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Police find 61 cell phones at New Haven home, charge man with child porn

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Mike Donoghue



BURLINGTON — A New Haven man is facing federal charges of distribution of child pornography and assaulting a federal agent during a court-ordered raid at his Addison County home.

Colin Germain, 20, of Twitchell Hill Road appeared briefly in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Friday, March 9. His case was continued until Wednesday afternoon at the request of Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicole P. Cate. This week the defense asked for a two-day delay because Germain has been given a new guardian.

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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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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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New Haven town meeting wrap-up 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — In three uncontested races for public office in New Haven, selectboard members John Roleau and Jim Walsh were re-elected on Town Meeting Day, and Sarah LaPerle was re-elected for a three-year term on the Mount Abraham Unified School District board.

New Haven voters on Tuesday also approved the following town spending:

•  $1,160,886 for the Road Fund.

•  $729,174 for the General Fund.

•  $25,208 for voted appropriations.

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2018 New Haven town meeting preview

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — New Haven’s 256th annual town meeting will take place Monday, March 5, at 6 p.m., at the New Haven Town Hall. Voting by Australian ballot on budgets and office holders will take place in the same location Tuesday, March 6, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters are asked to approve Road Fund spending of $1,160,886 — $104,194 less than last year. The 8 percent decline reflects a shift in project focus, including a Plank Road project that has been put on hold, said selectboard Chair Kathy Barrett.

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Beeman students paint for Puerto Rico

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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NEW HAVEN — Beeman Elementary students are turning their school’s old classroom furniture into art to raise money to help the people of Puerto Rico, who are still recovering from back-to-back hurricanes this past September.

Thirty-one fifth- and sixth-graders under the guidance of art teacher Eileen Gombosi and social studies teacher Annette Carter are participating in a service-learning project that combines classroom study, creative work and fundraising.

“They’re learning social activism through art,” Gombosi said.

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Mount Abe bond faces crucial vote

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



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BRISTOL — Residents of Mount Abe Unified School District will try for a third time to pass a bond vote to renovate the aging middle-and-high school facility on March 6, Town Meeting Day. This third vote is much like the previous two, with some significant compromises to reflect a 20 percent drop in proposed spending on the renovation.

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Changing demographics prompt question: What does Mount Abe’s future hold?

Posted on February 22, 2018 |
By Charlie Mitchell



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BRISTOL — In 15 years, the student population at Mount Abraham Union High School has dropped 33 percent, from almost 1,000 students to 639. That drop in student numbers is part of the reason that the per capita cost of education per pupil has risen so dramatically over that same period.

Will that trend continue? Not necessarily, but the jury is out.

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Budget for Bristol-area schools reflects 1% spending hike, 16 fewer employees

Posted on February 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Five-town voters on March 6 will cast ballots on a 2018-2019 public school spending plan for Addison Northeast that would result in a 1 percent increase in equalized per-pupil spending and spur some significant staffing changes within the newly created Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD).

The proposed MAUSD budget reflects $24,746,279 in education spending to operate Mount Abraham Union middle and high schools; the elementary schools in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro; and the Addison Northeast central office.

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Up to 20 teachers and aides could be cut in Bristol-area schools

Posted on January 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Bristol-area voters on March 6 will field their first-ever unified budget covering all Addison Northeast schools.

The proposed 2018-2019 spending plan now under consideration calls for elimination of 20 full-time-equivalent staff positions — including six full-time teachers — in order to achieve the $1,177,814 in reductions needed to meet the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board’s austerity guidelines.

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