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June 19th, 2006

Bristol limits campaign signs

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — As the 2006 election races heat up, Vermonters are looking for ways to support their chosen candidate or just speak their minds.

But like many Vermont towns, Bristol’s zoning ordinances control when and how such signs can be displayed. Seeing that some Bristol residents have put up signs in violation of those ordinances, the selectboard is planning to clamp down.

“We have a state without billboards for a reason,” said selectboard Chairman Warren Baker at the board’s meeting on June 12.

After that meeting town administrator Bob Hall at the direction of the board asked three residents to take down signs, and they complied. Having any signs up right now would be a violation, because the ordinance forbids people from putting up signs more than 60 days before the election to which they refer.

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June 15th

Wet weather hurting Vermont's dairy farmers

Posted on June 15, 2006 |
By John S. McCright and Cyrus Levesque



ADDISON COUNTY — Many people have been glad to see a break in the rain that has seemed almost constant over the last month. But for those who till the soils and milk cows the wet weather has combined with depressed milk prices and high fuel costs to create what some are referring to as a perfect storm for swamping Vermont’s dairy industry.

Gov. James Douglas this week called for federal disaster assistance to aid dairy farmers and said he would convene a special dairy summit by the end of the month to see what more could be done.

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Hydro energy plan advances

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Vermont Public Service Board were scheduled to be in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow this Thursday, June 15, to size up Anders and Peter Holm’s plans to install a water turbine that would generate hydroelectricity from the Otter Creek Falls.

The Addison Independent first reported in March that the Holms were considering the possibility of installing a water turbine beneath their Main Street building that borders the Otter Creek Falls.

Their plan has since gained some new momentum and some additional power. Anders Holm said the turbine as currently envisioned would we able to generate 3 to 5 megawatts of electricity, up from the 500 kilowatts to 1 megawatt that had been originally anticipated. That kind of juice, Holm said, could supply power to “a large portion of the town of Middlebury” at times when the Otter Creek is robust and churning.

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School copes with tragedy

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — As the Mount Abraham Union High School community reels from the death of junior Ryan Wendel, who was killed in a car crash only hours after graduation last Saturday, faculty and staff are working to accommodate the needs of students who have been affected by the loss.

Principal Paulette Bogan sent a letter home with students on Monday explaining the details of the accident, in which the car Wendel was driving plummeted 50-feet down an embankment into the Beaver Meadow Brook in Lincoln. Two other MAUHS students who were passengers in the car and two others who were following in a second car struggled courageously to right the overturned 1992 Saab and save the life of the 16-year-old Bristol resident.

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June 14th

Underdog and the anti-establishment candidate

In the Republican primary race for Vermont’s lone U.S. Congressional seat, state Sen. Mark Shepard, R-Bennington, is happy to be tilting against windmills as the underdog candidate and the anti-establishment candidate.

“Being the non-establishment candidate is not a bad place to be,� Shepard said in a Monday interview with the Addison Independent. “Establishment candidates don’t stir the pot and they don’t ruffle feathers. I’m not doing this to be part of a club.�

That style of populist bravado potentially has appeal in a region enamored with the independent ethos that has long characterized the Green Mountain State. And Shepard’s background fits his rhetoric. He’s a fifth or sixth generation Vermonter, born and raised on a small dairy farm, learned his hard-work ethic from his growing up a farmer’s son, and his moral values were home grown as well. He graduated from Hartford High School in 1978 with little interest in a college education, but having learned how to wire a house with his dad at a young age, he had an affinity for electrical sciences and got his journeyman electrician’s license in 1982. He stumbled into higher electronics, then took an interest in computers and ended up graduating from the University of Florida in 1986 with a electrical engineering degree and received a Master of Engineering degree following work at MIT and RPI. (See story, Page 1A.) In short, Shepard has a populist pedigree, but has leveraged his natural talent and home education into a lucrative electrical engineering business, which he formed several years ago and runs as an independent business. He’s married with four kids.

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Welch’s challenge to the GOP

In his radio address to the nation this past Saturday, Vermont Sen. Peter Welch laid out the Democrats response in this election year on the war in Iraq: In short, President Bush, his administration and this Republican Congress have been irresponsible and accountability can only be restored by electing a Democratic House and/or Senate in November.

Unless we have a change in power in Congress in 2006, Welch said at the Addison Independent offices last Friday afternoon, none of the big questions facing the nation really matter because the Republican-led Congress has not exercised its role to oversee the executive branch and has instead rubber-stamped most of what the White House has dished out — including cover-ups and gross mismanagement of the war effort.

Welch, who was chosen to deliver the response to the president’s weekly radio address, couldn’t be more on target.

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June 12th

Vergennes high school principal leaves helm

By ANDY KIRKALDY

VERGENNES — After three years at Vergennes Union High School, VUHS co-principal Manya Bouteneff will leave this summer to take over the principalship at Fox Meadow Elementary School in her hometown of Scarsdale, N.Y.

Bouteneff, who will sign her new contract on Wednesday, attended the school from kindergarten through sixth grade, and her son went to Fox Meadow for two years before she moved away.

Bouteneff said the facts that she still has family in the Scarsdale area and that she will be heading her old school played roles in her decision to apply to be the Fox Meadow principal.

“It has the sentimental attraction to me,” said Bouteneff, who added that while writing her application for the post she had the sense of “being transported to those hallways … There’s a definite full-sensory memory of all of that.”

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Vermont Adult Learning graduates 40

By HARRIETTE BRAINARD

MIDDLEBURY — Commence-ment exercises to be held at the Kirk Alumni Center on the Middlebury College campus this Wednesday will feature a slightly older class of degree recipients than most of the high school graduations going on in the area this month.

They also are, in some ways, more diverse than the typical high school graduating class, even though there will only be 40 dressed in blue caps and gowns.

The event, which kicks off at 6 p.m., is Vermont Adult Learning’s General Educational Development (GED) certificate and Vermont Adult Diploma Program graduation. Those who will take part had left high school for a number of years while others missed only a semester or a single year. All have returned to school to finish their education.

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