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Vermont's Patrick Leahy shows his lighter side

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON — A masterful storyteller, Sen. Patrick Leahy shared anecdotes about senators of decades past during a recent visit with a reporter. One was a conversation with Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey that took place shortly after Leahy took office in 1975. Humphrey asked Leahy if he wanted to go on a Congressional trip to Moscow to meet with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev.

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'Face Off' raises record $75K for breast cancer patients

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The 15th annual “Face Off Against Breast Cancer” hockey tournament broke an all-time fundraising record this year, raising $75,000. That put the total amassed for the statewide Cancer Patient Support Program at more than $400,000 altogether over all 15 years.

Tournament was hosted by the Middlebury Otters and the Middlebury Mystix, two local women’s community ice hockey teams, at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury on Jan. 25 and 26.

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Landowners worry about impact of pipeline on Lake Champlain

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — While a good deal of conversation at the Legislative Breakfast at the Bridport Grange Hall on Monday centered on a proposed Shoreland Protection Bill and the health of Vermont’s lakes (see story), some participants at the breakfast said Lake Champlain’s health is not only being affected by shorelands development.

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill, Obama ready to sign it

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate on Tuesday passed a farm bill that emerged from a conference committee two weeks ago, ending more than two years of gridlock over the omnibus piece of legislation.

Both of Vermont’s senators voted for the bill.

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Lincoln school board explains spending hike

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



LINCOLN — A majority of the increase in spending for the Lincoln Community School next year, as set forth in a budget proposal that residents will vote on next month, is due to a change in the way the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union allots special education costs, according to the head of the school board.

The proposed Lincoln school budget for fiscal year 2015 sets spending at $2,035,197, which represents an increase of $131,926, or 6.93 percent, from the previous fiscal year.

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Middlebury standout heads to Winter Olympic Games

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Simeon “Simi” Hamilton, a 2009 Middlebury College graduate, will compete at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games taking place in Sochi, Russia.

The former Panther Nordic racer, a geology major, will be taking part in his second Olympic games after representing the U.S. in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada.

Also representing Middlebury will be Forest Carey, a 2000 graduate and former Panther alpine skier, who will serve as a U.S. Ski Team coach.

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Health exchange navigators gear up for March 15 enrollment deadline

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — With the March 15 Vermont Health Connect enrollment deadline quickly approaching, navigator agencies in Addison County have been gearing up to ensure residents have ample opportunity to get their health insurance questions answered and to meet one-on-one with a navigator for individual enrollment support.

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Weybridge teacher earns major awards

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge Elementary School kindergarten teacher Joy Dobson has had a very good couple of months.

President Barack Obama recently announced her selection as one of only 102 national recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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Two-year farm bill marathon ends in a sprint

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch is not among the taller members of the U.S. House of Representatives, but the Vermont Democrat can hoof it. I’ve got about five inches on him, but I’m struggling to keep up as we wind through the tunnels and alleys somewhere beneath the Longworth House Office Building.

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Changes to Current Use law debated by legislators

Posted on February 3, 2014 |
By Hillary Niles of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — The Vermont House and Senate agriculture committees are gearing up for a showdown over changes to the state’s flagship land conservation program.

A special study committee chaired by Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex/Orleans, struck all the language from a bill that passed the House in 2013. The Senate version — still a rough draft — was discussed at the Statehouse on Tuesday evening at the fifth and final in a series of public hearings.

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