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ID-4 board eyes $235K budget "Challenge"

Posted on November 1, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Mary Hogan Elementary School board wants the public to weigh in on approximately $235,000 in 2011-2012 budget cuts that would be necessary for the school to comply with the state’s “Challenges for Change” request.

The Vermont Legislature and Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca have asked the state’s school districts to prepare 2011-2012 budgets that reflect a 2-percent decrease in spending compared to this year. This Challenges for Change directive is designed to save around $23 million in overall education spending next year.

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Several seats at stake in election

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County residents will have ample reason to vote in the mid-term elections on Tuesday, Nov. 2, as the local slate features four House races and four candidates vying for two state Senate seats.

The statewide ballot should also be a magnet for voters, as it features some hotly contested face-offs for offices ranging from auditor to governor.

HOUSE RACES

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Amendment would allow some 17-year-olds to vote

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — A majority of Vermont lawmakers and Secretary of State Deb Markowitz find themselves at odds with many town clerks on the subject of a proposed Constitutional Amendment that would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections.

The amendment — also known as Proposition 5 — would allow 17-year-olds to vote in primary elections, provided they turn 18 before the ensuing general election. The question will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot and has already been approved by two successive sessions of the Vermont General Assembly.

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Historic painted curtains take center stage

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Christine Hadsel and Suki Fredericks picked up what looked like a ratty, rolled-up drop-cloth and placed it on an expansive table in the Cornwall town office conference room late last week.

But as they gently unfurled the fabric, it became clear that this was not a piece of throwaway fabric.

Each turn of the roll revealed more real estate of a beautifully painted, late-summer lake scene, replete with lush trees surrounding an azure waterway with rolling hills in the background.

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Local citizens rest easier after murder suspect caught

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



HANCOCK — Hancock, Ripton and East Middlebury residents are breathing easier in wake of the capture, at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, of a man whom authorities have termed a “strong suspect” in the recent murder of Kathleen Smith, 50, of Burlington.
Residents along Route 125 had been on high alert following the discovery of Smith’s abandoned car off Texas Falls Road in Hancock, just a few days before her body was discovered in her home on Burlington’s Park Street on Oct. 18.

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Shoreham town office vote to be held Dec. 7

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Shoreham voters on Dec. 7 will be asked to pick their favorite from among three options for upgrading their undersized municipal offices.
Those options, confirmed by the Shoreham selectboard, include building a new, 2,000-square-foot municipal office building on the village green; erecting a more elaborate, two-story structure at the site of the former Newton Academy on School Street; or rejecting both of those options, thereby placing the issue back on the selectboard’s drawing board.

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Otter Creek seeks permit for brew pub

Posted on October 28, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewing is seeking the town of Middlebury’s approval to establish a 90-seat, pub-style restaurant and visitors’ center within its brewery at 85 Exchange St.
Brewery officials stressed the new service will have limited hours, a limited menu and should not eat into — but rather, enhance — the economic fortunes of restaurants and shops in downtown Middlebury.
“We know we are good at making beer; we are not looking to show we are culinary experts,” said Otter Creek Brewery brewmaster Mike Gerhart.

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Waybury Inn marks two centuries of food, lodging

Posted on October 25, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Saturday, Oct. 30, will have an opportunity to celebrate the birth of a new downtown bridge as well as the 200th birthday of an iconic local inn.

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Local Jewish community marks 30th anniversary

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was back in June of 1980 that Eli Olinick celebrated what is believed to have been the first Bar Mitzvah ever in Addison County, held in Middlebury College’s Warner Hemicycle.

The traditional Jewish ceremony would prove more than Olinick’s symbolic transition to religious adulthood. It would become the catalyst for the organization of Addison County’s Jewish community, Havurah, which this year is marking its 30th anniversary.

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UD-3 board hears from staff, public on budget

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 board on Tuesday heard from more than a dozen teachers and community members who requested that any cuts to the 2011-2012 budget not affect direct educational services to students.

Some advised the board to target extra-curricular activities and administrative positions in the Middlebury district, while others suggested school directors put away the budget cutting knife altogether.

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