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Rail bridge repair costs rise; impact report in the works

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The estimated cost of replacing downtown Middlebury’s Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges has grown 30 percent, from $40 million to $52 million, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials confirmed on Monday. The increase is largely associated with the anticipated expenses of detouring Vermont Rail trains during the height of construction.

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Budgets, ballots and debate: County towns ready to take part in Vermont town meetings

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Whether you agree with your neighbors on all issues or think they are seriously misguided, we all have to live together. Do your civic duty and share your views with others in your municipality at the upcoming town meetings.

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Behind the big, red nose: Meet a real clown

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERMONT — Clowns are creepy. Most of us are afraid of them, even if we don’t technically have Coulrophobia.

“I’m afraid of that kind of clown, too,” said Charlotte resident Woody Keppel, who’s been clowning since the early ‘80s. “Clowning is a misrepresented term... We’re not all the big Bozo, Ringling, scary clowns.”

So what kind of clown is Keppel? Think of him as an “eccentric character” having fun.

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Students get unexpected lessons in generosity

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School students Dahlia Harrison and Nell Brayton learned a couple of important lessons during the past month that can’t be taught in the classroom.

First, they received proof positive that the Middlebury community’s generosity knows no bounds.

Second, they learned about the power of federal officials to derail that generosity from its intended target — in this case, Syrian refugees.

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Board ends Gaucher contract early: Says program fell short of targets

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday informed Jamie Gaucher, executive director of the town’s Office of Business Development & Innovation, that he will be out of a job effective June 30.

The board voted 6-1, with Selectman Nick Artim opposed, to end Gaucher’s employment four years into what had been envisioned as a minimum five-year stint coordinating the town’s economic development efforts through the Middlebury Business Development Fund (MBDF).

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Middlebury plans fix for holes in downtown bridges

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown shoppers and merchants will experience roughly two days of traffic-related inconvenience next week when work crews install a large steel plate over a deteriorating section of the deck of the Merchants Row rail bridge, bordering the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church property.

Matt Cram, head of the Middlebury Public Works highway division, explained the 20-foot-by-18-foot steel plate will cover previous patchwork and a new, one-foot-diameter hole reported last Friday in the sidewalk portion of the bridge, next to the church.

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Bristol's revised zoning regs now up for vote: Updates expand opportunities for business, housing

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol residents will weigh in on proposed new zoning regulations on Town Meeting Day. Article 20 will be up for discussion at Monday night’s annual meeting and voted up or down the next day by Australian ballot. The new regulations build on the town plan passed in 2012 and have been five years in the making.

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ANWSD looks to fill school boards

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Although voters chose the members of the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) board a year ago, there remains some unfinished business for voters on Tuesday and for the boards at Ferrisburgh and Addison central schools and Vergennes union high and elementary schools.

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Fun food coming with Vermont Chili Festival

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, March 11, downtown Middlebury will close its streets to welcome thousands of visitors to the ninth Annual Vermont Chili Festival.

Beginning at 1 p.m., this popular street party in on Main Street features performers, music, two after-parties and over 50 different kinds of chili to sample and enjoy. Entry fee to the event is $8 at the gate or $6 in advance online at vtchilifest.com or at participating local retail locations. Check online for a list of all presale ticket locations.

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Mount Abe's May wins Vermont Brain Bee

Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — A three-pound human super computer was the focus of the Vermont Brain Bee, held Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. The event attracted 40 students from 10 high schools across the state — a record in the Vermont Brain Bee’s eight-year history — who eagerly participated in written and “wet lab” examinations, and a first and final oral bee round centered on the many complex details of the brain and nervous system.

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