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March 9th, 2015

Opinion: Dog surgery cost estimate clarified

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Jessica Danyow



I am writing to submit a clarification to the information presented in the article “Dog Gone Lucky,” that appeared in the Monday, March 2, edition of the Addison Independent.

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Opinion: 'Transparency' sought in ANeSU

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By R.E. Merrill



I hope this Superintendent David Adams drama in Bristol is not déjà vu, but it is playing out much like the South Burlington Superintendent Gail Durckel’s $104,000 goodbye deal back in 2006.

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Opinion: ANeSU school boards need to listen to upset voters

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Jamie Calzini



I find it hard to believe that Dawn Griswold, chairman of both the Mount Abe and Monkton school boards, has no insight as to why those budgets were not passed. At Mount Abe’s annual meeting, the audience was seething with discontent for the lack of communication and transparency, and unwillingness of the superintendent’s office to share the burden of a leaner budget.

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Bristol police deal with many minor disturbances in February

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department in February dealt with a host of mostly minor incidents, including domestic disturbances, drunk drivers and fighting students. They also ticketed or towed motorists who continue to defy the town’s winter parking ban on some streets.

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Arts Beat for May 18: Mostly Vermont: Photographic images by Jack Goodman

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Greg Pahl



Art Beat for July 7: Festival to offer great music all week plus dancing

Sarah Blacker, Boston’s “Sundress Rocker,” comes back to Brandon Music for a release party for her new album, “In Waves,” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. before embarking on a national tour. The album is Blacker’s strongest songwriting and playing to date. The songs artfully span rock, pop, indie, folk and Americana fused together with her signature vocal sound and stacked vocal harmonies.

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ANeSU, ANwSU school boards regroup after budgets go down

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Five school boards in northern Addison County will meet in the coming weeks to draft new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

The Vergennes Union High School board will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the school library to consider its next move. Its $10.47 million budget proposal lost, 831-718, on Town Meeting Day, with close votes in all of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns except Ferrisburgh, which voted against the proposal, 328-243.

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ID-4 petitions nixed, but board to give voters their say

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on March 4 rejected two citizens’ petitions seeking to change the date of the district’s annual meeting and the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted, but the panel unanimously agreed to place two articles on ID-4’s April 8 meeting warning that would accomplish the same changes sought by the petitioners.

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Rep. Sharpe pushes change in education through H.361

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Rep. David Sharpe doesn’t give off the aura of a salesman. His elbow-patched blazers may echo Willy Loman, but the soft-spoken, veteran legislator isn’t in the business of sweet-talking his way to a few bucks.

But however unnatural it may come to him, selling was exactly what Sharpe set out to do at town meetings in his district this week. It’s not goods the Bristol Democrat is hawking, but an education bill that would drastically change the organization of Vermont’s schools and alter how they are governed.

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