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Middlebury-area schools propose spending plans

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Directors at six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools have drafted 2013-2014 budget proposals that run the gamut from a 1.68-percent spending decrease in Weybridge to a 9.13-percent spending increase in Bridport.

Meanwhile, Bingham Memorial School directors in Cornwall have crafted a 2013-14 spending plan that features a rather ordinary 3-percent ($40,197) spending hike that will nonetheless trigger a state law requiring that the budget be fielded in two separate votes.

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80-year-old East Middlebury woman publishes her first book

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Maureen Chadsey Williams has developed quite the lengthy résumé. She’s been a baker, a retail worker, a newspaper circulation coordinator and a stay-at-home-mom, to mention a few vocations.

Now, at age 80, the East Middlebury retiree has made a new entry: Author.

Williams recently self-published her first book, titled “The Hollyhocks Will Bloom Again,” depicting the struggles of a persevering young mother trying to hold her household together during the fractious height of Revolutionary War-era America.

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Town of Middlebury to buy conservation land

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard discussed a proposed municipal budget (see story on Page 1A).

In other action on Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard:

•  Authorized Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay to close on a deal to buy 38.3 acres of conservation land off Washington Street Extension near Chipman Hill. The land, previously considered for a housing subdivision, will be purchased for $150,000 with money on hand in the town’s conservation fund.

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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Welch backs gun control, laments Congressional in-fighting

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch on Thursday reiterated his support of President Barack Obama’s newly proposed gun control initiatives, lamented Congress’s inability to pass a comprehensive farm bill and said friction between the major parties is as bad as he has seen it in his six years in Washington.

The Vermont Democrat, during an interview with the Addison Independent, discussed these and other issues, including the nation’s financial woes.

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ACSU plans 4th superintendent search

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) board has agreed to spend up to $15,000 in a renewed effort to hire a superintendent to start the job by this summer.

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ACSU reduces evening meetings

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendent will soon see a reduction in evening meetings, thanks to a new schedule endorsed by the ACSU board on Jan. 16.

The superintendent is currently accountable to nine boards, including one each representing the seven elementary schools within the ACSU, plus the UD-3 board that oversees Middlebury Union middle and high schools, and the ACSU board. This has made for a rigorous meeting schedule that ACSU directors acknowledge is hampering current efforts to recruit a new superintendent (see related story).

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Local lawmakers poised to make impact on legislative committees

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Addison County lawmakers are again positioned to be “impact players” in shaping this year’s legislative agenda, according to recently announced House and Senate committee assignments.

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Whiskey distiller's proposal watched for its impact on farms and Act 250

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — WhistlePig owner and founder Raj Bhatka had hoped this year to begin harvesting rye grown on his 500-acre farm off Shoreham’s Quiet Valley Road, a crop he wants to distill and store in oak barrels to age for up to 10 years to mature into high-end whiskey.

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Online language education company aims to prepare kids, grow jobs

Posted on January 17, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Twenty-two people operating out of an 11,000-square-foot space in Middlebury’s industrial park are poised to deliver international language instruction to classrooms throughout Vermont — an effort they hope will help build the skills of the state’s workforce.

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