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Town government organization to honor Bill Finger

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont League of Cities and Towns, at its annual Town Fair in Essex Junction on Oct. 5, will present its Lifetime Achievement Award to recently retired Middlebury Town Manager Bill Finger.

This award is presented to a municipal official or employee who has dedicated his or her career to serving local government within his or her own community and through service on a statewide level on boards or commissions or the VLCT.

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Planners balk at need for city conservation panel

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting accepted a recommendation from the city’s planning commission that Vergennes does not need to create a conservation commission.

Specifically, planners suggested that aldermen not place an article on the city meeting ballot asking residents to approve a conservation commission, and aldermen agreed.

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Middlebury man takes over as new MALT leader

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) has welcomed Carl Robinson as its new executive director.

Originally from Arizona, Robinson and his family have called Middlebury their home for the past seven years. Prior to moving to Vermont, he received his B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management with an emphasis in Outdoor Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

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Porter Hospital tightens fiscal year '13 budget

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After state regulators recently OK’d Porter Medical Center’s proposed fiscal year 2013 budget with conditions, Porter officials said the hospital will meet the state’s request to cut $465,930 from its $69 million spending plan, and it will do it in a manner that does not affect direct patient services.

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Bristol eyes future of prominent gravel pit

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — Renewed concern over the sharply angled slope of the gravel extraction sites near Mount Abraham Union High School has led to some community questions on one of Bristol’s most contentious issues — gravel pits — that could lead to discussion on how to reclaim the site.

Bristol resident David Brynn recently initiated some conversation on the subject with a letter to the editor published in the Addison Independent and with posts on a social media site.

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Changes afoot for historic city burial ground

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are asking neighbors and other parties interested in the city’s oldest cemetery to help create a new sign for the historic burial ground, for which the city assumed maintenance responsibilities this year.

An older sign now identifies it as “Vergennes First Cemetery,” and the site, at the end of Mountain View Lane, is commonly known as the First Cemetery or as the Old Cemetery.

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City police set to welcome young assistants to force

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel has chartered a city branch of the national Police Explorers organization, a program that allows youths to learn about police work and even help police do some jobs, such as direct traffic, City Manager Mel Hawley told aldermen at their Sept. 18 meeting.

Hawley said Merkel has already held two organizational meetings at Vergennes Union High School, and about 15 students have said they will sign up.

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Hunger fighting CROP Walk planned for Oct. 7 in Middlebury

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the 2012 Addison County CROP Hunger Walk are hoping this year’s event on Oct. 7 exceeds the record $25,161 raised last year toward the local and worldwide campaign to end hunger.

Middlebury residents Beth Stamway and Patty Hallam are organizing this year’s Addison County campaign. The CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk was launched back in 1969 by Church World Service, an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency.

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Vergennes to host War of 1812 activities

Posted on September 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Mayor Michael Daniels last week updated the city council on plans for an Oct. 12 celebration of the city’s role in the War of 1812.

The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s canal schooner Lois McClure will dock in Vergennes that weekend and be open to the public, and a welcoming event is planned for that Friday afternoon.

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We’re not changing the size of our newspaper

Posted on September 21, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



Were you surprised to see the smaller size Addison Independent on newsstands Thursday? We sure were.

Unfortunately the press that normally prints the Addison Independent has been having mechanical problems off and on for the past two weeks. We had the newspaper printed at a different shop this week and, despite our best efforts, it was printed on the wrong size paper — and the normal 21-inch page was shrunk to fit.  Good grief.

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