parties and school groups.

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ID-4 director resigns after dispute with board leader

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School Board Director James Callahan has resigned from the position to which he was elected on March 4, citing a disagreement with board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy.

Callahan claimed that he was cut off from speaking on issues and verbally resigned at the ID-4 school board’s April 17 meeting. On Thursday, Callahan confirmed that he had not yet submitted a letter of resignation and is considering rescinding his decision.

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IBM: What's at stake if Vt.'s largest employer sells its Essex plant?

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



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ESSEX JUNCTION — IBM, the largest single private employer in Vermont, is putting its semi-conductor business up for sale, according to reports in the financial press. Frank Cioffi, president of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corp. (GBIC), however, is hopeful that if the Essex facility is sold, it will remain open under new ownership.

The potential impact on the regional economy should IBM close would be enormous.

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Gun show brings the shop to firearms buyers

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — When Michelle Hudson laid out her display at the American Legion on a recent Saturday morning she admitted she had a bit of an inventory problem.

Overflowing from soda cases were hundreds of rounds of ammunition for firearms of all caliber, packed into plastic bags and small cardboard boxes without any semblance of organization.

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