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Local lawmakers set goals for session

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



MONTPELIER — As the new legislative session began last week, Vermont lawmakers said that they expect to pass bills on paid family leave and the $15-an-hour minimum wage, both of which mirror bills that Gov. Phil Scott vetoed last May.

Addison County members of the state Senate and House of Representatives said other priorities for this session include water clean up, education funding and providing legal protection for groups who face discrimination.

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Douglas to end three decades as town moderator

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 32 consecutive Januaries, James Douglas has visited Middlebury’s municipal offices to pick up a petition to run for the position of town moderator.

The former state representative, secretary of state, state treasurer and governor made that annual pilgrimage again on Monday, though for a different reason. Douglas informed Town Clerk Ann Webster he won’t be running for re-election.

At the same time he became the first person to sign the petition of his preferred successor: Former Middlebury Selectwoman Susan Shashok.

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Indoor football team eyes Middlebury

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s some big news brewing at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

Friends of Middlebury Hockey President Michael McAuliffe (pictured) on Monday confirmed an “agreement in principle” calling for a new, professional arena football team called the “Vermont Brew” to play its home games at the center, starting in March of 2020.

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Frank Bruni tells college kids to embrace differences

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — As a teenager in the early 1980s, New York Times op-ed columnist Frank Bruni decided that in college he would live openly as a gay man.

But when he walked into his dorm room at the University of North Carolina for the first time and saw the enormous poster his new roommate had hung on the wall, which said, “Jesus invites you to a banquet in His honor,” Bruni changed his mind.

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Pierre Vachon pierces perceptions

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — Odds are you’ve seen Pierre Vachon around Middlebury. And odds are you might have been a little scared.

It’s OK, you’re not alone. Guys in black leather trench coats, with tattoos, and enough muscle for a quartet are intimidating, for sure.

But we also all know that usually there’s more than what meets the eye. And Vachon is no exception.

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Local lawmakers agree with Scott's 'affordability' agenda but want details on costs

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are largely on the same page with Gov. Phil’s Scott’s stated goals of making Vermont cleaner, more affordable and more populated during the next two years and beyond.

But they want more details from Scott on how he plans to achieve his ambitious objectives — without raising taxes on Vermonters.

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Police and VUHS assess how safety procedures worked during gun threat

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said late last week the student who made a verbal threat to shoot a gun at Vergennes Union High School had not yet been cited for a crime.

Nor, Merkel said, was it absolutely certain the student would be charged after an investigation determined the threat “was not real,” according to a Vergennes Police Department press release last week.

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Sen. Hardy steps into new role at Statehouse

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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MONTPELIER — While many Vermont state senators began last Wednesday in their cars, battling a snowstorm on the way from their districts, East Middlebury Democrat Ruth Hardy strapped snow spikes onto her shoes and walked to the Statehouse.

Hardy, Addison County’s newest state senator, stayed the night before her swearing-in at her newly rented room in Montpelier and reported early for her first day on the job.

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DJ Chauncey spins energy into Middlebury karaoke scene

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — After a full day at work, the gym (because we’re all trying to hang on to those New Year’s resolutions) and some dinner, lots of us head for that dent in the couch and settle in for a TV show, cup of tea and then bed. But sometimes it’s nice to shake things up; give that couch a rest and go out on the town.

What is there to do in Middlebury past 8 p.m. on a weeknight, you ask?

Good question.

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New York Times book critic to revisit his literary roots

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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MIDDLEBURY — Dwight Garner, a book critic at The New York Times, says the best part of his job is also the hardest: just keeping up.

“There’s this fear of missing something,” he said, explaining that more than 20 books arrive at his apartment every day. His tries to keep as much on his radar as possible, from work by established authors to books out of smaller publishing houses. The latter he reads in the hopes of stumbling upon something fresh.

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