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Leicester to vote on lower school budget

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



LEICESTER — The Leicester Central School board has voted to adopt a proposed 2010-2011 spending plan of $1,400,086, which represents a decrease of $8,573, or 0.82 percent, in total spending from the current year.

The board met on Jan. 13 to finalize the budget, which will go to a vote on Town Meeting Day in March.

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No takers for Middlebury seats

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury will feature only one contested local election this March — for library trustee — while there are no takers for one three-year term each on the selectboard and elementary school board.

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Tree project blossoms into statewide award

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It began as a 2009 Arbor Day assignment during which Mary Hogan Elementary School fourth-graders led an effort to plant 16 new trees on school grounds.

But it was as assignment that blossomed into an educational, community-wide endeavor and culminated last week in the young students receiving a statewide award for their efforts, presented to them at the Vermont Statehouse on Jan. 20 by fellow Middlebury resident Gov. James Douglas.

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Pro wrestling to hit Middlebury

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Pierre Vachon is a familiar face around town. He’s lived in Middlebury for almost three years and works as a bouncer at Two Brothers Tavern four nights a week.

But on Saturday, Jan. 30, audiences will get the opportunity to see him in another light: He’ll be competing as “The Beast” in a professional wrestling show that he is putting on at the Middlebury Municipal Gym.

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Brandon to consider $2 million budget

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard on Monday approved a proposed $2,018,360 municipal spending plan for 2010-2011 that includes money for a part-time recreation coordinator and a significant increase in economic development funding.

Those funds are available because there are no raises in the proposed budget for town management, including the town manager, the superintendent of public works, and the police chief. One full-time public works employee has also been cut, leaving three full-time workers and the superintendent.

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Victims remembered at Neshobe School

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Four-year-old Aiden Decker has seen his share of tragedy. His father, Joey Decker, died of a heroin overdose in 2007. Then, after a heroic act on the part of his maternal grandmother, Aiden escaped death in the icy waters of Lake Dunmore on Jan. 9 when Terry Flynn tossed him onto the ice as her snowmobile was sinking into the lake.

Terry Flynn survived, as did Aiden and, miraculously, his six-year-old cousin Jeremiah Popp.

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Brandon takes steps to build economic base

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The foundation is being laid in Brandon to nurture local economic development.

There are signs of possible movement in attracting potential investors and filling some large, empty industrial buildings, including decisions regarding improvements to the town zoning ordinance and the water system.

ZONING

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Hospital braces for state budget cuts

Posted on January 25, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



MIDDLEBURY — Gov. James Douglas’s proposed state budget cuts have hospital administrators at Porter Medical Center keeping a close eye on what potentially severe cutbacks in health and human services funding could mean for Vermont hospitals.

With Medicaid funding and hospital reimbursements on the chopping block, Porter President James Daily said Vermont hospitals will have to figure out how to make do with less in a time when the state’s $150 million deficit “defines the time for us to pull together and get through this.”

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Flu vaccine shortages end

Posted on January 25, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — After months of delays, local pharmacies and health care organizations are reporting that more supplies of the seasonal and H1N1 “swine” flu vaccines have finally trickled into the county.

Though public concern over the H1N1 flu seems to have died down in the wake of the October and November surge in illness, epidemiologists are predicting that another spike in illnesses could hit in a few months, and health care workers are encouraging patients to be immunized against both strains of the flu.

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ID-4 parents seek language program

Posted on January 25, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board will form a committee to study the feasibility of re-establishing a foreign language program at Mary Hogan Elementary School by the fall of 2011.

The study comes in response to a citizens’ petition, signed by 90 Middlebury residents, seeking resumption of world language instruction at Mary Hogan. School officials made the painful decision to drop French classes several years ago, primarily due to financial reasons.

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