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Career center to educate 'Road Scholars' at new Transportation Academy

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center has put into gear a new program aimed at getting young adults on the road to good-paying jobs in the transportation industry.

It’s called the “Transportation Academy,” geared to students 18 and over who are willing to take evening classes en route to a certificate that will qualify them for a variety of jobs planning, maintaining and traveling on state and local roads.

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Six ACSU towns set election slates

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



Bridport

Residents Edward Payne and Sue Walker will compete for a two-year term on the selectboard. Incumbent Selectwoman Susan Stocker is unopposed in her bid for a three-year term.

Meanwhile, Chuck Welch, Suzanne Buck and Paul Plouffe are running unopposed for terms of one, two and three years, respectively, on the local school board.

Leonard Barrett is running unopposed for another three-year term as Bridport’s representative on the UD-3 board.

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Clippings: Playing the role of elder statesman

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



Passing the half-century mark has been full of surprises. There was that first letter from the American Association of Retired Persons, then (to my shock) the availability of a some “senior” discounts. Then, on Sunday, came my first “elder statesman” talk with our daughter, Diane.

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Feds looking to prosecute Weybridge embezzlement

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The embezzlement case against former Weybridge Town Clerk and Treasurer Karen Brisson will be adjudicated in U.S. District Court, as opposed to through the state judicial system.

That news was confirmed on Thursday by Weybridge officials and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Waples, who will prosecute the case against Brisson.

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ACSU, teachers agree on contract

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union directors and teachers have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract to cover the 2013-14 academic year. Terms of the deal will be made public once it is formally ratified by ACSU teachers and the nine separate school boards that govern the district.

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Hannaford Career Center eyes 2.8% spending hike

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
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MIDDLEURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center directors are proposing a 2013-2014 budget of $3,515,820, which represents a 2.8-percent spending increase over this year. The increase amounts to $95,639.

The budget proposal does not include any new teachers or major new initiatives and is mainly being driven by contracted salary increases and a projected 14-percent hike in health insurance premiums.

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Middlebury-area schools to consider governance under one board

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
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MIDDLEBURY — A committee exploring ways to streamline operations within the Addison Central Supervisory Union is recommending that residents in the seven-town school district vote on a referendum that some believe could reduce bureaucracy and create more educational equality and opportunities for students.

Specifically, the ACSU Study Committee wants to hold a vote on whether to combine some, or all, ACSU schools into a Regional Education District, known as a RED.

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Middlebury fire department may be asked to accept fewer tax dollars

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Town officials want to know if the Middlebury Fire Department would be willing to receive $72,000 less into its equipment savings account next year as a way of relieving stress on a tight 2013-14 municipal budget.

It was around two decades ago that Middlebury began the process of earmarking two cents on its tax rate each year to raise money for major fire equipment purchases in the future. It is a policy that has allowed Middlebury to forgo floating bond issues for the purchase of fire apparatus such as pumpers and ladder trucks.

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Middlebury-area schools propose spending plans

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Directors at six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools have drafted 2013-2014 budget proposals that run the gamut from a 1.68-percent spending decrease in Weybridge to a 9.13-percent spending increase in Bridport.

Meanwhile, Bingham Memorial School directors in Cornwall have crafted a 2013-14 spending plan that features a rather ordinary 3-percent ($40,197) spending hike that will nonetheless trigger a state law requiring that the budget be fielded in two separate votes.

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80-year-old East Middlebury woman publishes her first book

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Maureen Chadsey Williams has developed quite the lengthy résumé. She’s been a baker, a retail worker, a newspaper circulation coordinator and a stay-at-home-mom, to mention a few vocations.

Now, at age 80, the East Middlebury retiree has made a new entry: Author.

Williams recently self-published her first book, titled “The Hollyhocks Will Bloom Again,” depicting the struggles of a persevering young mother trying to hold her household together during the fractious height of Revolutionary War-era America.

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