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124 grads ski to their reward — a diploma

Posted on February 11, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY/HANCOCK — Surrounded by cheering throngs of family and friends, 124 Middlebury seniors celebrated the completion of their undergraduate careers on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Mead Chapel.

Middlebury’s “Febs” — so called because the majority of them started their college education here in February 2012 — will earn their official bachelor of arts degrees on March 1. But this past weekend the college held several events to celebrate the graduates’ achievements.

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Middlebury rail bridges likely to rise after all

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s effort to maintain the height of its two downtown rail bridges received a setback last week with news that VTrans is unlikely to recommend such a concession because two types of train vehicles can’t squeeze through spans with only 18 feet, 8 inches of clearance.

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Ferrisburgh picks sheriff, not city force

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard has ended two months of debate at board meetings and around town by voting to contract with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department, not the Vergennes Police Department, for part-time law enforcement services in the upcoming fiscal year.

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Monkton Central School's Gagner honored for innovative teaching

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONKTON — Kate La Riviere Gagner, a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Monkton Central School, has received two honors for her innovative science and design technology teaching practices. Gagner was selected for a Winter 2016 Engineering is Elementary Teacher Scholarship, or EiE, from Boston’s Museum of Science, and as a VITA-Learn IGNITE Educator.

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Tiger dancers perform well at home event

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School dance team on Friday earned top-three finishes in both its disciplines in the Tigers’ only home competition of the winter, held in the MUHS gymnasium.

The Tiger team trailed only Mount Mansfield in the six-team Hip Hop competition, while Mount Mansfield also won the five-team Jazz discipline, with Enosburg edging the Tigers for second place.

Three teams competed in Pom, with Richford, Mount Anthony and Springfield running 1-2-3.

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Have you seen a mountain lion?

Posted on February 8, 2016 |
By Madeline Bodine



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In the photo, the mountain lion lies on its side on the shoulder of a Connecticut parkway. Taillights shine in the distance. A Connecticut state trooper snapped the photo after a motorist had struck and killed the animal on a June night in 2011.

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Nurse layoffs added to list of Porter staff cuts

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials on Tuesday confirmed the organization’s workforce will be trimmed by 17.5 full-time equivalent positions, as opposed to the nine jobs originally disclosed this past Friday.

Officials said the updated, higher number reflects an additional 8.5 Registered Nurse positions that PMC could not publicly divulge on Friday due to the collective bargaining process that management and the nurses’ union follow when considering a reduction in force.

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Tweaks to Act 46 will help ANwSU

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Lawmakers huddled in the wee hours of Saturday morning and, after weeks of discussions, agreed on a measure to soften Act 46 provisions that penalized school districts — and their taxpayers — for excessive spending.

Locally, school officials in the Addison Central and Addison Northeast supervisory unions said the changes would have little impact.

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Exhibit of Eastern art at Jackson Gallery celebrates Spring

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury is currently showing “Return of the Spring,” an exhibition featuring the work of Middlebury artist Yinglei Zhang; her mentor, Mr. Li Xubai from China, currently living in Canada; and her teacher Mr. Guo Ziyu of Hong Kong. Both Li and Guo have work collected by private owners and museums around the world.

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Police get place to 'hang their hats' at Bristol Elementary

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — For the first time in several years, Bristol police will soon begin keeping a regular but informal presence at Bristol Elementary School.

“We just want a presence there, and we’re offering whatever services teachers think they could use, whether it’s bicycle safety or Internet safety classes for the kids, any number of things,” said Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

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