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Long-serving educators ready for last bell: Don McIntosh

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Don McIntosh has led three generations of Middlebury-area kids through exercises ranging from calisthenics to kickball.

Now, after 37 years as gym teacher serving local middle school-age students, McIntosh is ready to put down his whistle. But don’t expect him to prop up his feet in retirement, even as he approaches his 70th birthday.

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Parade and fireworks to keynote weekend bridge party

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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WEST ADDISON — Around 10,000 people are expected to converge upon the new Lake Champlain Bridge this weekend for a celebration marking the restoration of the vital transportation link between Crown Point, N.Y., and Addison.

A group known as the Lake Champlain Bridge Community (LCBC) has spent many months planning the May 19-20 festivities, which will include a parade, entertainment, vendors and a fireworks display.

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Middlebury schools need new phone system at cost of more than $200K

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury schools are being asked to pool their resources to replace their common phone system, an undertaking estimated to cost between $200,000 and $300,000.

The district is currently putting together a request for proposals from telecommunications companies wanting to do the work, which includes replacing what officials said is some antiquated phone equipment that has occasionally misfired during the past few years.

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Weybridge man helps battle polio

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jason Schnoor in February got to witness India’s Taj Mahal, one of the most opulent and grandiose structures ever made by man.

But that elegant edifice paled in significance to another, far less conspicuous man-made creation that Schnoor and six of his colleagues dispensed to more than 130 children on a single day in India — a vaccine, doled out in simple two-drop increments, aimed at ridding the world of polio.

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Jackson's on the River closes

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Jackson’s on the River Restaurant have elected to close the Bakery Lane business after a two-year run.

Announcement of the closing came in the form of a post on the Jackson’s Facebook site, one month after owners Craig Goldstein and Chris English had informed customers the eatery would be closed during the month of April. The duo had indicated the month-long hiatus was needed to work on a new menu and spruce up the restaurant’s website.

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Lawmakers cap '12 session

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Local lawmakers hailed the 2012 legislative session as one of the most productive in recent memory, producing what they said were some major advances in fortifying the state’s roads and bridges, devising a new search-and-rescue policy and advancing health care reform.

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Shumlin says Legislature laid foundation for new jobs

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday commended the 2012 Legislature for adopting initiatives he said place the state on a firm foundation for job creation, fiscal solvency and sustainable health care costs — in spite of the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

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New Haven man to run for House

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Ed McGuire spent 18 years teaching math to Mount Abraham Union High School students before retiring in 2008.

Now McGuire, a New Haven Democrat, will be reaching out to many of those same, now-adult students to earn their votes as he embarks on a race for the Addison-5 House seat that represents the towns of Bridport, Weybridge and New Haven.

“I do know a lot of young people,” McGuire said on Monday, the official kick-off of his first foray into politics.

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Clippings: Nursing a memory to mow a lawn

Posted on May 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



The birds are chirping up a storm. The lilacs are in bloom. The convertibles are out. The calendar says it’s May. But it really isn’t spring until I bust out the ol’ Gravely.

Gravely, as any self-respecting yard-maintenance junkie knows, is a brand of lawn tractor. And at the risk of sounding like I have a stake in the company (I don’t), this particular Gravely has more value to me than its simple function of cutting grass.

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Museum will tell story of city's key role in War of 1812

Posted on May 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — It’s known as the “Little City.” But Vergennes, unbeknownst to many, played a huge role two centuries ago in a major U.S. Navy victory that protected the Champlain Valley from British invasion and helped end the War of 1812.

The story is succinctly acknowledged on a plaque adorning a stately, stone-pillared monument standing in the city park.

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