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MIDDLEBURY — David Shaw devotes hundred of hours every year to the Middlebury Fire Department. It is not just training on the best ways to pour water on a fire. The modern fire department is also called out to rescue people in lakes and rivers, stuck on the ice, and clinging to the sides of a mountain. Plus there is containment and cleanup of hazardous materials.
ADDISON/PANTON — Taxpayers in Addison and Panton, as expected, are receiving higher bills in 2014 than in 2013, but the increase in Panton is not as dramatic as Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials had projected.
Selectboards in both towns adopted municipal tax rates — levies to pay for town office and road spending — in July, Addison’s on July 1 and Panton’s on July 22.
BRISTOL — Organizers said this year’s Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis set a new fundraising record and was a smashing success.
“Every year we outdo ourselves,” event organizer Shawna Sherwin said. “I’m amazed by what this community provides every year.”
The Stampede is an annual giant yard sale, book sale and silent auction to raise money to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. The event raised $133,000 this year, up from the previous record of $125,000, set just last year.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously approved an agreement with Middlebury College that formalizes a property swap that will lead to new municipal offices, a new recreation center and a new public park.
Local voters have already endorsed the town-gown deal, which calls for Middlebury to convey its current municipal building/gymnasium property at 94 Main St., along with another parcel at 6 Cross St., to the college.
MIDDLEBURY — Seven-year-old Joshua Kafumbe of Middlebury wants to be a policeman when he gets older.
But the incoming second-grader at Mary Hogan Elementary School might also consider a career in writing, given his performance in the most recent national Public Broadcasting System’s KIDS Writers Contest.
MIDDLEBURY — Fundraising improved significantly at Middlebury College over the last 12 months compared to the previous fiscal year, the school announced on July 25.
During the 2014 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, the college received more than $49.9 million in philanthropic support. This amount is $7 million more than the previous year, according to a college press release.
MIDDLEBURY — Friends and family of the late Matthew Power, a revered international journalist and Middlebury College graduate, will hold a yard sale and silent auction this Saturday, Aug. 2, to raise funds for a new, contemplative garden and seating area at the Otter Creek Falls in downtown Middlebury.
Born in Middlebury and raised in Cornwall, Power attended Middlebury Union High School.
He lost his life at age 39 this past March 10 while on assignment for Men’s Journal covering a story along the banks of the Nile River in Uganda.