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What is the future of town meeting?

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Abagael Giles and Megan James



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MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, March 2, Jeff Fortin stood to speak at Monkton’s 2019 town meeting. “How many of you here are under the age of 40?” he asked. 

About six people raised their hands. 

“In 30 years, if this continues, will we have a town meeting?” Fortin asked.

It’s a question that others in Vermont are asking, particularly in light of trends that take some voting out of the meetings and put them into voting at polls.

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By the way for Mar. 14

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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Joan Ellis reviews the Oscars

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Joan Ellis



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In January, I wrote about five movies that I thought deserved Oscars (“Green Book,” “The Wife,” Bohemian Rhapsody,” “A Private War” and “RBG.”) Of these, “Bohemian Rhapsody” won several and “Green Book” won Best Picture. All five were rooted in truth and gave us the stories of remarkable people who had the courage to do something about their beliefs in the tough culture of their time. True stories beautifully made are powerful.

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Book review: The Island of Sea Women — by Lisa See

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Jenny Lyons



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New feature in the Addy Indy: Pet tributes

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



Dear Readers,

Following requests from several readers as well as from our friends at Homeward Bound in Middlebury, we have developed a new feature that we are proud to unveil in today’s edition of the Addison Independent.

Our new Pet Tributes gives families who lose their beloved pets a place to share their news with other readers of the paper and compose an obituary-like piece that memorializes their lost companion.

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Voters split on local school budgets

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Across the county, voters were divided on their local school budgets. Click on the stories below to read more.

Vergennes- and Bristol-area towns narrowly approve school spending

VERGENNES / BRISTOL — Residents in two of the county’s three consolidated school districts, encompassing 10 towns, on Tuesday approved their respective school district budgets by a total of 20 votes out of more than 3,600 ballots cast.

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Town meeting results 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Well, that's a wrap. Here's what happened at this year's town meetings in every Addison County town. Click below to read each full story.

Addison

Brandon 

Bridport

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By the way for Mar. 7

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



As the old adage goes: Spring forward! Daylight Savings Time starts this coming Sunday morning at 2 a.m., so before you go the bed Saturday night turn your clocks forward an hour and welcome an extra hour of daylight the next day.

 

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Rough winter puts stress on local salt, sand budgets

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Persistent snowy, icy and slushy conditions this winter have taken a wicked toll on municipal sand and salt budgets, to the extent some communities have exhausted their allotted resources with still a month or more of potentially treacherous weather left to deal with.

Winter road maintenance figures supplied to the Independent by a sampling of Addison County communities revealed:

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Movie review: They Shall Not Grow Old

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By Joan Ellis



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They Shall Not Grow Old— Running Time: 1:39 — Rating: R

“They Shall Not Grow Old” is a movie unlike any other ever made. Filmmaker Peter Jackson’s gift to us is his restoration of a film made during World War I. The original was faded, broken and jerky. Jackson’s brilliance here lies in his determination to use the original film adding only color and music to bring it into this century. He adds no actors, no modern characters, and invites to stay for his on-camera comments after the film ends. I hope you stay.

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