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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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VUHS graduate promoted to brigadier general

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A 1981 graduate of Vergennes Union High School has become a one-star general in the U.S. Army.

Jeffrey A. Farnsworth was promoted to brigadier general March 13 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. His parents are Carol and Allen Farnsworth of Waltham.

Farnsworth is the deputy commanding general for operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).

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Town administrator to end his eight-year run in Bristol

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL — After 30 years of dealing with pot holes, dog bite complaints and municipal budgets, Bristol town administrator Bill Bryant is ready to retire. Bryant, 57, tendered his letter of resignation at the March 17 selectboard meeting; and his last day will be April 30.

“It seemed like the right time to make a decision for me and the person who replaces me,” Bryant said, noting that the next fiscal year’s budget has been developed and approved by voters.

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Monkton Central team shines at Odyssey of the Mind tourney

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MONKTON — At the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, March 22, Monkton Central School’s team placed first in its division for writing and acting out the play “People Are People.” Judges commented that there was an “excellent stage presence by all characters” and a “wonderful use of humor.” The win qualifies the team to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship in Iowa later this spring.

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College giving development land behind Ilsley to town

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It was originally presented as a real estate swap. Middlebury College would acquire the Lazarus building at 20 Main St. and convey it to the town for demolition for better access into the Marble Works Business District. In return, the town would cede a small  property behind Ilsley Library (less than a third of an acre) to the college, which would add to its own 1-plus acre of land to create a 1.4-acre parcel that it would market for a future economic development project to strengthen the downtown.

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City aldermen see value in brainstorming about Vergennes future

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting said they expected the March 18 “Community Visit” organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to produce a number of concrete proposals to improve the city for its residents.

Mayor Bill Benton said 111 residents on March 18 signed up for nine workshops moderated by the VCRD and attended by more than two-dozen high-ranking state and county officials and private-sector experts, while 90 residents sat down at a community dinner at St. Peter’s Church that evening.

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Pressed by critics, Gov. Shumlin defends natural gas pipeline

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents welcomed Gov. Peter Shumlin to Middlebury American Legion Post 27 on Monday with a rousing serenade to mark his 58th birthday.

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Interim Bristol principal offered longer-term contract

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board on Monday chose the school’s interim principal to be the permanent head.

Sandy Jump, a longtime educator who has served at the school since last summer, will continue as principal at BES.

In a unanimous vote, the board selected Jump over the other finalist, Roy Getchell, who visited the school last week. Jump has served as principal in Milton, Charlotte and East Corinth; while Getchell has worked at a secondary school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the past five years.

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