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Ripton and Weybridge eye schools: Towns confront trend of dipping enrollment

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton school directors are asking fellow residents to weigh in with ideas on how to sustain their local elementary school through a declining student enrollment that could dip to 27 by 2013.

Meanwhile, Weybridge officials this fall will launch a similar series of public forums to respond to dwindling student numbers in that community.

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Report suggests $1.6M fix for flooding on Route 125

Posted on July 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Middlebury and Ripton officials support further study of a $1.6-million plan to install a series of flood walls and culverts along Route 125 from Ripton to East Middlebury as a way of minimizing washouts and other damage from future flooding.

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Ripton man confirms Senate bid

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton resident Robert Wagner confirmed on Thursday that he will run as an independent candidate for one of Addison County and Brandon’s two seats in the Vermont Senate.

Wagner, 46 describes himself as fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues. He is running as an independent because he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the major, established parties on a variety of issues, ranging from taxation to the future of Vermont’s statehood.

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Ripton eyes plan to thwart floods

Posted on November 16, 2009 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton residents this Tuesday, Nov. 17, will be asked for their feedback on a plan to buttress and stabilize a key stretch of the Middlebury River to prevent it from flooding the village during major storm events. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Ripton Community House.

The river in August of 2008 jumped its banks and flooded portions of Ripton village. Areas along the north bank of the channel were severely eroded during a major storm that month and portions of Route 125 both upstream and downstream of Ripton village got washed out.

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In Ripton, students learn lessons of less

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Ensconced in a former farmhouse tucked away amid the tree-filled slopes of Ripton, one could already argue that attending classes at the North Branch School is akin to going back to nature.

But the more than two-dozen students and faculty at North Branch took that concept a step further last week, as part of their contribution to the more than 5,200 worldwide global warming action events that occurred on Oct. 24 through the efforts of 350.org.

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Collitt picked for selectboard post in Ripton

Posted on September 14, 2009 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Selectmen here have picked Ripton General Store co-owner Richard Collitt to fill a vacancy on the selectboard until municipal elections take place next March.

Ripton Town Clerk Sally Hoyler confirmed the board recently picked Collitt from a list of four local residents who had declared interest in serving the balance of a term being vacated by longtime incumbent Selectman William Ford.

Collitt, who was unavailable for comment as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, officially joined the board on Sept. 1 and will attend his first meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

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English students also strut the stage

Posted on August 3, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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By ANDREA SUOZZO
RIPTON – “This was the man was meant me; that he should come/So near his time, and miss it!”

So says Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, meeting Alsemero just after her father has promised her to another man. The tragedy, which includes a more comic subplot in a madhouse, played last week in the Little Theatre at the Bread Loaf School of English. It was this year’s major production at the school, bringing together a combined cast of professional actors and Bread Loaf graduate students.

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Ripton board sees rare turnover

Posted on July 20, 2009 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — The town of Ripton will soon welcome a new face to its selectboard for the first time in almost a quarter-century.

The unusual vacancy is being created by Selectman Bill Ford’s resignation, which takes effect on Sept. 1. That date that will usher in a new era in Ripton municipal government, but also mark the demise of a longstanding triumvirate, the members of which have served together as the town’s legislative body since 1986. Ford, Laurie Cox and Ron Wimett all joined the Ripton selectboard at the same time.

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Paintings teach Ripton students more than just art

BY JOHN FLOWERS

RIPTON — They filed into the Middlebury College Museum of Art this early spring day, taking positions in front of works they eagerly drank in with their eyes.

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