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Porter hairdresser offers seniors bit of magic

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By J.P. Allen



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MIDDLEBURY — In the middle of a calm, somewhat institutional hallway in the Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, a door opens into a magical world.

A cloud of Christmas ornaments and pinecones hangs from the ceiling. Along one wall leans a sculpture of a fireplace, made from thin slices of cedar trunks glued together side by side. Fabrics and birch bark add color and texture to every corner.

Somewhere in the decoration is the room’s primary purpose: a washbasin, dryer and set of implements for cutting hair.

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Moyers runs for Bristol selectboard

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — John Moyers has thrown his hat in the ring along with incumbent John “Peeker” Heffernan for a two-year seat on the Bristol selectboard.

Both will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in Bristol.

Moyers, who has yet to hold an elective office, has long been eyeing a spot on Bristol’s zoning board and planning commission, but after failing to get appointed to either, opted to try for the selectboard seat.

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Dakin Farm owner wins maple award

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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FERRISBURGH — Forget apples — in this case, you could say the sap doesn’t fall far from the maple tree.

Sam Cutting IV, president of Vermont foods retailer Dakin  Farm, recently received the “2010 Maple Person of the Year Award” from the Vermont Maple Industry Council, a group formed to promote and protect the branding of Vermont maple syrup. He’s following in the footsteps of his father, Sam Cutting III, who won the same award 25 years ago.

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Leahy aids Midd. students in Egypt

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — Last Thursday, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) met with Lara Getz, one of 22 students evacuated earlier that week from Middlebury College’s study abroad program in Alexandria, Egypt.

Getz, a student at Tulane University, visited the senator in Washington, D.C., to thank him for his help in getting the students transportation out of the country in the face of an escalating public uprising against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in the country.

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Early morning fire destroys Monkton home

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



MONKTON — On Wednesday morning, fire ravaged the Bristol Road home of Tom Cousino in Monkton.

According to Monkton Volunteer Fire Department Chief David Layn, the call was made by firefighter Robert Howard, who noticed the house was on fire on his way to work, around 6:45 a.m.

Cousino was asleep in the house at the time, but awoke coughing from the smoke. He climbed out of his bedroom window and slid down the shed roof, according to Layn.

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Addison Northeast strike put on hold (Updated)

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



UPDATE 2/4/11: After the Independent went to press, a union representative clarified to the paper that the strike would only be put on hold if a settlement were reached.

Negotiations broke down on Wednesday evening, and on Thursday the teachers set a strike deadline of Feb. 9 unless the two groups could reach a settlement by then.

BRISTOL — It looks like a strike by the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers has been avoided — for now.

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ANeSU rethinks budgeting process after big error

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Addison Northeast Supervisory Union officials are trying to explain why, for the second year in row, a six-figure deficit has showed up on the school districts books six months after the close of the fiscal year.

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Mount Abraham Union High School board, chairman Lanny Smith and Superintendent Evelyn Howard said district business manager Greg Burdick had made projections last June that poorly estimated Mount Abe’s revenues and expenditures for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.

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After 37 years, Monkton clerk prepares to retire

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MONKTON — Longtime Monkton residents will notice a conspicuous omission on their Town Meeting Day ballot this year.

For the first time since 1973, Carmelita Burritt will not be running for town clerk. It will indeed be the end of an era in Monkton and the beginning of a new one, as Sharon Gomez is likely to become the community’s first new town clerk since the Nixon administration.

“It’s more and more work,” a smiling Burritt said on Monday. “I’m tired out.”

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Big birthday in store for 10 towns

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Ten Addison County towns will soon mark an auspicious birthday that will require a lot of candles and the collective breath of many residents to blow out.

The towns of Shoreham, Bridport, Addison, Leicester, Middlebury, New Haven, Cornwall, Panton, Salisbury and Weybridge will this year all commemorate the 250th anniversary of receiving charters from Benning Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, in 1761.

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Omya rail spur work could begin in 2013

Posted on February 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Railway officials on Monday confirmed plans to acquire private and public land along the corridor of a proposed 3.3-mile-long rail spur that would link the Omya quarry off Foote Street in Middlebury with the main line west of Otter Creek. They hope to start building the project during the spring of 2013.

To that end, Vermont Rail has formed a new entity, “Otter Creek Railroad,” to take the lead on a project estimated to cost upwards of $30 million and last two construction seasons.

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