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Conlon to run for Addison-2 House seat

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — UD-3 school board Chairman Peter Conlon confirmed on Thursday that he will run for the Addison-2 seat in the Vermont House soon to be vacated by Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton.

As previously reported in the Independent, Jewett — the former House majority leader — has decided to retire after 14 years representing the single-seat district that includes Cornwall, Ripton, Leicester, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock.

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ANeSU teacher contract includes 3.25 percent raises for two years

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — After 16 months of negotiations, the teachers of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union have a contract.

What began as a fractious and drawn-out negotiation that twice threatened to dead end — first at an officially declared impasse, then at a call for a fact-finding hearing — has resolved with a teacher salary increase of 3.25 percent for this year and the next.

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A sure sign of spring: Robins on the nest

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul



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We noticed the first robin in our yard this year in early March. Normally these famous spring harbingers, who move in comically stilted hops across our front lawn, don’t show up until at least April Fool’s Day. Their earlier-than-usual arrival made me wonder how robins decide to begin a spring migration.

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Generations of Mary Hogan kindergarteners say goodbye to teacher Marion Leonard

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The word of the day today, class, is “D.”

As in “diminutive” and “dynamo.”

Two words that only begin to describe longtime Mary Hogan Elementary School teacher Marion Leonard.

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Preschoolers kept Deborah Angier young during 33-year career at ANwSU

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Thirty-three years ago, then Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Superintendent Gail Link offered Deborah Angier a yearlong substitute teaching position in the district’s preschool, then operating in the Bixby Library basement on Main Street, Vergennes.

Angier, a Randolph native whose family had moved to Vergennes when she was a fourth-grader, had recently earned her degree in elementary education from Trinity College in Burlington, but was considering other options based on her love of the French language.

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Heirloom hardwoods get new life at Bristol business

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Vermont Tree Goods — a new Bristol business being launched by sawyer/woodworker/entrepreneur John Monks — was literally born out of the ashes.

A devastating fire on Thanksgiving eve 2010 left Monks and his family with little more than the clothes on their backs.

For Monks, a long-time homebuilder, all that remained of the equipment he had built up over three decades were a few scaffolds.

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Leave fawns alone for their safety

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish &Wildlife Department says deer fawns are being born this time of year and asks that people avoid disturbing or picking them up.

Most deer fawns are born in late May and the first and second weeks of June, according to Vermont deer biologist Nick Fortin.

Fortin says it is best to keep your distance because the fawn’s mother is almost always nearby. When people see a small fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it is helpless, lost or needing to be rescued.

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Fire school offered training fighting fires around solar arrays

Posted on May 23, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems present special considerations for firefighters. A workshop held recently at the Vermont Fire Academy in Pittsford provided fire safety instructors with information they can use to teach local firefighters across the state about how to deal with fires on buildings equipped with solar PV systems. The workshop was jointly hosted by the Clean Energy States Alliance, the Vermont Public Service Department, and the Vermont Fire Academy. 

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Trout connect science, ecology and fun for Lincoln kids

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — A biting cold wind and light specklings of May snow could not damper the enthusiasm of the 36 fifth- and sixth-graders of Lincoln Community School who watched their 143 hand-raised brook trout swim free in the New Haven River Monday afternoon. An admiring crowd of fellow students in kindergarten through fourth grade cheered them on.

The trout release was the culminating step in the students’ semester-long study of ecology, through the lens of brook trout as an indicator species.

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Smith wants to build communities, keep young people in Vermont

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith looks at the tasks ahead for Vermont government, the candidate for lieutenant governor said one of the keys to future prosperity is giving young people more reasons to stay here.

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