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Starksboro residents vie for Robinson School Board board seat

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — In the only contested race on Starksboro’s Town Meeting Day ballot, a newcomer is challenging the chair of the Robinson Elementary School board.

Longtime educator Nancy Cornell faces incumbent Bonita Bedard for the three-year seat on the board.

Cornell, 62, said she has been involved in the Starksboro community for many years and her experience working in schools would be an asset to the board.

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Zoning issue on New Haven warning

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
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NEW HAVEN — A proposal on the New Haven town meeting warning asks residents to back a special meeting or vote to decide whether to rezone a parcel of privately-owned land in town. The landowner says he has no immediate plans to develop the land, but some residents are opposed to rezoning the parcel.

Residents will weigh in on the article by Australian ballot on Town Meeting Day, March 3.

The land in question, a 20-acre parcel on the southwest corner of Belden Falls Road and Route 7, is owned by Steve Dupoise Sr.

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Monkton Central School searches for new principal

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — The Monkton Central School board will soon begin the search for a new principal.

Principal Susan Stewart, who is on a year of unpaid leave, this month submitted her resignation to the board. In a brief letter to the board, she did not explain why she was leaving. The board accepted her resignation at its Feb. 11 meeting, at which Stewart thanked Superintendent David Adams, teachers and the community.

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Petition seeks firing of ANeSU superintendent

Posted on February 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A group of community members is circulating a petition calling for the removal of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent David Adams.

Koran Cousino, who said she was one of several community members who drafted the petition, said the group will deliver it to the ANeSU executive board at a later date.

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Middlebury professors' book explores Vermont's changing landscape

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Eighteen years ago, Middlebury College biology and environmental studies professor Stephen Trombulak bemoaned the fact that there wasn’t a book that aptly described the ecological history of Vermont and how humans have affected it.

Across campus, political science and environmental studies professor Christopher McGrory Klyza fretted that he didn’t have a Vermont-relevant text to assign the students in his first-year seminar.

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Phase I cost hike, Phase II cancellation could be bad news for Vt. Gas ratepayers

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — As regulators sort through the fallout of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision last week to cancel its application for its Phase II pipeline and announcement in December of a massive cost hike for Phase I, opponents of the pipeline warn that both events will significantly raise the burden ratepayers will be asked to bear for the Phase I project.

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Monkton fire leaves five homeless, damages trailer

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Firefighters from two counties battled a Monday afternoon blaze that displaced five people at 842 Rotax Road in Monkton.

Monkton Fire Department Assistant Chief Curtis Layn said the call came in around 3 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrived minutes later, flames had engulfed a garage and also ignited a double-wide trailer six feet from the garage.

Layn said the homeowner had been working on his dune buggy in the garage, but something went wrong when he turned the ignition, sparking the blaze.

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Clippings: Carr's death a loss to journalism

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



David Carr died last week. He was not well known outside of the journalism community, perhaps only by people who read his media column in The New York Times, but within the field he was revered as a staunch defender of the way journalism used to be practiced.

Carr embodied the tropes of an old-school journalist, right down to the stereotype of the chain-smoking, profane, no-time-for-bullshit newspaperman. That was and is a caricature, but wrapped within it is a dedication to the craft that Carr refused to let go of in the 21st century.

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Snow cubed

Posted on February 17, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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STEVE SANTOR HELPS haul away one of the forms he and co-workers John Quelch, Tim Parsons, Dave Groshan  and Jamie Case used to create five large blocks of packed snow for Middlebury College’s Winter Carnival snow sculpture contest last week. The cubes were set to be sculpted by students last Thursday and Friday.

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‘Lights! Camera! Skate!’

Posted on February 16, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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THE WINTER CARNIVAL Ice Show at Middlebury College’s Kenyon Arena this past Saturday and Sunday featured dozens of skaters from novices to international competitor Kendall Wyckoff, pictured here. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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