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Floppy Friends group helps make parenting easier

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — It doesn’t get much more intimidating than the thought of bringing another human being into the world that is completely reliant upon you for keeping it alive.

For new parents, this thought — coupled with the enormous emotional and physical turbulence that comes with pregnancy — can be utterly destabilizing.

That’s one reason why parenting classes, books and clubs are so popular.

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Orwell rejects school unification, faces showdown with state

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Town Meeting Day again rejected a proposal to join a school governance merger with five nearby Rutland County communities, setting the stage for a potential showdown with the state under Vermont’s Act 46.

Orwell residents voted 219-137 against joining Benson, Castleton, Fair Haven, Hubbardton, and West Haven in forming a unified Slate Valley Unified Union School District that would have established one board to represent all of the member schools and create a single K-12 budget.

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All county school budgets OK'd

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent Staff



ADDISON COUNTY / BRANDON — The only time the “No” votes carried the day in voting on area school issues on Town Meeting Day was the rejection in Orwell of a school unification plan. Otherwise, it was all “Yes” for Addison County and Brandon schools as all education budget proposals were approved.

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Democracy takes the floor with Town Meeting 2017

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Addison County residents gathered Saturday, Monday and Tuesday for their annual town meetings.

They talked about school budgets and new trucks for the town road crews. They questioned decisions and applauded officials who gave their time and efforts to help out their communities. Some enjoyed pot luck dinners with friends and neighbors they see only at this time of year.

Then they voted on Tuesday.

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Daniels edges Benton in mayor's race: Former city leader topples incumbent

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The race on Tuesday for Vergennes mayor between two-term incumbent Bill Benton and former three-term mayor Mike Daniels went to Daniels by a slim margin, 270-265, in turnout of about 31 percent.

The win marked the second time Daniels, 69, unseated a sitting Vergennes mayor. He first won the job in 2007 by defeating incumbent April Jin, and then served for six years.

Daniels has also served five years in two separate stints on the Vergennes City Council, the second of which ended this past March.

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Bluegrass Gospel Project making a sweet farewell

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — Musicians are a tricky bunch. Passionate — yes. Playful — absolutely. Committed to their music — more than anything. So why is it that so many of our beloved bands break up?

In the case of the Bluegrass Gospel Project, their lead vocalist Colby Crehan is moving west for her husband’s new job at Grand Teton National Park, and the band figured it was as good a time as any to call it quits. They’re playing their last concert this Saturday evening at the Vergennes Opera House.

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Gibbs vows to reclaim old Bristol firehouse

Posted on March 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — The old Bristol firehouse at 32 North St. will soon have a new owner, if all goes as planned. Last week, the Bristol selectboard unanimously chose William Gibbs’ proposal to renovate and restore the historic 120-year-old structure.

“She will be a gem in the town when I get done,” Gibbs had told the selectboard when he and the other contenders presented their vision for the 1897 building earlier in February.

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Middlebury College professor injured by protesters as she escorted controversial speaker

Posted on March 6, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College Professor Allison Stanger was injured by protesters Thursday evening as she was escorting a controversial speaker from campus. She was treated at Porter Hospital and released.

Charles Murray, a political scientist who has been criticized for his views on race and intelligence, was invited to speak on campus by a student group. He was greeted late Thursday afternoon outside McCullough Student Center by hundreds of protesters, and inside Wilson Hall, students turned their backs to him and booed when he got up to speak.

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Protesters shout down controversial speaker at Middlebury College

Posted on March 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College students shut down the scheduled late afternoon presentation by speaker Charles Murray, with boos, jeers, stomps and chants last Thursday.

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Time quickly dwindling for local school boards: Final 10-month terms lack takers

Posted on March 6, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Town Meeting Day business is most often about beginnings — the start of a political career, the minting of a new budget or the launching of a new program.

But Town Meeting Day ballots in the seven Addison Central School District (ACSD) towns on Tuesday will signal an end of what has been, in some cases, a centuries-old tradition of local school boards.

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