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How many voters turned out on Town Meeting Day?

Posted on March 12, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — On Town Meeting Day, how did voter turnout vary across Addison County? And how did this year’s numbers compare to past years?

To answer these questions, the Independent pulled the figures for the percent of registered voters casting votes in Australian ballot elections in eight towns over the past five Town Meeting Days — dating back to 2008 — and compared the number of voters with the number of registered voters for a given year.

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Voters back local high school budgets

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Residents of Addison County’s three school districts and of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union joined a statewide trend and offered strong support for proposed school spending.

Backing for the region’s four union high schools ranged from 59.7 in favor of Otter Valley’s proposed budget to 66.7 percent for the UD-3 budget that funds both Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury Union Middle School.

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Town Meeting Results 2012

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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Below is our 2012 town-by-town wrapup of actions taken by Addison County and Brandon voters at their local annual gatherings. Click on a town to jump to the results.

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Mt. Abe, Vt. Adult Learning each win $100,000 grants to transform education

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — As schools around the county scramble to keep up with rapid developments in information technology, leading educators have repeatedly voiced concern that education models embraced 10-20 years ago aren’t cutting it anymore. And students who don’t fit the traditional education mold are getting left behind.

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Town Meeting Day previews for all Addison County towns

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Christian Woodard



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Town Meeting Day 2012 is right around the corner. Brush up on what's on tap for each Addison County town (and Brandon) in our town meeting previews.

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Energy program up for vote in five towns

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — Five Addison County towns are weighing whether they should join a program that aims to make it easier for property owners to obtain financing for energy efficiency improvements

On Town Meeting Day, residents in Ferrisburgh, Middlebury, Monkton, Ripton and Weybridge will vote on articles that would make their respective towns Property Assessed Clean Energy, or PACE, districts.

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Vermont State Police are updating search and rescue policy

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



WATERBURY — Vermont State Police issued a statement today saying they are revising their search and rescue policy.

The move comes after VSP received public criticism for their slow response last month to the report of a hiker missing in the Green Mountains — 19-year-old Levi Duclos — who subsequently died on the trail.

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Three RNeSU towns to consider school spending hikes

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

LEICESTER/WHITING/GOSHEN — The past two years have seen reduced budgets for schools around the state, but the 2012-2013 fiscal year spending at Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union elementary schools looks to be on the rise once again.

“Over the last few years we’ve done so much cutting that there’s not much left to cut,” said Matt Brush, chair of the Leicester Central School board, which warned a budget with a spending increase of 4.6 percent over the current year.

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Sugarmakers tap in early

Posted on February 20, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — In his 34 years of maple sugaring, Starksboro’s Dave Folino has encountered few winters like this one. With some local spotters noting temperatures soaring eight degrees above average last month and more than six degrees above average in December, the sap has been flowing steadily.

“It’s not really a winter,” said Folino. “It’s pretty much a perpetual sugar season.”

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Schools' results mixed on testing

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — Last week’s release of the fall 2011 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores had state and local educators eyeing a decidedly mixed batch of results.

Locally, Vergennes Union High School was the only high school to post significant increases in proficiency in all four subjects tested over 2010 results. Others achieved proficiency levels that, for the most part, declined or stayed the same.

Statewide, results also remained fairly stable compared to 2010.

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