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Selectboard race shapes up in Bristol

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Three candidates will vie for two seats on the Bristol selectboard in Town Meeting Day voting on March 6.

While current selectboard Chair Joel Bouvier is running uncontested for his second three-year term, incumbent Sharon Compagna, running for her a two-year term, will face competition from Tim Heffernan.

Compagna has been on the board since 2007, when she was appointed to take the spot of her husband, Armand, who died that year. She won election to that seat on Town Meeting Day that year, and again in 2008 and 2010

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Search for ACSU leader narrows

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — The search for a new Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will kick into high gear this week, as a screening committee this Thursday will identify applicants it deems worthy for interviews in anticipation of recommending two or three finalists to the ACSU board next month.

It’s a process expected to culminate in the ACSU board’s selection of a new superintendent on March 14, after the finalists have toured district schools and met with local students, parents, teachers and administrators.

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Recycle, reuse

Posted on February 6, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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RECYCLED BOTTLES PIECED together by Nigerian-born artist Bright Ugochukwu Eke hang from the ceiling in the Middlebury College Center for the Arts. Eke’s work, and that of other African artists, is now on display in the center and in the college art museum.
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Road to nowhere

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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SNOWY TRACKS MEANDER across a field in Addison Tuesday afternoon.
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Video: Conversation with a robot, Part 1

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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Commissioned by futurist and serial entrepreneur Martine Rothblatt, Bina48 is an android physically designed and programmed based on the appearance and personality of Rothblatt’s spouse, Bina Rothblatt (See related story). The first time I visited Bina48 last month, her face recognition software malfunctioned, which meant I had to return a few days later to conduct a full interview (Check out the Q&A here).

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Robot blurs biological boundaries

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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LINCOLN — In the hills of Lincoln exists a robot with a face that moves, eyes that see, ears that hear and a digital mind that enables conversation.

Her name is Bina48.

The unassuming android with a brown wig and pearls has been gaining notoriety since her inception several years ago. But as her creators seek to blur the boundaries between human consciousness and machines, fame isn't their primary motive.

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Local programs fill void in federal heating assistance

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) is doing its best to keep Vermonters warm this winter. But with slashes to federal funding, greater operating expenses and increased demand for fuel assistance, the administer of the federal Low Income Heating Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is looking for help.

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Bristol budget would raise taxes 6 percent

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard took out its budgetary scalpel at its Monday meeting to further shave down a fiscal year 2013 municipal spending plan.

But despite the board cutting an additional $6,000 from the budget that evening, they OK’d a 2012-2013 spending plan that would result in an increase of $96,647, or 5.96 percent, in the amount to be raised by taxes.

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Robot is conversant on many topics

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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What’s it like to interview a robot?

I recently got the chance to talk with Bina48, often touted as the world’s most advanced android, or human-like robot. Bina48 currently resides in Lincoln under the care of the Terasem Movement Foundation — a nonprofit dedicated to testing whether a person’s consciousness can be replicated in another biological or technological form.

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Pupils shine a light on energy use

Posted on January 30, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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FERRISBURGH — Students at Ferrsiburgh Central School are striving to reduce their town’s carbon footprint, and they just took two giant steps toward their goal.

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