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Top Ten 2010: New bridges take shape, school spending levels, economy shows spark

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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It’s no surprise that one year can sometimes blend into the next. The Addison Independent staff’s picks for the Top 10 local news stories for 2010 contain four that were also on the list in 2009. Our top story for this past year — the Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury — was No. 4 for 2009.

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Child care aid in line for change

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — Local child care providers are concerned that parents will have a tougher time landing financial assistance under a new state plan that would see applications processed at a central call center in Waterbury rather than by officials in the county.

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Census shows slow growth in Vt.; early data for area similar

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — With the first official U.S. Census data out showing Vermont’s population grew just 2.8 percent in the past decade, estimates from 2009 indicate the next batch of information to be released within the next two months may show that Addison County’s growth may have been even slower.

The Census pegged Vermont’s population as of April 1 as 625,741, up from 608,827 in 2000, the last time a full national count was completed.

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Bristol's timekeeper

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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BRISTOL — Bristol resident Victoria Grace has the best view in town.

For more than 20 years now, Grace has climbed up the series of staircases and rickety wooden ladders to the tip-top of Holley Hall twice a week to wind the clock that was installed by the E. Howard Company of Boston in 1884.

Grace inherited the job from her brother-in-law, Roland Benedict, years ago after her sister turned it down. Benedict’s father before him had wound the clock.

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ANeSU officials to consider next steps on teacher pact

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



 

 

BRISTOL — On Wednesday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m., the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU) Board’s Negotiation Committee will meet to discuss the board’s next steps in the teacher contract negotiations process.

At a Dec. 16 meeting, negotiators representing both the boards and teachers from the Addison Northeast Education Association reached an impasse, leaving school board members to decide whether they should impose a contract on the teachers.

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Cornwall to decide fate of LaValley Store

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Cornwall residents next March will again be asked to weigh in on the future of the Lavalley Store building in wake of a spirited but unsuccessful citizens’ effort to raise enough funds to renovate the 120-year-old building and have it function as a full-time business.

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Electric car charging stations eyed

Posted on January 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

 

ADDISON COUNTY — Green Mountain Power (GMP) has confirmed plans to establish public charging stations for electric vehicles traveling in Addison, Chittenden and Washington counties next spring.

Central Vermont Public Service Corp. (CVPS), the state’s largest utility, announced it is exploring a similar service.

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Chronology 2010: Bridges, schools and the economy

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Addy Indy Staff



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Editor’s note: The change of the year is a good time to look back over the last 12 months and recall where we’ve been before diving into the 12 months ahead of us. We present this look back at 2009 to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County. Happy New Year!

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Career Center to offer lower budget

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Steadily surging enrollment and some cost-cutting has allowed the Patricia Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) board to craft a proposed 2011-2012 budget that represents a 1.05-percent decrease in spending and produces the lowest tuition rate in recent memory.

The PHCC board is recommending a budget of $3,343,333, which is $35,528 less than this year’s spending plan and represents slightly more savings than was requested from the school under the state’s “Challenges for Change” education spending directive.

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Leicester couple finds home-spun success

Posted on December 30, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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LEICESTER — In the living room of her Leicester home, Kristin Francoeur fed alpaca fiber into a wood spinning wheel, listening to its quiet click as she spun.

“This one has a tiny squeak, so we’ll have to adjust it,” she said.

The squeak, she said, was in the pedal. Over the past few years, Kristin has gotten some practice figuring out where the sounds are coming from: She tests each Green Mountain Spinning Wheel as her husband, Paul, makes them.

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