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Middlebury Police Log: Cars vandalized in college lot

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Nov. 13 were informed that several vehicles in Middlebury College’s “E” lot off Shannon Street had been damaged as a result of someone walking on top of them. Damage included scratches and dents in  the hoods and/or roofs of the vehicles, according to police.

In other action last week, Middlebury police:

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Middlebury eyes two-deck structure for more parking

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — An organization representing downtown Middlebury property owners is requesting that the town import and install a temporary parking structure to make up for the long-term loss of approximately 50 spaces during replacement of the railroad overpasses on Merchants Row and Main Street.

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Middlebury town office costs to be felt next year

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Monday got a look at the first draft of a fiscal year 2016 municipal budget that projects a $430,259 increase over this year, which would translate into a 5.6-cent boost in the town’s tax rate.

Board members stressed that the $10,031,448 spending plan under review is just a departure point, and that the final number will likely shrink before being finalized for the voters to decide at the annual town meeting next March.

But officials acknowledged making significant cuts won’t be easy.

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UD-3 eyes teacher retirements to help balance its budget

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The potential retirement next year of more than 10 veteran teachers and a projected drop in the need for special education services are among the reasons why officials of the UD-3 school district believe they might be able to hold the 2015-2016 spending increase to below 2 percent.

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Commodore duo tops Independent soccer all-star squad

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — The four local union high school boys’ soccer teams didn’t really make their mark this fall, with only Vergennes winning a postseason contest.

But each squad played a number of competitive contests, especially Coach Kevin Hayes’ 5-8-3 Commodores, who lost seven times by one goal, twice to Division II champion Rice.

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Women's soccer loses to Ephs in NESCAC semifinal

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —  The defending NESCAC champion Middlebury College women’s soccer team saw its season come to an end on Saturday with a 2-0 loss to host Williams in a NESCAC semifinal.

The Ephs, ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division III, improved to 16-1, but lost to Connecticut on penalty kicks in the league final on Sunday. The Panthers, who reached the NCAA final four in 2013, finished at 10-7.

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Opinion: Exchange Street idea not BMP's

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Ben Wilson



I write to correct a potential misunderstanding in the Independent’s Thursday, Nov. 6, article titled “BMP Leader Urges Action on Report.”

The article could be read to imply that the creation of an Exchange Street Improvement District was my idea. To the best of my knowledge the idea was formulated and spearheaded by Brian Carpenter and some other Exchange Street property owners.

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Middlebury Police Log: Underage drinking party lands teen in hospital

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police got medical help for a girl who had become very intoxicated at what police called an underage drinking party at a Kings Row residence on Nov. 6. Police said the girl had been taken into an East Middlebury home after having been found unresponsive lying in a muddy driveway.

The girl was ultimately taken to Porter Hospital by Middlebury Regional EMS, and the girl’s parents were notified. Police at this point have announced no actions against anyone involved in the case.

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Former Middlebury dentist returns to county

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — There’s a new dentist in Addison County; or more accurately, an old dentist.

Many residents remember the dental practice Dr. Jim Cossaart owned in Middlebury from 2000 to 2008. After returning to his native Kansas for six years, Cossaart and his wife, Deb, returned to Vermont this summer and last month opened up a new practice in Bristol.

The Cossaarts opened the new office, Bristol Park Dental, at the beginning of October. Jim Cossaart said it’s nice to be back in Vermont.

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Riverfront wall memorializes celebrated journalist

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Tucked away at the base of a terraced slope overlooking the Otter Creek Falls on the Marble Works property in downtown Middlebury stands a shiny plaque flanked on each side by several large, granite stones.

The plaque reads, “Stay as long as you can, when you must go, take it all with you all of your days.”

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