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Bristol Elementary School budget OK'd on third attempt, 285-134

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Bristol voters on Tuesday got a third crack at a proposed 2015-2016 elementary school spending plan, and they passed it this time by a convincing 285-134 tally.

It was the second dose of good news for Bristol-based public schools during the past week. On June 9, Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters approved the Mount Abraham Union High School budget — also on the third attempt — by an 852 to 597 margin.

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Lake Champlain Father's Day Derby tests fishermen and water quality management

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Lisa Lynn



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On Father’s Day, dads pass on wisdom, sons and daughters show appreciation, and off the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermonters catch a whole lot of fish.

Beginning Friday, June 19, more than 5,000 people will drop a line in Lake Champlain with the hope of catching a $10,000 record fish, taking home the grand prize of a pontoon boat, or winning one of more than 150 other prizes as part of this weekend’s 34th annual Lake Champlain International Father’s Day Derby.

Paul and Brian Dunkling will be among them.

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Clean water law puts Vermont on a new path

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Lisa Lynn



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On Tuesday, June 16, Gov. Peter Shumlin headed to the shores of Lake Champlain, first to Burlington and later to St. Albans, to sign H.35, a piece of legislation that he has called “the most significant clean water bill in the state’s history.”

The legislation will help unlock tens of millions of dollars of federal funds and provide $7.5 million of state funds over the next three years to clean up waters in the Lake Champlain watershed and other bodies of water across the state.

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Congratulations! Three high schools host graduations

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Three Addison County high schools held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Vergennes Union High School saw 87 graduates march across the stage and receive diplomas on Friday, June 12. Then on Saturday morning, Middlebury Union High School and Mount Abraham Union High School hosted commencement activities in their respective towns.

See stories and photos from each school here:

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Vergennes considers slight rise in property tax rate

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting reached consensus on a 75-cent municipal tax rate, a decision that, if made final by their June 30 deadline to set the city’s 2015-2016 budget and tax rate, would mean a 2.5-cent property tax increase.

Mayor Bill Benton said discussion focused more on what would be fair to ask of residents than on specifics of the draft budget presented by City Manager Mel Hawley.

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City council endorses new childcare facility

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen at their June 9 meeting signed a resolution in support of a Mary Johnson Children’s Center proposal for a childcare facility to serve 30 preschoolers, one that would be built on a 1.5-acre Armory Lane lot near the city’s three-year-old senior center.

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Local poultry producers on guard after bird flu outbreak in Midwest

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By Lizzy Weiss



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ADDISON COUNTY — The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the Midwestern United States could have severe consequences for Vermont’s poultry producers. Although HPAI is not directly affecting Vermont at this time, the disease may begin to affect New England as early as fall of 2015, according to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

This is of particular interest in Addison County, home to two of the largest poultry producers and one of the largest egg producers in the state, not to mention numerous backyard flocks.

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Teen advocate earns heartfelt praise

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jutta Miska’s contributions to teen issues date back to the 1970s, when she — then a teen herself — took a lead role in organizing youth activities at her former church in the small village of Thungen, in her native Germany.

She went on to study social work, which started her on a career of helping children with various disabilities.

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Goodale says goodbye to MUMS

Posted on June 15, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ask veteran Middlebury Union Middle School social studies educator Mary Goodale what got her interested in teaching, and she will give you, without hesitation, a very offbeat answer.

“Swimming,” she said with a grin during an interview last week about her decision to retire this month after more than three decades as a teacher.

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ANwSU voters support VUHS budget by 169-vote margin

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents on Tuesday backed the third Vergennes Union High School budget proposal put before them this spring — a $10,258,933 plan — by a margin of 814-645, or about 56-44 percent.

The VUHS board had cut a total $211,000 from the budget that was soundly defeated on Town Meeting Day, and it was $55,000 lower than the plan that lost by 46 votes on May 5. That May 5 vote was complicated by a second, more costly proposal on the same ballot, an addition board members later admitted was a mistake.

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