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Local voters join Democratic tide, back Obama and other victors

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County balloting in the Presidential race on Tuesday mirrored statewide voting, as Vermont became the first state in the nation placed in Democratic President Barack Obama’s column in his march toward a second term.

Meanwhile, county voters also backed winners in all statewide contests. Eric Davis, a political analyst and a professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College, noted how closely local balloting tracked with statewide results in what he called a big day for Democrats across Vermont.

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Ayer, Bray win county's state senate seats

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore voters on Tuesday overwhelming endorsed incumbent Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, for a fifth term in office and also elected New Haven Democrat Chris Bray to represent them in the Legislature’s highest chamber.

Ayer, the former Senate majority whip and current chairwoman of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, was the top vote-getter, notching 12,943 tallies. Bray, the former Addison-5 state representative and 2010 candidate for lieutenant governor, finished second, with 9,915 votes.

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Middlebury veteran recalls WWII invasion of Normandy

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — World War II veteran Ron Hadley of Middlebury has condensed many of his military memories into a couple of photo albums and a small booklet in which he wrote some of the details of his travels throughout the Atlantic and the Pacific.

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ANwSU residents say 'no' to $6.5 million VUHS bond

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns on Tuesday rejected a proposed $6.5 million bond to fund repairs and major upgrades to Vergennes Union High School, 2,244-1,653.

In percentage terms, voters said no by 57.6 to 42.4 percent to a plan that included improvements to the school’s auditorium, installation of a six-lane track and an artificial turf playing field, upgrades to its kitchen and cafeteria, roof repairs to several areas of the building, and parking, sidewalk and traffic-flow improvements.

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Harvey Smith tops Ed McGuire in Addison-5 House race

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, won re-election to a sixth term representing Addison-5 in the Vermont House on Tuesday after defeating Democrat challenger Ed McGuire of New Haven, 1,145-959.

Smith, 67, is a lifelong farmer and is in his second stint representing Addison-5, a district that includes the towns of New Haven, Bridport and Weybridge.

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Court OKs gas station, restaurant on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Environmental Court has ruled in favor of South Burlington firm Champlain Oil Co. (COCO) in COCO’s lengthy effort to build a gas station, a convenience store and fast-food restaurant on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

Environmental Court Judge Thomas Durkin’s Oct. 10 ruling not only granted COCO a permit for its project, but also overturned conditions that the Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) had placed on the business, notably by allowing COCO to sell diesel fuel and to open earlier and close later.

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HOPE seeks donations for those needing winter fuel

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Officials at the organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) are bracing for what they believe will be a substantial spike in requests for assistance from area residents unable to pay their fuel and utility bills.

As of the end of September, HOPE was more than 50-percent shy of meeting its $128,000 donation goal to help people facing electricity shut-offs and/or at risk of seeing their fuel oil tanks go dry. This is assistance accorded to people who have exhausted their own resources and governmental assistance programs.

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Solar project powers up for Lincoln elementary school

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN — The number of Five Town Area elementary schools that can boast of being powered by solar energy has just doubled — to two.

Twelve solar trackers on Kim Smith’s property in Lincoln began generating 50 kilowatt hours of electricity last week. The solar panels will generate close to 100 percent of the electricity that the recently renovated Lincoln Community School needs.

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Black Sheep founder to launch tavern in downtown Middlebury

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Local restaurateur and chef Michel Mahe on Oct. 31 confirmed his plans to open an as-yet-unnamed, new tavern in the former Jackson’s on the River space at 7 Bakery Lane in Middlebury.

Pending the signing of a lease and the construction of a 309-square-foot addition to accommodate a handicap-accessible restroom, the new restaurant would become the fourth in Mahe’s growing culinary empire. He already owns the very successful Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, the Bobcat Café in Bristol and the Bearded Frog in Shelburne.

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Seniors feel the energy at Tai Chi classes

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Allison Lockwood



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ADDISON COUNTY — They stood in silence, focusing on breath. Slowly, their arms rose in a smooth synchronized movement and then drifted back down by their sides. From this starting point, a group of 16 men and women from as far north as Alburgh, as far south as Brandon and Orwell and many towns between, spent two days intensively studying adaptations of the first 12 forms of the Sun practice of Tai Chi.

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