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March 17th, 2014

Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.

That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.

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Legislative Report: Moving Vermont from austerity to prosperity

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Reps. Paul Ralston and Heidi Scheuermann



Over the course of the last few years, Vermont has done a relatively decent job adjusting to the economic downturn of the “great recession.” Indeed, we have shown ourselves to be adept at austerity. Now, the question is, can Vermont adapt in ways that foster economic prosperity?

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Opinion: Lawmaker is blocking changes to bottle return bill

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Peter Grant



If anyone is wondering why our roadsides have more litter than normal, here is a reason. When snow melts, a new crop of bottles and cans and coffee cups appears, thrown out by trashy people who don’t care about how the state looks. They don’t care that their mother doesn’t work picking up after them.

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Opinion: Early educators should have the right to organize

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Amanda Sheppard et al.



I have been a homecare provider for eight years now and was faced with many hardships through my job and nowhere to turn to help make these programs work better for everyone. It wasn’t until two years ago, when we started to organize our union with the help of Vermont Homecare United, we won the right to have a union.

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Bristol Police Log: Authorities respond to accidents, thefts in December

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Bristol police recently issued a log of their activities this past December.

On Dec. 18 at 3:30 p.m. they responded to a report that a teenage girl was approached on the sidewalk between Mount Abraham Union High School and Liberty Street by a man unknown to her.

The man called the girl by the name of a different girl, and attempted to hug her. The girl refused the embrace and insisted he had mistaken her for someone else.

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March 14th

Chittenden bus strike would affect some ACTR riders

Posted on March 14, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A potential strike by Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) drivers would have an impact on the Addison County Transit Resources’ Burlington Link Express that buses riders between Middlebury and Burlington.

As of Friday afternoon, CCTA drivers are slated to go on strike as of Monday, March 17, after having rejected the latest contract offer.

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March 13th

Chili Fest draws 5,000 hungry visitors to downtown Middlebury

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 people flooded closed off Main Street in downtown Middlebury on Saturday, March 8, for the 6th Annual Vermont Chili Fest. Braving cooler than expected temperatures and a brisk wind, residents and visitors to Middlebury enjoyed a variety of chili made from local restaurateurs, businesses and organizations, music, street performers, face painting and an after-event beverage tent with live music from The Grift.

Festivalgoers sampled 35 different chilies from 31 vendors and voted for their favorites in each category. The winners were:

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Vergennes residents offered chance to help plan city's future

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes-area residents will have a rare chance to help shape their community’s future on Tuesday, when the Vermont Council on Rural Development will host a dinner at St. Peter’s Church and nine workshops at the Bixby Library and Vergennes Opera House.

Among those who will be on hand to help with the planning will be at least 30 federal, state, business and nonprofit leaders, including the top officials in several Vermont state agencies.

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