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VUHS graduate promoted to brigadier general

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A 1981 graduate of Vergennes Union High School has become a one-star general in the U.S. Army.

Jeffrey A. Farnsworth was promoted to brigadier general March 13 in a ceremony at the Pentagon. His parents are Carol and Allen Farnsworth of Waltham.

Farnsworth is the deputy commanding general for operations at U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT).

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Town administrator to end his eight-year run in Bristol

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL — After 30 years of dealing with pot holes, dog bite complaints and municipal budgets, Bristol town administrator Bill Bryant is ready to retire. Bryant, 57, tendered his letter of resignation at the March 17 selectboard meeting; and his last day will be April 30.

“It seemed like the right time to make a decision for me and the person who replaces me,” Bryant said, noting that the next fiscal year’s budget has been developed and approved by voters.

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Monkton Central team shines at Odyssey of the Mind tourney

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MONKTON — At the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on Saturday, March 22, Monkton Central School’s team placed first in its division for writing and acting out the play “People Are People.” Judges commented that there was an “excellent stage presence by all characters” and a “wonderful use of humor.” The win qualifies the team to compete at the Odyssey of the Mind World Championship in Iowa later this spring.

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College giving development land behind Ilsley to town

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It was originally presented as a real estate swap. Middlebury College would acquire the Lazarus building at 20 Main St. and convey it to the town for demolition for better access into the Marble Works Business District. In return, the town would cede a small  property behind Ilsley Library (less than a third of an acre) to the college, which would add to its own 1-plus acre of land to create a 1.4-acre parcel that it would market for a future economic development project to strengthen the downtown.

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City aldermen see value in brainstorming about Vergennes future

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Tuesday meeting said they expected the March 18 “Community Visit” organized by the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD) to produce a number of concrete proposals to improve the city for its residents.

Mayor Bill Benton said 111 residents on March 18 signed up for nine workshops moderated by the VCRD and attended by more than two-dozen high-ranking state and county officials and private-sector experts, while 90 residents sat down at a community dinner at St. Peter’s Church that evening.

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Pressed by critics, Gov. Shumlin defends natural gas pipeline

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents welcomed Gov. Peter Shumlin to Middlebury American Legion Post 27 on Monday with a rousing serenade to mark his 58th birthday.

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Interim Bristol principal offered longer-term contract

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board on Monday chose the school’s interim principal to be the permanent head.

Sandy Jump, a longtime educator who has served at the school since last summer, will continue as principal at BES.

In a unanimous vote, the board selected Jump over the other finalist, Roy Getchell, who visited the school last week. Jump has served as principal in Milton, Charlotte and East Corinth; while Getchell has worked at a secondary school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, for the past five years.

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United Way to miss goal for fund drive

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County leaders will spend the coming weeks reminding potential donors that there’s still time to contribute to the organization’s 2013 fund drive, which as of last week had yielded around $622,000 — approximately $100,000 shy of the $725,000 goal announced last September.

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VUHS facing tough budget questions with revote due

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes Union High School board discussed for two and a half hours Monday evening how to draft a budget that would be palatable to voters, but they did not reach consensus on how, or if, to cut spending. The board also could not find common ground on how to retire the deficit from last year, and a looming deficit at the end of this year.

“I think this problem is way bigger than what we can do in this room tonight,” board member Laurie Childers said. “We have a very serious problem.”

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Monkton school principal to stay on the job

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board unanimously renewed the contract of its principal on Monday during a special meeting.

Susan Stewart, who has been the principal at the school since 2010, will continue to head the school next year.

School board chair Dawn Griswold issued a statement Tuesday morning explaining the board’s choice.

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