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VUHS spending proposal $211,000 less than in March; vote is Tuesday

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The third vote this year on a Vergennes Union High School spending plan will be held on Tuesday in each of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.

The VUHS board has proposed a $10,258,933 budget for the 2015-2016 school year that is $211,000 lower than the plan defeated on Town Meeting Day and $55,000 less than the proposal that more narrowly lost on May 5.

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Mount Abe offers lower tax rates in third try to get budget passed

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — If voters in the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union approve of the latest spending proposal for Mount Abraham Union High School, residents in those towns will see the high school portion of their education property tax rates go down, according to district officials.

The vote on the proposed $13,947,738 spending plan for fiscal year 2015-2016 will take place Tuesday, June 9, in Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, Lincoln and New Haven. The proposal reflects a 1.02 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan.

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Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz reflects on town-gown legacy

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz hopes to be recalled as someone who during his 11 years in office worked to fortify the institution’s relationship with the town of Middlebury — not only through financial contributions to many community projects, but also by helping to redefine the tenor of town-gown conversations.

Liebowitz — who will soon make way for incoming President Laurie Patton — took some time on Monday to chat about the legacy he will leave, specifically as it pertains to town-gown affairs.

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Porter plants seeds for long-term health with garden for homeless

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A lot of healing takes place within the walls of Porter Medical Center. But tucked away on a small sliver of the Porter campus lies a resource designed to keep people from needing to tap into hospital services.

The resources in question are two gardens in which fresh vegetables are being planted, tended and eventually harvested for people looking for a healthy diet, and as essential nutrition for people who don’t have enough to eat.

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Longtime Vergennes, Middlebury elementary teachers closing the book on their careers

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Jackie Nienow is retiring this year from full-time teaching after a 37-year career, most of it spent in Addison Central Supervisory Union schools and primarily at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary.

Diana Raphael discover that her passion was working with children age 7 and younger, and 40 years later she is retiring after spending 28 of those years at Vergennes Union Elementary School.

Read their stories, plus those of some other area teachers who are ending long careers in education this month.

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Mount Abe school board launches campaign to pass a budget

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School directors are launching a public information campaign in hopes of winning voter support for a newly revised, 2015-2016 budget that reflects a 1.02 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters will field the proposed budget of $13,947,738 on Tuesday, June 9. It represents the school board’s third attempt to devise a spending plan that can pass muster with residents of the five-town area, which includes Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, Lincoln and New Haven.

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City manager warns: Vergennes budget may be a challenge

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 26 got their first look at a preliminary 2015-2016 general fund budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley said he told council members the adoption process might challenge them this year.

“There’s work to be done,” Hawley said in a phone interview later in the week.

Hawley presented a first budget draft that called for $2,213,085 in spending, an amount that if aldermen adopted it by their June 30 deadline would mean a spending increase of about $125,000, or 6 percent.

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Retiring Ferrisburgh Central teacher was there at the start

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — When Barbara Bolduc first entered Ferrisburgh Central School she wore a hard hat, and she was 6 years old. That was 61 years ago.

Bolduc had walked over with the rest of Doris Chamberlain’s students from the nearby one-room schoolhouse on Route 7. That school later served Ferrisburgh for decades as its town office, and when the pupils visited Ferrisburgh Central School they were touring a construction site.

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Local businesses help Habitat create home for a family

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Karen Holbrook was making her regular commute from Bridport to her job in Middlebury several months ago when she heard something on the radio that would change her life.

It was a news spot from Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) seeking applicants for a new home that would soon be available in the South Ridge subdivision off Middle Road in Middlebury.

She was excited, but a little apprehensive.

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Bottoms up! Bristol mixologist named Vt. Bartender of the Year

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — For years, Martha Mack viewed bartending as a hobby. During summers while she was in college and graduate school, Mack would return to her native Bristol to tend bar and wait tables at her parents’ eatery, Mary’s Restaurant at the Inn at Baldwin Creek.

Mack, 30, has no formal education in mixology, but enjoys experimenting with new flavors and concoctions behind the bar.

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