ACSD spending plan calls for 5.6% hike

Logan Price, the ACSD’s business manager, said it’s too soon to tell how the budget would affect property tax rates in the seven communities served by the district.

Middlebury selectboard eyes 4% spending hike

The resulting $500,000 surge in expenses would require a 5-cent bump in Middlebury’s municipal tax rate, pushing it from the current 79.68 cents per $100 in property value to 84.67 cents.

Complaints mount against Career Center leader

Patricia Hannaford Career Center Superintendent Dana Peterson has come under fire from several former career center employees who allege they were mistreated and verbally abused, to the extent they resigned — in the case of one employee, after only two we … (read more)

Middlebury rail project comes in on budget

The approximately four-year makeover of Middlebury’s twin downtown rail bridges into a 360-foot-long tunnel stayed within the forecasted $72 million construction budget, Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials reported last week.

New Calvi’s finds a place to call home

Memories can be powerful — particularly if they are tethered to a specific taste or aroma. For Helen Hall, it’s her childhood recollection of scaling one of the counter stools at Calvi’s old-fashioned ice cream shop to enjoy a rich, thick malt shake.

Middlebury takes a pass on mask mandate

The unanimous decision came as a disappointment to around 20 local residents who had implored the board — through testimony and emails — to take advantage of a new state statute that allows communities to enact mandatory mask laws.

ACSD board cool to Ripton rule changes

A majority of the board on Monday reiterated its opposition to amending the ACSD’s charter in a manner that would give member-communities more power in electing their board representatives and a final say on whether their own elementary schools should clo … (read more)

Former tennis star rallies vs. a ruthless foe

It wasn’t all that long ago that Leslie Smith was a triple-threat athlete, confounding opponents on the tennis courts, ski slopes and field hockey pitches.

$8M Career Center bond in the works

The bulk of the project would involve energy-related repairs and upgrades to the PHCC’s 50-year-old main building at 51 Charles Ave.

Retiring Sheldon director made his mark on local history

Bill Brooks has helmed Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum for only 10 of its 137 years, but his many contributions have made an immeasurable impact on how locals and visitors will perceive Addison County for many decades to come.

Local shelters fill up as temperatures dip

Addison County’s two emergency homeless shelters are already full and carrying waiting lists as bone- chilling temperatures, sleet and snow once again take center stage in the Champlain Valley.

Motel voucher guidelines for the unhoused

These are the current rules governing eligibility for hotel-motel vouchers for homeless households through the state’s general Assistance Emergency Housing Program.

UPDATED: Police called in as flag conflict escalates at Mt. Abe

Officials from three county law enforcement agencies stood by this morning at Mount Abraham Union High School, which was on full alert after some students had threatened to bring weapons to school following a school ban on flag-related attire.

Local towns taking a pass on mask mandates

The communities of Vergennes, Bristol and Brandon have decided not to take advantage of a new law giving communities the option of imposing COVID-related face mask mandates for public places, while Middlebury officials are slated to consider the matter at … (read more)

MUMS institutes ban on flag-related attire

Middlebury Union Middle School on Monday implemented a ban on all flag-related attire, one of several new strategies aimed at addressing student behavior issues that have made for turbulent times at MUMS since the beginning of this academic year.