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Contoured

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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THE LINES BETWEEN layers of rock form their own contour lines along the banks of Otter Creek in Middlebury. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Shumlin outlines path to prosperity

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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RIPTON — At the annual Governor’s Lunch on Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin outlined the five major initiatives he says are necessary to raise the amount of money in Vermonters’ pockets.

“We’ve got to raise income,” he told a group of more than 60 gathered at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center for the event, an annual component of the Addison County Legislative Breakfast series.

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Middlebury selectboard gets first new chief in 15 years

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — At the Middlebury selectboard’s Tuesday meeting, members elected a new chairman for the first time in more than a decade and a half.

Longtime vice chairman Dean George was elected chairman, a position previously occupied by John Tenny, who retired last week after more than 16 years of service. George had held the vice chair position for more than a decade, and the board chose Victor Nuovo as its new vice chairman.

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Bristol selectboard receives plan

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After last week’s town meeting, the Bristol selectboard regrouped on Monday at Holley Hall to receive a newly proposed town plan, choose a new chair and tend to a range of timely matters.

After the Bristol Planning Commission last week approved a long-debated land-use section in the proposed town plan, the planners wrapped up their revision process and sent the document to the selectboard. The board received the new document and on April 23 will meet with members of the planning commission, who will highlight certain elements of the plan.

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How many voters turned out on Town Meeting Day?

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — On Town Meeting Day, how did voter turnout vary across Addison County? And how did this year’s numbers compare to past years?

To answer these questions, the Independent pulled the figures for the percent of registered voters casting votes in Australian ballot elections in eight towns over the past five Town Meeting Days — dating back to 2008 — and compared the number of voters with the number of registered voters for a given year.

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Clippings: What did you eat for Town Meeting?

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



The Chinese view of a country is drastically different from America’s, but it has a lot in common with Vermont towns.

In Chinese, the word for “country” is pronounced guojia. Literally translated back into English guojia means “land family.” This idea — that a country is a family of people that support each other — is deeply ingrained in the Chinese psyche.

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Monkton defeats town hall plan again

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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MONKTON — In voting on Town Meeting Day, Monkton voters shot down a proposal for a new municipal building for the second time in two years, this time by a 286-224 tally. The new plan called for moving and expanding the town’s existing 152-year-old town hall.

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Bristol OKs spending increase

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — This year’s Town Meeting Day featured a two-way race for selectboard, a four-way race for school board and the Bristol police budget — a line item that was voted onto the Town Meeting Day agenda earlier this year. But first the town assembled on Monday to discuss a 5.96 percent increase in the amount to be raised by taxes for next year’s municipal spending plan.

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Board approves Bristol Town Plan

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After Town Meeting Day elections wrapped up on Tuesday, the Bristol Planning Commission convened at Howden Hall and approved language for the land-use section of a new proposed town plan.

With that, according to acting-Chair Chico Martin, the commission has fully approved the massive update to the Bristol Town Plan.

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Town Meeting Results 2012

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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Below is our 2012 town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County and Brandon voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.

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