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Mary Hogan school mulls playground future

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board is considering a comprehensive makeover of Mary Hogan Elementary School’s recreation areas, an initiative boosters will likely complete in phases using grants, donations and volunteer labor.

David Raphael, principal of Middlebury-based LandWorks, on Monday presented Middlebury’s ID-4 board with some ideas for replacing the aging-but-popular Kidspace apparatus while adding some new amenities and landscaping.

The board liked what it saw, according to ID-4 board Chairwoman Karen Lefkoe.

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ACSU school budgets unveiled

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Residents in the Addison Central Supervisory Union towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Shoreham, Salisbury and Weybridge will soon vote on 2012-2013 elementary school spending plans that in many cases reflect small increases in spending but decreases in education property taxes.

The proposed budgets, according to ACSU interim Superintendent Gail Conley, show a commitment by school directors to keep expenses low.

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GMP's Powell touts advantages of merger

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Green Mountain Power CEO Mary Powell believes her company’s proposed merger with Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS) will stabilize utility rates, save customers $500 million during the next 20 years and make the state a stronger place to do business.

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United Way spearheads literacy in schools

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — One doesn’t have to read between the lines to see the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC) commitment to literacy.

The nonprofit organization on Monday announced a three-year, $30,000 commitment to promoting reading in four county grade schools, beginning with Salisbury Elementary.

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New golf and mattress businesses proposed

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Development Review Board (DRB) will spend the next few weeks discussing separate proposals seeking to bring a new mattress store, automotive reconditioning building and golf recreation facility to town.

The DRB on Monday, Jan. 23, will also resume its review of Vermont Hard Cider’s proposal to build a new, 87,005-square-foot plant on Exchange Street. Middlebury Town Planner Fred Dunnington said the board has already given the major project conceptual approval.

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New golf and mattress businesses postponed

Posted on January 23, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Development Review Board (DRB) will spend the next few weeks discussing separate proposals seeking to bring a new mattress store, automotive reconditioning building and golf recreation facility to town.

The DRB on Monday, Jan. 23, will also resume its review of Vermont Hard Cider’s proposal to build a new, 87,005-square-foot plant on Exchange Street. Middlebury Town Planner Fred Dunnington said the board has already given the major project conceptual approval.

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Ripton eyes two votes for school plan

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



UPDATE 1/23/12: This story has a major inaccuracy: Due to a calculation error by Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU), the proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan will not require two votes at town meeting after all. Please see the end of the article for more details, and stay tuned for an article with updated ACSU budget information.

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Group eyes Middlebury business

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.

With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.

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UD-3 seeks 3.18% spending boost

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday agreed to present voters with a 2012-2013 budget of about $16.1 million, representing a 3.18-percent spending increase compared to this year.

While school officials are awaiting firmer state aid information from Montpelier, they are estimating the budget would require a homestead education property tax rate of $1.506 per $100 in property value, representing a 1.4-percent increase compared to this year’s rate of $1.503.

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Board sets $1M bond for new MUMS roof

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters on March 6 will be asked to approve a 20-year, $1,012,491 bond to replace the Middlebury Union Middle School roof.

The UD-3 board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to place the bond issue on the Town Meeting Day ballots of the seven ACSU-member towns after bids had been opened for the job. Rutland-based Quinn Company submitted the lowest bid for a new metal roofing system for MUMS.

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