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Bridport backs school budget

Posted on May 6, 2010 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Bridport residents on Tuesday voted 125-75 in favor of a 2010-2011 elementary school spending plan that was slightly leaner than the version defeated on Town Meeting Day.

The approved, $1,330,817 spending plan was $6,158 less than the budget voters rejected by a 179-172 tally last March. The savings were derived from reduced health care premiums ($2,158) and reduced professional development expenses ($4,000).

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Middlebury's RetailVision to lay off around 20 workers

Posted on May 3, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — RetailVision will shed approximately 20 of its 70 Middlebury employees by this August, representatives of the Middlebury business’s parent company confirmed on Thursday.

The cuts, announced to affected workers last Wednesday, are being driven by the expiration of a contract with a firm that had been providing some warehousing and distribution services for RetailVision, which creates and manages specialty magazine sales programs for specialty retailers throughout the country.

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Mediator to help heal ACSU office discord

Posted on May 3, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) board on Wednesday agreed to hire a mediator to help resolve some perceived problems with the working environment in the school district’s central office.

That action — taken following a lengthy executive session — comes after a consultant performed a “climate study” within the ACSU office, an undertaking the district board commissioned in February in response to reports of discord between some of the district’s employees.

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Bridport school budget revote set

Posted on May 3, 2010 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Bridport residents will return to the polls this Tuesday, May 4, to cast votes on a proposed 2010-2011 elementary school budget that is $6,158 leaner than the spending plan that was defeated by less than 10 votes on Town Meeting Day.

Voters rejected the original spending plan of $1,336,975 by a 179-172 tally. It proved to be one of the few school budget defeats in the state but was the second year in a row that Bridport residents had rejected their elementary spending plan.

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Goshen battles rival for top blueberry billing

Posted on May 3, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Lawmakers are used to having Statehouse smack-downs over resources, committee assignments and leadership positions.

But over blueberry bragging rights?

Actually, you can call it a friendly food fight, strictly tongue-in-cheek, pitting the Deerfield Valley against tiny Goshen.

It’s a little comic relief amid the chaos of more pressing financial issues during the waning days of the 2010 legislative session.

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Sheriff's deputy to be honored 78 years after his death

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — The mortal remains of John Collette have been buried beneath a simple headstone in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Vergennes since soon after his death of a heart attack at age 46 on July 17, 1932.

But a fortuitous discovery by an amateur historian is allowing Vermonters to learn the rest of Collette’s story, a story that will allow him to have his name posthumously etched on a far more elaborate monument — the National Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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New hydro valuations could boost tax rates

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont House Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday were considering steps to pre-empt a major devaluation in utilities’ hydro-power facilities statewide, something that would result in new assessments that could substantially reduce grand lists — and therefore boost property tax rates — in six Addison County towns.

For the purpose of levying property taxes, hydro facilities are currently reassessed annually based on an income analysis that takes into account the wholesale cost of power.

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Midd prepares to extend tax for downtown improvements

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the seven-year renewal of a special tax on non-residential property in the downtown in order to fund ongoing improvements to public property in the core village area.

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Jury fails to agree on verdict in Goshen shooting trial

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County District Court jury on Tuesday could not reach agreement on a verdict on a felony charge in the case of a Goshen man who was accused one year ago of shooting and wounding the estranged husband of a woman with whom he had become involved.

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Clippings: Using age to one's own advantage

Posted on April 29, 2010 |
By John Flowers



Funny how age kind of creeps up on you. And in my house, people are starting to think my age is getting kind of funny. My brother will turn 50 this year, and I am very close on his heels.

Hadn’t given much thought to my internal odometer until earlier this month when our son, Mark, celebrated what he considered to be a pretty noteworthy birthday.

Seventeen.

“I can legally get into R-rated movies now,” Mark said with a grin soon before blowing out (without having to use a lot of lung capacity) the paltry 17 candles on his birthday cake.

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