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Beware of more ticks this summer

Posted on April 2, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Like many Addison County residents, Peter Grant thought he would take advantage of the recent mid-March, warm-weather spell by taking a walk behind his Bristol property off Route 116.

But roughly 600 feet down a rustic trail, Grant discovered he was taking along some unwanted guests.

“I saw some little black spots on my pants, and they were moving,” Grant said.

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Former school head files suit vs. ACSU

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Former Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Lee Sease has filed a lawsuit against his former employer in U.S. District Court, claiming he was unlawfully fired last spring.

Sease further claims he was not given reasons for his termination and alleges he was not given a chance to be heard on the matter. He is urging the court to award him damages, including lost wages and benefits. Sease received a total annual compensation package (salary and benefits) of $127,321, according to court records.

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State looks to fund new road repairs

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Local lawmakers on Monday hailed the Vermont House’s passage last week of proposed fiscal year 2013 General Fund and transportation budgets, spending plans they said would maintain key services for Vermonters while beefing up repairs to the Vermont’s roads and bridges.

The $5.01 billion state budget reflects a 6.4 percent hike in spending but will not require any increase in broad-based taxes,  Rep. Willem Jewett said at the Legislative Breakfast in Bristol. The Ripton Democrat serves as assistant majority leader of the House.

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Middlebury to undertake $6 million in water, sewer, street upgrades

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Rolling Acres, Buttolph Drive, Butternut Ridge and South Street neighborhoods of Middlebury will resonate with construction activity this spring and summer as the town will initiate a combined total of almost $6 million in infrastructure improvements to those areas.

The most dramatic work will occur on South Street, which is slated for a $3.5 million makeover that will span two construction seasons, according to Middlebury Director of Operations Dan Werner.

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Weight-loss business aims for next level

Posted on March 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury weight-loss business Vtrim has widened its net and is lining up clients in the national health care, military and education sectors.

Vtrim was originally developed through the University of Vermont’s division of continuing education. Vtrim bills itself as a gimmick-free, research-based program that dispenses individualized weight-loss information to participants through classes and on-line counseling from trained facilitators.

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Sorrell seeks aid to battle pornography

Posted on March 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell is asking the state Legislature to allocate $200,000 for additional manpower to investigate and prosecute child pornography offenders, this in view of the fact that only a small fraction of such cases are able to be pursued under current budget constraints.

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Slaughterhouse proposed for Middlebury

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The owners of Ferrisburgh-based Vermont Livestock (VL) are seeking permission to expand their operation with a new, 11,442-square-foot slaughterhouse and meat-processing facility in Middlebury’s industrial park.

If endorsed by local, state and federal authorities, the new facility could be under construction by May and might be ready to handle animals by this October, according to Carl Cushing, owner/operator of VL.

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Clippings: Child-free zone marred by adults

Posted on March 22, 2012 |
By John Flowers



My wife Dottie and I were positively giddy.

Our first vacation sans kids (no offense, Diane and Mark) since 1998. So we booked, rather late in the game, a six-day stay at a resort in the Bahamas operated by a certain company named after casual, summertime footwear.

The promise: Plenty of peace, pampering and sunshine in a couples-only environment devoid of sippy cups, high chairs and pre-pubescent meltdowns.

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Health care bill moves to the Senate

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Senate Health and Welfare Committee this week will begin reviewing a House-passed measure to establish a federally mandated “health benefits exchange” that would, according to proponents, make health insurance more accessible and affordable in Vermont.

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MUMS' Duktig steps down as principal

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Inga Duktig resigned last week, citing her readiness to “transition to the next chapter of my career as an educator.”

Duktig’s resignation takes effect on July 1, though Friday, March 9, was her last day on the job. That’s because she was granted a paid leave of absence for the balance of the academic year, according to Addison Central Supervisory Union interim Superintendent Gail Conley.

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