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Special education offering faces big changes at same time that it receives big kudos

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — You’ll have to excuse educators with the county’s Diversified Occupations (D.O.) program if they are a little perplexed these days.

On the one hand, the Vermont Public Broadcasting Service has just hailed D.O. as one of four exemplary “champions” of education in Vermont for 2015, an honor that will include an award and a televised tribute during the month of September.

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Film festival draws raves in its debut

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If the first-ever Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) were to be judged by the rating scale coined by the late movie critics Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert, it would certainly earn “two thumbs up.”

Way up.

The festival, which ran last Thursday through Sunday, exceeded expectations for attendance, film submissions and the enthusiasm with which it was embraced and supported by the community, according to MNFF founder and board President Lloyd Komesar, who on Monday was already thinking ahead to next year’s edition.

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ACSU outlines its educational road map for the next five years

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) officials on Tuesday unveiled a first-ever strategic plan for Middlebury-area schools, a document that outlines expectations for student achievement during the next five years along with measurement standards to see if the plan’s goals have been met.

“It’s not just about student test scores,” ACSU Superintendent Peter Burrows said of the plan and the future of the educational system.

“It’s about the whole student.”

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Winners of the film festival's VTeddy Awards announced

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At Sunday’s closing ceremonies for the first annual Middlebury New Middlebury Filmmakers Festival judges presented the VTeddy Awards for films judged to have been the best in the show. Vermont Teddy Bear Co., a major sponsor of MNFF, provided specially designed bear awards for the winners.

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Solar array rules up for review in Cornwall

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — Cornwall residents on Thursday will get a chance to weigh in on a proposed bylaw that could give the community some control over future solar arrays pitched in town.

The Vermont Public Service Board has permitting authority over renewable energy proposals in the state. While town officials and neighbors can provide feedback to the PSB on specific solar, wind and hydro projects, such proposals do not have to undergo local permitting review.

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$450,000 in loans aim to stimulate local economy

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Eight area businesses needing cash for new equipment, inventory and/or workers to take their respective operations to the next level are getting some help from the Addison County Economic Development Corp. The ACEDC has approved a total of $450,000 in loans to the firms, which are located in Vergennes, Bridport, Bristol and Middlebury.

Robin Scheu, executive director of the ACEDC, is pleased to see great demand for the ACEDC loans.

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Middlebury puts brakes on downtown rail bridges project

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has successfully applied the brakes on a $55 million, three-year fix for its two downtown rail bridges and is now sitting in the driver’s seat in planning a project the community hopes will be less of an impact on local merchants, residents and shoppers.

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Orwell's only diner closes

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — The breakfast crowd at Pam’s Country Kitchen in Orwell found the pancakes to have a slightly bittersweet taste on Monday morning.

No, Pam LaDuc’s batter and the Vermont maple syrup were, as usual, on point.

It’s just that the regular customers — some of whom have been eating at the folksy diner on Main Street three or four times a week for more than a decade — knew that their go-to hub for good grub and gossip would be closing its doors for good after the last of Monday’s java had been drained from the pot.

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New Porter chief maps out future priorities

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The state and national health care systems are changing at warp speed, and new Porter Medical Center (PMC) President Lynn Boggs is determined to make sure that Addison County’s community hospital isn’t left in the dust.

Boggs, during a Monday interview with the Independent as she rounds out the first two months of her tenure, outlined an ambitious agenda that includes preparation of long-range facilities and strategic plans to help guide Porter through the next two decades.

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New Porter budget calls for a 3.1 percent spending hike

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) on Wednesday, Aug. 26, was scheduled to review a proposed fiscal year 2016 Porter Medical Center (PMC) budget of $77,254,719, representing a 3.1 percent increase in spending that among other things reflects a bigger commitment in helping opiate addicts, an ongoing investment in health care technology, and the refinancing of the organization’s debt at a more favorable rate.

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