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No challenge too great for Addison's Kayharts

Posted on October 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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WEST ADDISON — Lee Kayhart had a recurring dream that helped sustain him through the trauma and self-doubt that had enveloped him after a farming accident took both his arms 27 years ago.

That dream was to ride a bicycle. It’s an activity that most folks take for granted, but which seemed like a veritable Everest for someone with no hands to clasp handlebars.

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Mosquitoes back for another bite

Posted on October 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Some warm, wet fall weather has contributed to a late-season surge of pesky mosquitoes that has been harassing people in portions of Addison County.

Tom Baskett, chairman of the Lemon Fair Insect Control District (LFICD), confirmed the surge but said his district was unable to treat it because of the unavailability of state funds. The LFICD conducts drops of pesticides that kill mosquito larvae in the member towns of Bridport, Cornwall and Weybridge.

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On the Radio: John Flowers on WDEV, Sept. 27

Posted on September 30, 2011 | Blog Category:
By John Flowers



Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.

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Shashok picked to fill Middlebury selectboard vacancy

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday welcomed a new member into the fold: Susan Shashok, a local entrepreneur who will for the next five months fill a vacancy created by Selectwoman Janelle Ashley’s recent resignation.

Shashok and fellow East Middlebury resident Eric Murray had both declared interest in succeeding Ashley until the next municipal elections in March. At that point, the remaining year on Ashley’s term will be up for grabs on the Town Meeting Day ballot.

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Middlebury approves fire station proposal

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Tuesday voted 146-78 in favor of a $250,000 bond issue that will pay for final design and engineering work for a proposed major overhaul of the Seymour Street and East Middlebury fire stations.

Tuesday’s successful vote was a precursor to what will be a final, $4.625 million bond referendum for the project, which would result in a new fire station in East Middlebury and a substantial expansion/renovation of the department’s Seymour Street headquarters.

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Jan Albers completes chapter as director of Sheldon Museum

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — After six years at the helm of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Jan Albers is ready to write the next chapter in her professional life.

Albers confirmed on Tuesday that she will be stepping down as executive director of the Sheldon — the repository of some of Addison County’s most treasured historical documents — effective this Friday, Sept. 30.

“The average stay for a museum director is five years, and I have been here for six,” Albers said with a smile.

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Lincoln author rolling out first ghost story

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



LINCOLN — Bestselling author Chris Bohjalian of Lincoln always goes to great lengths in researching background for his books, whether it be midwifery, domestic violence or interracial adoption.

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Group sharpens plan for development head

Posted on September 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen on Monday received an update on an ad hoc committee’s effort to define a proposed new town position of “director of business development.”

The person holding that post — which would need approval from town voters as soon as next March — would be charged with creating, recruiting and retaining high-quality jobs in Middlebury.

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ACSU weighs option of second language

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) committee will spend the next three months studying the feasibility of offering a second-language program to students throughout the seven-town school district.

Most students in the ACSU currently do not have access to second language instruction until grade 8, though Weybridge Elementary currently operates a successful Spanish program. Officials at Mary Hogan Elementary in Middlebury are also now exploring the prospect of offering a second language.

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eCorp English regroups

Posted on September 26, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The president of eCorp English acknowledged on Thursday that her company’s Middlebury launch has been slowed by low cash flow and a major loan agreement that fell apart, but said a recent infusion of new money and the imminent unveiling of its new software product should right eCorp’s ship and put it back on schedule to becoming a major employer in the area.

“The message is, ‘We are not going belly-up, we are not leaving Middlebury,’” said Deborah Schwarz, founder and president of eCorp English.

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