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Middlebury selectmen back marketing post

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By John S. McCright



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday endorsed the concept of providing $25,000 in town money to pay a portion of the cost of a new local events marketing coordinator who would draw out-of-towners to spend money downtown and in other local businesses that serve visitors.

The goal of coordinator would be to produce more in town revenue through increased rooms and meals tax collections than the cost of the position.

“We look forward to this being not an expenditure but an investment,” said selectboard chair John Tenny.

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Around the region: Leicester prepares to fete 250th; Orwell eyes roadwork

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



LEICESTER — October 2011 will mark the 250th anniversary of Leicester’s town charter. The selectboard and the Leicester Historical Society are each planning ways to observe the occasion.

Last September, a member of the Brandon Police Department contacted the Leicester selectboard concerning a letter that had appeared in the Brandon Reporter suggesting that the Brandon police were patrolling Leicester. The officer made it clear that Brandon police do not patrol Leicester unless asked by another authority, or if they are investigating a case.

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Lincoln bond vote preview set

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



LINCOLN — At 7 p.m. Thursday in the Lincoln Community School (LCS) multipurpose room, members of the LCS Building Committee will present its $2 million bond proposal to town residents before the bond goes to a vote on Tuesday, Jan. 18.

Should the bond be approved, Lincoln residents will see an increase in their taxes for the next 20 years.

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Ferrisburgh store ruling pending

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Zoning Board of Adjustment on Jan. 6 closed its public hearing on a proposed Route 7 Dollar General store, and the 45-day clock started ticking for the board to make a decision on the planned 10,000-square-foot-store.

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Modern veterinarian makes house calls

Posted on January 13, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



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MIDDLEBURY — Randy Ross’ medical practice relies on good old-fashioned house calls to the homes of his 1,800 patients around Addison County.

But Ross’ visits are anything but routine — he often must first track down his patient, and wrestle them onto a table and make sure they don’t run away or scratch him or his assistant.

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Shumlin touts ag, health care agenda

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — County lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle found something to like in Gov. Peter Shumlin’s priorities for the next two years outline in his inaugural address at the Statehouse last Thursday. The list includes universal health care, expanding high-speed Internet access and cell phone service throughout the state, no new taxes, and spurring a “renaissance in Vermont agriculture.”

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Cider maker to buy Connor Homes plant

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury manufacturing scene reverberated on Friday with news that Green Mountain Beverage (GMB) will acquire and move into the Connor Homes headquarters on Route 7 South.

Meanwhile, Connor Homes will leave Middlebury and relocate to the now-vacant Vermont Tubbs complex in Brandon.

Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny confirmed that news on Friday as the Addison Independent went to press. Efforts to reach GMB President and CEO Bret Williams and Connor Homes founder Mike Connor were unsuccessful at press time.

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ANeSU ends negotiations, imposes teacher contract

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By Tamara Hilmes



BRISTOL — Will Parini has the contract negotiation blues.

Parini, a new music teacher at Bristol and Starksboro elementary schools, stood up in front of a nearly full auditorium of Addison Northeast Supervisory Union teachers, board members and residents at Mount Abraham Union High School last Wednesday night and sang about the woes of the impasse reached on Dec. 16.

Parini was the last to speak in the discussion leading up to the negotiation committee’s vote to impose the ANeSU school boards’ final proposal as the terms for the 2010-2011 teachers’ contract.

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Ayer, Fisher take on health care reform this session

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Two veteran Addison County lawmakers will play key roles in the Legislature’s health care reform efforts this biennium.

Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Weybridge, will serve as chairwoman of the Senate Health Care Committee, while Rep. Michael Fisher, D-Lincoln, has been named vice chair of House Health Care panel.

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Addison forum looks at education options

Posted on January 10, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — A Thursday meeting called by an Addison resident and opponent of Addison Northwest Supervisory Union unification drew 16 other town residents to Addison Central School, but most who attended said they backed unification and were skeptical of the other options, a private town academy and/or a voucher system.

The headmaster of The Mountain School at Winhall, Daren Houck, also said on Friday that some statements in the flyer promoting the meeting and made at the meeting by organizer Carol Kauffman about the intentions of Mountain School officials were inaccurate.

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