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Injured Monkton man rises to the challenge, regains independence

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MONKTON — Chris Grant pretty much had life by the tail.

He had his health, a home, a job and a Harley.

Then June 27, 2009, came along and changed his life forever.

Grant, then 36, was taking his motorcycle for a quick burn along Walker Mountain Road in Clarendon. He was a mile-and-a-half from his home when he rolled into a curve and saw an oncoming pickup truck that was veering across the centerline of the road.

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Pediatric dental office proposed for Middlebury

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A local dentist is seeking permission to build a pediatric dental office off Court Street in Middlebury, a practice that would serve children as well as adults with disabilities.

The project is being proposed by Brian Collins, a Cornwall resident with almost three decades of experience as a dentist — primarily in Texas. Collins and his wife, Anne, moved to Cornwall a couple years ago. Since then, he has been providing pediatric dental services at offices in Burlington, in hospital settings, and locally with Middlebury Dental Group.

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Local filmmaker shows kids taking risks in adventure playground

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Erin Davis has fond, vivid memories about how she and her neighborhood playmates used to regularly meet up for imaginative play and games in their native Ohio.

“I was never on a soccer team or a baseball team; I didn’t have a lot of scheduled activities — and neither did my friends at the time,” said Davis, now a Middlebury resident and a teacher of radio documentary at Middlebury College. “We had a lot of free time together to do all sorts of weird, goofy stuff.”

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Middlebury film festival plans winter offerings

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) was a hot ticket during its inaugural run this past August, and organizers want to make sure the enthusiasm for the event does not cool off during the frigid Vermont winter.

To that end, MNFF officials on Tuesday confirmed a 2016 Winter Screening Series featuring four films that will be shown at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater from January to April.

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Leicester students build community, teamwork with treehouse project

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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LEICESTER — It’s not an exaggeration to say that education is scaling new heights at Leicester Central School. That’s where a collection of 4th- through 6th-graders — with some help from adults — recently put the finishing touches on six treehouses on school property.

The project has resulted in an amenity for future generations and required the young builders to become versed in all of the academic skills involved in construction.

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MUHS takes new look at college prep efforts

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of area parents are urging the UD-3 school board to invest in some additional college counseling for the Middlebury Union High School Guidance Department. They argued that the lack of such counseling is resulting in some students being unprepared for the college application process, with others taking a pass altogether on higher education.

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Rep. Walter Pyle fondly recalled

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Former Gov. James Douglas recalled the late Walter Pyle as a congenial, common-sense lawmaker who was an effective champion for agricultural issues during his seven terms in the Vermont House.

“He was always a gentleman; I never saw him angry or disagreeable,” Douglas said of Pyle during a Thursday interview with the Addison Independent. “He had his convictions, but he respected other points of view.”

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Environmental court says Shoreham whiskey maker must follow Act 250 rules

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — A Vermont Environmental Court judge has rejected WhistlePig LLC’s longstanding assertion that it should be considered an agricultural enterprise and thereby entitled to an exemption from Act 250 regulations governing the production and storage of its rye whiskey at its farm off Quiet Valley Road in Shoreham.

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Middlebury begins budget work

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials will spend the next month trimming the first draft of a 2016-2017 municipal budget that reflects a $290,522 increase in spending, which would translate into a 4-cent rise in the town’s municipal tax rate.

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Proposed UD-3 spending plan reflects a 1-percent increase

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got its first look at a draft budget that calls for a 1-percent increase in spending for Middlebury Union middle and high schools during the 2016-2017 academic year.

Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows said the spending plan would also place the district $93,845 clear of a state mandate that UD-3 hold itself to no more than a 0.71-pecent increase in per-pupil spending for fiscal year 2017.

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