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Lawmakers happy with 2015 session but say work remains to be done

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — The media and political pundits have already graded the 2015 Vermont Legislature on its performance during the recently concluded session.

On Monday, a handful of local lawmakers graded themselves, hinting at a report card that could bear an “A” effort but an “incomplete” on their body of work on the subjects of health care, state budgeting and public education reform.

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Mt. Abe Principal Lyman to leave at end of year

Posted on June 4, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — As if the Mount Abraham Union High School Board didn’t have enough on its plate trying to get voter approval for a 2015-2016 budget, the panel recently learned that it is now in the market for a new principal.

Principal Gaynell Lyman confirmed on Monday that she will be leaving the position she has held for just one year in order to pursue another career opportunity.

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Jackie Nienow, a favorite of students, retires from Mary Hogan School

Posted on June 3, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One of Jackie Nienow’s most vivid childhood memories is of her father bringing home a classroom-size chalkboard that had been orphaned by renovations to a nearby school.

“I was in fourth grade and I taught school all the time in the neighborhood; I even had parent conferences,” Nienow chuckled in recalling how she put the chalkboard — and her blossoming teaching talents — to good early use. “My mother used tell me, ‘Think about all the free child care you’re providing.’”

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Mount Abe school board launches campaign to pass a budget

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School directors are launching a public information campaign in hopes of winning voter support for a newly revised, 2015-2016 budget that reflects a 1.02 percent decrease compared to the current spending plan.

Addison Northeast Supervisory Union voters will field the proposed budget of $13,947,738 on Tuesday, June 9. It represents the school board’s third attempt to devise a spending plan that can pass muster with residents of the five-town area, which includes Bristol, Monkton, Starksboro, Lincoln and New Haven.

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Local businesses help Habitat create home for a family

Posted on June 1, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Karen Holbrook was making her regular commute from Bridport to her job in Middlebury several months ago when she heard something on the radio that would change her life.

It was a news spot from Habitat for Humanity of Addison County (HHAC) seeking applicants for a new home that would soon be available in the South Ridge subdivision off Middle Road in Middlebury.

She was excited, but a little apprehensive.

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Jensen took industrial arts students into the computer age

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For four decades, any Middlebury-area student with a keen interest in building or designing something has probably taken a course with Peter Jensen. As an industrial arts teacher, Jensen has helped teens turn their curiosity into reality.

But after 16 years each of teaching at the former Middlebury junior high and Middlebury Union High School, and most recently an eight-year-stint at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, Jensen is ready to step away from the old drafting table and 3-D computer. He will be retiring next month.

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Neighbors pan Middlebury airport expansion proposal

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



EAST MIDDLEBURY — More than 80 area residents turned out at the Middlebury State Airport this past Tuesday evening to learn more about a proposed runway renovation/expansion project.

Many took the chance to voice their concerns about the possibility that those upgrades — and others laid out in a state airports master plan — could bring larger planes, heavier and larger aircraft traffic, more noise and possibly more lighting to what is now a modest airfield nestled in a residential neighborhood.

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St. Mary's and MUMS to hire new leaders

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two Middlebury schools are preparing for some leadership transitions.

Middlebury Union Middle School will welcome a new assistant principal this summer, while St. Mary’s School is looking for a new top administrator to lead its students.

MUMS Principal Patrick Reen confirmed the appointment of Scott Sivo as new assistant principal. Sivo currently holds that same title at Hull High School in Hull, Mass., which is located south of Boston.

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Legislators mark some milestones: education, budget, other bills wrap up

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Lawmakers expected to take on a lot of important issues when they arrived in Montpelier for the legislative session in January. Education finance reform, economic development, energy, water quality, child protection and health care reform were all on the docket.

Over it all hung a fiscal year 2016 budget that showed signs of a big deficit before the end of the month.

As the Legislature adjourned on Saturday, state senators, representatives and the governor all could count some accomplishment in the session.

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Local doctor helps Nepal earthquake victims

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — One can certainly say that Dr. Mike Kiernan faces many challenges as a physician with Porter Hospital’s Emergency Department. Each day can bring different maladies and injuries for him to diagnose and treat, including patients with stomach viruses, compound fractures and heart attacks.

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