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College students take stock of old dam sites

Posted on December 19, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s forgotten dams are mostly small structures tucked away on streams and brooks, once used in small-scale milling operations. Most have been dormant for a century.

Students in the Middlebury College Environmental Studies Senior Seminar analyzed these dams and in a recent presentation led by Catherine Ashcraft and Diane Munroe proposed guidelines for removing or developing the existing infrastructure.

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Homeless students look for stability

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — The first day of class can be daunting for any child.

But integrating into a new school can be even tougher for a child without a home — a phenomenon on the rise throughout the county, state and nation.

The most recent statewide figures show there were 1,042 homeless children and youths enrolled in Vermont public schools during the 2009-2010 academic year. That was up from 838 students in 2006-2007.

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Tenny to leave Middlebury board after 16 years

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny revealed on Tuesday that he will not seek another three-year term on Town Meeting Day. His retirement from the selectboard comes at the end of a more-than-16-year run during which the town approved and built some major capital projects, including a new police station and the Cross Street Bridge.

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Middlebury refines fire station design

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Fire Department and Bread Loaf Corp. architects have put the last major touches on the design of a renovated and expanded Seymour Street fire station that will be put to the voters at Town Meeting Day in March as part of a $4.8 million bond issue.

The most dramatic design change, influenced by local residents and members of the Middlebury Design Advisory Committee, is the relocation of the new elevator shaft from the building’s exterior to its interior.

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Final deer season ends with kills down sharply

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Sunday’s end of the muzzleloader and bow deer seasons brought no more good news for local hunters than the end of November’s rifle season. The numbers of deer weighed at local reporting stations this month declined dramatically from recent years.

If anything, the drop for the combined results for October’s bow season and December’s muzzleloader and bow season was even steeper.

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Top ANeSU executive to leave at end of year

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — After 12 years as superintendent of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU), Evelyn Howard has said she will leave the post effective June 30, 2012.

According to Jeff Francis, executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association, Howard’s tenure in the same district is the fifth-longest in the state. This number is based on 60 superintendents statewide with an average tenure of about four years.

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College's endowment rebounds

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — After a turbulent couple of years, it looks like Middlebury College is out of the woods financially.

That’s according to Patrick Norton, vice president and treasurer at the college. Norton said that although the school’s endowment has rebounded to $825 million from its low point in March 2009, the financial crisis has changed the way the institution handles its money.

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Mount Abe tries to trim spending

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Administrators at Mount Abraham Union High School are grinding away this week at a 2012-2013 budget proposal, hoping to nip and tuck their way to a zero-percent spending increase.

This task comes after Gov. Peter Shumlin asked school districts statewide to level fund their budgets for the third straight year. But Lanny Smith, chair of the Mount Abe school board, isn’t sure that’s possible.

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Sheldon tackles a big clean-up project

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is cleaner than ever, despite a damaging shower of soot and ash earlier this fall. Sometime in the night of Sept. 29, a derelict parlor chimney dropped a load of soot into the building off Park Street in Middlebury. A cloud of dust damaged artifacts in three rooms of the museum.

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Middlebury selectmen seek spending cuts

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — In their meeting Tuesday, the Middlebury selectboard spent time considering additional reductions to the draft 2012-2013 municipal spending plan.

It was in late November that town staff presented the board with an initial budget draft of $8,504,690, representing a $230,825 increase compared to this year. It’s a budget that would require a 3.4-cent increase in the municipal tax rate in order to maintain existing services and capital improvement priorities.

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