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January 12th, 2017

Kids open up to puppet instructors, learn about empathy & diversity

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Children learn a lot from their peers. On Tuesday at Monkton Central School, those peers were cuddly and made out of foam.

Colorful, kid-size puppets that performed at the school Tuesday helped the Monkton children learn about and express their thoughts on diversity, learning differences, ADHD, and feelings.

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Candidates for local offices face Jan. 30 filing deadline

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Candidates for local offices such as selectboard, school board and town moderator face a deadline for submitting petitions to their local town clerks. And those who wish to run for a school board position in the Middlebury area have a higher bar to clear in terms of signatures than in the past.

Those running for any town or school office have until the end of the business day on Monday, Jan. 30, to file their petition papers. Petitioners must gather 5 percent of the checklist, or 30 signatures — whichever is fewer — for a town office.

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Whirlie's World to close its doors

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the “Whirlie’s World” indoor recreation center at 1232 Exchange St. in Middlebury will be closing the business this spring, citing financial reasons.

“It’s terrible,” Peter “Nerf” Neff said of the impending demise of Whirlie’s World, which since 2011 has offered interactive video games, laser tag, bounce houses, arcade activities and snacks for kids and families.

“It breaks my heart.”

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Mount Abe cancels police security contract

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard voiced concerns at its most recent meetings over Mount Abe Union High School’s cancellation last November of its security agreement with the Bristol Police Department.

Ending the contract means that local police stopped doing nightly and weekend security checks of the building and cut back the hours MAUHS brings in officers as security for school sports events. The school maintained the arrangement whereby the BPD responds to calls, according to Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

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City urges Northlands to support rescue volunteers

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday met new Northlands Job Corps Director Shirma Ferguson and learned more about Chugach Alaska Corporation, the company the U.S. Department of Labor recently selected to operate the Macdonough Drive federal job training center for economically disadvantaged youths.

At the meeting, city officials and former Ferrisburgh Fire Department Deputy Chief Mike Donnelly, a Vergennes resident, questioned Ferguson about the center’s policy on allowing volunteer firefighters and rescue personnel to leave during their shifts.

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Fisher to lead health care advocacy for Vermont Legal Aid

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Former state Rep. Mike Fisher returned to the Vermont Statehouse this month.

The Lincoln Democrat did not go to reclaim an Addison-4 House seat, but as Vermont Legal Aid’s chief health care advocate.

It’s a new job that will see Fisher lead VLA’s Office of the Health Care Advocate, established by the 1998 Legislature to help Vermonters with questions and problems accessing health care services and insurance, and to represent the health care interests of all Vermonters in Montpelier.

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Tiger gymnasts easily vault past visiting U-32

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team cruised past visiting U-32 on Monday, 103.85-40.15, on the Tigers’ home turf, the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium.

The Tigers evened their season record at 3-3. They have defeated three teams that, like MUHS, do not have year-round gymnasts with easy access to specialty clubs, and lost to larger Division I schools, Champlain Valley, South Burlington and St. Johnsbury.

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Posters for Peace light up Northern Daughters Gallery in Vergennes

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Pamela Smith’s Posters for Peace were painted in the spring of 2009 while she was living in Kathmandu, Nepal, during a time of revolution as the last king of Nepal abdicated his throne. Kathmandu was in a state of turmoil and Smith was trapped in her home for 19 days listening to helicopters, gunshots and rioting outside. It was during those 19 days that Smith created this body of work.

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