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Mount Abe high school budget easily prevails, 852-597

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The third time proved to be the charm for the Mount Abraham Union High School budget, as Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters on Tuesday approved the proposed 2015-2016 spending plan of $13,947,738 by an 852 to 597 tally.

The decisive endorsement by voters allows Mount Abe administrators and school directors to decisively plan for next year and to focus on hiring an interim principal to replace outgoing leader Gaynell Lyman.

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Bull completes mission, college alums pull off 50-year-old prank

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Stationed on the roof of the Middlebury Beef Supply in East Middlebury, a lone bovine figure kept a watchful eye over the parking lot and the passing traffic on Route 7. For more than 50 years, the bull remained at its post — that is, until last week.

With the help of some Middlebury College alumni, “Ferdinand,” as the bull is known, finally completed a trip to the interior of Forest Hall on the college campus, a mission five decades in the making.

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Otter Valley students reject bully-friendly app

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



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BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School just said “no” to bullying.

A controversial smartphone application used by students to bully others that was taken down in Rutland High School last December appeared at OV last week and met the same fate.

OV Principal Jim Avery said on Saturday that the presence of the After School app was brought to his attention on Monday, June 1, when two students met him that morning and told him about it. By Thursday, the entire school had mobilized against the app, its users and their bullying tactics.

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Douglas devotes four decades to Ferrisburgh kids

Posted on June 11, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — As retiring Ferrisburgh Central School educator Kathy Douglas tells it, she always knew she wanted to teach.

The native of Addison who grew up on her parents’ dairy farm recalled the first of what she said were many jobs centered on children.

“My first job was babysitting at the age of 12 for a teacher that had four boys, and I made 25 cents an hour,” said Douglas, who will wrap up a 42-year career at FCS on Tuesday.

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Ideas sought to reduce impacts of Middlebury RR tunnel project

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials last week identified next April as the start-up time for the estimated $50 million reconstruction of the community’s two downtown rail overpasses, a project they again stressed would be messy, noisy and inconvenient during up to three years of work that will ultimately yield additional green space near St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church and a concrete tunnel that will someday accommodate double-stack train cars.

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College nears deal to conserve Battell lands

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Middlebury College, the Vermont Land Trust and the U.S. Forest Service are putting the final touches on an intricate deal that will allow the institution to consolidate and permanently conserve approximately 2,100 acres of land in and around the college’s Bread Loaf campus in Ripton.

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Students put 'maker' spin on science

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MONKTON — Fifth-grader George Collette’s entreaty to come see the science experiment waiting outside the Monkton Central School gymnasium this past Thursday afternoon was hard to turn down.

“Have you ever seen a marshmallow fly?” he asked.

Outside on the pavement, he and his team scrambled to ready their contraption. Using a bicycle pump, a length of PVC tubing and lots of tape, they used air pressure from the pump to launch marshmallows, as well as their favorite projectiles — wadded tissues soaked in water.

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Mount Abe principal to take a new job

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School Principal Gaynell Lyman is leaving her position after only one year in order to accept a job with Advanced Learning Partnerships (ALP), a consulting agency that helps schools nationwide adopt technology plans and teaching innovations.

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Garden expert offers tips on planting a new flower bed

Posted on June 8, 2015 |
By Judith Irven



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We have all seen pictures in garden magazines of stunning flower beds full of gorgeous plants, and these same magazines often have useful design suggestions about how to choose and combine these plants in pleasing ways.

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VUHS spending proposal $211,000 less than in March; vote is Tuesday

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The third vote this year on a Vergennes Union High School spending plan will be held on Tuesday in each of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.

The VUHS board has proposed a $10,258,933 budget for the 2015-2016 school year that is $211,000 lower than the plan defeated on Town Meeting Day and $55,000 less than the proposal that more narrowly lost on May 5.

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