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College giving development land behind Ilsley to town

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It was originally presented as a real estate swap. Middlebury College would acquire the Lazarus building at 20 Main St. and convey it to the town for demolition for better access into the Marble Works Business District. In return, the town would cede a small  property behind Ilsley Library (less than a third of an acre) to the college, which would add to its own 1-plus acre of land to create a 1.4-acre parcel that it would market for a future economic development project to strengthen the downtown.

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Pressed by critics, Gov. Shumlin defends natural gas pipeline

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents welcomed Gov. Peter Shumlin to Middlebury American Legion Post 27 on Monday with a rousing serenade to mark his 58th birthday.

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United Way to miss goal for fund drive

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County leaders will spend the coming weeks reminding potential donors that there’s still time to contribute to the organization’s 2013 fund drive, which as of last week had yielded around $622,000 — approximately $100,000 shy of the $725,000 goal announced last September.

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Middlebury to discuss pipeline Phase II on April 29

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — In addition to learning about Middlebury College’s intention to turn over land behind Ilsley Library to the town for development, the Middlebury selectboard at their meeting on Tuesday also discussed a number of other issues — most notably a proposed natural gas pipeline.

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Shumlin unconvinced on school funding changes, upbeat on single-payer health care

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday warned about the potential legal consequences of overhauling the state’s education finance system and expressed his priorities for a single-payer health care system that could be in place as soon as 2017.

Shumlin made his comments during an interview at the Addison Independent. The governor also appeared on Monday at a legislative luncheon at the Middlebury Legion (see related story on Page 1A) at which he was challenged on his support for the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project.

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Hospital chief Jim Daily sets retirement date

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer James L. Daily has confirmed he will retire from his position by early 2016, after what will have been 32 years at the helm of the county’s top health care organization that he has helped transform. Daily, 59, confirmed his planned departure through a recent letter to Porter employees.

He has pledged to participate actively in the leadership transition.

The Addison Independent next week will run a longer article on Daily’s time at the medical center.

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Shumlin addresses other issues at luncheon

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Most of the dozen or so questions Gov. Peter Shumlin fielded at the Legislative Lunch at Middlebury’s American Legion hall on Monday dealt with the proposed natural gas pipeline that would bisect the county.

But in his limited time in Middlebury the governor also briefly touched upon:

•His hope to have all New England states raise their minimum wage rates to $10.10 per hour by 2017.

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County towns could get help feeding kids this summer

Posted on March 24, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — State and local human services providers are trying to recruit more Addison County communities to host summer meal programs to make sure children from low-income families continue to have access to nutritious breakfasts and lunches when school is out of session.

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Fish project hooks Mary Hogan pupils on science

Posted on March 24, 2014 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Third- and fourth-graders at Mary Hogan Elementary School are being asked to help create a major fish story at the beginning of each school day.

No, they aren’t being asked to write a work of fiction, or even stretch the truth.

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Health care reform makes some gains; sign-up deadline looms

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Two key Addison County lawmakers involved in the state’s health care reform effort said they are pleased with Vermonters’ response to the new health insurance exchange and conceded that long-awaited financial details about the transition to a single-payer system probably won’t be available until early next year.

That was the word this week from Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison and Rep. Mike Fisher of Lincoln, both Democrats.

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