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New community theater 'shows up' with Anne of Green Gables musical

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Picture this: The lights go dark on a theater packed with an eager audience, tension builds in the silence until places are taken and props set. Everyone is frozen; waiting for the cue to begin the scene.

How do you feel?

Some of us get knots in our stomach at the idea of performing, so we imagine ourselves in the audience; others put themselves behind the scenes. But for the theatrically inclined, well, they see themselves front-and-center on the stage.

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Educators recoil at arming teachers

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — President Donald Trump’s endorsement of a National Rifle Association’s recommendation that teachers become armed defenders of their respective schools is getting no traction in the Addison Central School District.

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Addison Northwest voters OK $7.6M school bond

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest School District residents on Tuesday showed solid support for a $7.63 million bond to energy-efficiency, security, safety and kitchen improvements to the four district schools, with most of the spending devoted to Vergennes Union High School.

The final tally was 987-515, or 65.7 to 34.3 percent. Residents in five ANWSD communities supported the proposal.

ANWSD Board Chairwoman Sue Rakowski said board members and administrators were pleased to see such strong backing for the proposed work.

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Acoustic upgrades earn applause in Bristol's Holley Hall

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — “Can you hear me now?”

In Holley Hall, where a new sound system made its debut at Bristol’s annual town meeting March 5, the answer was a resounding “Yes.”

The system is part of a $75,000 acoustic upgrade that also included a ceiling treatment and sound-dampening window shades.

Those who struggled through concerts, theatrical productions and public meetings in the cavernous space said the improvements were long overdue.

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Sharpe reflects on his lengthy career in the Vermont house

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Saturday, March 3, saw scores of Starksboro residents assemble at their local elementary school for their annual town meeting.

Among the guests were Rep. Dave Sharpe, Rep. Fred Baser and Sen. Chris Bray. One after the other, they went up to the microphone to deliver their reports on goings-on in Montpelier.

Sharpe, the last of the lawmakers to speak, delivered some news that caught everyone by surprise:

“I won’t be seeking re-election.”

Even Sharpe’s legislative colleagues were caught unaware.

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Bristol wood guru is honored

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — The owner of a Bristol business was recognized when the Vermont Wood Works Council recently announced its annual Woodworking and Friend of Industry awards.

The council, which in January changed its name from the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association, cited Dustin Glasscoe, owner of Vermont Farm Table in Bristol, as its 2017 Vermont Woodworker of the Year Award.

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Voters reject Mount Abe bond for third time; new approaches sought

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



ADDISON COUNTY — After voters in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union on Tuesday defeated a $29.5 million bond for the renovation of Mount Abraham Middle/High School, 1,785–1,196, the pressing question is, “What now?”

The bond’s defeat for the third time most likely delays any construction until at least 2020, pending the ability of the 5-town community to agree on a building project, vote for a bond and start the design phase.

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Khan, Fuentes-George picked for Middlebury selectboard; Eckles wins Ilsley seat by one vote

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting Monday night approved all money items on their warning and in Australian balloting the next day decided some hotly contested races for their selectboard and the Ilsley Library Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Farhad Khan and political newcomer Lindsey Fuentes-George prevailed in a three-person race for two spots on the Middlebury selectboard. Khan drew the most votes, with 949. Fuentes-George finished second, with 784 votes. Former Selectman Gary Baker finished out of the running with 399 tallies.

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Town meeting wrap-ups from every Addison County town, plus Brandon

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Whew! That was interesting! Our local March town meetings have come and gone. Here’s your chance to see what happened on the floor of your town’s meeting and who won local board seats once Tuesday’s ballots were counted. Read out town-by-town wrap-ups from each of the 23 municipalities in Addison County, plus Brandon.

Read about what happened in in your towns, check out the issues in other neighboring towns. Click on our town-by-town previews, which are arranged alphabetically:

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A garden for all seasons

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This is the dream of gardeners everywhere: A garden that will be beautiful in every season — and indeed in every month — of the year. While this may seem to be a somewhat unreachable aspiration, I can assure you it is not at all out of the question.

We winter-weary Vermonters are already anticipating the flowers that will grace our gardens throughout the coming season. And many of us are also eagerly making plans for the new plants we hope to add in 2018.

Ever-changing seasons

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