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Democrats, GOP endorse Keeler for sheriff

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly on Monday to endorse Don Keeler as sheriff, a position the longtime deputy has held on an acting basis since the death of Sheriff James Coons on April 16.

The Democrats’ voice vote appears to leave the road wide open for Keeler to secure the appointment, expected to be made by Gov. Peter Shumlin. The Addison County Republican Committee had previously endorsed Keeler.

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Middlebury draft town plan draws concerns

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Planning Commission members will take another close look at the draft 2012 town plan in wake of comments from several local businesspeople and citizens who are calling the 199-page document too lengthy, prescriptive and not welcoming enough to prospective entrepreneurs.

Those kinds of comments — along with some positive ones — have reached commission members in recent days by e-mail and through testimony delivered at well-attended public hearings the panel held at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library on June 4 and 6.

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Ripton to bus in students to boost its school population

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton Elementary School will soon prove that it is literally willing to go the distance to stabilize — and even increase — its student enrollment.

Ripton school directors last week agreed to run a new bus service to Hancock and Granville this fall to give families in those Route 100 communities extra incentive to attend Ripton Elementary.

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Anderson retires as Middlebury's recreation director

Posted on June 11, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Tom Anderson has spent the past 15 years coordinating recreation programs for Middlebury-area residents.

Now, at age 63, Anderson wants to have some outdoor fun on his own time.

“I guess after all these years, it’s time for me to recreate a little,” Anderson said with a smile on Tuesday. “I love to hike, snowshoe and kayak.”

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Unused jail affects county's agencies

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) could soon be advertising some rooms for rent, though they are the kind that people want to avoid staying in if they can.

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CCV diplomas open new doors for local grads

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Life can take you down some bumpy and trying paths, and Megan Coon has the bruises to prove it.

She thought she had her life all mapped out.

After graduating from Middlebury Union High School in 2003, Coon enrolled at Clinton Community College in Plattsburgh.

“I wasn’t mature enough to finish,” Coon lamented. “I did one-and-a-half years, then I decided to take some time to grow up and figure out what I wanted to do.”

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Locals weigh in on Middlebury town plan

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Planning Commission on Monday held its first of two public hearings on a draft of the revised town plan, a lengthy document that will be open to further changes based on community input during the coming months.

The state requires Vermont communities to update their town plans — blueprints for how municipalities see themselves currently and how they would like to grow in the future — every five years.

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South Street makeover takes shape

Posted on June 4, 2012 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has agreed to permanently outfit South Street with a series of traffic calming measures — including five crosswalks — in recognition of the growing number of vehicles the residential street is being asked to bear.

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Four ACSU schools eye solar arrays

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — Four Addison Central Supervisory Union schools are considering hosting solar arrays as a means of lowering their respective electricity bills while providing on-site renewable energy lessons for their students.

At issue are potential agreements between All Earth Renewables (AER) and the elementary schools in Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. The respective directors of those schools are now considering 15-year contracts with AER to install solar trackers of varying sizes on-site or on nearby municipal property.

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Tall tales welcome in Middlebury

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Len Rowell well remembers the good ol’ days, when families or friends used to sit down and tell stories at the dinner table or around the proverbial potbellied stove at the local general store.

But the weaving of yarns, Rowell lamented, is fast fading from a society increasingly spoon-fed entertainment through televisions, computer monitors and even cell phones. Storytelling, especially for the younger generation, is now done in impersonal staccato through texts and tweets.

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