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Arts Beat for March 30: Dad writes musical, daughter sings & acts, The Grift plays along

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Greg Pahl



Art Beat for July 7: Festival to offer great music all week plus dancing

When Vanessa Dunleavy takes the stage in “My Post-Traumatic Cruise Ship Cabaret” with Clint Bierman and Peter Day at Town Hall Theater on Thursday at 8 p.m., they’ll be premiering a new musical they wrote together with Middlebury playwright Dana Yeaton. And everyone will be playing at least one new role. Repeat performances will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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ANeSU, ANwSU school boards regroup after budgets go down

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart and Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — Five school boards in northern Addison County will meet in the coming weeks to draft new budget proposals after voters said “no” to initial proposed spending plans on Town Meeting Day.

The Vergennes Union High School board will meet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the school library to consider its next move. Its $10.47 million budget proposal lost, 831-718, on Town Meeting Day, with close votes in all of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns except Ferrisburgh, which voted against the proposal, 328-243.

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ID-4 petitions nixed, but board to give voters their say

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The ID-4 school board on March 4 rejected two citizens’ petitions seeking to change the date of the district’s annual meeting and the method by which the Mary Hogan Elementary School budget is voted, but the panel unanimously agreed to place two articles on ID-4’s April 8 meeting warning that would accomplish the same changes sought by the petitioners.

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Rep. Sharpe pushes change in education through H.361

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Rep. David Sharpe doesn’t give off the aura of a salesman. His elbow-patched blazers may echo Willy Loman, but the soft-spoken, veteran legislator isn’t in the business of sweet-talking his way to a few bucks.

But however unnatural it may come to him, selling was exactly what Sharpe set out to do at town meetings in his district this week. It’s not goods the Bristol Democrat is hawking, but an education bill that would drastically change the organization of Vermont’s schools and alter how they are governed.

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Local author's pie book selling like hotcakes

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Anne Collins didn’t think she was wired to be a baker — or a cookbook author, for that matter. She had spent her professional career as a civil engineer, working for Dow Chemical and eventually in the aerospace industry.

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Beaney's stellar hockey coaching career ends with a reflection

Posted on March 9, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — When Bill Beaney sat down this past Wednesday in Kenyon Lounge to announce he was stepping away from the Middlebury College men’s hockey team he has coached for 28 years, he touched on many topics longtime observers expected.

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Photo Gallery: Town Meeting Day 2015

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Trent Campbell



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ADDISON COUNTY — Photographer Trent Campbell snapped these shots at town meetings in Panton, Ferrisburgh, Shoreham and Salisbury.

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Business director: Middlebury to welcome several new businesses

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After two years of dipping Middlebury’s economic development hook in statewide and national waters, Jamie Gaucher is getting some nibbles and has even landed a couple of keepers.

Gaucher, two years into what will be at least a five-year stint as the director of the Middlebury Office of Business Development & Innovation, told participants at Monday’s town meeting about several new, small businesses poised to settle in town, with others waiting in the wings.

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Monkton opts to move town meeting; keeps voice votes

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



MONKTON — Monkton residents took a stand for what they called the town’s democratic traditions in two ways: one, by moving the date of their town meeting in hopes of drawing more people; and two, by voting down two articles that would have changed the method of deciding several articles from voice vote to Australian ballot.

A proposed article on this year’s warning would have moved the date and time of the annual meeting from 10 a.m. on Town Meeting Day, to 7 p.m. the evening before.

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Shoreham looks to revive historic village ediface

Posted on March 5, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — The stately, Queen Anne-style brick building on Shoreham’s School Street across from the town green has served many constituencies since being erected by celebrated architect Clinton Smith in 1885. It was first built as a Universalist Church, then became home to the Simonds Lodge of the Masons, before being purchased by the Vermont Conservatory of Music in 2005.

Recently acquired by the town of Shoreham, the building is now being viewed as a community asset that could eventually host some basic public and private functions.

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