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Local couple helps promote hospice benefit raffle

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Hawaii is half a world away from Vermont. Folks there hardly ever see snow, let alone sugar-on-snow. But the nation’s 50th state is proving to be a powerful magnet in an annual fundraising effort for Addison County’s two providers of hospice care.

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Addison County physician Dr. Alan Ayer dies at 71

Posted on March 15, 2015 |
By John McCright



ADDISON — Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.

Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.

Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.

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Vermont Gas admits it kept regulators in the dark on pipeline cost increase

Posted on March 14, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONTPELIER — Vermont Gas Systems officials last year knew the company’s proposed natural gas pipeline through Addison County would cost much more than anticipated, but waited more than five months to tell regulators — even after the Department of Public Service requested that it do so.

This information came to light in recent testimony by Vermont Gas executives in a Public Service Board proceeding to determine whether the company violated board procedure by not providing timely cost updates for Phase I of the Addison Rutland Natural Gas Project.

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Man with knife robs Vergennes bank; police seek leads

Posted on March 13, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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UPDATED: VERGENNES — Someone robbed the People’s United Bank on Main Street in Vergennes on Friday afternoon, Vergennes police said.

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VUHS, Mount Abe and Bristol school boards tread lightly in reworking budgets

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy and Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Three school boards in northern Addison County met early this week to consider new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

The Vergennes Union High School and the Bristol Elementary School boards met on Monday evening and the Mount Abraham Union High School Board convened on Tuesday. All three meetings garnered a couple dozen visitors.

The boards did not warn any new budgets for revote, but all plan to meet again next week.

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New director at Middlebury rescue brings money-making plans

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — This spring will certainly be a season of renewal for Middlebury Regional Emergency Medical Services.

The nonprofit organization has hired a new executive director who will be launching some new services aimed at making MREMS more financially stable. The new hire — Ric Lavallee — will also lead a fund-raising effort to replace one of MREMS’ aging ambulances.

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Middlebury College president-elect wants close town-gown ties

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President-elect Laurie L. Patton is not even officially on the institution’s payroll yet, but she took time from her ongoing duties at Duke University to visit Middlebury municipal officials to assure them that maintaining a cordial and productive relationship with the town will be one of the top priorities of her administration.

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Dig in! Chilifest returns to Middlebury this Saturday

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, March 14, downtown Middlebury will welcome thousands of visitors to its closed-off downtown streets for the 7th Annual Vermont Chili Festival. This very popular event, staged by the Better Middlebury Partnership, will feature live music, an all-local beverage tent, street performers and more than 50 kinds of chili from some of Vermont’s best restaurants to sample and enjoy.

The fun starts at 1 p.m. and sampling will continue through 4 p.m.

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State budget cuts continue to shape legislative session

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



 

MIDDLEBURY — School financing and the state’s budget woes continued to dominate conversation at the Bridport Grange’s legislative breakfast series, the most recent edition of which was held on Monday at the Middlebury American Legion headquarters.

Lawmakers have been told there is a $118 million revenue shortfall for the state budget that is to take effect July 1. The Legislature’s money committees are considering cuts to the current budget draft, along with some possible fee and tax increases.

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Aldermen stand behind playground after city vote

Posted on March 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday confirmed their support for an East Street preschool playground, an action taken despite a Town Meeting Day vote against the project.

All five aldermen at the meeting said the 303-202 tally on March 3 on the $42,000 project was not representative because the petitioned language on the article failed to make clear that residents would not pay to build the playground.

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