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Schools ready spending proposals: Career center budget up 0.71 percent

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center officials are proposing an essentially level-service 2016-2017 budget of $3,521,263, representing a 0.71-percent increase in spending compared to this year.

The budget reflects a 1.75-percent increase in the tuition rate assessed to the three Addison County supervisory unions that send students to the career center for vocational and technical education. This means the tuition rate would grow by $210, to a total of $20,454, for each full-time equivalent student who attends the center next year.

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Schools ready spending proposals: Ferrisburgh pares $155K from $3.5M

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Central School board on Thursday adopted a budget proposal for the 2016-2017 academic year that cuts almost $155,000 from the school’s current $3.587 million spending level.

The plan the board approved for a March 1 vote calls for $3,432,273 of spending, a reduction board members said they are optimistic will help keep taxes in check.

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Bike tours company to leave Bristol for new office in Williston

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — After 35 years in its iconic 18th-century yellow farmhouse in Bristol, a well-known company that leads bicycle tours around the world will pedal out of town this spring.

VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, originally known as Vermont Bike Tours, announced last Thursday that it is moving its headquarters from Bristol to a 14,500-square-foot office space in Williston, probably by the end of March.

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Area firefighters lauded for their dedication and service

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — Christopher Herrick, Vermont director of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, looked around the Eagles Club in Vergennes this past Wednesday evening at the sea of men and women in crisp dress uniforms. He was taking in everyone at the Addison County Firefighters Association annual meeting from the most senior to the youngest members of the 200 firefighters assembled.

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Group seeks creative solutions to ease pain of rail bridges work

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If anyone would have good reason to complain about the impacts of the upcoming replacement of the two downtown Middlebury rail bridges, it’s the Rev. Susan McGarry of the St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.

McGarry’s church office is literally 15 feet away from the railroad tracks and perhaps another 30 from the deteriorating Merchants Row bridge that will soon be removed along with the span on Main Street.

“My desk shakes sometimes when the train goes by,” McGarry said on Monday.

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Brandon-area voters give strong support to unification

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Voters in eight Brandon-area towns on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a proposal to merge six school districts into two under the state’s Act 46 school consolidation law. It was the second consolidation in Vermont since the law was approved last spring.

The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union, along with the Barstow School District, proposed a new side-by-side school district, which the state Board of Education approved earlier this month.

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ANeSU working toward district unity

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — Residents of the five towns in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union could vote on a plan to unify governance and budgeting across the district’s six schools by Town Meeting Day 2017, or possibly as soon as next November’s elections.

That was the message from a member of the ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee in a report she gave to the Monkton Central School Board this past Thursday evening.

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Rep. Betty Nuovo confirms this is her final term in the Legislature

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Like all first-year lawmakers, former Rep. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, had a steep learning curve to climb upon joining the Vermont House of Representatives in 2010. He credited his seatmate, fellow Democrat Betty Nuovo, for helping him — and many other freshly minted public servants — find their way around the Vermont Statehouse.

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Middlebury's Ilsley library explores expansion

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library trustees will soon hire an architect to size up space needs for the historic downtown Middlebury building en route to framing a capital improvement project that would be financed entirely with private donations.

“We still don’t have a concrete timeline,” Ilsley Public Library board President Maria Graham said of a possible expansion project. “We are trying to be methodical and careful.”

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Scholar to explore Shakespeare's influence on the USA

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Columbia University professor James Shapiro will explore the history of Shakespeare in America in a talk at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7 p.m. His talk, “Shakespeare in America,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

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