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Commander to commander

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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LONGTIME MIDDLEBURY AMERICAN Legion Post 27 member and past Commander Joe DeGray receives an appreciation award from current Commander Laura Flint at Post 27’s centennial celebration on Sunday, March 10, at Legion HQ on Wilson Road.

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Porter bounces back after bad budget report

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An unanticipated infusion of Medicare reimbursement money, elimination of several vacant positions and some additional cost-cutting measures have helped Porter Medical Center (PMC) escape a $4 million budget setback, officials confirmed last week.

During the first quarter of its current fiscal year (October through December of 2018), PMC went through a financially difficult stretch.

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Vermont Book Shop customers can now 'take a bag, leave a bag'

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard will soon turn its attention to crafting an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags from being used for local business transactions.

But some local businesses aren’t waiting for a new law; they’re already taking steps to discourage customers from relying on plastic bags to carry out their purchases.

The Independent on Feb. 25 reported on Buy Again Alley’s transition to paper bags and reusable bags.

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Officer Fisher ready to retire after 33 years on the beat

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Officer Scott Fisher used to keep multiple police uniforms in his closet.

And not spare uniforms for a single department.

For a time during the mid-1980s, Fisher was working shifts for the Middlebury, Vergennes and Vermont State Police departments.

It was all he could do to keep his own officer identification numbers straight when they came across his radio.

Give him a little time, and he still remembers them.

It was 482 with VSP; 2588 with Middlebury; 705 with Vergennes.

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Porter to close Bristol Primary Care next month

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Porter Medical Center (PMC) will close its primary care practice in Bristol on April 12 in the wake of the recently announced departures of half of the practice’s health care providers.

While PMC officials acknowledged their decision to close Porter Primary Care Bristol was made more hastily than they would have preferred, they’re confident affected patients will be able to land new family doctors at neighboring Mountain Health Center or at other Porter practices within Addison County.

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New Porter Medical Center president to be named soon

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The search for a new Porter Medical Center president has been whittled from 450 hopefuls to just three finalists, one of whom could be named the organization’s next leader as soon as next month.

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Lawmakers return to business; agenda to include Act 250 revisions

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
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SHOREHAM — Addison County lawmakers this week began the second half of the 2019 legislative session, and a few of them took time at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham to discuss some of their top priorities for the stretch drive to the final gavel.

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Senate readies for debate on abortion legislation

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
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SHOREHAM — A topic of conversation at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham centered around H.57, a bill aimed at preserving a woman’s right to have an abortion. 

That right is already guaranteed at the federal level through the Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court decision, but state lawmakers drafted H.57 as a way to maintain a woman’s right to choose if the land’s highest court reverses its position on abortion law.

Local lawmakers said they’ve received many emails from people for and against abortion rights.

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ACSD seeks feedback on its school buildings

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District officials next month will host a second round of public input meetings as they prepare a long-range plan for how the district should prioritize the use of, and repairs to, its multiple school buildings and other physical assets during the next decade and beyond.

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Middlebury Makery receives $10K grant

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the new makers’ space in Middlebury’s Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center got a pleasant surprise last week: A $10,000 state grant that will allow the “Makery” to hire a part-time coordinator and update equipment and materials within the facility.

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