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Ripton to host snowshoe race

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — The first annual Rikert/Dion Snowshoe Race will take place Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 a.m. at Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton.

The race is approximately 5K over varied terrain. All levels are welcome. There is a $10 entry fee. A limited number of snowshoes will be available for rent. Hot drinks will follow the race.

For more information, contact Peggy Lyons at mlyons@middlebury.edu.

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Middlebury-area schools propose spending plans

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Directors at six of the Addison Central Supervisory Union’s seven elementary schools have drafted 2013-2014 budget proposals that run the gamut from a 1.68-percent spending decrease in Weybridge to a 9.13-percent spending increase in Bridport.

Meanwhile, Bingham Memorial School directors in Cornwall have crafted a 2013-14 spending plan that features a rather ordinary 3-percent ($40,197) spending hike that will nonetheless trigger a state law requiring that the budget be fielded in two separate votes.

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80-year-old East Middlebury woman publishes her first book

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Maureen Chadsey Williams has developed quite the lengthy résumé. She’s been a baker, a retail worker, a newspaper circulation coordinator and a stay-at-home-mom, to mention a few vocations.

Now, at age 80, the East Middlebury retiree has made a new entry: Author.

Williams recently self-published her first book, titled “The Hollyhocks Will Bloom Again,” depicting the struggles of a persevering young mother trying to hold her household together during the fractious height of Revolutionary War-era America.

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Wedding experts: Four couples talk about planning their nuptials

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Christy Lynn



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For some insights into what planning a wedding is really like, the Addison Independent reached out to several couples who recently married or became engaged. Each couple answered a few questions about the process to help give hope or warning to others planning their own nuptials.

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Bristol zeros in on small hike in town tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard will likely finalize a 2013-2014 municipal budget proposal next Monday with a modest tax rate increase of around 1.1 percent, a number that Town Administrator Bill Bryant said the board felt good about presenting to voters.

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Leicester to see more students, higher tax rate

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



LEICESTER — Unlike Otter Valley Union High School, which lost 13 students compared to the prior year, falling enrollment is not an issue at the Leicester Central  School, which grew by 13 students — yet, oddly, costs are still up at the elementary school.

According to Leicester School board member Connie Carroll, current enrollment at the school stands at 71 students, up from 58 students last year. Carroll said they expect 74 students next year.

“We’re projecting a 20 percent increase over the next three years,” she said.

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Town of Middlebury to buy conservation land

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their meeting Tuesday, members of the Middlebury selectboard discussed a proposed municipal budget (see story on Page 1A).

In other action on Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard:

•  Authorized Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay to close on a deal to buy 38.3 acres of conservation land off Washington Street Extension near Chipman Hill. The land, previously considered for a housing subdivision, will be purchased for $150,000 with money on hand in the town’s conservation fund.

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Woman dying of cancer reflects on life in a new book

Posted on January 24, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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LEICESTER — The newly published book “Eighteen Months To Live” is the poignant real life story of Midge Rylander in her own words.

Rylander moved to Vermont from California in 1963. The mother of three was employed for many years as a legal secretary and then worked for the trust department of a local bank. Rylander lived on Lake Dunmore from 1977 until she died in 1992.

She succumbed after being diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma, which is a form of lung cancer from prior exposure to asbestos.

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GOP taps Castimore, VanWyck for the late Rep. Clark’s House seat

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Republican leaders in the Addison-3 House district on Thursday agreed to recommend two GOP nominees as candidates to serve out the two-year term of the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes: Warren VanWyck of Ferrisburgh and Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham.

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School spending increases eyed for two ANwSU elementary schools, decrease at third

Posted on January 21, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The three Addison Northwest Supervisory Union elementary school boards recently adopted spending plans for the 2013-2014 academic year that in two cases would boost their budgets by close to 5 percent, and in the third case drop spending by almost 4 percent.

The proposed Vergennes Union Elementary School (VUES) budget is up by 4.7 percent, while the Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) board is seeking approval on Town Meeting Day for a 4.88 percent increase.

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