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Addison farm wins a conservation grant

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) last week announced grants totaling $3,083,910 to protect 2,127 acres of agricultural land on 14 farms and a sugarbush and to conserve 641 acres of wooded and open land on three properties with recreational trails in the towns of Williston, Lyndon and West Windsor.

The grants were made to the Vermont Land Trust, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, Kingdom Trails and The Trust for Public Lands. The funding commitments were made at the Board’s May meeting.

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Longtime Vergennes, Middlebury elementary teachers closing the book on their careers

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Jackie Nienow is retiring this year from full-time teaching after a 37-year career, most of it spent in Addison Central Supervisory Union schools and primarily at Middlebury’s Mary Hogan Elementary.

Diana Raphael discover that her passion was working with children age 7 and younger, and 40 years later she is retiring after spending 28 of those years at Vergennes Union Elementary School.

Read their stories, plus those of some other area teachers who are ending long careers in education this month.

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Jackie Nienow, a favorite of students, retires from Mary Hogan School

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One of Jackie Nienow’s most vivid childhood memories is of her father bringing home a classroom-size chalkboard that had been orphaned by renovations to a nearby school.

“I was in fourth grade and I taught school all the time in the neighborhood; I even had parent conferences,” Nienow chuckled in recalling how she put the chalkboard — and her blossoming teaching talents — to good early use. “My mother used tell me, ‘Think about all the free child care you’re providing.’”

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Raphael, a fixture in kindergarden classes, to leave VUES

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — It took a journey to two continents for longtime Vergennes Union Elementary School reading specialist and kindergarten teacher Diana Raphael to discover her passion was education.

Raphael, then 21 and just out of Pine Manor College near Boston, traveled to Europe in 1971 for half a year, and from there to Morocco for three months. There she found herself in a village for an extended stay.

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Motorist dies in Ferrisburgh crash

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent Staff



FERRISBURGH — A Vergennes resident died during the evening of Tuesday, June 2, after driving a vehicle off Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, according to Vermont State Police.

Authorities identified the deceased as Dana S. Phillips, 55.

It was at around 8:40 p.m. that Vermont State Police responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash, with injuries, at 5371 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh.

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Students of the Week - June 1, 2015

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Mount Abe school board launches campaign to pass a budget

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School directors are launching a public information campaign in hopes of winning voter support for a newly revised, 2015-2016 budget that reflects a 1.02 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters will field the proposed budget of $13,947,738 on Tuesday, June 9. It represents the school board’s third attempt to devise a spending plan that can pass muster with residents of the five-town area, which includes Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, Lincoln and New Haven.

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City manager warns: Vergennes budget may be a challenge

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on May 26 got their first look at a preliminary 2015-2016 general fund budget, and City Manager Mel Hawley said he told council members the adoption process might challenge them this year.

“There’s work to be done,” Hawley said in a phone interview later in the week.

Hawley presented a first budget draft that called for $2,213,085 in spending, an amount that if aldermen adopted it by their June 30 deadline would mean a spending increase of about $125,000, or 6 percent.

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Retiring Ferrisburgh Central teacher was there at the start

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — When Barbara Bolduc first entered Ferrisburgh Central School she wore a hard hat, and she was 6 years old. That was 61 years ago.

Bolduc had walked over with the rest of Doris Chamberlain’s students from the nearby one-room schoolhouse on Route 7. That school later served Ferrisburgh for decades as its town office, and when the pupils visited Ferrisburgh Central School they were touring a construction site.

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Local businesses help Habitat create home for a family

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Karen Holbrook was making her regular commute from Bridport to her job in Middlebury several months ago when she heard something on the radio that would change her life.

It was a news spot from Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) seeking applicants for a new home that would soon be available in the South Ridge subdivision off Middle Road in Middlebury.

She was excited, but a little apprehensive.

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