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Leicester to see more students, higher tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



LEICESTER — Unlike Otter Valley Union High School, which lost 13 students compared to the prior year, falling enrollment is not an issue at the Leicester Central  School, which grew by 13 students — yet, oddly, costs are still up at the elementary school.

According to Leicester School board member Connie Carroll, current enrollment at the school stands at 71 students, up from 58 students last year. Carroll said they expect 74 students next year.

“We’re projecting a 20 percent increase over the next three years,” she said.

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Town of Middlebury to buy conservation land

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard discussed a proposed municipal budget (see story on Page 1A).

In other action on Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard:

•  Authorized Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay to close on a deal to buy 38.3 acres of conservation land off Washington Street Extension near Chipman Hill. The land, previously considered for a housing subdivision, will be purchased for $150,000 with money on hand in the town’s conservation fund.

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Woman dying of cancer reflects on life in a new book

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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LEICESTER — The newly published book “Eighteen Months To Live” is the poignant real life story of Midge Rylander in her own words.

Rylander moved to Vermont from California in 1963. The mother of three was employed for many years as a legal secretary and then worked for the trust department of a local bank. Rylander lived on Lake Dunmore from 1977 until she died in 1992.

She succumbed after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is a form of lung cancer from prior exposure to asbestos.

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.

The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.

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Welch backs gun control, laments Congressional in-fighting

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Thursday reiterated his support of President Barack Obama’s newly proposed gun control initiatives, lamented Congress’s inability to pass a comprehensive farm bill and said friction between the major parties is as bad as he has seen it in his six years in Washington.

The Vermont Democrat, during an interview with the Addison Independent, discussed these and other issues, including the nation’s financial woes.

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Bristol unveils preliminary design for firehouse update, expansion

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — Bristol residents last week got a look at an initial design for an expansion of the town’s aging firehouse. Residents on Town Meeting Day will vote on funding the creation of a final design plus purchase of a neighboring property on which to expand.

At the special selectboard meeting last Thursday in Holley Hall, architect Ashar Nelson gave a report on the feasibility of keeping the fire department at its present North Street location.

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Maple Landmark produces toy limousine for Obama inauguration

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — A little piece of Vermont will be rolling through President Barak Obama’s second inauguration this week.

A limited-edition wooden toy limousine produced by Middlebury’s Maple Landmark is being sold by the official inauguration committee to defray the costs of the week’s activities in Washington, D.C.

The six-inch-long wooden car with wheels that turn is painted black, gray and gold and features the inscription “57th Presidential Inauguration, January 21, 2013.” It also has a small American flag on the fender.

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County firefighters honored for their dedicated service

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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VERGENNES — Lt. Gov. Phil Scott knows what it means to have one’s life upended by a fire. A year ago a fire struck his business, DuBois Construction, in Middlesex.

In his keynote address at the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting at the Eagles Club in Vergennes last Wednesday evening, Scott shared his personal experience of the dedication and bravery of Vermont firefighters. He recounted the heroic efforts he witnessed as firefighters worked through the night and over the course of several days responding to flare-ups.

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College to host symposium on social entrepreneurship, justice

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — How does a historically poor neighborhood plagued by pollution ensure its right to clean air or access to green space? Is there a way to make a living and still follow a passion that will help individuals and the environment?

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