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Lawmakers ready for tax hike votes; expect pain at pump to help fix roads

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Local lawmakers were poised this week to vote on several tax initiatives aimed at improving the state’s road and bridges and backfilling federal dollars for health care and other services.

Lawmakers commented on those challenges at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall. Chief among those tax proposals: A plan to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 2 percent this year and next year.

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Middlebury firefighters move into refurbished quarters

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury firefighter Donald Patterson started taking pictures of the fire department’s Seymour Street headquarters last April when construction crews began the multi-million-dollar process of renovating and expanding it.

Eleven months, a lot of hard work and more than 1,000 Patterson photographs later, the Seymour Street fire station is substantially complete and now occupied by a grateful Middlebury Fire Department.

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Downtown Middlebury disruptions expected from rail bridge work

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury businesses and property owners on Thursday, March 28, will have a chance to air their concerns about the loss of parking, construction noise and traffic detours that will arise during the upcoming replacement of the railroad overpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row.

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Legislators hold out little hope for Bottle Bill changes

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — A local citizen is urging lawmakers to make changes in the law that discourages Vermonters from littering.

At Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Bristol American Legion Hall, some of the legislators discussed the tenuous prospects this session for an expanded Bottle Bill. Some residents, like Bristol’s Peter Grant, argued the current 5-cent deposit doesn’t provide enough incentive anymore for people to keep and redeem their containers. As a consequence, an increasing number of cans and bottles are becoming litter.

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Principal of an Oregon high school hired as ACSU superintendent

Posted on March 20, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union Board on Wednesday evening offered the job of superintendent to Peter Burrows, principal of Willamette High School in Eugene, Ore., and Burrows accepted.

Burrows will replace Superintendent Gail Conley, who will retire at the end of June.

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Shoreham OKs WhistlePig distillery, appeal looms

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its approval to WhistlePig’s proposal to establish a whiskey distillery at its property off Quiet Valley Road.

But WhistlePig founder and owner Raj Bhatka cannot take that zoning board approval to the bank — at least not yet. George Gross and Barbara Wilson, owners of the nearby Solar Haven Farm LLC, have already served notice they will appeal the zoning board’s decision to the Vermont Environmental Court.

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MUMS spelling champ repeats feat

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School eighth-grader Ronan Howlett has an expansive vocabulary for a 14-year-old, but two words in particular will always resonate with him even if he rarely gets an opportunity to use them in a sentence: “Qualitative” and “desultory.”

Those are the two words that have won him consecutive titles as Vermont’s top student speller.

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Sheldon Museum unveils treasures from its attic

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A trip to the household attic can often yield a few cherished family treasures with some interesting stories attached to them.

So it should come as no surprise that a trip to the attic of Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History can yield a veritable gold mine of artifacts that speak volumes about the people, places and history of Addison County.

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Vermonters take stock of gun laws, weigh firearms facts

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Gun violence in Vermont has largely been confined to suicides, but concerns linger about the ease with which guns can be obtained in Vermont and then potentially circulated to high-crime areas of other states.

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Nine Addison County towns join Vermont energy challenge

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Nine Addison County towns have thus far jumped into the mix of communities vying for bragging rights in the state’s Home Energy Challenge, a competition to see which town can get the largest proportion of its residences weatherized by the end of this year.

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