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UD-3 eyes 3.8% hike in spending at MUHS, MUMS

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle and High School officials will spend the next few weeks sharpening their pencils in an effort to reduce a draft UD-3 budget of about $16.7 million that would represent a 3.8 percent increase compared to this year’s spending plan of roughly $16.1 million.

And any major cuts will likely come with some pain, administrators noted, as a vast majority of a proposed roughly $612,000 increase is associated with fixed costs.

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City reveals more info about proposed police station

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at a Tuesday public information meeting at the city fire station released for the first time purchase price details of their proposed North Main Street site for a new police station, and they updated funding plans for what is estimated as a $1.75 million project.  

They told a gathering of about two-dozen residents, plus Police Chief George Merkel and several members of his department, that the chosen parcel could cost up to $259,000.

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Cornwall church offers a giving alternative

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — While consumers throughout the country continue to recover from the frenzied shopping experiences that were Black Friday and Cyber Monday, leaders of the Cornwall Congregational Church are quietly organizing what could appropriately be called “Alternative Saturday,” a Dec. 1 opportunity for people to purchase the gift of basic necessities for people struggling just to survive.

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Lincoln’s Potato Hill Bakery rises through its first year

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN — A new company has sprung up in Lincoln this year that makes delicious bread.

Potato Hill Bakery, featuring homemade loaves by Lincoln native Johnny Johnson, has done well since its opening in July, distributing its products to the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Almost Home Market in Bristol, the Lincoln General Store and the Jerusalem Country Store.

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$3M upgrade sought for Middlebury affordable housing

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two nonprofit organizations are seeking to make $3 million in upgrades to a combined total of 22 affordable housing units on North Pleasant Street and John Graham Court in Middlebury, improvements that would include a central pellet boiler to substantially reduce energy costs at the site.

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Five Town education fund aims to grow donor base

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN / BRISTOL — Two decades after the passing of a beloved mother, community member and elementary school teacher, Tari Shattuck’s legacy lives on in Five Town Area schools.

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Very Merry Middlebury to brighten town this Saturday

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — A Very Merry Middlebury, an annual event from the Better Middlebury Partnership, has a great deal in store for Middlebury residents, neighbors, friends, visitors and guests, starting on Saturday, Dec. 1.

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Vergennes gears up for Saturday's Holiday Stroll

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The Little City of Vergennes will be in full holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Stroll this Saturday, Dec. 1. Participants will enjoy a festive collection of activities ranging from a breakfast with Santa Claus at the VUHS cafeteria to the annual Winter Craft Fair at Vergennes Union Elementary School, to a stroll down Main Street ringing bells and singing songs with Santa and his elves.

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HOPE’s ‘Giving Tree’ in need of sponsors; Christmas Shop open

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Officials at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) are trying to recruit some more elves for Santa in the run-up to Christmas.

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Middlebury town plan decision deferred

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday tabled a decision on whether to advance the community’s updated town plan to a final vote in wake of a new, proposed tweak in language and the absence of two board members.

The board was scheduled to decide whether to close the public hearing phase on the document and then move on to a ratification vote to Tuesday, Dec. 12; or call for another public hearing to entertain any new substantive changes.

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