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Connor Homes founder seeking to reopen business in new spot

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes founder Mike Connor confirmed on Tuesday he is sizing up a new Middlebury location in which to rekindle the business after negotiations to reopen the enterprise at its longtime Route 7 plant failed.

This news is at least a temporary setback for the 63 laid-off employees who helped make Connor Homes’ specialty colonial reproduction “kit” homes.

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Program gives teens a platform to push back against addiction

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Actor Jeremy Holm was driving from a gig in Stowe to his Vergennes home last September when his radio popped with some news he couldn’t ignore.

It was a story about the police chief in East Liverpool, Ohio, who had posted a photo on Facebook depicting two adult heroin addicts passed out in front seats of their vehicle, with their 4-year-old boy asleep in the backseat.

“The chief put that picture up because he needed help,” Holm recalled. “He said, ‘You can’t arrest yourself out of this problem.’”

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Local residents join Montpelier crowd: Women, backers flood state capital to show solidarity

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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MONTPELIER — Greta Hardy-Mittell, a junior at Middlebury Union High School, stood on the steps of the Vermont Statehouse last Saturday afternoon counting the speakers left until it was her turn. Clutching a folded paper copy of a self-authored poem, the nerves she had quieted that morning began to resurface.

The sign-waving, pussy-hat-wearing crowd before her — expected to be only a few thousand — was estimated at 15,000-20,000 by Vermont State Police, making it the largest protest ever held in Vermont, according to organizers.

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Addison County folks take stand at March in Washington, D.C.

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — “I just kept crying,” East Middlebury resident Joanna Colwell said recounting her experience at the Women’s March on Washington this past Saturday. “I’ve never been in a crowd that big, and I’ve been in some big crowds.”

Big was a word used by many of the Addison County residents who went to the huge rally on the National Mall the day after President Trump’s inauguration.

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Bristol board backs plan with 1 percent rise in town spending

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Last year at town meeting, Bristol voters said yes to an almost 10 percent hike in overall spending — largely to cover bond payments for the new fire station and South Street Bridge.

On Monday, the Bristol selectboard chose to offer voters a 2017-2018 plan calling for a 1.06 percent spending increase to $2,506,949.

The proposed amount to be raised by taxes is $2,139,887, a 1.07 percent increase over the $2,117,215 approved for 2016-2017.

Town Administrator Therese Kirby said that town officials knew last year was exceptional.

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Middlebury students dance across border

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Dance Company of Middlebury will present their new evening of contemporary dance performance, Border | Zones this Friday and Saturday at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. This performance follows a premiere at the historic Ángela Peralta Theatre in Mazatlán, Mexico, culminating the company’s two-week residency at the Mazatlán Professional School of Contemporary Dance (EPDM).

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Ferrisburgh's municipal budget won't trigger tax hike

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard adopted a budget on Tuesday that if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day would barely move the town’s municipal tax rate, effectively cut the hours of the elected treasurer position from 35 to 20 per week, and allow the board to hire an extra part-time worker for the town office.

Board members also adopted a Town Meeting Day warning that will ask residents to make three other decisions: whether to buy a $190,000 truck, to change property tax payments to a quarterly schedule, and to create a $500 Conservation Fund.

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Middlebury panel to study local economy: Will propose business growth ideas

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury town officials had planned to ask voters at town meeting in March to help chart the community’s future economic development policy.

But after checking with lawyers and state officials, and discussing the issue amongst themselves on Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard agreed to appoint a committee to recommend a new economic development course for the town come July 1.

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Tri-Town passes state muster: Water quality good, crisis mostly well handled

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — A Jan. 10 letter from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division gave the Tri-Town Water District good marks for water quality and its response to a mid-December crisis.

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Middlebury residents get jolt from new water bills

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Town Treasurer Jackie Sullivan’s phone has been ringing off the hook these days — and it hasn’t been the result of residents weighing in on their property tax bills.

No, the veritable tidal wave of phone calls is coming from municipal water system customers who have noted a substantial spike in their bills. There are a few reasons for the increase, but here’s the leading culprit: The first increase in water and sewer rates the town has enacted in around seven years.

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