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Youngsters collect 200,000 pennies for charity

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Seven years ago, the children of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) set off to do some charitable work inspired by a simple quote from Mother Teresa:

“We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”

Last week saw the payoff to a project that yielded a lot of small things — around 200,000 pennies, in fact — that collectively will do some great good for local and international charities.

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Cross Street Bridge hits major milestone

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Workers will spend the rest of this month and next completing the basic framework of the new Cross Street Bridge, then shut down major operations until early April with the goal of having the span ready for traffic by next Thanksgiving.

It has been an eventful fall for the project, culminating in the recent trucking, through downtown Middlebury, of a series of massive concrete beams that have now been swung into place between piers on each side of the Otter Creek.

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Career center budget features tuition rate drop

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An anticipated spike in enrollment will allow the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center (PHCC) board to present voters with a 2010-2011 spending plan that would result in a slight decrease in the per-pupil assessment charged to sending towns.

The PHCC offers career and technical education to students enrolled in the Addison Central, Addison Northeast and Addison Northwest supervisory unions. The career center operates programs at its headquarters adjacent to Middlebury Union High School, at its “North Campus” in Middlebury’s industrial park, and at Vergennes Union High School.

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ACSU official to resign from post

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Addison Central Supervisory Union Associate Superintendent Janice Willey will step down from her post next June, citing concerns about what she said was a recent shift in her job description made without her input.

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Champlain Bridge demolition scheduled

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON — New York and Vermont transportation authorities have tentatively set Wednesday, Dec. 23, as the date on which an Idaho-based company will demolish the Champlain Bridge.

Details were still being firmed up as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday.

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MUHS newspaper grabs some national headlines

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Only a few months ago, the Middlebury Union High School’s Tigers’ Print student newspaper — and indeed, the journalism program itself — was in jeopardy of folding.

But, after the eleventh-hour infusion of a savvy instructor and 11 sharp students, the Tigers’ Print has not only continued to publish, but also has flourished with some national exposure and a new on-line edition.

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Britton seeks to unseat Leahy

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY —Pomfret Republican Len Britton has served on some statewide boards to which he was appointed, but this year decided to make his first run for elective office — and he is not starting small.

Britton will take on none other than Vermont’s senior U.S. senator, Democrat Patrick Leahy, who has been in office since he was elected in 1974 and who currently serves as the chairman of the senate Judiciary Committee.

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Middlebury budget fine-tuned

Posted on December 21, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen have agreed on a series of capital improvement reductions and salary adjustments in the proposed fiscal year 2011 general fund budget that, if approved by voters, would allow the town to preserve the same municipal tax rate for the second year in a row.

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BREAKING NEWS: Officials set bridge demolition date

Posted on December 18, 2009 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON — New York and Vermont transportation authorities have tentatively set Wednesday, Dec. 23, as the date on which an Idaho-based company will demolish the Champlain Bridge.

Details were still being firmed up on Friday morning.

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UD-3 budget could raise taxes 5.9%

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board will present voters on Town Meeting Day a proposed 2010-2011 budget of $15,967,209, representing a 2.81-percent increase in spending and a potential hike of 5.9 percent in the education property tax rate.

The board made its decision Tuesday after more than two hours of debate on whether to reduce the budget’s impact on taxpayers by further cutting Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury Union Middle School programs, and/or using a substantial chunk of the district’s $512,189 fund balance for property tax relief.

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