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Porter Medical Center directors endorse affiliation with UVM Health Network; one hurdle left

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center (PMC) and University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) boards on Thursday voted unanimously to sign an affiliation agreement, a move that would result in reduced independence for Addison County’s hospital but net it greater financial stability, some key capital improvements and a more diverse menu of health care services for local patients.

Thursday’s board votes were a monumental step, but the affiliation move still hinges on some changes to Porter’s organizational bylaws.

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Vergennes Opera House thriving in 20th year of revival

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Feb. 14 the Vergennes City Council heard an upbeat report from Friends of the Vergennes Opera House President Gerianne Smart about the financial and artistic health of the historic theater. The VOH has several big shows lined up for the coming months and is planning now for its 20th season since reopening in 1997 upstairs in the 120-year-old Vergennes City Hall.

“It’s been a wonderful 20 years, I’ve got to say,” Smart told the council.

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Unified Addison Northeast school district steps into its future with first gathering

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — An atmosphere of pride and excitement permeated the first organizational meeting of the newly formed Addison Northeast School District, held at Mount Abraham Union High School last Thursday. The district is the result of a vote last November by the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union to unify budgeting and governance in accordance with Act 46.

“It took a lot of work to get to this evening,” said Superintendent Patrick Reen.

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FFA steers youth into farming and land stewardship

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — The FFA (formally known as Future Farmers of America) is a national organization founded by a group of young farmers back in 1928. The FFA helps young people develop career, leadership and life skills through agricultural education.

Today agriculture is more than planting and harvesting — it’s a science, it’s a business and it’s an art.

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Troopers recover bodies of two snowmobilers from Lake Champlain

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Police late last week positively identified the bodies pulled from Lake Champlain as those of the two Vermont men who went missing on Feb. 9 when they went snowmobiling across the lake.

Vermont State Police said positive identification had been made of Jonathan Ryan, 32, of Orwell, and Brandon Barrett, 23, of Benson.

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Lincoln to decide two contests on Town Meeting Day

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



LINCOLN — When they come to Burnham Hall on Town Meeting Day, March 7, Lincoln residents will see familiar faces running unopposed for town clerk, town treasurer and selectboard.

But when it comes to the town moderator and second constable positions, voters will need to make a choice.

Alan Kamman is challenging Will Sipsey in a race for town and school meeting moderator. Matthew Collins is again challenging Mark Truax in a race for second constable.

MEETING MODERATOR

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Va-et-vient honors its Franco-American roots

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Music has been used as a way to communicate and connect for a long time ? a way to come and go freely across cultures, borders and languages. The best part is that you don’t have to have a fancy degree or know all your scales; all you need to make music is the passion (a sense of rhythm helps, too).

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Middlebury taking new approach to attracting businesses

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is forming a committee to develop a new formula for attracting businesses to town and supporting those that are already here.

The new panel, to be chaired by Selectwoman Heather Seeley, will have nine or 11 members who are either knowledgeable about Middlebury’s business scene or its planning priorities, or both. The group will interview local business leaders and ultimately come up with a set of recommendations for the selectboard to adopt.

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City safety committee to make suggestions

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council heard from Alderman Matt Chabot at their Feb. 14 meeting that the pedestrian task force of which he is a member will have recommendations for council members to consider at their next meeting.

Those could include flashing pedestrian lights at three crosswalks, and also at least a trial run suggested by Burlington nonprofit Local Motion to evaluate the impact on traffic of structural changes to streets such as narrowed lanes and bulbouts.

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Brandon police targeting drivers using cell phones

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON —Brandon police set out to enforce the construction zone speed limit around the downtown Brandon culvert project last month, but they ended up ticketed even more drivers for using their cell phones than for speeding.

Brandon Police Chief Chris Brickell said that over four separate enforcement days in January, Brandon police issued 43 citations to drivers who were observed violating Vermont’s Hands Free Cell Phone Law.

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