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Conlon to run for Addison-2 House seat

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — UD-3 school board Chairman Peter Conlon confirmed on Thursday that he will run for the Addison-2 seat in the Vermont House soon to be vacated by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton.

As previously reported in the Independent, Jewett — the former House majority leader — has decided to retire after 14 years representing the single-seat district that includes Cornwall, Ripton, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock.

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Generations of Mary Hogan kindergarteners say goodbye to teacher Marion Leonard

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The word of the day today, class, is “D.”

As in “diminutive” and “dynamo.”

Two words that only begin to describe longtime Mary Hogan Elementary School teacher Marion Leonard.

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Smith wants to build communities, keep young people in Vermont

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith looks at the tasks ahead for Vermont government, the candidate for lieutenant governor said one of the keys to future prosperity is giving young people more reasons to stay here.

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MUMS alum to take helm of her old school

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School will soon be led by one of its own graduates.

The UD-3 school board on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the hiring of Leicester resident and current Rutland Middle School Principal Kristin Holsman-Francoeur as the new top administrator for MUMS.

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Sen. Claire Ayer eyes top post in Senate; Sen. Bray in running

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Saying she wants to help train and encourage a new generation of leaders in the state’s highest chamber, longtime Addison County Sen. Claire Ayer confirmed this week that she will run for the top leadership position in the Vermont Senate.

And it looks like the Addison Democrat will have plenty of competition for the job of Senate president pro tempore — including from within her own senatorial district, which includes Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

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Rep. Willem Jewett to retire after 14 years in the House

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, told the Addison Independent this week that he will not seek re-election after 14 years representing the Addison-2 district, a tenure that saw him serve in some key House leadership positions and become a mainstay of the House Judiciary Committee.

Jewett, 52, also waged a successful and public battle against cancer, using his position in the public eye to shed more light on non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a disease with which he was diagnosed in early 2008.

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Speaker Smith to vie for lieutenant governor

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is seeking Vermont’s second-highest constitutional office.

The 50-year-old Morrisville Democrat confirmed his bid for lieutenant governor on Tuesday during a far ranging interview at the Addison Independent.

“I do believe there are a lot of opportunities in the lieutenant governor’s race to make a difference,” Smith said. “I believe that office could be used even more effectively to convene people on the big issues of the day.”

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Middlebury homeless shelter to add daytime hours

Posted on May 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Outdoor temperatures in Vermont are on the rise, but members of Middlebury’s Charter House Coalition (CHC) are laying the groundwork for expanded service at the nonprofit’s warming shelter to make sure area homeless people will be able to stay safe and out of the elements throughout the year.

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Weybridge eyed for natural gas service; meeting Tuesday

Posted on May 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The Weybridge selectboard this Tuesday, May 17, will hold a public meeting to seek residents’ feedback on a Vermont Gas plan to provide natural gas to residents living on portions of a half-dozen roads in town.

Vermont Gas is in the process of planning — and in some areas, already installing — gas service lines to customers in the Middlebury area as part of its Addison Natural Gas Project. That project features an extension of the natural gas pipeline from Colchester to Middlebury and Vergennes.

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UPDATED: House Speaker Shap Smith running for lieutenant governor

Posted on May 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith is seeking Vermont’s second-highest constitutional office.

The 50-year-old Morrisville Democrat confirmed his bid for lieutenant governor on Tuesday during a far ranging interview at the Addison Independent.

“I do believe there are a lot of opportunities in the lieutenant governor’s race to make a difference,” Smith said. “I believe that office could be used even more effectively to convene people on the big issues of the day.”

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