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March 19th, 2015

State budget deficit: How deep should cuts be?

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Citizens who attended the weekly Legislative Breakfast on Monday heard from lawmakers about their struggle with the fiscal year 2016 general fund budget, which is facing a projected $112 million revenue shortfall.

Among the proposed cuts under consideration to shore up the budget are two of the Vermont Department of Public Safety’s four Public Service Answering Points (PSAPs) — better known as E-911 dispatching centers — in Derby and Rutland.

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Vergennes cops seeking man who stole cash from bank

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes and Vermont State police as of Wednesday morning were still searching for the man who stole cash on the previous Friday afternoon from the downtown Vergennes branch of People’s United Bank.

Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel said that at about 2:20 p.m. on Friday a man entered the North Maple Street bank, displayed a knife to the teller and demanded and was given an undisclosed amount of money, and left the bank and headed north on the street. Merkel said police do not know if he continued to flee on foot or by a waiting vehicle.

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National Bank of Middlebury welcomes its new president

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury, together with customers and community members, gathered on Feb. 4 to celebrate the bank’s new president, Caroline R. Carpenter. She is the bank’s 11th president, and the first female president since its incorporation in 1831.

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Bristol Elementary seeks voter input on budget

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — The Bristol Elementary School board has taken steps to get feedback for a new spending proposal, laid out a timeline of public forums and set a date by which it hopes to warn a new budget vote.

Board members decided at their Monday evening meeting that they will host a community forum on Monday, March 23, at 7 p.m. in the BES cafeteria, during which Bristol residents will split into small groups and answer questions posed by the board.

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Two-tiered VUHS revote set

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board at a special meeting on Tuesday decided to put a two-tiered budget proposal before voters on May 5.

The first article on the ballot will ask Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents to back a spending plan that includes about $156,000 of cuts from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.

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Brandon town manager is put on leave

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.

“It means that she’s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,” Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. “It’s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.”

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Lawmakers, citizens debate renewable energy's future

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Renewable energy policy — particularly subsidies to firms that produce energy from renewable sources — was a point of debate among lawmakers and citizens at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol. The event at the American Legion Hall also began with a moment of silence for the late Dr. Alan Ayer, who died suddenly on Friday, and was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer (see story, Page 3A).

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Bridging the generations: Playgroup pairs seniors with young companions

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Reed Allen is a volunteer at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday, from 10:45 a.m. until noon, he visits with the elderly residents, plays games, listens to stories, sings songs and does crafts. He enjoys going to Helen Porter, home to seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s, he says, “because it has a lot of toys.”

Reed is four years old.

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