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Mount Abe-based heating nonprofit lands $25K grant

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



VERMONT — Run by student volunteers, the nonprofit Vermont Sustainable Heating Initiative, or VSHI, since 2008 has helped install more than 20 pellet stoves in low-income homes across Addison and Washington counties. And the organization’s work has not gone unnoticed.

Richard Moffi, fuel assistance chief for the state of Vermont, earlier this month allocated $25,000 to the organization, which was founded by Tom Tailer, a physics teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School. This will be enough money to provide 10-20 low-income households with pellet stoves.

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Bridport man draws sentence in sex case

Posted on March 19, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — A Bridport man at a Monday hearing in Addison District Court was sentenced by Judge Helen Toor to six months of house arrest for lewd and lascivious conduct with a child in May 2009.

That six-month sentence given to Jason Ethier, 29, was part of a three-to-15-year suspended sentence agreed to in a plea deal between Ethier’s attorney and state prosecutors for an offense involving a Bristol girl who was 14 at the time.

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Orwell teachers prepared to strike this week

Posted on March 18, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ORWELL — Contract negotiations in the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union are coming down to the wire, as teachers in that district announced on Friday that they would strike if school boards do not return to the table and reach a settlement by Wednesday.

Teachers in ARSU, which includes Orwell, Benson, Castleton and Fair Haven, have been working without a contract since July 2011 and are in the 15th month of negotiations on a new contract, having so far failed to reach a compromise. The supervisory union has imposed a pay freeze.

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Thousands throng to downtown chili fest

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Last Saturday afternoon’s Vermont Chili Festival proved to be the most popular in the four-year history of the annual event, drawing a crowd that organizers estimated to be as large as 5,000 to downtown Middlebury.

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Shumlin outlines path to prosperity

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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RIPTON — At the annual Governor’s Lunch on Monday, Gov. Peter Shumlin outlined the five major initiatives he says are necessary to raise the amount of money in Vermonters’ pockets.

“We’ve got to raise income,” he told a group of more than 60 gathered at Ripton’s Rikert Nordic Center for the event, an annual component of the Addison County Legislative Breakfast series.

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2012 looks promising for home-building firm

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Business looks promising for a prominent Middlebury employer, Connor Homes, which specializes in crafting colonial reproduction kit homes at its Route 7 plant that was once the home of Standard Register.

Connor Homes owner Mike Connor said deposits for his company’s high-end homes are running about 50 percent ahead of 2011, leaving him “cautiously optimistic” the trend is ready to turn back upward after several years of recession in the housing market.

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Middlebury selectboard gets first new chief in 15 years

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MIDDLEBURY — At the Middlebury selectboard’s Tuesday meeting, members elected a new chairman for the first time in more than a decade and a half.

Longtime vice chairman Dean George was elected chairman, a position previously occupied by John Tenny, who retired last week after more than 16 years of service. George had held the vice chair position for more than a decade, and the board chose Victor Nuovo as its new vice chairman.

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Rwanda trip reveals global connections

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Reporter Andrea Suozzo recently spent three weeks in Rwanda and regularly shared her thoughts on the experience in dispatches from that African country. Now that she is back in Vermont, she reflects back on the journey. You can read more about her trip at rwandanotebook.wordpress.com.

Last Thursday morning, after grabbing an omelet, a passionfruit, a couple bananas and a cup of coffee, I sat down to my second-to-last breakfast in Rwanda.

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Bristol selectboard receives plan

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After last week’s town meeting, the Bristol selectboard regrouped on Monday at Holley Hall to receive a newly proposed town plan, choose a new chair and tend to a range of timely matters.

After the Bristol Planning Commission last week approved a long-debated land-use section in the proposed town plan, the planners wrapped up their revision process and sent the document to the selectboard. The board received the new document and on April 23 will meet with members of the planning commission, who will highlight certain elements of the plan.

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Bluebird wins chili cook-off crown

Posted on March 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Although Burlington’s Bluebird Tavern walked away from Saturday’s Vermont Chili Festival in downtown Middlebury with the banner for Best Overall Chili, a number of local vendors and organizations also became winners in one of the six categories at the annual event.

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