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Bristol rec club pulls out of firehouse deal

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Recreation Club has backed out of its negotiations with the town of Bristol to sell some of its property for a site on which to build a new firehouse.

The move came after a Bristol resident pitched a new location and financing plan for the firehouse that the recreation club endorsed and both the town and fire department believe is viable.

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Class challenges VUHS students

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — For Vergennes Union High School junior Emma Gardner and the other 22 members of the school’s Humanities class, Jan. 22 loomed large.

The members of the class had spent a semester researching topics of their choice for the interdisciplinary Humanities course. That morning, the time had come for each to deliver a 10-minute roundtable presentation in the school library based on the 10-page papers they had already written based on that research.

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Pioneering pilot earns belated praise from her country

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Peter Oxford has a favorite photo of his grandmother, the late Nancy (Hopkins) Tier. The beaming young woman is sporting a light-colored aviator’s cap, her old-school goggles strapped snugly on her forehead as she smiles for the camera.

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Athletes endure cold, dark in multi-day mountain challenge

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERMONT — On Saturday, Jan. 18, well before dawn, with the temperature hovering around zero, a group of 50 hikers boarded a bus at the Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center in Goshen and drove north. At around 5 a.m., their ride dropped them at the Smugglers’ Notch Road in Stowe, a short distance from the southbound trailhead of the Long Trail.

They then started walking south in groups of 10.

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End of Small School Grants would hit home

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — As lawmakers wrestle with education funding reform this winter, one idea that has gained some favor in Montpelier is ending “Small School Grants,” extra funding to smaller schools that helps them keep their doors open. Gov. Peter Shumlin, for one, made that recommendation in his Jan. 15 budget address.

In recent years the Legislature has tried to address what lawmakers see as cost inefficiencies in smaller schools by passing laws to encourage unification within and between school districts.

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Electronics, medicine pilfered from local elementary schools

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — State police are investigating burglaries at the elementary schools in Starksboro and Lincoln that occurred over the long Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend in which thousands of dollars of electronics were stolen.

Police said someone broke into Lincoln Community School and Robinson Elementary in Starksboro sometime between Jan. 17 and 20.

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Fire departments honor top members an annual dinner

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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FERRISBURGH — Members of each of the 17 county fire departments turned out for the annual Addison County Firefighters Association meeting this past Wednesday evening at the Eagles Club in Ferrisburgh, during which the organization honored several firefighters for their service.

Featured guest Lt. Gov. Phil Scott thanked the hundreds of firefighters, all in their dress uniforms, for helping out in their respective communities.

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'Green Team' sees the light in Salisbury

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Students in many schools have to be reminded to switch off lights as they exit a classroom, or close windows to keep the heat in during the winter.

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Japanese boats to hit the water at Middlebury College

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to the Middlebury College Natatorium on Thursday evening at 6:45 p.m. to see students launch the traditional Japanese boats they have been building this winter.

Following a colorful Shinto ceremony, Middlebury College students will launch two traditional Japanese boats that they have been constructing this month as part of their work for a Winter Term course titled “Building the Japanese Boat.”

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Job cuts eyed at Bristol Elementary School

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — A proposed Bristol Elementary School budget that would increase spending by 2.76 percent in the next fiscal year is drawing criticism from some faculty and staff who are concerned that it would cut several staff positions and hurt students.

The $4.9 million spending plan, which the school board tentatively signed off on last week, would curb costs in several areas, including by eliminating one faculty position and five non-special education support staff positions.

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