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July 12th, 2010

Editorial: A provocative question

Posted on July 12, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Asking what Addison County might look like 10 or 20 years from now is a provocative question that deserves thoughtful contemplation. To help, in today’s issue we publish eight pages that review some of the ways area towns are going about planning for the decades ahead.

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Martial art favors harmony in midst of fighting

Posted on July 12, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — On a recent Thursday afternoon, the sounds of many bodies hitting the floor echoed through the basement hallway of the Middlebury municipal building.

Despite the noise, this was no violent combat scene. The sounds were drifting from the Blue Heron Aikido dojo, where partners completed short sequences of slow-motion martial arts moves, each one finishing with a dramatic but painless fall onto a mat.

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July 8th

Making a life in Addison County: Jen Roberts and Judd Markowski

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Like many young adults in Addison County, Jen Roberts, 33, and Judd Markowski, 28, both moved away after finishing school. Roberts lived in England for a few months, working as a babysitter and bartender, and Markowski worked various jobs in Montana. But both chose to return here, and they soon met and got married. They're now raising their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide in Bridport.

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Sagging economy affects state-supported options for seniors

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — Growing older doesn’t just bring decisions about personal care for the elderly and their families. When people leave the workforce, many also encounter new financial worries.

As the Baby Boomer generation ages into the country’s elder care systems and the economy continues to struggle, seniors are finding it harder and harder to get financial help for the amount of professional care that they need, or the levels of comfort that they hope for.

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Adult children face tough decisions in care for aging parents

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — “Americans hate aging,” said Joanne Corbett, executive director of Elderly Services Inc. in Middlebury.

Her listeners, attendees at an “Introductory Eldercare” class last month, were all caring for — or thinking ahead to a time when they would be caring for — an elderly relative.

Corbett described the many factors that families find themselves juggling when it comes to planning elder care, generally for a parent or other close relative.

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UD-3 budget surplus funds capital projects

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — When the Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) closed the financial books on the recently concluded academic year, UD-3 school board members got a pleasant surprise — a $212,006 surplus from the 2009-2010 UD-3 budget, which encompasses spending at Middlebury Union Middle School and High School.

Now the board is planning how to spend a portion of that surplus and crunching the numbers to see if it can propose a smaller spending plan it its 2011-2012 budget.

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Middlebury tax rate reflects 10-cent increase

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday approved a fiscal year 2011 residential tax rate of $2.5637 per $100 in property value, a rise of approximately 10 cents above the current rate of $2.4627.

The new rate translates into a property tax increase of $202 for the owner of a homestead (home and two acres) valued at $200,000, according to Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Joe Colangelo.

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Bear sightings on the increase

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Erin Cummings



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ADDISON COUNTY — On the evening of June 28, a black bear demolished a steel fence at Paul and Kristin Francoeur’s home on Shackett Road in Leicester, following the scent of grain that had been freshly laid out for the Francoeurs’ alpacas.

Kristin Francoeur explained that alpacas are protective of their food, and it appears that when one of the animals stood up to the bear he hit it with a fatal blow that broke its neck and burst an artery.

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