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$5.5 million school bond defeated in OVUUSD

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Russell Jones



BRANDON — Residents of the Otter Valley Unified Union School District on Election Day narrowly defeated a $5.5 million school bond to improve school security and operations in three of the district’s buildings. The next day school board members gathered to discuss next steps but came to no firm conclusions.

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Bevere readies recount request in State's Attorney election

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury independent Peter Bevere on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will officially petition for a recount of votes cast in the election for Addison County state’s attorney, in an effort to erase a nine-vote edge held by incumbent Dennis Wygmans following an initial ballot tabulation on Nov. 6.

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Civil rights activist DeRay McKesson offers hope in local talk

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — A day after the midterm elections, with conversations about voting rights still front and center, civil rights activist DeRay McKesson took the mic at Middlebury College’s Wilson Hall and asked his audience a simple question:

“What can you buy for $300?”

Answers from the capacity crowd included “books,” “a television” and “sports-game tickets.” One student’s answer — “a hamster” — occasioned good-natured laughter throughout the hall.

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HOPE Holiday Shop needs donations

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) officials are enlisting the help of local businesses, restaurants, places of worship and individuals to boost what has become an historically low inventory of free toys that are given to low-income children through the organization’s Holiday Shop.

“This is as low as I’ve seen it,” longtime HOPE Executive Director Jeanne Montross said of the Holiday Shop’s toy reserves.

How low?

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Lincoln hopes to put the brakes on speeders

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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LINCOLN — People are driving too fast in Lincoln and the town has had enough.

“We have to do something,” selectboard member Ellie Bryant told the Independent. “It’s almost lawless up here.”

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Prosecutor duel still hangs in the balance; Newton coasts to become sheriff

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters on Tuesday returned incumbent Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans to office by a razor-thin 7,802 to 7,793 margin over independent challenger Peter Bevere of Middlebury.

But  with only nine votes separating the two candidates, Bevere on Wednesday morning confirmed, through his spouse and campaign manager Kelly Bevere, that he’ll seek a recount that could yet tip the scales his way.

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Hardy and Bray sweep in a crowded Senate race

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Democrats will continue what has been a 16-year grip on the two state Senate seats representing Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. First-time candidate Ruth Hardy and incumbent Sen. Chris Bray easily won election amid heavy voting on Tuesday throughout the county.

Hardy, a former Middlebury school board official and the executive director of Emerge Vermont, was the top vote-getter, garnering 8,875 tallies. Bray, a three-term incumbent, finished second, with 8,723 votes.

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Democrats oust GOP incumbents in two House races

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers and Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — In two Addison County House races, Democrats unseated Republican incumbents. Click on the links to read more.

Elder, Cordes prevail in tight voting as Baser is unseated in Bristol-area House race

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Orwell eyes school addition

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Orwell officials are considering expanding their local school to accommodate a cafeteria and gym, amenities currently provided though the adjacent town hall building, which is being targeted for demolition.

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Years after his military service ended, Bucky is still giving back

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — Addison resident and Rutland native Clifford Douglas, better known to all as Bucky, has donned clothing of many colors for many duties over the course of his 76 years.

As a successful John Hancock insurance agent from the late 1960s to the mid-1990s, mostly working out of his North Main Street home in Vergennes, Douglas stuck with business casual attire.

Over many decades he has worn bright red and white as Santa Claus during annual holiday festivities in Middlebury and elsewhere.

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