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House begins hearings on ‘right to die’ legislation

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Leaders in the Vermont House of Representatives are targeting a May 11 adjournment for the 2013 legislative session, leaving them around three weeks to tackle an ambitious agenda that includes a familiar and emotionally charged issue: whether to give terminally ill Vermonters the authority to take their own lives under a bill called “End of Life Choices.”

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Bristol runner moved by bombing tragedy

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BOSTON — Monday should have been one of the best days in Meghan Lout’s life.

The accomplished Bristol runner was enjoying her third Boston Marathon under ideal running conditions with her mom, boyfriend and pals cheering her on.

“The race was fantastic and it was a beautiful day,” Lout, 34, recalled on Wednesday. “It was a wonderful atmosphere.”

That atmosphere was shattered in the blink of an eye.

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Bourne to bid farewell to Mary Hogan School after 26 years as leader

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 26 years, Bonnie Bourne has woken up each weekday morning energized by her sincere belief that she has the best job in the world: principal at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary School.

Bourne last week announced she will retire from the best job in the world at the end of this school year, citing three primary reasons — her three granddaughters.

“The time has arrived,” Bourne, 64, said. “There’s a tug between full-time administrative work and three granddaughters, and the granddaughters won.”

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South Street work tops short list of Middlebury public works projects

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A substantial overhaul of water and sewer infrastructure under South Street will dominate a relatively short list of Middlebury public works projects this spring and summer.

The list, discussed on Thursday by Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner, also includes water and sewer upgrades on Charles Avenue and Water Street, along with paving projects for portions of Foote Street, Lower Foote Street and the Painter Hills subdivision.

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Middlebury waterfront to get a facelift

Posted on April 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Work is scheduled to begin early next month on a project that will beautify and improve public access to the riverfront area of the Marble Works complex that fronts the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury.

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Gaucher launches push to grow Middlebury business

Posted on April 15, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Gaucher has only been Middlebury’s first-ever business development director for about 10 days, but he has already mapped out what he wants to accomplish during his next 90.

Gaucher’s plan is to lay a strong foundation for job growth in Middlebury that will include setting up new software to track corporate prospects, networking with Middlebury College alumni as well as state and local economic development officials, and meeting with local business leaders to get feedback on how to fill voids in the local job market.

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Middlebury OKs Mary Hogan School budget

Posted on April 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of around 20 Middlebury residents joined their local school board on Wednesday evening to vote unanimously for 2013-2014 spending plan of $6,418,788 for Mary Hogan Elementary School.

The meeting lasted around one hour, according to ID-4 school board Chairwoman Ruth Hardy.

“There were some good questions and people seemed genuinely supportive” of the budget, Hardy said.

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North Branch students deliver self-written play with philosophical theme

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Theater enthusiasts will have an opportunity to witness a “Mad World” at the Ripton Community House this weekend. “Mad World” is the name of the original play that the North Branch School students have written and will perform twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.

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Leicester OKs school budget on second try

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



LEICESTER — Leicester residents on Tuesday voted 68 to 61 in favor of a slightly scaled-back version of the 2013-2014 elementary school budget of $1,127,521 that they had defeated on Town Meeting Day.

The new spending plan of $1,117,640 reflected $9,881 in cuts, resulting in a 5.4-percent increase compared to this year. Cuts made by the Leicester Central School board included around $2,140 in health insurance-related expenses, $2,758 less in compensation for the school nurse position, and a $5,000 reduction in administrative salaries.

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Clippings: Bracing for another new challenge

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



As I get older, I’m beginning to think my body has been wired backward. Either that, or it’s true what they say about the advancing years becoming a second childhood.

How else can I explain the onset of some health-related maintenance needs that should have manifested themselves when I was a lot younger?

First, my body waited until adulthood before telling me that I “needed” the mumps. I guess it was Mother Nature’s way of having a good laugh at my expense. Kids look cute with chipmunk cheeks; adults — not so much.

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