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Ayer, Bray and Wagner file; GOP takes pass on Senate

Posted on June 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore voters will elect at least one new state senator this November, and that person will either be a Democrat or an independent candidate.

A records check at the Addison County Courthouse revealed that two major party candidates had filed papers by the June 14 deadline to run for the state Senate this November. Those filing at the courthouse were incumbent Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, and fellow Democrat Christopher Bray of New Haven.

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Study panel floats ideas to boost ACSU schools

Posted on June 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The path to long-term sustainability of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools hinges in part on sharing more resources, enhancing programs and curriculum, and exploring potential collaborations with Middlebury College.

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Middlebury lauds Guild, hears sign complaints

Posted on June 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their June 12 meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard delayed reconstruction of South Street after bids for the work came in much higher than expected (see story in June 14 Independent), plus they discussed a number of other issues.

Specifically, in other action last Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard:

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Clippings: Best effort can at times fall short

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



We work hard at this twice-weekly to keep our readers informed about goings-on in Addison County. That means talking to people face-to-face or by phone, or hearing from them at meetings.

But there are times we can’t get to a meeting, so we have to follow up by phone with the people who are affected and the sources we have cultivated over the years.

It’s a formula that usually works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

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Sen. Giard won't seek another term

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Sen. Harold Giard, D-Bridport, who has represented Addison County and Brandon in the state senate for the past eight years, will not seek a fifth consecutive term in the state’s highest chamber this November.

Giard confirmed this news during an interview with the Addison Independent late Wednesday afternoon. He said his decision was made out of respect for Vermont’s citizen Legislature and out of a desire to allow someone else to serve in a role he has found so fulfilling during the past eight years.

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Mount Abe grads make poetic exit from school

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School on Saturday sent 143 freshly minted graduates into the world with good wishes wrapped in prose, song and the letter “P.”

“Prepare yourself for a panoramic, pragmatic, participatory promenade through powerful, profound prose that may seem pedantic, and please refrain from propelling projectiles until the pronounced peroration point prevails,” graduation speaker Scott Beckwith, an MAUHS social studies teacher, urged the seniors in an alliterative tongue twister.

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High bids to delay South Street work

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will delay major reconstruction of South Street in wake of much higher-than-anticipated bids for the work, though the selectboard is reviewing some traffic calming measures that could be installed on the busy road in the meantime.

South Street and Green Mountain Place had been in line for a major overhaul, in large part to allow for replacement of water and sewer infrastructure. The surface of South Street has also fallen into disrepair over the years.

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Baker, 94, is face of volunteerism at Porter Hospital

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A hospital can be an intimidating and foreboding place for those who first cross the threshold looking for a sick loved one somewhere in a veritable honeycomb of rooms.

Porter Hospital is no impersonal honeycomb, but visitors can still be anxious — until they see Mary Baker. It is then that furrowed brows become less crinkled and destinations become more clear as Baker smiles reassuringly, issues a warm welcome and asks if she can help.

And she invariably can.

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Democrats, GOP endorse Keeler for sheriff

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly on Monday to endorse Don Keeler as sheriff, a position the longtime deputy has held on an acting basis since the death of Sheriff James Coons on April 16.

The Democrats’ voice vote appears to leave the road wide open for Keeler to secure the appointment, expected to be made by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Addison County Republican Committee had previously endorsed Keeler.

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Middlebury draft town plan draws concerns

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Planning Commission members will take another close look at the draft 2012 town plan in wake of comments from several local businesspeople and citizens who are calling the 199-page document too lengthy, prescriptive and not welcoming enough to prospective entrepreneurs.

Those kinds of comments — along with some positive ones — have reached commission members in recent days by e-mail and through testimony delivered at well-attended public hearings the panel held at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library on June 4 and 6.

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