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United Way will act to spark donations

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) officials are organizing an impassioned donation pitch to reinvigorate a 2009-2010 fund-raising campaign that has been sorely tested by the sluggish economy.

UWAC officials knew at the outset of the campaign that raising funds during the current economic climate would pose an extra challenge. And while organizers didn’t set a specific goal at the outset, they hoped the drive would net as much as last year: $775,000, funds distributed among many human service agencies throughout the county.

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UD-3 officials say change is in the air

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Officials in the UD-3 school district on Tuesday gave an update on how they are responding to a petition seeking to boost academic excellence at Middlebury Union High School, and pledged to consider additional changes as curriculum is developed for the 2010-2011 school year.

At issue is a citizens’ petition submitted to the UD-3 school board last year by a group of parents and community members. The petition, signed by more than 400 people, raised concerns about the extent to which students are academically challenged at MUHS.

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Former teacher, GOP candidate seeks seat

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The prospect of an open seat on the Middlebury selectboard is generating interest among some eleventh-hour candidates, including resident Brian Bauer, a former Vermont House candidate who last week confirmed he will wage a write-in campaign for selectman.

Resident Travis Forbes also confirmed that he will also mount a write-in campaign for the board (See story, this page).

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Contractor takes write-in option

Posted on February 11, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — What had recently been just a two-person field for three, three-year spots on the Middlebury selectboard has suddenly doubled to four candidates, as yet another write-in hopeful has confirmed his intent to run.

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Ferry draws throngs of commuters

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By John S. McCright and John Flowers



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ADDISON — An estimated 1,700 vehicles used the new ferry across Lake Champlain during its 24 hours of operation on Monday, a volume that prompted New York and Vermont transportation officials on Tuesday to request that a second ferry boat be put into service.

The second ferry, due this month, is to accommodate extra traffic during peak morning and afternoon commuting hours, according to Jon Zicconi, director of planning, outreach and community affairs for the Vermont Department of Transportation.

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Porter ER doctor takes skills, supplies to Haiti

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Michael Kiernan is no stranger to Haiti, having made around 10 medical humanitarian visits to the Caribbean nation during the past 20 years.

But is with a sense of real urgency that Kiernan — a Weybridge resident and emergency room physician at Porter Hospital — is returning this week to the earthquake-ravaged nation to deliver his expertise and thousands of dollars of medical supplies.

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Bray to run for lieutenant governor

Posted on February 1, 2010 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Rep. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven, confirmed this week that he will run for lieutenant governor this November, entering a field of candidates that already includes another Addison County resident, Republican Mark Snelling of Starksboro.

Bray, 54, said he is running primarily to give farm issues a more prominent forum in Montpelier. Bray, a two-term incumbent legislator representing the Addison-5 district on the House Agriculture Committee, is excited about the new challenge he has decided to take on.

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ID-4 directors propose budget increase of 1/52%

Posted on February 1, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters on April 14 will consider a proposed Mary Hogan Elementary School budget of $5,771,990, representing a 1.52-percent increase in spending compared to this year.

The budget reflects no new programs, nor additional teaching staff. It actually represents a decrease of $87 in spending per pupil (from $13,539 to $13,452). That’s in large part because the school anticipates welcoming eight additional students next year, for a potential total of 395, according to Mary Hogan Elementary School Associate Principal Tom Buzzell.

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Middlebury seeks to weatherize town gym

Posted on February 1, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It’s been no secret that the Middlebury municipal gym has been leaking thousands of dollars in heat each year. Selectmen on Tuesday ordered an energy audit to determine exactly where the heat is escaping and how the building could be tightened up to keep energy in and the cold out.

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Seniors share life stories with StoryCorps

Posted on January 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The lives of six Addison County seniors had taken many different twists and turns during their more than eight decades on this earth, but their paths led to The Lodge at Otter Creek on Tuesday for a common purpose.

To tell their life’s stories.

The six seniors in question each sat down for about 45 minutes with representatives of StoryCorps, a national, nonprofit initiative established in 2003 to record the stories and life histories of thousands of everyday Americans.

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