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Town Meeting Recap 2015: Orwell

Posted on March 4, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Orwell residents approved school and municipal budgets, elected town and school officials on Town Meeting Day and, on the preceding evening, decided a number of items at the annual town meeting.

The proposed school spending plan for the next fiscal year passed by voice vote. The plan comes to $1,809,406, a 5.5 percent increase from the $1,709,645 approved last year.

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Town Meeting Preview 2015: Orwell

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Orwell residents will cast ballots on school and municipal budgets, elect town and school officials and decide a number of items at the annual town meeting. Orwell has moved its meeting from the first Tuesday in March to the preceding Monday evening; the meeting starts at 7 p.m. on March 2 at the Orwell Town Hall. 

Voters will elect 20 town officers and a couple of school board positions, many of which are running unopposed. Orwell will see two contested elections.

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Science goes on display at Orwell fair

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ORWELL — Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.

It was all for the sake of science.

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Orwell man charged with shooting after arguing over a horse

Posted on October 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — An Orwell man is scheduled to be arraigned later today in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, on aggravated assault and reckless endangerment charges after he allegedly fired a gun in the direction of some neighbors during an argument over a horse.

Jeffrey A. Bradish, 51, was ordered held on $15,000 bail at the Chittenden County Correctional Center on Thursday, Oct. 9, following his arrest.

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'One Room Schoolhouse' exhibit takes visitors back in time

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ORWELL — Another Vermont History Expo is behind us. The Orwell Historical Society Museum’s One Room Schoolhouse exhibit (a smaller version of a permanent display) may have only taken a few weeks to prepare for, and a solid week to design and build, but if the comments in our guest book are any indication the time and effort paid off in dividends.

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Man cited for sexual assault with a minor

Posted on July 17, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — A 68-year-old Orwell man was released on $50,000 bail on Monday after pleading innocent in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, to a felony charge of sexual assault without consent, allegedly perpetrated against the same juvenile victim for which he has already been charged with aggravated sexual assault on a minor.

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Eastman sees a clear path to the Statehouse

Posted on June 26, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Many political candidates find themselves competing in multiple elections before finally winning a seat in the Vermont House. Some never quite muster enough votes to get in.

Then there’s Alyson Eastman, a first-time candidate who finds herself with no competitors in her bid for the Addison-Rutland seat representing Benson, Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting. Barring a successful write-in challenge, Eastman, an Orwell independent, will take the place of Rep. Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, when the Legislature reconvenes next January.

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Two longtime educators wrapping up careers at Orwell Village School

Posted on May 26, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ORWELL — At the end of this school year the Orwell Village School will say a final goodbye to two longtime teachers — Susan Young and Pat Dubois.

Young, a first-grade teacher, leaves the school after teaching various ages for nearly 40 years. Dubois retires after 13 years of teaching English Language Arts (ELA) and social studies to sixth- through eighth-graders in Orwell.

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Former school bus driver charged in sex assault case

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — An Orwell man was ordered to jail in lieu of $50,000 bail after pleading innocent in Addison County Superior Court (criminal division) on May 13 to a felony count of aggravated sexual assault on a minor.

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Orwell library awarded $1,000 to buy kids books

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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ORWELL — State Librarian Martha Reid, on behalf of the Winnie Belle Learned Fund of the Vermont Public Library Foundation, recently presented a grant of $1,000 to the Orwell Free Library in Orwell.

The library used the funding to enhance its collection of early reader books for local children. A new shelf, paid for by the Friends of the Orwell Free Library, will house the collection.

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