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ACSU makes $100,000 payout, settles lawsuit by ex-employee

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union board on Wednesday settled a lawsuit filed by its former business manager, thereby averting a jury trial that was slated to begin on Monday, May 6.

The settlement, forged through several hours of mediation between officials representing the ACSU and plaintiff Sharon Stearns, calls for the district to pay her $100,000 in what her attorney, Norman Watts, referenced as “lost compensation and other damages.”

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Cornwall's Donavan excels on world stage in triathlon

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — A little motion picture called “Iron Man 3” opened this past weekend.

Addison County has its own Ironman, whom you won’t be able to find at the movie theaters. This Ironman can swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 and then run a full, 26.2-mile marathon in one day — then go home and put her three kids to bed while holding down a full-time administrative job.

And she does it without a metal suit or computer-generated imagery.

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Passion for education fuels Swift's leadership of Middlebury Interactive Languages

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — As the first female acting governor of Massachusetts, the youngest woman to be elected to the Massachusetts State Senate and former vice president of an innovative venture capital fund, Jane Swift — who sidelines as a professor at Williams College, political advocate, and mom of three — is used to being a trailblazer.

But for all of her varied accomplishments, the CEO of Middlebury Interactive Languages may well have been destined to end up working for education advancement.

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Opera company offers fans a chance to meet the singers

Posted on May 6, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Opera Company of Middlebury, now in its 10th season, has become a popular stop for talented young opera singers on their way to great careers. But there’s another big attraction.

“When these singers come to Middlebury they immediately feel as if they’re part of the community,” says OCM artistic director Douglas Anderson. “They make a lot of friends in the area, which is unusual, and one reason for that is ‘Meet the Singers.’”

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Farms get incentives to protect bobolinks

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



ADDISON COUNTY — Spring has finally arrived, and across the region wildlife species are returning to their seasonal habitats, including flocks of migratory birds. But while there may seem to be an abundance of chirping birds returning to the area, the populations of Vermont’s seven grassland songbird species have, in fact, plummeted in recent years.

This year, an innovative project at the University of Vermont aims to restore habitat for one of those specie: bobolinks.

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City to move carefully in considering smoking ban

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton said this week city officials would take a measured approach to a request by Vergennes Union High School 8th-graders to make the city’s pool and recreation areas and its central green off limits to smoking.

Benton said several decisions have to be made, including whether to treat the pool and recreation area differently than the city green, whether to address public smoking with laws enforceable with fines or with less strict policies, and whether to act and how quickly to do so.

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Middlebury College students confront sexual assault

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Recent events at some of Middlebury College’s peer institutions have brought the issue of sexual assault on college campuses into the national spotlight.

Dartmouth College cancelled classes for a day last month after students who participated in a demonstration to raise awareness about sexual assault received death and rape threats, as well as racial slurs, on an anonymous online forum.

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Local childcare center to close; HOPE seeks new tenants

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Faced with financial pressures, Vermont Adult Learning in Middlebury will close its onsite childcare center in June, sending 15 families in search of other options and leaving Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) with another vacancy in its Community Services Building on Boardman Street.

Joe LaRosa, the regional manager for Vermont Adult Learning’s (VAL) Middlebury location, confirmed the childcare center will end its multi-year run at the end of business on Friday, June 28.

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Elementary school teacher to graduate after 49-year career

Posted on May 2, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — “Mary Hogan” is an almost mythical figure to the young Middlebury children who attend the graded school that bears her name. Verily, the veteran principal had retired long before most of the current students’ parents had wandered the halls of Mary Hogan Elementary School.

But those curious enough to inquire about Mary Hogan have always been able to talk to the inimitable Mary Doyle. That’s because Mrs. Doyle not only knew Mary Hogan, Doyle was hired by Mary Hogan — almost a half century ago.

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Could Middlebury become a ski destination?

Posted on April 29, 2013 |
By Anglo Lynn



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RIPTON — A good ski season, boosted in large part by new snowmaking at Rikert Ski Touring Center at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus, is helping set the stage for a renaissance in winter tourism in the greater Middlebury area.

“The past season was great in a lot of ways,” said Rikert Ski Touring director Mike Hussey. “While the weather was up and down, a real roller-coaster throughout the year, we were able to host our major events without worrying about whether we’d have adequate cover on the trails.

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