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Mount Independence to celebrate 'Trails Day'

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, Vermont is celebrating National Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, with a hike into history at 2 p.m. Mount Independence Coalition board member and retired history teacher Mark Brownell leads this hike.

This is one of many programs this year to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the start of Mount Independence, as well as the 50th anniversary of the trail system. It is co-sponsored by the Mount Independence Coalition. 

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Date set for Orwell school governance revote

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on June 21 will field, for the second time, a proposal under Vermont’s Act 46 to join five Rutland County communities in the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).

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Spring bird walk on tap in Orwell this Saturday

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
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ORWELL — The birds of spring are the focus of the annual Early Bird Nature Walk on Saturday, May 28, at 8 a.m., at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Bird expert Sue Wetmore of Brandon leads the walk to help birders find and identify these birds. 

Many birds fly through the Lake Champlain corridor on their way to their summer homes. Participants might see anything from the smallest birds to a majestic bald eagle. Every year the group tries to spot and add a new species to the list of birds seen on Mount Independence.

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Orwell to hold revote on school governance

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell school officials are projecting a June revote on the question of whether the community should join five Rutland County towns in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would be governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

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Orwell to revote Act 46 unification after petition is filed

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
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ORWELL — Orwell residents will get another chance to weigh in on their town’s possible participation in a Slate Valley Unified Union School District, as a result of a citizens’ petition received by the Orwell Town Clerk on Friday, May 6.

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Mount Independence walk to be offered May 7

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
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ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic site in Orwell on Saturday, May 7, at 1 p.m., will host a special guided walk on and off the trails to explore Revolutionary War military strategy and some of the remains of the defensive works from 1776 and 1777 that are most visible in spring before full leaf. 

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Wildflower walk, talk to be held in Orwell on April 24

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
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ORWELL — Mount Independence springs into spring with the annual guided wildflower walk on Sunday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at the State Historic Site in Orwell. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for more than 20 years, leads this informative program. Olmsted is a horticulturist with Rocky Dale Gardens in Bristol.

This is the first program of the 2016 season, a year when the Mount Independence State Historic Site celebrates the 50th anniversary of its trail system and the 240th anniversary of the start of American construction of this major Revolutionary War defense.

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Orwell vote stops unification in Addison-Rutland district

Posted on April 14, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday voted 211 to 121 against joining five Rutland County communities in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would have been governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

“A pretty strong message was sent,” Orwell’s Alyson Eastman, chairwoman of the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union’s Act 46 Study Committee, said on Wednesday of her community’s vote on the issue.

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Orwell-area schools vote on unification plan

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell and the five other Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union (ARSU) communities will decide on April 12 whether to consolidate their school governance system into a single board that will oversee one education budget for its five elementary schools and Fair Haven Union High School.

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2016 Orwell Town Meeting Wrap Up

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Officials in Orwell expected a lot more discussion on a proposal to spend $160,000 on a new town truck than they got at Tuesday morning’s town meeting. But after folks asked a few questions about whether the old one could be fixed (too expensive, they were told) and if townspeople would be called on in the next year or two to put some money into vehicle replacement for the fire department or rescue squad (yes, that is quite likely), they approved the special allocation for a tandem dump truck to replace an 11-year-old truck currently used by the Orwell road crew.

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