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Vergennes-area teachers discuss new contract

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association on Dec. 19 will present a salary counter-proposal to Vergennes-area school officials in an ongoing effort to forge a new labor contract for district educators.

It is the first negotiation since the five towns in the Addison Northwest school district voted last spring to consolidate governance and budgeting for the district’s four schools under the terms of Act 46.

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Single budget presented for all schools in Middlebury area

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board on Monday began sailing into uncharted waters, launching what will be a month-long effort to devise a first-ever, global spending plan for the district’s nine schools for fiscal year 2018.

ACSD officials got a glimpse of their starting point: An estimate of $35,769,346 in spending to cover the combined needs of Middlebury Union middle and high schools, along with the elementary schools in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge.

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Critics of Middlebury rail project table lawsuit plans

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Opponents of a $40 million plan to replace Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges on Tuesday withdrew their threat of a lawsuit to delay the project after they were informed by state officials that preliminary work to remove trees from the future construction area would be postponed until next month, at the earliest.

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Middlebury seeks to contain increases in municipal budget

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard last week looked at the first draft of a proposed 2017-2018 town budget that would require $7,323,684 to be raised in local property taxes, which would in turn require a 4.2-cent hike in the current municipal tax rate of 97.8 cents per $100 in assessed value.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay has estimated the budget — as currently constituted — would represent a $268,000 increase in total spending, but would require raising an additional $373,526 from property taxes.

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ACT teen center begins new chapter in bright, new location

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When the final bell ends each school day at Middlebury Union High School, Tristan Woods could easily walk home. But the 9th-grader more often than not takes a detour to what many are describing as the “new-and-improved” teen center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive.

“I enjoy this center,” Woods said last week while playing a video game on one of the center’s computers. “This center is a little more welcoming. There’s entertainment, and nice people.”

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Town Hall Theater fundraiser links woodworkers with old cherry planks

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Town Hall Theater officials are giving area woodworkers a plum assignment using some well-seasoned cherry planks. It’s pretty straightforward; use the wood to make a fine piece of furniture or artwork, have it displayed at the Middlebury theater, and then harvest 50 percent of the proceeds once it is sold.

The other half of the sales price will go to the theater to help fortify its operating budget.

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Sheriff's contribution in high bailiff campaign draws scrutiny

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Don Keeler is drawing criticism from some state officials for using some of his department’s funds during the Nov. 8 election to back his preferred candidate for high bailiff, an official who has the power to arrest the sheriff and potentially replace that person if he or she is unable to perform the duties of that office.

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County gets new state police head; Danoski is third this year

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police on Monday officially confirmed Lt. Jeff Danoski as the new leader of the agency’s New Haven barracks, which serves Addison County. Danoski, 47, becomes the third commander of the New Haven barracks in just four months.

“I’m obviously honored and excited about the opportunity to command the New Haven barracks and work with the citizens and other agencies in the county,” Danoski said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “I hold myself and the members assigned here to high standards.”

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HOPE Holiday Shop offers free toys to kids

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents with a steady income can look forward each year to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” to get great deals on holiday gifts.

But there are some in Addison County who can’t afford to make purchases even when they are marked down 60 percent.

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MALT to upgrade path at railroad crossing on trail

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is planning state-mandated improvements to a prominent rail crossing along the Trail Around Middlebury, upgrades intended to make the increasingly popular path safer for walkers, runners and cyclists.

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