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College sees stable financial footing

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — More than a year after the stock market fall shot a huge hole in Middlebury College’s endowment and sent the institution scurrying to right its financial ship, college President Ron Liebowitz this week will present balanced budget proposals through 2015 to the college’s board of trustees.

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Federal stalemate hampers state health care reforms

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant and a tight state budget continue to generate most of the headlines out of the Statehouse, lawmakers continue to work quietly and methodically on another major issue: Health care reform.

Local lawmakers provided an update on further health care reform efforts at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Middlebury Legion.

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Ag chief: consensus needed for dairy reform

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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BURLINGTON — In the first visit from the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to Vermont in 20 years, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack last weekend told Vermont’s struggling dairy farmers that changes in their industry are overdue, but that any reforms will need to come from farmers, not Washington.

The visit came at the end of what has been the hardest year in recent memory for Vermont farmers, who have been selling milk below the cost of production and taking out enormous loans to keep their farms in business.

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WomenSafe seeks help for abuse prevention

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is applying for a combined total of $750,000 in two federal grants to further boost the local fight against sexual abuse and domestic violence.

WomenSafe is partnering with the Addison County State’s attorney’s office in applying for the major grants, the first of which is for up to $350,000 over two years through a U.S. Department Office Justice’s (DOJ) Office on Violence Against Women.

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Milfoil fight could cost towns more

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By John Flowers



LEICESTER — Leicester and Salisbury voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to substantially boost their financial commitment to removing Eurasian milfoil weeds from Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake.

Residents of both towns will be asked to earmark $7,225 toward milfoil eradication efforts in 2010, up from the $2,322 level the communities supported last year. The beefed-up financial requests come in the wake of reduced state funding for milfoil eradication, coupled with a recent spike in the spread of the nuisance aquatic weed in both lakes.

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National Scenic Trail could bring long-distance hikers to county

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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WEYBRIDGE — Some day in the future, Addison County residents may be able to hop on a trail in their hometown and walk on it all the way to North Dakota.

That’s the vision put on the table by the Middlebury Area Land Trust last week at two open houses that gathered public opinion about extending the North Country National Scenic Trail, which is planned to run from North Dakota to Crown Point, N.Y., into Vermont.

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Addison town budget proposed

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison selectmen have proposed a budget for the 2010-2011 fiscal year that has a higher face value, but the major spending increase within it will be supported by a capital fund in the highway budget into which residents have contributed in past years.

Addison selectmen are requesting combined highway and general fund spending of $872,503, up about $21,300 from 2009-2010.

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Orwell sees four contested races

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ORWELL — Orwell residents are gearing up to decide a number of contested races come Town Meeting Day. Two candidates have come forward for each of four races, including one seat on the selectboard, two seats on the school board and one lister position.

Town meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 2, at Orwell Town Hall to be followed by the Orwell School District Meeting. Polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., and town officer elections and the proposed changes to land use regulations will both be decided by Australian ballot.

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Neighbors question solar OK

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Public Service Board (PSB) has approved a Brandon couple’s application to install a solar array on their Mount Pleasant neighborhood property.

Jim and Karen Emerson received a Certificate of Public Good on Jan. 28 to install a 10-foot-by-12-foot solar array at their home on Prospect Street, but an appeal is not out of the question.

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Bixby seeking more town funds

Posted on February 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — For the first time since 2002, the trustees of the Bixby Memorial Free Library have decided to raise the Vergennes library’s funding requests from the five communities it serves.

In 2002 the Bixby — at that time funded far less by its service area than other Vermont libraries — asked for and received a significant increase in the towns’ support, to a total of $53,604 a year.

Since then, the Bixby’s board has not sought more even though its operating expenses rose about 3 percent a year, according to treasurer Donna Corcoran.

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