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Familiar faces dominate '10 election ballot

Posted on June 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday’s filing deadline for candidates vying for Vermont House and Senate seats produced some familiar local political names from the past along with the conspicuous absence of a prominent incumbent.

Information culled from the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office reveals there will be contested races in three of the county’s six House districts, including a Republican primary in Addison-4.

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Dry spring weather keeping bugs at bay

Posted on June 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



SALISBURY — A relatively dry, cool spring has helped limit Addison County’s mosquito population, but those charged with battling the bugs warned that just one substantial rainstorm could unleash a massive swarm of the pesky bloodsuckers.

“Things are going pretty well,” Jon Turmel, the state’s entomologist, said last Wednesday. “I usually get calls when things get bad, and I haven’t had one call.”

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Dunne stresses new direction in gubernatorial bid

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It would be an understatement to say it has been a busy June for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne.

Last week saw the Hartland native and Google executive making campaign stops in Burlington, the Mad River Valley, Norwich, Middlebury and St. Johnsbury.

On Tuesday, June 14, Dunne and his wife Sarah Taylor brought a baby daughter, Cora Leah Lawrence Dunne, into the world.

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Traffic taking a new turn in Middlebury

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury drivers last week got their first-ever opportunity to travel behind the town’s municipal building, as Academy Street officially opened to traffic in the first of what will be several changes in downtown traffic patterns this summer.

Academy Street is the new, one-way road linking College Street to Main Street. It is but one part of the $16 million Cross Street Bridge project scheduled for completion by the end of this October.

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Mt. Abe speakers drive home point with motorcycle

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The grandest entrances are usually reserved for the senior prom.

Not this year at Mount Abraham Union High School, where commencement speakers Geoff Booth and Caroline Camara roared up to the graduation stage on Saturday atop a Harley Davidson motorcycle and delivered a high-octane message to the 149 member of the class of 2010.

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Midd. board urged to reject Fenn pit

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Around two dozen neighbors on Monday made their final appeal to the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) to deny a bid by the Fenn family to establish a gravel pit on a portion of a 70-acre parcel they own off Route 116, just north of Quarry Road.

The neighbors argued the pit proposal violates local zoning laws; would bring dust, toxic fumes and noise pollution to a residential area; and would set up the potential for collisions between trucks entering and exiting the site and motorists and cyclists negotiating busy Route 116.

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Former Middlebury police canine dies

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel this week was mourning the loss of his first police dog, Blade, who had to be euthanized due to rapidly failing health brought on by degenerative myelopathy.

German shepherds, as was Blade, are particularly susceptible to degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease in the spinal cord in older dogs, Merkel said. It typically begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs and often progresses to paralysis.

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Bristol-area races shape up

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — With nomination petitions due this week, relatively few candidate petitions had been filed with district town clerks or Addison County Superior Court as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday.

But at least one local Vermont House district was shaping up as a fierce election battleground: Addison-4, the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Monkton and Lincoln.

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OVUHS grad seeks to be next Vermont secretary of state

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Forest Dale native Jason Gibbs has moved steadily up the state’s political ladder since graduating from Otter Valley Union High School in 1994.

The past decade saw him serve as Gov. James Douglas’s spokesman for six years before being named commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) in 2008. After serving an eventful 19-month stint as commissioner, Gibbs now hopes to climb another rung on the political ladder. He is in the midst in his first statewide campaign, competing for the post of Vermont Secretary of State.

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Group seeks to help Haiti by wiring its economy

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Jason Duquette-Hoffman was pleased to see the world community respond with food, medical aid and other critical services to help Haiti through the devastation wrought by last January’s major earthquake.

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