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EEE takes life of second area man

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John McCright



SUDBURY — Family and friends of Scott Sgorbati are remembering the friendly, charismatic community member who died of Eastern equine encephalitis on Tuesday, as state health officials in the meantime remind people to take reasonable precautions to prevent spread of the mosquito-borne disease.

Sgorbati, a 49-year-old Sudbury resident and father of two sons, was hospitalized on Aug. 14 after contracting the mosquito-borne disease, and on Tuesday he succumbed.

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Warming climate is changing everything

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



RIPTON — After 20 years of warnings from climate scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore, many would argue that the predicted consequences of global warming are being realized.

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Middlebury students' results good as testing about to shift

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board on Tuesday got a glimpse of how the Middlebury-area student population is performing under current state and local measuring sticks — and got a preview of how students will be gauged under a new, national assessment program that will be in place come 2015.

At issue is the “Common Core State Standards (CCSS)” system that within three years will supplant Vermont’s current standardized testing for students through the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP).

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Ralston fired up about kindling

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Entrepreneur Paul Ralston has always had a burning desire to try his hand at businesses that depend on fire. To wit, heat has been an essential ingredient at the Bristol Bakery (which he founded) and at his current, growing venture, the Vermont Coffee Company, where the roasting of beans exudes an intoxicating aroma at its headquarters on Middlebury’s Exchange Street.

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Addison to honor town clerk for 40 years of service

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — On July 1, 1972, Addison Town Clerk Jane Grace first showed up for her new job with son Michael, then 2, in tow.

This Sept. 29, Michael and Grace’s other son, Christopher, who joined Michael as a fixture at the Addison clerk’s office in 1973, will be part of lunchtime crowd of at least 200 at the Addison Central School that will celebrate their clerk’s impending December retirement after 40-plus years.

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Locals weigh in on Middlebury draft plan

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury should consider making at least one exception to its current ban on retail establishments of more than 50,000 square feet in order to woo an anchor store to Addison County’s shire town, according to at least some of the roughly two-dozen people at a Sept. 18 hearing on the proposed new Middlebury town plan.

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Wanted: Spooky Bristol stories

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — Bristol resident Elissa Cobb wants to hear a few good spooky stories about her hometown in the next few weeks, and hopes her fellow townsfolk can provide them.

Cobb, in partnership with the Bristol Historical Society, is collecting local ghost stories for a townwide Ghost Walk she is helping to organize for next month. Currently slated for Tuesday, Oct. 23, the week before Halloween, the Ghost Walk is an opportunity for kids and community members to learn about Bristol’s historic buildings in a whole new way.

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Column: Understanding town government

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Kathleen Ramsay



Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns by town officials that aims to help residents avail themselves of municipal services.

What is the difference between a Task Force, a Steering Committee, a Committee, a Commission and a Board?

Generally, each group differs in duration, scope, level of formality and, in some cases, the legal basis for membership.

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State has set timetable for move to Health Exchange

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERMONT — As the state works toward establishing the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange, which will act as the central clearinghouse from which Vermont residents and businesses alike must purchase their primary health insurance, and beyond the Exchange a Vermont single-payer health care system, a number of key dates lie on the path.

Some dates have passed: In May 2011, the Vermont Legislature passed Act 48, which called for most of the major health care reforms, and a year later the Legisature passed H. 559, which made final plans for the Health Benefit Exchange.

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Exchange seen as step to single-payer

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — At the Ilsley Library on Sept. 13, Vermont Commissioner for Department of Vermont Health Access Mark Larson described the workings of the Vermont Health Benefit Exchange that will by 2014 will serve as the central purchasing point for all the state’s insurance plans — and touched on how the Exchange will help Vermont transition into a single-payer health care system by 2017.

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