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Few races loom in ACSU communities

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local elections will rank low on the list of reasons to draw Middlebury-area residents to their respective town meetings this March.

Candidates for local school and municipal offices had until Monday to file their petitions with their town clerks. A survey of the seven towns that make up the Addison Central Supervisory Union show there will only be a handful of contested elections when Middlebury-area residents head to the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 3.

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Middlebury selectboard OKs budget, warning

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will field a proposed 2015-2016 general fund budget of $9,949,155 that would require a 3.8-cent hike in the municipal tax rate, but they will not be asked to consider a stipend increase for members of the town selectboard.

The proposed 2015-2016 municipal budget represents a 6.7 percent increase over the budgeted 2014-2015 spending plan. The current municipal tax rate is 94 cents per $100 in property value, so a 3.8-cent increase represents a 4 percent hike in taxes.

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Gin business gets a boost

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s a message on the door leading into the cavernous, 12,000-square-foot warehouse in which Stonecutter Spirits will someday be able to age up to 1,500 barrels of its carefully crafted gin and whiskey.

“Shhh… The spirits are sleeping,” the message reads.

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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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ACSU school budgets rising, some tax rates going up faster

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The proposed 2015-2016 budgets for six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools reflect spending increases ranging from 0.2 percent to 5.35 percent, but the impact on taxpayers in most communities will be greater due to declining enrollment and other variables.

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Principal vacancies in Bridport and Cornwall draw many candidates

Posted on January 26, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials are reporting a substantial number of applications from candidates seeking to fill principal vacancies at the Bridport and Cornwall elementary schools.

Peter Burrows, ACSU superintendent, confirmed the district has received 25 applications for the top administrative job at Bridport Central School and another 19 from those wishing to lead Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School. Burrows said school directors in both towns plan to interview finalists for their respective principal vacancies next month.

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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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Middlebury arts and crafts school gets new studio space

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — With time running out on its tenancy at the Edgewater Gallery at 1 Mill St., the Middlebury Studio School (MSS) has pinned down a new home in which to offer its diverse pottery, crafts and art classes.

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Hannaford Career Center's tuition rate slated for 14.7 percent increase

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center directors are proposing a 2015-2016 spending plan of $3,496,478, reflecting a 2.24-percent increase over this year’s budget.

Despite the relatively small spending increase, the budget would result in a 14.7 percent boost in the tuition rate for enrollees from the three Addison County high schools for which the career center provides technical education programs.

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Hoyler fondly recalled as new Ripton clerk sought

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — The Ripton selectboard next week will decide how the community will fill its town clerk and treasurer positions following the tragic death of Sally Hoyler, who had held those posts for the past decade.

Hoyler, 59, had reported not feeling well last fall and visited a physician’s office just prior to Thanksgiving. That visit and subsequent hospital tests yielded the bad news: Hoyler had an advanced form of cancer. She understandably took leave of her town clerk/treasurer responsibilities but gave as much help as she could from home.

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