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United Way needs big leap to make funding goal

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is hitting the home stretch of its 2015 fund drive needing a major infusion of cash if it is to achieve its goal of raising $700,000.

As of Monday, the United Way had received contributions amounting to $557,000, leaving officials concerned about the resources it will ultimately have at its disposal to distribute amongst the 32 local social service programs that fall under its organizational umbrella.

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A low-snow winter results in savings for area towns

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — When it comes to the economy, Mother Nature giveth and she taketh away.

The almost snow-free winter of 2015-2016 has cost area ski resorts thousands of dollars in lost revenues, but has saved the state of Vermont and municipal public works departments an avalanche of money that would have been spent on overtime, sand and salt expenses during an average winter.

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Middlebury opens new town office

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Monday ushered in a new era for Middlebury municipal employees, who began working in the new, expansive town office building at 77 Main St. And on Tuesday, those workers were still pinching themselves as they settled into a facility that was more than a decade in the making.

“It doesn’t seem real quite yet,” a beaming Beth Dow said from her sumptuous office on the second floor of the stately structure.

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Porter officials ready for new chapter

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials last week publicly apologized for what they acknowledged have been almost 10 months of internal strife within the hospital, and urged physicians, nurses, staff and patients to help them turn the page to a new chapter in the organization’s 91-year history.

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House Speaker Smith, Rep. Jewett weigh future plans

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Vermont House of Representatives Speaker Shap Smith might re-enter the race for governor, and one decision he has already made could affect the plans of at least one Addison County lawmaker.

Smith, a Morrisville Democrat, acknowledged in a March 30 phone interview with the Independent that he might re-insert himself into the contest for governor, this after having withdrawn from the race this past November.

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ACSU considers switch to global education plan

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central Supervisory Union is considering the adoption of the International Baccalaureate (IB) program as a way of placing students more in charge of their own learning and to make them better prepared for success in an increasingly global community.

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Orwell-area schools vote on unification plan

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell and the five other Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union (ARSU) communities will decide on April 12 whether to consolidate their school governance system into a single board that will oversee one education budget for its five elementary schools and Fair Haven Union High School.

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Porter Medical Center says it will close one doctors' office

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center officials on Wednesday promised to lead the organization out of its current period of financial challenges and broken morale, but served notice that the entire hospital community would in the meantime experience some short-term pain.

PMC’s interim CEO, Dr. Fred Kniffin, provided a vivid preview of that pain during a jam-packed annual meeting held in Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall, announcing the closing of the Porter Internal Medicine physicians practice.

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Clippings: Declining building delivered stories

Posted on March 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



It was around 25 years ago that I first became acquainted with the Middlebury municipal building at 94 Main St.

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Dancers injured on floor surface at new recreation center

Posted on March 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has agreed to consider some new flooring for the multi-purpose room of the town’s new recreation facility, in light of news that the current surface has allegedly led to some injuries suffered by participants in the recreation department’s dance program.

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