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Locals keep eye on Egyptian news

Posted on February 10, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — In the days since Jan. 25, when Egyptians flooded the streets of their country in protest of President Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian rule, many with ties to the country have been hard at work collecting as much information as they could from overseas.

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Breaking news: ANeSU strike averted

Posted on February 8, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast Teachers Association on Monday night decided not to go on strike at the Bristol-area public schools. The teachers union had set Wednesday, Feb. 9, as the strike date.

“It has been called off,” said Darren Allen, a spokesman for the Vermont-NEA teachers union, Tuesday morning. “Teachers accept (the contract) imposition, and bargaining is going forward.”

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ANeSU strike still possible after boards, teachers meet

Posted on February 7, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — On Wednesday evening, negotiators from the six Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school boards and from the district’s teachers’ union met for more than five hours only to end up walking away from the table once again, having reached no settlement.

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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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