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New Haven Libertarian eyes state Senate seat

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — If Archie Flower were to come up with a campaign slogan, it would probably be “Live and let live.”

That phrase, in essence, sums up the philosophy of the Libertarian Party under whose banner Flower, a 47-year-old New Haven resident, is running for one of the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

“It’s the golden rule,” Flower said during a Monday interview.

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New head of Middlebury recreation is a familiar face

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Hard work and tenacity pays off.

Just ask Dustin Hunt.

Fourteen years ago, Hunt was carting soil and fishing debris out of the Middlebury municipal pool as a part-time laborer with the town’s Parks & Recreation Department.

On Monday he began his new job as the department’s top administrator.

“It really is a dream come true for me,” Hunt, 33, said of his new job.

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Planning for Middlebury's downtown is at a crossroads

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury planning officials are again applying for a grant of up to $60,000 to prepare a downtown master plan that will serve as a blueprint for how residents want to see their village core develop in the future.

And some municipal leaders are warning the future will quickly become the present, so they’re lobbying for the launch of a downtown master planning process that was announced two years ago but has stalled because the town has thus far been unsuccessful in landing grant money to help assemble the plan.

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New faces, programs on tap at ACSD as school district phases in International Baccalaureate

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — “New beginnings” is certainly an apt term to describe this Wednesday’s resumption of classes in the Addison Central School District.

Students from the seven district-member towns will be greeted by a faculty that includes 32 new teachers. And many children will be adjusting to a new way of learning, through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program.

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Orwell braces for new Act 46 vote, new fight

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — The multi-year saga of determining whether Orwell continues to independently govern its village school, or cedes that control to an 18-member district board, will likely be laid to rest by a referendum this November to be fielded by voters in the communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven.

But there are a few key hitches in this upcoming vote.

First, votes in that election will be comingled, and thus not allow Orwell residents to defeat the measure independently, as it has on three previous occasions.

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Whiting to spend nearly $400,000 to refurbish two municipal buildings

Posted on August 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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WHITING — Whiting residents have agreed to pay extra property taxes over the next 20 years in order to bankroll a major overhaul of both their municipal fire station and town shed.

Residents on Aug. 14 voted 65-24 in favor of floating a 20-year bond for a combined total of $395,000 to do the work.

The Aug. 14 referendum was actually the second time Whiting residents endorsed the two projects. Back on June 26, citizens voted 40 to 22 to support the fire station project, and 34 to 28 to remove the current town shed and replace it with a new structure.

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Kniffin stepping down as Porter Hospital president

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center Board Chair Maureen McLaughlin has announced that Porter’s President, Dr. Fred Kniffin, will step down from his leadership role next spring. The search for a new leader for Porter will begin shortly.

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Rep. Van Wyck wages successful write-in campaign to get on ballot for re-election

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Rep. Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh, has decided to postpone his legislative retirement plans.

The three-term incumbent waged a successful, eleventh-hour write-in campaign leading up to Tuesday’s primary election, which will allow his name to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot in the race for one of the Addison-3 district’s two House seats.

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Oscar winners, 100 films jazz up Midd Film Festival

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury on Thursday will reprise its unofficial role as “Hollywood East” as it plays host to around 60 budding filmmakers and celebrates some of the best talent the movie industry has to offer.

It’s the fourth annual New Middlebury Filmmakers Festival (MNFF), a four-day extravaganza that will include the screening of more than 100 films and events to recognize the courage and accomplishments of some very talented people.

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Several area schools receive safety grants

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
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ADDISON COUNTY — Thirteen area towns and school districts will receive school safety grants ranging from $959 to $25,000 to better protect their students from potential acts of violence.

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