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Ripton eyes two votes for school plan

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



UPDATE 1/23/12: This story has a major inaccuracy: Due to a calculation error by Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU), the proposed 2012-2013 Ripton Elementary School spending plan will not require two votes at town meeting after all. Please see the end of the article for more details, and stay tuned for an article with updated ACSU budget information.

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Group eyes Middlebury business

Posted on January 19, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) wants to hear local business owners’ views on the challenges and advantages of operating in Addison County’s shire town, so that future changes can be made to improve local commerce.

With that in mind, the BMP is circulating its second survey of the winter, this one featuring 32 questions polling Middlebury business owners on their impressions of municipal services, help they might need to become more prosperous, and what local events seem to best stimulate customer traffic.

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UD-3 seeks 3.18% spending boost

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday agreed to present voters with a 2012-2013 budget of about $16.1 million, representing a 3.18-percent spending increase compared to this year.

While school officials are awaiting firmer state aid information from Montpelier, they are estimating the budget would require a homestead education property tax rate of $1.506 per $100 in property value, representing a 1.4-percent increase compared to this year’s rate of $1.503.

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Board sets $1M bond for new MUMS roof

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) voters on March 6 will be asked to approve a 20-year, $1,012,491 bond to replace the Middlebury Union Middle School roof.

The UD-3 board on Tuesday unanimously agreed to place the bond issue on the Town Meeting Day ballots of the seven ACSU-member towns after bids had been opened for the job. Rutland-based Quinn Company submitted the lowest bid for a new metal roofing system for MUMS.

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ACSU budget officer resigns; district faces yet another search

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) Business Manager Paula VanMinos resigned on Wednesday after having been missing from the job for more than two weeks.

Her resignation can at the same time that ACSU leaders had been poised to dismiss her in view of having not responded to her supervisors’ e-mails and phone calls since Dec. 22.

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ACSU hosts workshop aimed at consolidation

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Residents in six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s (ACSU) seven member-towns will be asked on Saturday, Jan. 14, to begin charting the future operations of their schools during this era of declining enrollment and dwindling resources.

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19-year-old Levi Duclos dies while hiking in Ripton

Posted on January 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — The five-town community is mourning the death of Levi Duclos, 19, of New Haven, who died during a hiking trip that began Monday afternoon on the Emily Proctor Trail in Ripton.

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Shumlin looks to use momentum from Irene

Posted on January 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Gov. Peter Shumlin on Jan. 5 exhorted lawmakers to attack such issues as health care reform, drug abuse and improving public education with the same zeal and creativity that Vermonters showed in rebuilding the state’s roads and bridges following Tropical Storm Irene last August.

And Addison County lawmakers on both sides of the aisle said they were up for the challenge.

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D'Avignon to leave Weybridge board after three decades

Posted on January 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — It was 1982, and Jim D’Avignon Sr. thought the time was right for him to spend a little less time under the hoods of vehicles at the family business, the Weybridge Garage, in order to give back to his community as member of the town selectboard.

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Clippings: Walk down aisle to stir memories

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



It was a day I thought would come a little later, but love sets its own time schedule.

In less than two weeks, our only daughter, Diane, will get married to her fiancé, Oshane.

Turning 50 and seeing a child get married during the same month. As if I needed further evidence that I am getting old.

Seems like only yesterday that I was writing columns in this newspaper about Diane being born, learning how to pronounce her hometown of Bristol, building fairy houses in the woods and eventually graduating from high school.

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