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Six ACSU towns brace for education tax hits

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Dwindling student numbers, a boost in the statewide education property tax rate and a new requirement that school districts pay for their own paraprofessionals are among factors contributing to potentially large property tax increases associated with 2014-2015 budget proposals designed to maintain current programming at Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) elementary schools.

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Ripton Elementary students check out Middlebury College

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — The students and staff of Ripton Elementary School — including 44 students in grades pre-K through sixth — on Monday, Sept. 30, took a field trip to Middlebury College.

The day started on the athletic fields, where the Ripton students got to play with men and women from the lacrosse teams, softball team and women’s ice hockey team. Students learned to handle sticks, catch, throw, run and dodge in four different stations around the facilities.

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Coloring book puts kids at ease by explaining eye appointments

Posted on August 19, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was almost 20 years ago that Molly Hawley assisted a Cleveland, Ohio, ophthalmology office in creating a coloring book to help relieve pre-appointment jitters for child patients. Youngsters could color in the pictures of the mysterious high-tech eye equipment and at the same time learn that their impending exam would be largely pain-free.

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McKibben wins $100k environmental award, pledges half to college — if it divests

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Author and activist Bill McKibben on Tuesday was awarded the $100,000 Sophie Prize, one of the world’s largest environmental awards, for his work in building 350.org, the first widespread global climate campaign.

The Norway-based prize jury cited McKibben for “pioneering new methods of social protest,” from Internet-based organizing to the widespread civil disobedience confronting the Keystone XL pipeline. Past recipients of the award include Nobel laureate Wangari Mathaai and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.

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North Branch students deliver self-written play with philosophical theme

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Theater enthusiasts will have an opportunity to witness a “Mad World” at the Ripton Community House this weekend. “Mad World” is the name of the original play that the North Branch School students have written and will perform twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.

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Middlebury College hosts 90th winter carnival this weekend

Posted on February 15, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College will host its 90th annual winter carnival this Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16. The Nordic races will be contested at the Rikert Nordic Center on the Bread Loaf campus in Ripton, while the alpine events will be held at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl up Route 125 in Hancock.

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Ripton eyes new school roof with solar panels

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to spend up to $150,000 to put a new roof on their elementary school. And in a separate vote on the same day, they’ll be asked to add to that new roof 200 solar panels in order to generate electricity to reduce the school’s energy bill for at least the next 20 years.

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Ripton to host snowshoe race

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — The first annual Rikert/Dion Snowshoe Race will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.

The race is approximately 5K over varied terrain. All levels are welcome. There is a $10 entry fee. A limited number of snowshoes will be available for rent. Hot drinks will follow the race.

For more information, contact Peggy Lyons at mlyons@middlebury.edu.

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Ripton first responder staffs night shift in Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Like many Addison County residents, Ceredwyn Alexander spent some tense moments in front of her television during the past few weeks tracking the potential path of “super storm” Sandy and wondering if it would do to Vermont what Tropical Storm Irene did to the state last year.

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Previous owners return to their roots at Ripton's Chipman Inn

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Joan and Chris Bullock thought they had bid adieu to the Chipman Inn in 1986 following a successful, 8-year stint owning and operating the historic lodging facility off  Route 125 in Ripton. They had a nice run, but the long hours of cooking and cleaning had taken their toll.

Joan Bullock recalled often serving “last call” at the inn’s small pouring station in the wee hours, then grabbing a few hours of sleep before descending the stairs to the kitchen by 6 a.m. to get breakfast ready for her lodgers.

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