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Gym classes more than fun and games: PE teacher Paquette retiring after 40 years

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Fran Paquette has a favorite saying:

“A ‘Thank you’ goes a long way.”

And when the final bell rings this June to signal summer vacation for the Addison Central Supervisory Union elementary schools, Paquette will have earned a hearty “thank you,” having capped 40 years teaching physical education to generations of Middlebury-area students.

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Mongolia film earns major recognition

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A lot of people think filmmaking involves shoots in exotic locations with a pampered cast and crew.

Middlebury’s Sas Carey and Fred Thodal will quickly set them straight.

The two friends spent three weeks in a frigid province of northern Mongolia last summer shooting a documentary on nomadic reindeer herders taking their animals for their annual migration to even colder climes. The filmmakers roughed it, riding assorted quadrupeds through the frigid landscape, overnighting in tents while powering their equipment with a solar panel.

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Orwell to hold revote on school governance

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell school officials are projecting a June revote on the question of whether the community should join five Rutland County towns in forming a “Slate Valley Unified Union School District” that would be governed by a single board presiding over a global education budget for all of the schools in the new union.

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ACSU eyes global preparedness with International Baccalaureate

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union will hold a series of meetings throughout the district during the next three weeks to explain, and accept feedback on, a proposal to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in the Middlebury-area school district.

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Wright Park considered for bird protection project

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Area Land Trust Executive Carl Robinson told the Middlebury selectboard Tuesday about a proposal for a habitat management project to help sustain some dwindling “state and regional priority bird species” at Wright Park.

Robinson cited the golden-winged warbler as an example of the species that the project would help protect at the park.

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Update sought to Middlebury RR bridges project

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Jim Gish, community liaison for the Middlebury rail bridges replacement project, on Tuesday updated the Middlebury selectboard on the upcoming $40 million project.

Among other things, Gish reported on efforts to relocate the Addison County Transit Resources bus stop from Merchants Row to the north end of South Pleasant Street, and the scheduled start, this fall, of work on a temporary road from Water Street to the Battell Block parking area, and a drainage system that will be built under the former Lazarus building site on Main Street.

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Meet the MUMS principal candidate today

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials have confirmed that Leicester resident and current Rutland Middle School Principal Kristin Holsman-Francoeur is the lone finalist for the top administrative post at Middlebury Union Middle School.

The UD-3 school board is expected to meet next week to consider Holsman-Francoeur’s candidacy. She would replace current MUMS Principal Patrick Reen, who is leaving this summer to take the job of superintendent of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union in Bristol.

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Lawmakers praise medical leave bill, budget resolution in low-key legislature

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The 2016 session of the Vermont Legislature could be remembered just as much for what lawmakers didn’t do, as for what they accomplished, according to a sampling of Addison  County legislators.

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Dunne outlines formula for economic recovery

Posted on May 12, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Hartland Democrat and gubernatorial candidate Matt Dunne is pitching an economic recovery plan that he said would nurture growing businesses, create new jobs, weatherize aging apartment buildings and reduce the state’s carbon footprint, all at the same time.

Dunne shared his plan, and positions on other issues ranging from solar siting to health care, during a far-ranging interview at the Addison Independent on Thursday, May 5.

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A new exhibit turns everyday objects into valuable 'ArtiFacts'

Posted on May 9, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — At first glance, most of the items being collected for the latest exhibit at Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Gallery look quite pedestrian.

A bottle of water.

An inexpensive Chinese lantern.

An old leather vest.

A small, crocheted angel.

A far cry from the distinguished portraits, vivid watercolors and delicate craftwork often on display at the Jackson Gallery.

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