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Four candidates compete for three spots on ID-4 board

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the eight-person race for three spots on the Middlebury selectboard is capturing a lot of attention during the countdown to Town Meeting Day, Middlebury voters on March 4 will also decide a four-candidate race for three, three-year terms on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board.

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Weston resigns from planning commission

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A member of the Bristol Planning Commission resigned abruptly during a meeting Feb. 18. Longtime commission member Ken Weston handed a letter of resignation to his colleagues shortly after the meeting began.

Nine minutes into the meeting, during debate about the Bristol Cohousing Project, Weston handed a letter to chair Chico Marin.

“I can’t take part in this discussion any longer,” Weston said.

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College acquires new Steinway piano

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College on Saturday will celebrate its new Steinway concert piano with a performance by students, faculty and alumni.

The free event will feature a lecture by Joseph Polisi, president of the Juilliard School, as well as performances of many different styles of music.

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MUHS boys' hoop to host; VUHS, Mt. Abe play late

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high school boys’ basketball teams were set to open Division II postseason play on Wednesday after the deadline for this issue of the Independent, while Middlebury will host a D-I first-round game on Thursday.

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UD-3 voters approve first step toward new town gym

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday evening voted 306-118, by paper ballot, to allow the UD-3 board to negotiate a lease with the town of Middlebury for a Creek Road parcel that would host an 11,500-square-foot recreation facility.

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Five veterans seek three city council seats

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters on March 4 will choose from a field of five experienced candidates for three two-year terms on the city council.

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Three candidates vie for two seats on Lincoln selectboard

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



LINCOLN — Two incumbents and one former board member are vying for two seats on the Lincoln selectboard. Paul Forlenza, Elwin Isham and Will Sipsey will face off in one of only two contested races on the Town Meeting ballot.

Forlenza is a consultant who specializes in healthcare reform policy and health information technology. He has lived in Lincoln since 1999, and has owned land in town for 35 years.

Forlenza was first elected to the selectboard last year when the body expanded from three to five members.

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Murray hopes third time is charm in run for Middlebury selectboard

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Eric Murray is hoping his third try for a spot on the Middlebury selectboard will be the charm, as he seeks to break into the winning column on March 4 following a spirited six-person race for two three-year spots on the town’s chief elected board.

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Sled dogs keep Addison man young

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Christy Lynn



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How long in life can you continue to pursue physically and emotionally demanding hobbies that have you outside in extreme temperatures, facing challenging and even dangerous scenarios?

The answer for Ed Blechner, dog sled driver of almost 40 years, is “as long as I can.”

Blechner, now 66, first got into dog sledding in 1975. “I was always interested in dogs in functional, non-traditional ways,” he says. With a parallel interest in winter camping, working with sled dogs seemed like a natural hobby to pursue.

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