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Challenge to ANeSU unification is offered

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A trio of dissenters said no to the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union Act 46 Study Committee’s official plan for district unification, which was sent to the Agency of Education for review this month.

The official proposal includes a “Minority Report” — authored by committee members Nancy Cornell, Herb Olson and Mike Fisher — that makes a passionate defense of the “value of local control” of ANeSU schools.

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Orwell likely to vote again on school governance plan

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — After rejecting the notion twice this year, Orwell voters are likely to get a third opportunity to weigh in on a proposal to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County communities.

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Porter Medical Center affiliation draws support

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials will spend the next few months determining whether the county’s health care hub should remain independent or pursue affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN). And some key PMC stakeholders and health care industry observers indicated this week that they are already leaning toward supporting affiliation.

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State firefighter group honors Bristol's best

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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BENNINGTON — On Saturday, Aug. 13, the Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA) held its 127th annual conference in Bennington. Each year the VSFA Recognition and Awards committee must select from hundreds of nominations received by fire departments from all around the state. At this year’s annual banquet and recognition ceremony the members of the Bristol Fire Department were well recognized for their commitment and dedication to the department.

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$1 million added to childcare subsidy fund

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



ADDISON COUNTY—At Mary Johnson Children’s Center in Middlebury, 60 youngsters are enrolled in the center’s upcoming session. About 50 percent of those children’s families qualify for the Child Care Financial Assistance Program, which recently received an additional $1 million in state funding.

Government funding for the program has remained stagnant over the past five years, leaving a $10 million gap between market childcare prices and tuition assistance, and the state’s childcare providers say families are struggling to pay the difference.

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'Alice' leaps away from traditional style

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Charmaine Lam



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MIDDLEBURY — In Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on a recent Friday morning, Anders Bright and Lana Meyer crouched, one nestled against the other, on the floor. Intertwining their hands, they experimented with waves, clasping and twisting their hands in search for the most unsettling effect that would do justice to the Cheshire Cat.

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Young man killed in Brandon car crash

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A young man from Brandon was killed in a single-car crash on Newton Road Friday night, and two passengers in the car were injured.

Police said no one in the 2000 red Honda Civic was wearing a seatbelt as the driver, 22-year-old Thomas Trudeau Savage, was traveling west on Newton Road just before midnight on Aug. 12.

Police said their investigation showed that the car left the roadway and hit an embankment, causing it to roll and crash into a chain link fence around a wastewater substation.

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Local Vermont State Police commander is promoted, will move on

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Michael Manley’s eventful career with the Vermont State Police is taking yet another twist. Lieutenant Manley, 38, is stepping down as commander of the VSP’s New Haven barracks in order to step up as a newly promoted captain who will oversee the agency’s New Haven, Rutland, Shaftsbury, Royalton and Westminster barracks.

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Meet the Chef: Emily Miner and Thelma's Bread Dough

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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If it can be wrapped in dough and fried, Emily Miner has probably already done it.

“We try everything, and if it blows up in the fryer, we just take it out real quick,” she said during a short break at Field Days last week.

Miner, 34, is the owner of Thelma’s, a mobile food truck that was born in 1979 when her grandma Thelma Miner walked into the Addison County Fair and Field Days with her own cart and a recipe for fried bread dough with maple cream.

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With little water, farmers consider new irrigation plans

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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SHOREHAM — At 2 p.m. on a recent sunny afternoon, a group of 20 farmers stood around a giant metal reel, which pulled a hulking irrigation gun 1,300 feet toward them as it turned. The gun showered water onto the otherwise dry Elysian Fields, owned by Joe and Kathleen Hescock, which were certified organic in 1998.

The farmers were there to learn about something new for many of them — irrigating pastures where their cows graze.

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