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Kicking it up a notch

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School Alt Ed students, from left, Nick Doolan, Makayla Kimball, Alissa Gilbert and Travis Norris, and teacher Steve Colangeli hold up evidence of their progress after a TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S. class in PE. The five were promoted to yellow belt after testing, which included them breaking their first boards. TaeKwon Do K.I.C.K.S., owned by Fifth-Degree Black Belt Master Kellie Thomas of Middlebury.

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State cautions snowmobilers to follow guidelines for safe recreation

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — With snow expected in the coming weeks, the U.S. Forest Service is looking forward to a successful snowmobile season and wants to encourage all riders to put safety first. Green Mountain National Forest (GMNF) officials are recommending that snowmobilers exercise caution when operating on the National Forest, and all lands, in Vermont this winter. GMNF officials remind snowmobile enthusiasts to heed all gates and signs and to stay off roads and trails that are closed.

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51 years and counting

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES LIONS CLUB Past District Gov. Larry Simino, center, standing between Past International Director Tom Broughton of the Middlebury Lions Club and District Governor Pam Nichols of the Manchester Lions Club at a recent meeting, holds one of two plaques he received that evening: the first, conferred by the International Association of Lions, recognizing him as a “Life Member”; and the second acknowledging his 51-plus years of service to the Lions, the community and the District (state of Vermont).  

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Top stories of 2015: #1 — Vermont Gas abandons Phase II pipeline; PSB launches Phase I review

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Vermont Gas in 2015 received some sobering news in its efforts to expand its natural gas pipeline into Addison County and points further south.

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Top stories of 2015: #2 — Voters reject school funding plans; lawmakers push consolidation

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
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When school boards were wrapping up their budget proposals last January they knew that 2015 would be a difficult year in terms of money, but few knew just how difficult it would get. Bristol Elementary, for instance, was looking at six job cuts, Vergennes Union High School planned to cut the equivalent of three full-time teaching positions and a maintenance job as well as cutting funding for some extracurriculars, and the Hannaford Career Center was seeing a 2 percent spending increase but a 14.7 percent tuition increase.

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Top stories of 2015: #4 — $78 million and new farming rules aim to clean up Lake Champlain

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Toxic swirls of blue green algae closing beaches along Lake Champlain are now a recurring summer event. Although such events continue to be concentrated most heavily in Missisquoi Bay and St. Albans Bay, such popular Addison County spots as Kingsland Bay and Button Bay continue to see troubling levels of blue green algae in the hottest months intermittently.

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Top stories of 2015: #5 — Middlebury cries foul over rail bridge project

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Middlebury’s decade-long quest to replace its two downtown rail bridges took a dramatic and expensive turn for the worse in 2015, according to property owners, merchants and residents who figure to be affected by the project.

Local officials had hoped the deteriorating bridges, which carry vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Merchants Row and Main Street above the railroad below, could be replaced for under $10 million during a single construction season, in order to minimize the disruption of detours, noise, dust and the temporary loss of parking spots.

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Top stories of 2015: #8 — Juvenile and drug cases flood an overwhelmed justice system

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Gov. Peter Shumlin shined a bright spotlight on the drug addiction problem in January of 2014 and, with a lot of help from many other advocates for those addicts, began to mobilize Vermonters to help solve the problem. But in 2015 it was clear that the opiate crisis is still ongoing. Drug addiction is still messing up previously promising young lives, causing heartache and fear in many, many Vermont families, and mounting untold costs to the economy.

The amount of disruption that drugs is causing was particularly clear to those who come in contact with the courts.

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Top stories of 2015: #9 — New leaders take charge at Middlebury College and Porter Medical Center

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
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Addison County’s two largest institutions and employers welcomed new top leadership this year. Laurie Patton succeeded Ron Liebowitz as Middlebury College’s 17th president and Lynn Boggs took the helm of Porter Medical Center as the president and CEO, following the retirement of James Daily.

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Top stories of 2015: #10 — Critical town buildings take shape in Middlebury, Bristol and Ferrisburgh

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After years of discussion, major infrastructure projects began in both Middlebury and Bristol in 2015, while Ferrisburgh also went big last year.

In Middlebury, a crew broke ground in the spring on the $6.5 million project to build a downtown municipal office building and a Creek Road town gymnasium and recreation center. After much debate, town voters had backed the projects in March 2014 (and reaffirmed that in May 2014).

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