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Conlon to run for Addison-2 House seat

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — UD-3 school board Chairman Peter Conlon confirmed on Thursday that he will run for the Addison-2 seat in the Vermont House soon to be vacated by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton.

As previously reported in the Independent, Jewett — the former House majority leader — has decided to retire after 14 years representing the single-seat district that includes Cornwall, Ripton, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock.

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ANeSU teacher contract includes 3.25 percent raises for two years

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — After 16 months of negotiations, the teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have a contract.

What began as a fractious and drawn-out negotiation that twice threatened to dead end — first at an officially declared impasse, then at a call for a fact-finding hearing — has resolved with a teacher salary increase of 3.25 percent for this year and the next.

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Generations of Mary Hogan kindergarteners say goodbye to teacher Marion Leonard

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The word of the day today, class, is “D.”

As in “diminutive” and “dynamo.”

Two words that only begin to describe longtime Mary Hogan Elementary School teacher Marion Leonard.

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Preschoolers kept Deborah Angier young during 33-year career at ANwSU

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Thirty-three years ago, then Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Link offered Deborah Angier a yearlong substitute teaching position in the district’s preschool, then operating in the Bixby Library basement on Main Street, Vergennes.

Angier, a Randolph native whose family had moved to Vergennes when she was a fourth-grader, had recently earned her degree in elementary education from Trinity College in Burlington, but was considering other options based on her love of the French language.

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Heirloom hardwoods get new life at Bristol business

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Vermont Tree Goods — a new Bristol business being launched by sawyer/woodworker/entrepreneur John Monks — was literally born out of the ashes.

A devastating fire on Thanksgiving eve 2010 left Monks and his family with little more than the clothes on their backs.

For Monks, a long-time homebuilder, all that remained of the equipment he had built up over three decades were a few scaffolds.

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Sen. Claire Ayer eyes top post in Senate; Sen. Bray in running

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Saying she wants to help train and encourage a new generation of leaders in the state’s highest chamber, longtime Addison County Sen. Claire Ayer confirmed this week that she will run for the top leadership position in the Vermont Senate.

And it looks like the Addison Democrat will have plenty of competition for the job of Senate president pro tempore — including from within her own senatorial district, which includes Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

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Rep. Willem Jewett to retire after 14 years in the House

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, told the Addison Independent this week that he will not seek re-election after 14 years representing the Addison-2 district, a tenure that saw him serve in some key House leadership positions and become a mainstay of the House Judiciary Committee.

Jewett, 52, also waged a successful and public battle against cancer, using his position in the public eye to shed more light on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a disease with which he was diagnosed in early 2008.

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Speaker Smith to vie for lieutenant governor

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is seeking Vermont’s second-highest constitutional office.

The 50-year-old Morrisville Democrat confirmed his bid for lieutenant governor on Tuesday during a far ranging interview at the Addison Independent.

“I do believe there are a lot of opportunities in the lieutenant governor’s race to make a difference,” Smith said. “I believe that office could be used even more effectively to convene people on the big issues of the day.”

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Vt. woman tells of life on Bernie Sanders’ campaign trail

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Elaine Ezerins (St. Albans Messenger)



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ST. ALBANS — Two years ago, Lindsay Hunn walked into an office building on South Main Street in St. Albans looking for a job in the legal world. As fate would have it, she had the address wrong and walked out as a full-time volunteer for the Vermont Democratic Party.

One year later, Hunn was hired as a field organizer in New Hampshire, making thousands of phone calls to get troops on the ground for Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign.

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Hannah Bureau: Paintings on exhibit at Edgewater Gallery

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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If you have seen her textural, softly geometric landscapes, it should come as no surprise, that painter Hanna Bureau prefers grays. Before this description brings the word “drab” to mind, know that with these grays Bureau builds vibrant impressions of a scene observed. Fields and sky are rendered in warm and cool grays, with strokes of lilac, ashen green, and blue. Bureau’s wide, fluid brush strokes, thick with paint, impart the richness in the memory of a landscape, while her palette acts as the soft haze of recollection.

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