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Area schools revise cell phone policies

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — As cell phones become an integral part of cultural, social and intellectual life, county schools are re-evaluating their approaches to student use of the electronic gizmos — and coming up with some very different policies.

While administrators at Vergennes Union High School this week temporarily instituted new, stricter cell phone rules, Middlebury Union High School was getting ready to loosen its rules at the end of a lengthy evaluation process.

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VUHS board again backs decreased spending

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School board members have adopted a 2011-2012 budget for Town Meeting Day approval that would drop spending from the current level by almost $94,000, or 1.06 percent.

Their $8.8 million proposal is the second in two years that would drop spending. The current year’s spending plan of about $8.9 million came in almost $11,000 lower than the previous year’s.

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Plans take shape for Middlebury fire station efforts

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An ad hoc committee is putting together plans for a major makeover of Middlebury’s fire stations, and local fire officials are scheduled to update residents on those plans at town meeting in March. A bond vote could follow later this year.

“My hope is we would have something to the voters by this summer or fall,” Middlebury Fire Department Chief Rick Cole said on Monday. “We don’t want to rush into anything, but we want to keep things moving.”

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Dairy farmers await court decision

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County dairy farmers may stand to receive some cold, hard cash, pending the U.S. District Court of Vermont’s approval of a settlement agreement submitted in late December.

The Dean Foods Company and representative dairy farmers are waiting for court approval on a $30 million settlement that the two parties signed last month, which would conclude one part of a months-long class-action suit that accused three companies of price-fixing and illegal monopolizing of the Northeast dairy market.

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Vt. Farm Bureau sets legislative priorities

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Members of the Vermont Farm Bureau meeting last week in Montpelier to outline their five legislative priorities for the 2011 sessions, said they are looking to a new governor and a refreshed legislature to address the most pressing agricultural issues in the state.

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New business blooms in old school

Posted on January 20, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After more than two decades of working for various florists in Addison County, Carolee Ploof has arrived at a point in her life where she is able to take the reins of her own business.

Ploof, a Salisbury resident, officially opened “Middlebury Floral & Gifts” on Monday in what many locals recognize as the Little Red Schoolhouse at 1663 Route 7 South.

The new store offers fresh flowers, floral arrangements and live plants available for delivery within Addison County and beyond, thanks to its affiliation with FTD wire service.

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Picturing ups and downs

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Everyone’s life has ups and downs: moments of triumph or defeat, of hope or despair.

Twelve Vermont youths (including some from Addison County) with difficult pasts recently got a unique opportunity to transform heightened moments from their own lives into works of art. 

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Aldermen cool to new commission

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Members of the Vergennes City Council at their Jan. 11 meeting said they were skeptical of the possible creation of a Vergennes conservation commission, which some said might create an unwanted layer of bureaucracy.

However, the municipal plan aldermen adopted in September 2009 calls for one to be established.

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Students get crash course in business

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — For 16 Middlebury College students, the average weekday this January includes studying neuroscience, selling books, learning to haggle, doing market research for a local dairy farm and meeting an ex-CIA spy.

Their MiddCORE course isn’t targeted for those students who are hoping to get out on the ski slopes often during the one-class J-term semester. Instead, they spend at least eight hours each weekday learning about business and entrepreneurship with guest speakers and competitive challenges.

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City Council, Boys and Girls Club discusses future of land

Posted on January 17, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

VERGENNES — At a Jan. 11 City Council meeting, aldermen, City Manager Mel Hawley and Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes board member Bill Benton together discussed the city-owned 8.13-acre parcel that lies behind homes on the east side of New Haven Road.

The Vergennes ID School District deeded that land to the city last year when that board dissolved. The youth club board remains interested in some of the land, which is near city schools and recreation facilities, as a potential site for a permanent headquarters and clubhouse.

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