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ANWSD support workers ink new, two-year contract

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Support Staff Association (ANSSA) and the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) board have agreed on a new, two-year pact that includes annual pay increases and requires support staff in the Vergennes-area schools to pay more for their health insurance.

But the ANSWD school board has not seen the last of the bargaining table this year. Board negotiators were scheduled to meet their Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) counterparts on Thursday, Aug. 31, to try to hammer out a new contract for district teachers.

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Vermont Gas pipeline easements spur petition

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury resident is petitioning for a special town meeting he hopes will lead to Vermont Gas having to pay for the three easements it is seeking on town property to advance its natural gas pipeline, as opposed to receiving those easements for free.

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Middlebury selectboard seeks input on marijuana

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The state Legislature this winter is likely to again debate the question of whether to legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the Middlebury selectboard wants to know how local residents feel about that issue.

To that end, the selectboard has prepared a survey — available on-line and through the town offices — on the issue of marijuana legalization.

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Solar farm creates quite the buzz: Pollinators flock to colorful crop

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Mike Kiernan has been as busy as a bee these days. By night, he’s healing his fellow man in 12-hour shifts as a physician with Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department.

But by day, Kiernan dons a t-shirt and gloves and heads out to a solar farm where he lovingly nurtures a variety of flowers and forage aimed at attracting and feeding bees, hummingbirds and a wide variety of nature’s dwindling number of pollinators.

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Open Door Clinic loses key health care funding

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Leaders of the Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury are trying to fill a $62,000 budget shortfall that could have a dramatic impact on the nonprofit’s efforts to extend medical care to migrant farm workers and connect some Addison County residents to health insurance.

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ACSD takes aim at bias and intolerance in school system; residents of color share their stories

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) board will create a task force to recommend ways of creating a more racially sensitive educational program and campus environment for local students.

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Middlebury in the spotlight as film festival hits screens today

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury takes the regional movie spotlight this week with its hosting of the 3rd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF), which runs Thursday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 27.

Hundreds of young directors and cinema enthusiasts have booked rooms and made restaurant reservations, and will be shopping at area stores while they partake in a menu of more than 90 features, shorts and documentaries that will be shown during the festival and will be considered for “VTeddy” awards.

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Middlebury plans for passenger rail service

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has received a $15,000 grant to pin down a location for a new rail platform slated to serve passenger trains that could stop here beginning as soon as 2020.

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Part 1 of rail bridge project done; businesses wary of 'big dig'

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants are assessing the economic fall-out from the recently completed installation of temporary bridges on Merchants Row and Main Street. Business owners located closest to the construction zones predictably reported the most substantial losses, while virtually all of those polled by the Independent praised the town and Kubricky construction for their outreach during the project.

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St. Mary's in Middlebury welcomes a new pastor

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Luke Austin arrived at a crossroads around 15 years ago.

Should he use his new law degree to pursue a career in federal government, or take the spiritual route into the priesthood.

Father Luke, as he is now known, chose the latter path, and he has no regrets. He is now settling into his brand new role as leader of the Middlebury area’s Catholic congregation, which attends services at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, St. Bernadette in Bridport, and St. Genevieve in Shoreham.

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