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Fenster begins new role as Superior Court judge

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Incoming Gov. Phil Scott will soon be asked to appoint a new Addison County state’s attorney to replace incumbent David Fenster, who on Wednesday was sworn in as a new Vermont Superior Court judge.

Current Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Fenster’s judicial appointment on Dec. 22, in tandem with his selection of Rutland attorney Elizabeth Mann to take over Judge Kathleen Manley’s spot on the bench. Fenster is filling a newly created judgeship.

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Citizens rushed to free pilot from crash

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Perley Jerome was starting a vehicle in the Airport Auto parking lot off School House Hill Road in East Middlebury at around 11:30 a.m. last Friday when he heard a disconcerting sputtering noise emanating from a small plane that had just taken off from the nearby Middlebury State Airport.

He became even more alarmed when the plane’s engine went silent.

“(The pilot) turned around (toward the landing strip), clipped a tree with his right wing, and went down,” Jerome recalled, the event forever seared in his memory.

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Middlebury officials look to the future of downtown

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members at a Tuesday evening meeting considered the future of downtown and next year’s municipal budget.

Board members approved Middlebury Planning and Zoning Director Jennifer Murray’s proposed grant application for funding from the Better Connections Grant Program for development of a “downtown master plan.”

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Scott to fill spot left by Rep. Eastman; applicants sought for Orwell House seat

Posted on December 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — In addition to the task of naming a new Addison County state’s attorney (see related story), Governor-elect Phil Scott during his first month on the job will be asked to fill a House seat being vacated by Orwell independent Alyson Eastman, who has agreed to serve as Scott’s deputy secretary of agriculture.

Eastman’s independent status will give Scott even more flexibility in selecting her successor for the Addison-Rutland House seat that represents Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson.

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City-area educators propose salary hike

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) on Monday presented what it believes is a solid starting point in its salary negotiations on behalf of Vergennes-area educators for the next academic year: a 10.95-percent increase.

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ACSD budget reflects school tax decreases

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The latest draft of the first-ever global budget for Addison Central School District (ACSD) schools indicates education property tax rates for the seven member-communities could drop next year between 3 cents (in Middlebury) to 27 cents (in Weybridge).

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Christmas reinforces family, love

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



People have every right to be thankful on Thanksgiving.

But for me, Christmas is the pinnacle of holiday blessings.

Maybe it’s because I am fortunate to be married into a large, wonderful family. If Norman Rockwell were still alive, he’d bring his easel to the Heffernan home in Bristol to record four generations of a salt-of-the-Earth family breaking bread, opening presents and catching up on the latest news.

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Porter follows 'Blueprint for Health' for success

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center leaders said they are “all-in” on a major shift in the way health care is delivered in the state, a shift designed to cure patients in a cheaper, more effective and more holistic way.

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Orwell's Eastman to join Scott's cabinet as deputy ag secretary

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
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MONTPELIER — Governor-elect Phil Scott on Wednesday announced the appointment of Addison-Rutland Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell, as the new deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

Her appointment means that Scott will need to appoint a replacement to serve out the two-year term to which Eastman was re-elected last month. Eastman ran unopposed for the seat that represents Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson.

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Middlebury rail project delayed again

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A four-year, $40 million overhaul of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges will be delayed for at least another year, in light of a decision by state and federal transportation authorities to submit the project to an Environmental Assessment.

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