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Porter programs help residents quit tobacco products

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Randy Bigelow in 1981 began smoking fancy Turkish cigarettes to get into the good graces of a young woman who enjoyed the same brand. He would move on from that romantic interest and consequently her expensive brand of cigarettes. He switched to less costly Marlboros.

Cheaper, but equally deadly and addictive. Early this past winter, Bigelow was smoking between three and four packs of cigarettes per day. Health consequences aside, the nasty habit was costing him around $150 per week.

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Longtime Middlebury assessor to step down

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Point to a house on a map of Middlebury and town Assessor Bill Benton can probably tell you not only how much the structure is worth, but approximately when it was built. He’s gathered that kind of encyclopedic knowledge by being smart and passionate about a job he’s held for three decades.

Well, Middlebury is going to have to nurture another property valuation encyclopedia.

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Middlebury plants seeds for downtown block party

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — In addition to supporting a local tax holiday during the peak of construction during the downtown rail bridge replacement (click here to read that story), the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday also backed a plan aimed at giving a bump to local merchants by bring more green downtown.

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Middlebury raises town tax rate just a hair

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday approved a new municipal tax rate of 98.36 cents for fiscal year 2019, which begins on July 1 and runs through June 30, 2019.

The new rate represents a bump of 14-tenths of a penny compared to the current rate of 98.22 cents per $100 in property value.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay is anticipating updated education property tax information from the state of Vermont as soon as June 30. That data will allow the selectboard to set an overall property tax rate for the community next month.

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ACSD negotiates a better busing contract

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has secured an $800,000 rebate in its new transportation contract, thanks to some deft negotiating by ACSD Business Manager Brittany Gilman and some concessions agreed to by the provider, Student Transportation of America/Bet-Cha Transit.

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In his House bid, Birong seeks support for small businesses

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — The table appears set for 3 Squares Café owner-operator Matt Birong of Vergennes to join the Vermont Legislature.

Barring a write-in campaign or a minor party candidate entering the race later this summer, Birong and incumbent Rep. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, will run unopposed on Nov. 6 for Addison-3’s two Vermont House seats representing Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham.

It would be the first time ever that two Democrats held both seats in what has traditionally been a Republican stronghold.

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Shoreham's Wilson urges health reform in House bid

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
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SHOREHAM — Barbara Wilson loves tending to her crops at the Solar Berry Farm in Shoreham. And along with harvesting berries these days she’s planting the seeds for what she hopes will be a successful run for the Addison-Rutland seat in the Vermont House that represents the towns of Benson, Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting.

Wilson, 62, grew up on a dairy farm in Portland, Mich. She and her siblings spent many long days tending to the herd and other agricultural chores.

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HOPE exceeds its goal for building repairs

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has exceeded — by almost $100,000 — its original goal of raising $600,000 to make a series of improvements to its Community Services building at 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury. The building is a place where low-income Addison County families go to get food, housing, clothing and other critical services.

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ACSD panel suggests ways to battle intolerance in schools

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District can effectively fight racism, bias and discrimination within its schools by confronting those issues head-on, by incorporating more diversity education within its curriculum, and by involving students and families of color in the sometimes difficult discussions about intolerance.

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County prosecutor, running unopposed, talks record, priorities

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — After 15 months on the job, Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans is seeking a new four-year mandate from area voters. Barring an eleventh-hour write-in campaign by another candidate, Wygmans will run unopposed in his first election for the position.

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