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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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Yeaton's 'Swing State' headed for NYC

Posted on May 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Two years ago, Middlebury playwright and teacher Dana Yeaton and his former student, Andy Mitton, saw their play My Ohio staged at Town Hall Theater and at the FlynnSpace in Burlington.

This July, they will see their creation performed under the new title Swing State at the world’s largest musical theater festival in New York City.

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Nominations sought for sheriff's post

Posted on May 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Republican and Democratic committees want to hear from people interested in filling the balance of the term left by the late Sheriff James Coons, who died April 16.

Party officials have been instructed to submit lists of candidates for the job to Gov. Peter Shumlin by June 15. Shumlin will then appoint an individual to serve as the county’s sheriff until Coons’ most recent four-year term expires in February of 2015.

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Bidding adieu to a 'giant'

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — They arrived from all corners of the state by the hundreds on Monday, bathing Middlebury College’s white marble Mead Chapel in a sea of green, blue and black.

From constables to reformed lawbreakers to the governor of the state of Vermont, they filled the chapel to honor a man who many described as a “giant” in law enforcement — Addison County Sheriff James Coons, who died on April 16 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 59.

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Private schools work to keep numbers up

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — While some Addison County school districts are considering merging resources and governance in the face of declining enrollment, some of the area’s independent, private schools are also having to adjust their budgets and business plans to remain successful.

A survey of six of the county’s independent schools revealed that while some remain at full capacity, others are seeing student numbers drop and are compensating by either trimming staff and/or grade levels, or are adding new offerings to woo prospective families.

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$1.3M grant to fund new Shoreham health center

Posted on May 3, 2012 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Vermont’s Congressional delegation announced on Tuesday that it had secured $1.3 million in federal funds to build a community health center in Shoreham that will offer medical and dental services to area residents regardless of their ability to pay.

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