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Police anxious about pot law enforcement

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By James Finn and Nick Garber



ADDISON COUNTY — Possession of a small amount of marijuana will become legal in Vermont this Sunday, July 1, and as the date approaches, local law enforcement officials are expressing continued concerns about ambiguities in the new law that could make enforcement and prosecution more difficult.

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Infant care in county gets boost from grant; MJCC to expand

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center will soon be able to open its doors to infants thanks to a $24,000 grant from Vermont Birth to Five’s “Make Way for Kids” program.

In 2018, Vermont Birth to Five, an initiative of the Permanent Fund for Vermont’s Children, began its initiative to create 500 new high-quality childcare spaces across the state every year until 2025.

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National trail may soon be extended through area

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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ADDISON COUNTY — Ambitious local hikers may soon have a big new opportunity lying right in their backyards. The U.S. House of Representatives has unanimously passed legislation that would officially extend the North Country National Scenic Trail from Crown Point, N.Y., into Addison County, Vt.

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Start-up seeks to simplify health care

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of profiles of new businesses launching through the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a business incubator in Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY — You know the drill. You feel sick or notice something might not be quite right and you go to the doctor. You receive your treatment, maybe a prescription, and then you may start to feel better, or you may not.

But what if your doctor was held accountable for your health outcomes?

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Local mom struggles to find childcare

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



ADDISON COUNTY — You might imagine that securing childcare in New York City is especially challenging; after all, this is the world where you need a preschool admissions coach to get your young one into a “Baby Ivy.”

Yet, Michelle Leftheris, a new assistant professor of studio art at Middlebury College who hails from Brooklyn, N.Y., is certain she would have been able to find childcare for her young daughter in the borough, but she has not been able to find it here in Addison County.

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City council gets creative, holds tax hike to 2.5 cents

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After debate and a strong plea for more office help from City Clerk Joan Devine, the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday settled on a new budget and a 2.5-cent increase in the municipal tax rate to 83.5 cents.

That change will translate to $25 in additional taxes per $100,000 of assessed value on city property.

Devine and Assistant Clerk Melissa Wright said on Wednesday they expect to hear from the Agency of Education and the Department of Taxation early next week about the city’s final school tax rates.

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Porter programs help residents quit tobacco products

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Randy Bigelow in 1981 began smoking fancy Turkish cigarettes to get into the good graces of a young woman who enjoyed the same brand. He would move on from that romantic interest and consequently her expensive brand of cigarettes. He switched to less costly Marlboros.

Cheaper, but equally deadly and addictive. Early this past winter, Bigelow was smoking between three and four packs of cigarettes per day. Health consequences aside, the nasty habit was costing him around $150 per week.

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Longtime Middlebury assessor to step down

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Point to a house on a map of Middlebury and town Assessor Bill Benton can probably tell you not only how much the structure is worth, but approximately when it was built. He’s gathered that kind of encyclopedic knowledge by being smart and passionate about a job he’s held for three decades.

Well, Middlebury is going to have to nurture another property valuation encyclopedia.

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State budget battle resolved, shutdown averted

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Xander Landen of VTDigger.org



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MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott will let the Legislature’s third attempt at a budget bill become law, he announced Monday night, ending a weeks-long impasse over state spending and the looming threat of a government shutdown.

Scott’s decision to break the budget stalemate assures that Vermont will have a spending package in place by July 1 — the budget deadline for the next fiscal year — and ends the legislative game of chicken that has played out during a special session that began last month.

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Middlebury plants seeds for downtown block party

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — In addition to supporting a local tax holiday during the peak of construction during the downtown rail bridge replacement (click here to read that story), the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday also backed a plan aimed at giving a bump to local merchants by bring more green downtown.

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