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Lawmakers lament school tax hikes

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While the Vermont Legislature did not convene last week, lawmakers received a homework assignment doled out by area voters on Town Meeting Day: Do something about rising education property taxes.

Vermont residents voted down 35 of approximately 250 school budgets that were on communities’ town meeting dockets on March 3 and 4 — the largest number of failed spending plans since the advent of Act 68 in 2005, according to Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol.

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Vergennes Union High School board seeks to draft new budget

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday began the process of drafting a new budget for the school after voters in the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the original spending plan on Town Meeting Day.

Comments by VUHS board members and ANwSU officials there and afterward showed some differences on how much and even whether to cut the budget, including the need for staff reductions.

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Monkton resident joins Addison-4 race

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MONKTON — What a difference two years can make in politics.

In 2012, incumbent Reps. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, and Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, were unopposed in their successful runs for new two-year terms representing the Addison-4 House district.

With the 2014 legislative session barely half over, two Republican candidates have already confirmed their plans to oppose Sharpe and Fisher in the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Lincoln and Monkton.

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American Legion chief visits county, protests cuts to military programs

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Legion Post 27 on Saturday rolled out the proverbial red carpet for a special VIP: None other than American Legion National Commander Dan Dellinger, who was in town as part of a listening tour to get information on how to better serve the country’s more than 21 million military veterans.

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Dentist sets up shop in Bristol

Posted on March 13, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A new dental practice has opened in the BristolWorks business complex that aims to expand dental coverage to residents of all walks of life throughout the five-town area.

The clinic, Red Clover Family Dentistry, opened last month and is headed by Patrick Rowe, D.D.S.

Rowe said the practice will accept Medicaid, and will offer a sliding scale payment system for patients who need assistance paying their bill.

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Middlebury courting some new business prospects

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As he closes in on one year as Middlebury’s first-ever business development director, Jamie Gaucher is pursuing some promising leads that he hopes will culminate in a substantial new manufacturing facility in the town’s industrial park and an incubator space at the local airport for emerging new companies developing value-added agricultural products.

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Middlebury College heads toward carbon neutral goal

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



MIDDLEBURY — Despite a delay in the implementation of a biomethane digester, Middlebury College’s sustainability director said the school is well on its way to reaching its goal of becoming completely carbon-neutral by 2016.

“I’m fairly optimistic we can get there,” said Jack Byrne, director of the college’s Office of Sustainability.

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Public Service Department officials answer pipeline questions in Monkton

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Dozens of Monkton residents whose land Vermont Gas Systems is seeking for a natural gas pipeline attended a meeting hosted by two officials from the Department of Public Service and Sen. Christopher Bray, to help landowners negotiate right-of-way easements with the utility company.

The meeting, held Thursday evening at the Monkton firehouse, featured Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia and DPS General Counsel Louise Porter.

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Vergennes police happily settled into new Main Street heaquarters

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes police were working out of their new 4,611-square-foot police station at 8 Main St. as of early last week, and they and city officials said they were thrilled with the all-but-finished product.

“It’s something everyone in Vergennes should be proud of,” said Police Chief George Merkel. “These guys are truly excited. It’s raised morale through the roof.”

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Mount Abraham student joins elite page program

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Fourteen-year-old Emily Aldrich of Bristol was looking for a front-row seat to observe the legislative process. The Mount Abraham Union Middle School eighth-grader found it when she recently was selected for the page program run by the Vermont Legislature.

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