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October 11th

Is the sky falling in Middlebury?

By Angelo Lynn

Area residents against any outside development in Middlebury must think the sky is falling.

Within just the past couple of weeks, Middlebury has seen applications to develop a 2,400-square-foot Starbucks coffee house, a 15,000-square-foot Staples, and now a 17,000-square-foot warehouse type building for an Aldi discount food store, plus 4,200 square feet to be leased for commercial/retail uses. Add that to the prospect of Aldi building another office building on an adjacent lot in the future, and the prospect of a 40,000-square-foot commercial building in the downtown behind the Ilsley Library (see stories Page 1A) and that’s a whole lot of change coming down the pike in a hurry.

But is the sky falling down or is this managed growth?

To be fair, the prospects of growth within The Centre Plaza, where Hannafords is located, have always been contemplated. And certainly town officials and residents have been anticipating for the past couple of years some commercial enterprise replacing the dilapidated car wash next to McDonald’s. And to the extent that The Centre Plaza has had the capacity to expand on its existing lot — or could achieve that with adjoining land acquisition — it’s not beyond the pale to believe the town has anticipated a full build-out of that property since its original application.

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October 8th

Barbed bird

A SPARROW  PICKS a potentially painful perch on a barbed wire fence in Addison.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Parents ask questions about new new VUHS grading system

October 8, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — A change in the way Vergennes Union High School teachers assign letter grades has sparked concerns, mostly among parents of high-achieving students, that it may be more difficult for their children to earn top grades, get onto the school’s honor roll, and get into colleges.

Four dozen parents met with VUHS Co-principal Ed Webbley last Wednesday to discuss the grading changes, the most significant of which is actually at the other end of the spectrum: Essentially, 70 is the new 60 — students now must earn at least a grade of 70 to pass a course and stay eligible for sports. At the same time, students will also have to earn a 93 to get an A, and an 85 to get a B.

VUHS administrators made that change, Webbley said, in tandem with a scheduling tweak: Students now have two 25-minute periods free daily in which they can meet with teachers to get help learning material and improving grades.

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Humane society welcomes new director, Tucker moves to statewide program

October 8, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Humane Society (ACHS) will soon get a new executive director to replace its former leader, Jill Tucker, who recently left to help authorities take a bite out of crime against pets.

Jackie Rose, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based attorney, will officially take the helm of the ACHS on Oct. 22 after a move to Vermont. Rose recently completed a 25-year stint as executive vice president of Spectrum Programs, a nonprofit provider of substance abuse programs and mental health services in Florida.

Rose originally earned a degree in psychology and had seriously considered using that knowledge in a career caring for animals. She ended up going into law and nonprofit administration, but jumped at the opportunity to revisit her original career path when she heard about the ACHS vacancy.

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Business pros give college students a peek at the real world

October 8, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — The steadily increasing number of economics majors at Middlebury College unnerves Michael Claudon. There’s nothing wrong with economics as a discipline — Claudon himself is a professor of the subject, which claims 11.9 percent of all majors — but he gets the feeling that many students choose that path because they believe it is the only way into the business world, the only way they might land a well-paying job after graduation.

This is simply not true, Claudon said. And he’s prepared to prove it with his new winter term program, MIDD CORE (Creativity, Organization, Risk and Entrepreneurship), which aims to expose Middlebury students to professionals from both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors in an effort to deepen their understanding of the post-college world.

“The big picture is to help our students understand that there are all kinds of paths that you can follow to great careers and great personal lives,” Claudon said. “So whatever their passion is at the college — philosophy, Spanish, dance — they can pursue it.”

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October 4th

Roar!

DYLAN GOOLEY, 6, of Bristol reacts to the image of his painted face in a mirror held up by face-painting artist Ashley White, 9, of Bristol. Gooley was one of hundreds of kids and thousands of people who attended Bristol’s Harvest Festival Saturday. More than 100 vendors participated in this year’s event.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

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Selectmen seek funds for Middlebury bridge

October 4, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen have hired a consulting team to uncover creative financing options for a new in-town bridge project that officials hope could be built before the end of this decade.

The consulting team of RKG Associates and McFarland-Johnson will spend the coming weeks looking at revenue sources to finance as much as $10 million of the estimated $16 million price tag of the project. The project would involve building a new bridge linking Main Street to Court Street via Cross Street, across the Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury.

If things go as scheduled, selectmen will have financing information in hand — along with some recommendations — in time for the 2008 town meeting next March.

“We really have as a goal to get something done within the next couple of years,” said Selectman Dean George, chairman of Middlebury’s in-town bridge committee. “We know that’s ambitious.”

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Monkton nurse cares for Iraq detainees

October 4, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONKTON — It was only 18 months ago that Monkton resident Caitlyn Bushey was hitting the books at Plymouth State University, preparing herself for a career in nursing.

Last month saw Bushey return from a military stint in Iraq during which she saw more catastrophic injuries in one year as a combat medic than she may see during her entire career as a hospital nurse.

Bushey, now 21, signed up with the New Hampshire National Guard soon after graduating from Mount Abraham Union High School in 2004. She saw the Guard as an opportunity to serve her country while receiving tuition reimbursement at Plymouth State.

“I saw it as the best of both worlds,” Bushey said.

She joined the 3643rd Ordinance Co. based in Concord, N.H.

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