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Arts Beat for Feb. 8: Two one-act comedies on tap at Town Hall Theater

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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Brighten the gloom and cold of February by going to see two of the funniest one-act comedies ever written. Middlebury Community Players presents Peter Shaffer’s “Black Comedy” and Tom Stoppard’s “The Real Inspector Hound” at the Town Hall Theater at 8 p.m. on Thursday. There will be repeat performances on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

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Schools ready spending proposals: Career center budget up 0.71 percent

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center officials are proposing an essentially level-service 2016-2017 budget of $3,521,263, representing a 0.71-percent increase in spending compared to this year.

The budget reflects a 1.75-percent increase in the tuition rate assessed to the three Addison County supervisory unions that send students to the career center for vocational and technical education. This means the tuition rate would grow by $210, to a total of $20,454, for each full-time equivalent student who attends the center next year.

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Students of the Week - January 25, 2016

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

OVUHS STUDENT OF THE WEEK

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Schools ready spending proposals: Ferrisburgh pares $155K from $3.5M

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday adopted a budget proposal for the 2016-2017 academic year that cuts almost $155,000 from the school’s current $3.587 million spending level.

The plan the board approved for a March 1 vote calls for $3,432,273 of spending, a reduction board members said they are optimistic will help keep taxes in check.

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Bike tours company to leave Bristol for new office in Williston

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — After 35 years in its iconic 18th-century yellow farmhouse in Bristol, a well-known company that leads bicycle tours around the world will pedal out of town this spring.

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, originally known as Vermont Bike Tours, announced last Thursday that it is moving its headquarters from Bristol to a 14,500-square-foot office space in Williston, probably by the end of March.

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Area firefighters lauded for their dedication and service

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — Christopher Herrick, Vermont director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, looked around the Eagles Club in Vergennes this past Wednesday evening at the sea of men and women in crisp dress uniforms. He was taking in everyone at the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting from the most senior to the youngest members of the 200 firefighters assembled.

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Group seeks creative solutions to ease pain of rail bridges work

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If anyone would have good reason to complain about the impacts of the upcoming replacement of the two downtown Middlebury rail bridges, it’s the Rev. Susan McGarry of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

McGarry’s church office is literally 15 feet away from the railroad tracks and perhaps another 30 from the deteriorating Merchants Row bridge that will soon be removed along with the span on Main Street.

“My desk shakes sometimes when the train goes by,” McGarry said on Monday.

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New Otter Valley district gets new board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in all eight Rutland Northeast towns on Tuesday not only approved the proposed school governance unification plans, they also voted for candidates to create one, 13-member Otter Valley Unified Union School Board and a four-member Barstow District Board to oversee the new school districts.

While the number of board representatives a town receives is based on population, there are also four “at-large” board seats weighted equally to the town seats.

Residents in every town voted on each of the board seats.

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State OK's ANwSU merger plan

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As expected, on Tuesday afternoon the Vermont Board of Education approved the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union’s Final Report on unification including the formal Articles of Unification.

That unanimous decision, which came after a 35-minute presentation by ANwSU officials in Barre before the state board, paves the way for a March 1 vote in the five ANwSU communities on whether to unite the four union schools under the governance of one Unified District Board.

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Mount Abe budget up 1 percent; proposal preserves staff & programs

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — On Town Meeting Day, residents in the Bristol area will vote on a Mount Abraham Union High School budget that cuts spending from the current year by almost 4 percent to $13,389,914. But, because of an anticipated drop in the number of students, the budget proposal OK’d by the Mount Abe school board on Tuesday raises per-pupil spending by around 1 percent.

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