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VUES vote recount gets March 22 court date

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The next stop for the one-vote Town Meeting Day election win posted by Vergennes challenger Susan Ferland over incumbent Vergennes Union Elementary School board director Cheryl Brinkman was set to be in a Thursday morning hearing in Addison County Superior Court.

On March 6, Ferland, a former Addison Central School teacher, edged Brinkman, a VUES board chairwoman and Addison Northwest Supervisory Union board member, 329-328, in a race for a seat on the VUES board.

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Starksboro man pleads guilty to DUI

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — A Starksboro man was sentenced in Addison County District Court on Monday to 100 hours in jail, three years of probation and court costs after pleading guilty to a fifth drunk-driving offense and to reckless endangerment for driving while under the influence of alcohol with his 7-year-old son in his vehicle.

Judge Helen M. Toor also imposed alcohol-related conditions on Ruby Brace Road resident Marland Brewer, 46, and imposed court costs on him. Toor ordered Brewer to start serving his jail time on March 29 at the Marble Valley Correctional Facility.

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Eagles surrender championship to Hurricanes

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
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BARRE — After watching the No. 2 Hartford Hurricanes knock off her top-seeded Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team in Saturday’s Division II final, 48-35, in the Barre Auditorium, Eagle Coach Connie LaRose summed up her impression of the winners.

“They are big. They are tough,” she said.

Led by six-foot-one-inch senior center Sara Illingworth’s 13 points and 17 rebounds, the 19-5 Hurricanes — with three other starters listed at five-foot-ten — had just outrebounded the Eagles by 46-23.

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Rokeby breaks ground on $1.4m visitor center

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
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FERRISBURGH — More than a decade after Rokeby Museum officials first envisioned the concept, workers have broken ground there on a visitors’ center that will house an exhibit on the Ferrisburgh historic site’s pivotal roles in the Underground Railroad and anti-slavery movement.

If the weather continues to cooperate with general contractor Naylor & Breen Builders if Brandon, the roughly $1.4 million Rokeby Museum Underground Railroad Education Center will be finished by August.

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Bridport man draws sentence in sex case

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — A Bridport man at a Monday hearing in Addison District Court was sentenced by Judge Helen Toor to six months of house arrest for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in May 2009.

That six-month sentence given to Jason Ethier, 29, was part of a three-to-15-year suspended sentence agreed to in a plea deal between Ethier’s attorney and state prosecutors for an offense involving a Bristol girl who was 14 at the time.

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Eagles reach D-II final by outlasting Lyndon

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BARRE — For the second straight year and the third time in six seasons, the Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ basketball team is going to the Division II final at the Barre Auditorium.

The top-seeded, 19-3 Eagles earned that berth in a Monday night semifinal by outscoring No. 5 Lyndon in a dramatic fourth quarter, 19-16, in a 47-42 victory.

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Thousands throng to downtown chili fest

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Last Saturday afternoon’s Vermont Chili Festival proved to be the most popular in the four-year history of the annual event, drawing a crowd that organizers estimated to be as large as 5,000 to downtown Middlebury.

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2012 looks promising for home-building firm

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Business looks promising for a prominent Middlebury employer, Connor Homes, which specializes in crafting colonial reproduction kit homes at its Route 7 plant that was once the home of Standard Register.

Connor Homes owner Mike Connor said deposits for his company’s high-end homes are running about 50 percent ahead of 2011, leaving him “cautiously optimistic” the trend is ready to turn back upward after several years of recession in the housing market.

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Bluebird wins chili cook-off crown

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Although Burlington’s Bluebird Tavern walked away from Saturday’s Vermont Chili Festival in downtown Middlebury with the banner for Best Overall Chili, a number of local vendors and organizations also became winners in one of the six categories at the annual event.

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Area voters mirror state GOP trend

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County and Brandon results for Tuesday’s Republican presidential primary essentially mirrored those from around Vermont: A plurality of voters backed former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, but the GOP frontrunner failed to win the outright majority his campaign had sought in state that neighbors his own.

In Addison County and Brandon, Romney led with about 37.2 percent of the vote, trailing his statewide number of 39.8 percent. Romney won Brandon and 16 of the county’s 23 towns.

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