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Middlebury town office bond revote set for May 13

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday set a reconsideration vote for the $6.5 million town offices-recreation center project for Tuesday, May 13. That Australian ballot vote will be preceded by an informational meeting on Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the municipal gym.

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Officer shortage poses problem in Middlebury

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s rigorous standards for selecting and training its part-time police officers has placed the department in somewhat of a personnel pickle, according to its chief, and also stretched its budget.

Once trained, said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, the part-time officers are being wooed by other law enforcement agencies to fill fulltime positions, to the extent that the Middlebury force currently has no part-timers on its roster of 14 officers.

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Toddler hit by SUV is recovering; family seeks financial aid

Posted on April 10, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Two-and-a-half-year-old Charlotte LaFayette McConnell is making stellar progress in her recovery from injuries sustained after being struck by an SUV on Weybridge Street on April 1, and a fundraising effort launched on her behalf had yielded more than $13,000 as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday.

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Petition filed for revote on Middlebury town office plan

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Resident Howard “Skip” Brush and his helpers on April 3 successfully capped their petition drive aimed at forcing a reconsideration vote on a new Middlebury municipal building and recreation center. Brush filed the petition, bearing around 280 signatures, with the town clerk’s office with a few hours to spare.

“It was a nice effort by a lot of people,” Brush said of the petition drive. “This is something that had to be done.”

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ID-4 budget, playground plan face vote April 9

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will gather at Mary Hogan Elementary School on Wednesday, April 9, to consider an ID-4 budget of $6,647,165 for 2014-15, and determine whether to spend $225,000 to finance a new play structure that would replace Kidspace.

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Circling back to yesteryear at the Sheldon Museum

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The late Henry Sheldon amassed so many objects, documents and photographs during his lifetime that it’s difficult to condense them all into a single, round number.

Instead, the Middlebury-based museum that bears his name has elected to showcase a sampling of Sheldon’s treasures in a circle — or rather a grouping in which each of the featured items boasts a circle as part of its visual allure.

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Electronics on menu at new store

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sammy Barnes and Greg Alexander were looking for a business opportunity following their relocation to Addison County from the Dallas, Texas, area this past winter. They were prepared to acquire an existing store of some sort, but changed their minds after hearing the following comment from an acquaintance:

“What this town (Middlebury) needs is a kitchen store.”

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Porter CEO James Daily announces his retirement after three decades

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The past three decades have brought myriad changes to Vermont’s health care landscape, but one thing has remained constant: James Daily and his stewardship of Porter Medical Center (PMC).

But the sun must inevitably set on Daily’s tenure as CEO and president of the Middlebury institution. Daily last week announced he will retire by early 2016, ending what has been a legendary run at the helm of Addison County’s community hospital.

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Petitioners near goal for Middlebury town office revote

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A revote on a proposal to build new Middlebury town offices and a recreation center was still hanging in the balance as the Addison Independent went to press on Wednesday, though the leader of the petition drive to force the referendum was optimistic he would gather the minimum 230 signatures required by the Thursday, April 3, deadline.

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College student running for Vt. House seat

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Calvin McEathron should be pretty well set up to pursue a career as a politician if he successfully earns a bachelor’s degree in political science and economics from Middlebury College in 2016.

But McEathron, a 20-year-old sophomore, doesn’t plan on waiting another two years before making his mark in the legislative arena. The East Montpelier native confirmed on Tuesday he plans to run for one of Middlebury’s two seats in the Vermont House, a campaign he will pursue as an independent.

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