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Middlebury seeks to contain increases in municipal budget

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard last week looked at the first draft of a proposed 2017-2018 town budget that would require $7,323,684 to be raised in local property taxes, which would in turn require a 4.2-cent hike in the current municipal tax rate of 97.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay has estimated the budget — as currently constituted — would represent a $268,000 increase in total spending, but would require raising an additional $373,526 from property taxes.

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ACT teen center begins new chapter in bright, new location

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When the final bell ends each school day at Middlebury Union High School, Tristan Woods could easily walk home. But the 9th-grader more often than not takes a detour to what many are describing as the “new-and-improved” teen center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive.

“I enjoy this center,” Woods said last week while playing a video game on one of the center’s computers. “This center is a little more welcoming. There’s entertainment, and nice people.”

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Town Hall Theater fundraiser links woodworkers with old cherry planks

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Town Hall Theater officials are giving area woodworkers a plum assignment using some well-seasoned cherry planks. It’s pretty straightforward; use the wood to make a fine piece of furniture or artwork, have it displayed at the Middlebury theater, and then harvest 50 percent of the proceeds once it is sold.

The other half of the sales price will go to the theater to help fortify its operating budget.

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Sheriff's contribution in high bailiff campaign draws scrutiny

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Don Keeler is drawing criticism from some state officials for using some of his department’s funds during the Nov. 8 election to back his preferred candidate for high bailiff, an official who has the power to arrest the sheriff and potentially replace that person if he or she is unable to perform the duties of that office.

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County gets new state police head; Danoski is third this year

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police on Monday officially confirmed Lt. Jeff Danoski as the new leader of the agency’s New Haven barracks, which serves Addison County. Danoski, 47, becomes the third commander of the New Haven barracks in just four months.

“I’m obviously honored and excited about the opportunity to command the New Haven barracks and work with the citizens and other agencies in the county,” Danoski said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “I hold myself and the members assigned here to high standards.”

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HOPE Holiday Shop offers free toys to kids

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents with a steady income can look forward each year to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” to get great deals on holiday gifts.

But there are some in Addison County who can’t afford to make purchases even when they are marked down 60 percent.

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MALT to upgrade path at railroad crossing on trail

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is planning state-mandated improvements to a prominent rail crossing along the Trail Around Middlebury, upgrades intended to make the increasingly popular path safer for walkers, runners and cyclists.

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Remnants of burned covered bridge are cleared

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
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CORNWALL — Workers have until Dec. 9 to remove the charred remnants of the former Swamp Road covered bridge, in anticipation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation installing a temporary span to restore traffic between Salisbury and Cornwall before Jan. 1, 2017.

That update was provided on Nov. 23 by Cornwall Selectman Brian Kemp and Salisbury Selectman Paul Vaczy, the local liaisons to VTrans in the aftermath of the Sept. 10 fire that destroyed the historic covered bridge spanning the Otter Creek on Swamp Road.

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Weybridge church blends spirituality with community

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
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WEYBRIDGE — Some religious leaders describe a “calling” that inspires them to take the pulpit of a church.

The Rev. Daniel Cooperrider’s calling three years ago took him all the way to the top of Snake Mountain in Addison, as part of a hike with members of the Weybridge Congregational Church’s search committee.

“I interviewed at a dozen churches, and this was the most unique interview,” Cooperrider, 32, told the Independent.

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A local nonprofit takes on parental leave issue

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY— Three years ago, Bridget Gosselin’s professional and personal lives were facing shakeups of major proportions.

She was pregnant with her daughter, Vivienne, and anticipating the challenges of being a single mom. And while she was entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave under Vermont law, her Burlington employer was not among the few in the Green Mountain State that offer benefits to bridge the costs of the first few months of being out of work to care for a new baby.

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