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Middlebury residents back $3M road bond

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



 

MIDDLEBURY — In Town Meeting Day voting, Middlebury residents re-elected Craig Bingham and Dean George to three-year terms on the selectboard, and overwhelmingly approved a $3 million bond to repair Middlebury’s many battered roads that have been backlogged because of tight budgets, 467-158.

In a three-way race for two seats on the Mary Hogan Elementary School board, Karen Lefkoe edged out Lorraine Gonzalez Morse, 513-509, while Serena Eddy-Moulton was elected with 556 votes.

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All local school spending plans endorsed

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

ADDISON COUNTY — School directors’ efforts to level-fund or even reduce their 2011-2012 budget proposals paid dividends on Monday and Tuesday, as all education spending plans in the county were endorsed in town meeting voting.

That’s not to say there weren’t some tense moments in some towns. Bridport’s elementary school budget passed by a slim six votes.

But most of the school spending plans passed by comfortable margins, either by voice vote or Australian ballots (see town-by-town results).

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Brandon selectman holds off electoral challenge

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



 

BRANDON — Brandon selectboard chairman Richard Baker won re-election by a decisive margin on Town Meeting Day, surviving a strong challenge from attorney Jim Leary.

The final vote count came in at 605-413 in Baker’s favor, ending a contentious race that many thought would be closer.

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Addison races include setback for incumbent

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

ADDISON — Addison saw three contested races on Tuesday, one in which a long-term incumbent was unseated and two of which revolved around school issues that have been much debated in the town in the past year.

The incumbent who lost his seat was Selectman Kimball Provencher, who has been popular enough to be elected several times since the late 1990s.

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Insider pans health insurance sector

 

BURLINGTON — Wendell Potter might be considered the health insurance industry’s enemy number one.

After leaving his executive position at the insurance giant Cigna in 2008, he has fought relentlessly for equitable U.S. health care reform. Addressing Capitol Hill, often featured in the national media and authoring the recent book “Deadly Spin,” Potter is on the warpath to bring the health insurance industry’s most backhanded motives into the spotlight.

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Obama move could boost state's health care efforts

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



 

WASHINGTON, D.C. — One of the major blockades to Vermont single-payer health care reform fell last week when President Obama endorsed a bill by the Vermont Congressional delegation to alter the waiver date in the federal Affordable Care Act.

The law currently prohibits waivers from federal reform requirements until 2017, but the president has agreed to support an earlier waiver date that will allow Vermont to implement a single-payer plan in 2014.

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ACSU to focus on hiring an interim superintendent

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) executive committee will focus on hiring an interim superintendent rather than launch an immediate search for a full-time replacement for current superintendent Lee Sease.

That was the word on Monday from ACSU board chairwoman Carol Ford, who explained the hiring of an interim administrator will give school directors more time to map out the qualities they would like to see in the new superintendent.

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New Haven discusses town plan

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

NEW HAVEN — On Monday evening at Town Meeting nearly 100 New Haven residents filled the town hall to discuss, among other things, the new town plan.

While the town plan passed by a margin of 274 to 140 by paper ballot the following day, residents at the meeting brought up a number of qualms concerning zoning and development along Route 7 and town officials stressed that the discussions are not over. As the planning commission now turns to the task of rewriting zoning regulations, many of the same concerns and discussions are likely to arise.

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Bristol decides contested races

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

BRISTOL — Bristol residents at their annual meeting on Monday approved all of the money items on their warning then went to the polls on Tuesday to OK their elementary school budget by a 479 to 256 tally and decide a handful of contested elections.

Tuesday’s elections saw incumbent Selectman John “Peeker” Heffernan top challenger John Moyers, 467 to 279, for a two-year seat on the board.

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Big farmers concerned over regulation

Posted on February 28, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



 

MONTPELIER — A recent flurry of enthusiasm for small, diversified farming operations in the state has left some farmers feeling left out in the cold.

That was the main message a group of Addison County farmers gave to legislators when they traveled to the Statehouse last Wednesday.

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