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December 29th

Middlebury budget set for 1.7 percent bump

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Jan. 17 will be asked to comment on a proposed 2012-2013 municipal spending plan of $8,417,735, representing an increase of 1.74 percent ($148,370) that would require a 1.8-cent bump in the local property tax rate.

The Middlebury selectboard recently approved the budget for public hearing after agreeing on a combined total of $116,443 in cuts and revenue adjustments since November, when they first began cobbling together a fiscal year 2013 spending plan.

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Police deliver gifts to Middlebury kids

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Heather Smith wondered if something was amiss when she saw police cruisers pull into the parking lot in front of her John Graham Court home on Christmas Day.

Smith became even more perplexed when she heard one of the officers ask a neighbor where he could find her son, Logan. Logan isn’t quite old enough yet to attend classes at Mary Hogan Elementary School, so Smith knew it was quite unlikely he had run afoul of the law.

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Vergennes will vote on higher petition threshold

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After a spirited discussion about local democracy, on Dec. 20 Vergennes aldermen agreed to put a measure on the March ballot that, if approved by city residents, would increase the threshold needed by petitioners to force a citywide revote from 5 to 10 percent.

That compromise move came after a proposal by residents Cheryl Brinkman and Alex McGuire requesting the council place an article on the ballot to raise the petition bar to 20 percent.

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Opera house backers seek city funding

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are considering a request from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) President Allison Rimmer that the City Hall theater receive $15,000 of ongoing annual city support in response to budget woes brought on by the recession.

Rimmer told aldermen on Dec. 20 that the FVOH will also approach the selectboards in Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham for financial help, much as Bixby Library officials have done — and with much the same rationale.

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Vermont State Police Log: Tailgater cited for drug offenses

ADDISON COUNTY — On Dec. 21 at approximately 7:30 a.m. Vermont State Police Trooper Andrew Leise stopped a 1995 Jeep Cherokee traveling southbound on Route 7 in New Haven after he saw it being driven approximately one vehicle length behind a vehicle directly in front of it at speeds between 58-60 miles per hour.

During the stop, VSP K9 “Argus” sniffed around the car and alerted on it, indicating to police that illegal drugs were present.

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Monkton inventors clinch award

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



MONKTON — After winging the first round of an applied science competition in November, a group of young inventors from Monkton honed their programming skills, fine-tuned their robot construction techniques and brainstormed solutions to real-world problems.

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Middlebury Police Log: Car hits Court Street walker

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian at the intersection of Court Street and Creek Road on Dec. 19. Police said the pedestrian was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

•  Were informed that a vehicle had been hit by another vehicle while parked in the Middlebury Union High School parking lot on Dec. 19.

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Clippings: Ambition can be for greater good

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



2011 probably won’t go down as a banner year here or worldwide.

Water provided many memories, and not many of them pleasant. One of 2011’s first images that seared itself on my consciousness came from msnbc.com. I logged on one morning and was stunned to see for the first time a picture of Japan’s east coast after the devastating tsunami.

A later image that lingers is the video of Bartonsville’s covered bridge collapsing into Irene’s surging waters.

In between fell spring’s seemingly unceasing rain.

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