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ID-4 board balks at endorsing changes to meeting date, voting method

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on Monday evening decided not to endorse two proposals that would change the date of the district’s annual meeting and switch the method of voting on the Mary Hogan School budget to Australian ballot.

But proponents of the changes vowed afterward to make the questions articles to be considered at the annual ID-4 meeting in April via citizens’ petitions.

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Monkton teacher competes on Jeopardy!

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Most Vermonters would be perplexed to see Culver City, Calif., appear on their caller ID. But when that happened to Monkton Central School teacher Kate La Riviere-Gagner this past fall, she had a hunch who might be on the line.

“I was in my classroom standing by the window and my heart jumped,” La Riviere-Gagner said.

As she suspected, it was a producer from “Jeopardy!” informing her to book a flight to Los Angeles, because she’d been selected as a contestant on the popular TV game show.

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For graduation, VUHS seniors opt for 'morality' over tradition

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Since the school’s founding in 1959, Vergennes Union High School graduations have divided its senior classes by gender, assigning white robes to girls and blue robes to boys and requiring them to enter the ceremony from different sides of the school gym.

After a January prompt from VUHS Principal Stephanie Taylor, a series of discussions on that tradition, and two votes, the members of the VUHS class of 2015 decided to change the final ritual of their high school career.

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Music school brings new life to historic home

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s always visually pleasing to enter the Middlebury Community House, the brick Federal-style building at the corner of Seymour and Main streets in downtown Middlebury. The foyer features a sweeping spiral staircase, crystal chandelier, and doors with blue, white and gold cloisonné enamel hardware.

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Vermont Gas will not pursue Phase 2 pipeline to paper mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

Posted on February 10, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



SOUTH BURLINGTON —Vermont Gas Systems Inc. on Tuesday afternoon announced that it will not proceed with the proposal to build Phase 2 of its proposed Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project pipeline — the connection from Middlebury to International Paper’s plant in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Vergennes solar array output comes up short

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Let’s face it; Vermont isn’t the sunniest of places. On average, there’s only a 51 percent chance it will be sunny here during daylight hours.

So as the state’s infant solar industry grows, how accurately can solar developers project how much energy an array will produce?

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Edgy artists bring street culture to Middlebury College

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Ben Eine wasn’t hard to find Thursday morning, on a lift 30 feet above the ground in the atrium of the Mahaney Center outside the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

He was painting a mural to promote the opening of a new exhibit called “Outside In: The Art of the Street”, which is dedicated to showcasing street art by more than a dozen artists, including Eine.

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Maple Landmark outgrowing its facility

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark Inc. is proposing to build an 11,340-square-foot addition onto its Middlebury headquarters at 1297 Exchange St., a project that would create some much-needed, additional space for the growing manufacturer of eco-friendly, educational wooden toys, games and gifts.

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Eagle scholars win competition

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A team of eight quick-thinking Mount Abraham Union High School students have won the inaugural small-school state championship at the Vermont-NEA Scholars’ Bowl.

The group of scholars bested 23 other teams to win the inaugural event on Jan. 31 at Montpelier High School. The Vermont Scholars’ Bowl has been around since 1984, but this was the first year that the event divided schools into two categories, based on size.

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Four developers vie for downtown Middlebury parcel

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Four Vermont companies, one with a decidedly local flavor, are in the running to develop 1.42 acres of prime real estate in downtown Middlebury.

At issue is a town-owned parcel of land located behind the Ilsley Public Library, off Bakery Lane. Middlebury officials have, for the past several years, sought to market the property for some kind of mixed-used development that would complement the existing business scene and draw more shoppers to the downtown area.

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