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ACSD schools see benefits of Act 46: Six towns could see tax rates fall

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District Board on Tuesday agreed to ask Middlebury-area voters to authorize approximately $37.3 million in spending to cover the combined operating costs for all of the district’s schools during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The $30,428,802 portion to be raised by taxes represents a 2.17-percent decrease in the amount budgeted for education spending in the nine schools in the union this year.

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New committee charged with determining cost of Mount Abe repairs

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will again be asked to take a hard look at renovating the 48-year-old Mount Abraham Union High School facility, including possibly with funds from a bond.

“It’s really about planning and fiscal responsibility,” ANeSU Superintendent Patrick Reen said at a Mount Abe school board meeting Tuesday.

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Wildlife rehabilitator helps raptors — and others — return to the wild

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Helena Nicolay wears leather gloves and a “ratty, old jacket” as she walks up to a barred owl. She moves silently, slowly, deliberately — averting her eyes so as to not present herself as a fellow predator. She holds out a sliver of beef heart at the end of a shorter-than-most-of-us-might-feel-safe-with pair of metal tongs.

The owl snaps up the meat and devours it.

Nicolay offers a little bit more. And a little bit more. The owl eats hungrily, then tilts its head.

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Middlebury arts studio revitalized in new space

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Seven years after vacating downtown Middlebury’s Frog Hollow district, the Middlebury Studio School has purchased its new headquarters at 2377 Route 7 South and is now looking to expand that building to keep pace with the growing popularity of its art and pottery classes.

“Our goal is to be a community art center,” board member Barbara Z. Nelson said of the school’s great potential as a future site for lectures, children’s summer camps, painting workshops, panel discussions and even maybe an artist in residence.

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Foxcroft Farm alternative ed program to end at OVUHS

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — Residents around the Otter Valley Unified Union School District were shocked to read a letter to the editor last week stating that the beloved Harvest Program at Foxcroft Farm would be ending after almost two decades helping OV students who may not fit in a traditional classroom.

Harvest Program founder and Executive Director Anne Young explained in the letter that it had been a tough decision that was not based on financial need.

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Vergennes-area schoolboard considers 1.7 percent spending hike

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A $21.1 million spending plan for all four Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) schools and the unified district’s central office was presented to the ANWSD board on Wednesday. If approved, this second draft proposal would increase spending over the current district-wide level by 1.68 percent.

It could also lead to lower residential property taxes in three of the five ANWSD communities — Addison, Ferrisburgh and Waltham, according to district officials. Panton and Vergennes would see tax rate increases.

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Surge in workers' comp raises Bristol police spending

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Residents of the Bristol Police District will likely be asked to approve a double-digit hike in taxpayer funds used to pay for the department budget in the coming fiscal year.

Town officials cited a dramatic surge in the cost of workers’ compensation coverage as the reason for the 17 percent increase.

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Porter Medical Center bolsters palliative care

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s main goal during its 90-year history has been to help people heal from injuries and illnesses.

Porter is now partnering with another major hospital to help people close the circle of life, allowing them to die on their own terms and with minimal pain.

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Eagle spotters needed for Vermont Audubon's mid-winter survey

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERMONT — Attention, bird lovers. Your eagle-spotting skills are needed for the 2017 Mid-winter Eagle Survey.

From Jan. 4-18, Vermont Audubon Society hopes to document as many eagles in Vermont as possible for this annual count.

If you see an eagle in Vermont during the survey period, email the following information to Margaret Fowle at [email protected]:

•  Date.

•  Location.

•  Time of day.

•  Number of Bald or Golden Eagles seen.

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Middlebury girds for ash borer invasion

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is preparing for the inevitable arrival of a voracious invader that targets a specific prey.

It’s an invader that measures less than the diameter of a penny, but it attacks in great numbers and won’t be denied.

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