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New middle school is in the works

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — While many other public and private schools in Vermont are coping with declining enrollment, the Aurora School in Middlebury is planning to add seventh- and eighth-grade classes next year in reaction to demand by local parents. School officials are currently scouting two possible Middlebury locations at which to base the new middle school.

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Petition seeks a mosquito testing laboratory in state

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON/SUDBURY/WHITING — The efforts of legislators seeking increased funding for mosquito surveillance may be bolstered by a citizen’s petition seeking an in-state testing lab.

Colleen Wright, a friend of Scott Sgorbati, who contracted Eastern equine encephalitis and died last month, has started a petition seeking support for an in-state arbovirus surveillance lab.

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Sparse crowd weighs in on Vermont Yankee

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Citizens Awareness Network’s public discussion on decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant drew only three members of the public to the basement conference room of Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury Tuesday evening.

Organizer Chris Williams and lobbyist Bob Stannard, both of VCAN, led the panel discussion. They gave an overview of the state of regulation of the Vernon plant, and talked about their organization’s efforts to close it down.

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City council readies for celebration

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES —Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially renamed a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

In other business, aldermen:

•  Went into an executive session to discuss potential purchases of properties for a new police station. City Manager Mel Hawley said on Wednesday that per the laws governing such sessions “no minutes were taken,” and no decisions were made after the session.

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Ancient cemetery dubbed 'Vergennes Burial Ground'

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After receiving a thorough history lesson from a resident, Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday officially agreed on Tuesday to name a city-owned cemetery on Mountain View Lane the “Vergennes Burying Ground.”

Resident Susan Ferland, whose research has also been instrumental in having Vergennes re-assume maintenance of what is the city’s oldest cemetery, told aldermen at their Oct. 9 meeting that what is the final resting place of most Vergennes founders has undergone several name changes since it was created in 1790.

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Demarais killed by cop's bullet

Posted on October 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was indeed police gunfire — and not a self-inflicted wound — that caused the death of George Demarais, a 57-year-old Middlebury man who on Thursday, Oct. 4, allegedly challenged authorities to take his life.

Middlebury police Chief Tom Hanley confirmed on Monday that Demarais had sustained two bullet wounds, one each to the chest and neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene following what had been a 30- to 40-minute gunfight in the woods behind his home at 5454 Case St. (Route 116).

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Dairy farmers lose federal safety net

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



ST. ALBANS — When the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Sept. 28 without passing a new Farm Bill, it not only left dairy farmers without a safety net, it raised the specter of chaos in agricultural markets.

In effect, Congress’s failure to act could trigger a so-called permanent law that, it is estimated, could raise the parity price of milk to the $40 per hundredweight (cwt.) range.

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Bridport dairy farmer: "I feel like I was forced out"

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Leonard Barrett can remember when he moved to his East Street farm in Bridport in 1970 with his parents and his brother. There were eight dairy farms on the street.

Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won’t be any.

Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies — long the backbone of many rural American towns — out of business.

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Schooner brings piece of history to Vergennes

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — When Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) officials were planning this year’s four-month trip through New York, Canada and Vermont for the museum’s replica canal schooner, the Lois McClure, there was little debate about the final stop.

The journey through canals, rivers and Lake Ontario, which ends this coming Friday, has recognized the region’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, which had recently won its freedom from the crown — and the 200 years of peace that followed.

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Teacher gives local students a taste of Thailand

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Her family and friends in her native Thailand call her by her given name, Chavaran Sriyan.

But to her colleagues and students at the Bridge School in Middlebury, she is simply known as “Angie.”

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