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VUHS budget draft calls for staff cuts

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — Voters in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union got their first look at what next year’s budget for Vergennes Union High School may look like when district administrators presented a draft to the school board Monday evening.

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Rep. David Sharpe to head education committee

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Addison County will have an important seat at the table when the Vermont Legislature gets to work this month on education finance reform, tabbed by many lawmakers as the top priority for the 2015 session.

Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith has picked Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, to chair the House Education Committee, a panel that will clearly play a big role in devising and advancing any bills aimed at changing the manner in which the state’s public schools are financed.

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Cost balloons for Middlebury rail tunnel

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Officials planning replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad overpasses said construction is being delayed until next year after new information suggested the project could cost more than twice as much as originally forecast, and could take at least three construction seasons to complete instead of two.

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Sponsors, venues gel for Middlebury film festival

Posted on January 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the first annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) on Tuesday confirmed they have secured a lead sponsor for the four-day event and they’ve launched a new website that will assist those wanting to enter and/or attend the event, expected to draw upwards of 1,000 people to Addison County’s shire town on Aug. 27-30.

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Middlebury rail bridges fix delayed until 2016

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Citing surging cost estimates and a longer-than-anticipated construction timeframe, officials planning the replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown railroad overpasses said the project is now slated to begin in 2016, rather than this spring.

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Legislators to decide governor's race this week

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A majority of Addison County’s lawmakers said they will vote in favor of incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin over Republican Scott Milne when the Vermont General Assembly decides the matter on this Thursday.

Per the state Constitution, the General Assembly must decide the contest by ballot when it convenes Jan. 8 because neither Shumlin nor Milne garnered more than 50 percent of the votes cast back on Nov. 4.

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The Independent's top 10 stories of 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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At the end of each year, the Independent editorial staff pores through all of the issues to pick the ten stories that readers cared the most about in 2014. They span a variety of topics, from the Vermont Gas pipeline to the Middlebury town office, the expansion of solar projects to the success of local high school sports programs.

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Mt. Abraham alum lands on Jeopardy!

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — If the clue was “The Mount Abraham Union High School graduate who appeared on Jeopardy! last week,” the answer would be “Who is Daniel Eling?”

Eling, 36, earned a spot on the popular quiz show after three years of trying. He said it was a lifelong dream of his.

“I wanted to be on the show for a long time, for 25 years,” he said.

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Trio taps senses with a new type of therapy

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Spas are one barometer of a community’s mental and physical health, and last winter the staff at Waterfalls Day Spa, on the lower level of the Middlebury Inn, saw that their clients were suffering.

“Last winter was brutal,” says Sara Daly, one of the spa owners. “It was so icy; we noticed an increase in fractures. People didn’t want to be in Vermont.”

So Daly, along with Waterfalls aesthetician and co-owner Laurie Webb, and massage therapist Sarah Kuhl, got to work.

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Chronology 2014: A year in review

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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This New Year's Day pause provides an opportunity to look back over the past 12 months and recall where we've been before we wade into hte 12 months ahead. We present this retrospective to help you bring to mind the big stories of the year and also some of the smaller ones that have touched our lives in Addison County in Brandon. Below you'll find a link to each month's recap. Happy New Year!

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