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Mary Hogan school budget vote scheduled

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters next Wednesday, April 11, will be asked to approve a proposed 2012-2013 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $6,144,811, which would produce a 4.15-percent increase in spending but result in a small decrease in the education property tax rate.

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ACSU narrows search for leader

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A screening committee charged with reviewing applications for the vacant Addison Central Supervisory Union superintendency could endorse a finalist within the next few days.

Peter Conlon, Cornwall representative to the ACSU board and leader of the screening committee, confirmed on Monday that his panel had interviewed one of three finalists who had been flagged for the job. Conlon explained that the other two finalists ended up accepting other positions before the committee had a chance to interview them.

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Rikert center seeks to add snowmaking

Posted on April 5, 2012 |
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RIPTON — Middlebury College’s Rikert Nordic Ski Center is seeking permission to install snowmaking equipment to maximize winter use of its Ripton trails and ensure prime conditions for the NCAA Skiing Championship events that will be held there next March.

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Beware of more ticks this summer

Posted on April 2, 2012 |
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ADDISON COUNTY — Like many Addison County residents, Peter Grant thought he would take advantage of the recent mid-March, warm-weather spell by taking a walk behind his Bristol property off Route 116.

But roughly 600 feet down a rustic trail, Grant discovered he was taking along some unwanted guests.

“I saw some little black spots on my pants, and they were moving,” Grant said.

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Former school head files suit vs. ACSU

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Former Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Lee Sease has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in U.S. District Court, claiming he was unlawfully fired last spring.

Sease further claims he was not given reasons for his termination and alleges he was not given a chance to be heard on the matter. He is urging the court to award him damages, including lost wages and benefits. Sease received a total annual compensation package (salary and benefits) of $127,321, according to court records.

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State looks to fund new road repairs

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Local lawmakers on Monday hailed the Vermont House’s passage last week of proposed fiscal year 2013 General Fund and transportation budgets, spending plans they said would maintain key services for Vermonters while beefing up repairs to the Vermont’s roads and bridges.

The $5.01 billion state budget reflects a 6.4 percent hike in spending but will not require any increase in broad-based taxes,  Rep. Willem Jewett said at the Legislative Breakfast in Bristol. The Ripton Democrat serves as assistant majority leader of the House.

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Middlebury to undertake $6 million in water, sewer, street upgrades

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Rolling Acres, Buttolph Drive, Butternut Ridge and South Street neighborhoods of Middlebury will resonate with construction activity this spring and summer as the town will initiate a combined total of almost $6 million in infrastructure improvements to those areas.

The most dramatic work will occur on South Street, which is slated for a $3.5 million makeover that will span two construction seasons, according to Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner.

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Weight-loss business aims for next level

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury weight-loss business Vtrim has widened its net and is lining up clients in the national health care, military and education sectors.

Vtrim was originally developed through the University of Vermont’s division of continuing education. Vtrim bills itself as a gimmick-free, research-based program that dispenses individualized weight-loss information to participants through classes and on-line counseling from trained facilitators.

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Sorrell seeks aid to battle pornography

Posted on March 26, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is asking the state Legislature to allocate $200,000 for additional manpower to investigate and prosecute child pornography offenders, this in view of the fact that only a small fraction of such cases are able to be pursued under current budget constraints.

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Slaughterhouse proposed for Middlebury

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Ferrisburgh-based Vermont Livestock (VL) are seeking permission to expand their operation with a new, 11,442-square-foot slaughterhouse and meat-processing facility in Middlebury’s industrial park.

If endorsed by local, state and federal authorities, the new facility could be under construction by May and might be ready to handle animals by this October, according to Carl Cushing, owner/operator of VL.

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