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Middlebury residents vote on school district changes

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Around 150 Middlebury residents turned out at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8, to overwhelmingly pass a proposed 2015-2016 Mary Hogan Elementary School budget.

They also agreed, after a spirited discussion, to change the date for future ID-4 annual meetings to the first Tuesday in March, and decided to vote on future Mary Hogan Elementary spending plans by Australian ballot, instead of from the floor of the annual meeting.

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Sen. Bray calls for group to propose changes to utility siting process

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Addison County State Sen. Chris Bray, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, will seek legislative approval for a “working group” that would study the manner in which the Vermont Public Service Board reviews and approves energy projects, and then propose ways to improve that process.

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Lawmakers: Health reform is on track, but new taxes loom

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — “It’s been extraordinarily frustrating,” Rep. Diane Lanpher said of Vermont Health Connect’s track record to date. The Vergennes Democrat gave those remarks during a discussion with other local lawmakers of the state’s health care exchange at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham Monday morning.

“What started as really good policy at the federal level could not be rolled out in a way that … met where the policy was going,” Lanpher added.

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State budget passes key hurdle

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Local lawmakers at Monday’s Legislative Breakfast at the Shoreham Congregational Church shared details the fiscal year 2016 state budget of $1.46 billion.

Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, a member of the House Appropriations Committee explained what was a difficult process of closing a $113 million revenue shortfall. The committee ultimately recommended $52.8 million in long-term cuts, $23.8 million in one-time cuts and revenues, $35 million in new fees and taxes, and $1.7 million in earnings from renting prison beds to the federal government.

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Powerhouse site below Middlebury falls to be studied

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will come up with funding for an environmental assessment of the historic powerhouse site just below and to the north of Middlebury’s Otter Creek Falls. This comes in the wake of concerns the property might harbor some contamination as a result of industries that operated there during the 19th century.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said the town would be able to apply for additional state and federal funds to clean up any contamination that might be found on the property.

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Education reform effort moves to the Vermont Senate

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — The Education finance reform bill approved by the Vermont House last Thursday would accomplish three things, according to Rep. David Sharpe: set a statewide education property tax rate, cap school spending for three years and create larger school districts.

The Bristol Democrat, who chairs the House Education Committee, described the bill at a Legislative Breakfast in Shoreham on Monday, where local lawmakers also shared details of what has already been a busy April in the Statehouse.

Bill H.361, as described by Sharpe on Monday, would:

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Clippings: Reporting of tragic death scrutinized

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



It was quite the jolt to those who witnessed it — medical officials and police converging upon Middlebury College campus last Thursday morning, rushing into one of the dorms.

Was someone badly hurt, or worse? Was it perhaps a case of excessive partying coming home to roost for a student? Were there any public safety or health concerns for people inside or outside of the dorm? Was it safe to go inside the dorm?

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Survey shows local health insurance trends

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents have been registering in decent numbers for medical insurance through Vermont Health Connect, but local officials remain concerned about the number of children who are falling through the cracks of the federal program.

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ID-4 meeting this Wednesday keys on budget, possible switch to ballots

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Elementary School board directors are hoping for a big turnout at the ID-4 school district annual meeting on Wednesday, April 8. At the 7 p.m. meeting at the school gym residents will vote on the Middlebury elementary school’s proposed 2015-2016 spending plan of $6,775,965, and also potentially change the date and manner by which future spending plans are voted.

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Group plans utility cable under Lake Champlain

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — With Vermont Gas having pulled the plug on its Phase II natural gas pipeline plan, attention is now shifting to another project designed to funnel energy through Lake Champlain — although the proposal in question has not drawn the same controversy that the Vermont Gas application generated.

At issue is the New England Clean Power Link, a proposal by TDI New England for a 1,000-megawatt, high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission line that would stretch south from the Canadian border at Alburgh to Ludlow.

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