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Ripton man confirms Senate bid

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton resident Robert Wagner confirmed on Thursday that he will run as an independent candidate for one of Addison County and Brandon’s two seats in the Vermont Senate.

Wagner, 46 describes himself as fiscal conservative who is liberal on social issues. He is running as an independent because he doesn’t see eye-to-eye with the major, established parties on a variety of issues, ranging from taxation to the future of Vermont’s statehood.

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Sugarmakers consider new 'check valve' technology

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — At sugarbushes around the county, many veteran sugarmakers have kicked into high gear for the season.

And, although cold temperatures in the mountains meant sugaring operations in Starksboro, Lincoln and Bristol were still on hold early last week, the sap was running in the valley at Andy Hutchison’s Mt. Pleasant Sugarworks in Leicester.

Hutchison has 3,000 trees tapped this year. Like many other area sugarmakers, he’s testing the new plastic “check valves” that could potentially boost production at his sugarbush.

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Bristol grabs $50K grant for Holley Hall renovation

BRISTOL — The town of Bristol will receive a $50,000 cut of the $630,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant money that Gov. James Douglas announced on Friday. The funds for Bristol will be used toward making historic Holley Hall fully accessible to people with disabilities.

Vergennes received $500,000 for construction of a senior housing project in that city (see related story

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ANwSU unification earns big win; Vilaseca praises plan as model

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — In a vote watched closely around Vermont, residents of all five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union communities on Tuesday backed strongly the plan to have one 12-member board govern the four-school union.

The final tally was 908-539, or about 63-37 percent, with wide margins in each town.  

As of June 2011, the existing Vergennes Union High and Elementary school boards, Ferrisburgh and Addison Central school boards, and ANwSU board will dissolve and the union will assume ownership of all four schools.

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Bristol rejects new plan, zoning ordinance

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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BRISTOL — By a nearly two-to-one margin, Bristol residents this week sent a crystal clear message to the town’s planning commission: It’s time to head back to the drawing board when it comes to the contentious town plan and gravel extraction zoning ordinance.

That message had been broadcast by a few vocal town residents at a series of public meetings and hearings over the past year, but those opponents were joined on Tuesday at the polls by hundreds of supporters. The town plan fell, 364 for to 598 against, and the extraction ordinance toppled in a 349 to 627 vote.

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Voters back tight school budgets

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters on Town Meeting Day followed a statewide trend in endorsing the vast majority of their 2010-2011 local school budgets, with Bridport standing out as the lone education spending plan to fall at the polls.

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Midd votes out tax on equipment

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their town meeting on Monday resoundingly approved their municipal budget, then went to the polls the next day to elect a new selectman and eliminate the community’s machinery and equipment (M&E) tax over the course of the next six years.

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Brandon OKs bond for police headquarters

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in Brandon overwhelmingly approved a $395,000 bond for a new police station, and they approved all other items on their Town Meeting Day warning, as well.

The town budget, the Neshobe School budget and 13 other articles on the ballot were all given the green light by the Brandon voting public.

Officials said 888 Brandon residents turned out to vote on Town Meeting Day, which is roughly 45 percent of those on the town checklist.

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Chile earthquake sparks family fears

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Early on Saturday morning, the second large earthquake to rock the Western Hemisphere in as many months hit just off the coast of Chile.

Here in Middlebury, the time was 1:34 a.m. For some, the remainder of the night became sleepless.

“I got a phone call on Saturday morning at 4 a.m.,” said Jeff Cason, the Dean of International Studies at Middlebury College.

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UD-3 residents back facilities work

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Voters in the UD-3 school district on Feb. 23 agreed to spend $400,000 in a budget fund balance on various capital improvements to the Middlebury Union high school and middle school campuses, including replacing the Doc Collins football field lights.

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