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More to MUHS graduates than the numbers

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — The 148 Middlebury Union High School graduates on Saturday were showered with raindrops; awards; more than $120,000 in college scholarship money; inspirational messages from administrators and, especially, three of their peers; and cheers and applause from the more than 1,000 people gathered at the Memorial Sports Center to honor the seniors’ rite of passage.

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Mt. Abe speakers drive home point with motorcycle

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — The grandest entrances are usually reserved for the senior prom.

Not this year at Mount Abraham Union High School, where commencement speakers Geoff Booth and Caroline Camara roared up to the graduation stage on Saturday atop a Harley Davidson motorcycle and delivered a high-octane message to the 149 member of the class of 2010.

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Graduates rule O.V. 'House of Noise'

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — There was some pretty deep thinking going on in Brandon this past Saturday morning. Valedictorian Jack Markoski should consider a career in philosophy instead of psychology after his speech to 102 fellow classmates at the Otter Valley Union High School 2010 graduation ceremony.

Markoski evoked Kerouac, Thoreau and J.R.R. Tolkien as he urged his peers not to be complacent, to wander, to explore, to dream, and to use their imaginations.

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Midd. board urged to reject Fenn pit

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Around two dozen neighbors on Monday made their final appeal to the Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) to deny a bid by the Fenn family to establish a gravel pit on a portion of a 70-acre parcel they own off Route 116, just north of Quarry Road.

The neighbors argued the pit proposal violates local zoning laws; would bring dust, toxic fumes and noise pollution to a residential area; and would set up the potential for collisions between trucks entering and exiting the site and motorists and cyclists negotiating busy Route 116.

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Three Neshobe educators retire

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Observing Sue LaRock, Julie Fox and Jean Childers is like watching a sweet, hilarious, feel-good film.

The three woman, who count each other as friends as well as co-workers, have each decided to retire from their jobs at the Neshobe School in Brandon after a combined 68 1/2 years, and it is definitely with mixed feelings.

“We’re leaving stuff we love everyday,” said Childers earnestly. “To me, it doesn’t get any better than the last 20 years.”

“It is with very, very mixed emotions,” LaRock said, adding with her trademark wit, “But I’m old and tired.”

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Officials close Chimney Point historic site indefinitely

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



ADDISON — State officials closed the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on June 14, citing safety concerns resulting from the nearby construction of the replacement Champlain Bridge.

The site, which is usually open from late May to October, will remain closed at least for the remainder of the year.

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Former Middlebury police canine dies

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel this week was mourning the loss of his first police dog, Blade, who had to be euthanized due to rapidly failing health brought on by degenerative myelopathy.

German shepherds, as was Blade, are particularly susceptible to degenerative myelopathy, a progressive disease in the spinal cord in older dogs, Merkel said. It typically begins with the loss of coordination in the hind limbs and often progresses to paralysis.

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Monkton bard shares folk music with kids

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MONKTON — Sure, Pete Sutherland is busy. When the Monkton folk musician isn’t stringing together teaching gigs, concerts and artists’ residencies, there’s a good chance he’s setting up shop at a benefit barn dance, strumming away at any of the myriad string instruments he handles almost effortlessly.

The benefit dances and charity concerts come with the territory, he explained.

“If you’re going to be a community musician, you have to make time for that,” Sutherland said.

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Bristol-area races shape up

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — With nomination petitions due this week, relatively few candidate petitions had been filed with district town clerks or Addison County Superior Court as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday.

But at least one local Vermont House district was shaping up as a fierce election battleground: Addison-4, the two-seat district that includes Bristol, Starksboro, Monkton and Lincoln.

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OVUHS grad seeks to be next Vermont secretary of state

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Forest Dale native Jason Gibbs has moved steadily up the state’s political ladder since graduating from Otter Valley Union High School in 1994.

The past decade saw him serve as Gov. James Douglas’s spokesman for six years before being named commissioner of the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation (FPR) in 2008. After serving an eventful 19-month stint as commissioner, Gibbs now hopes to climb another rung on the political ladder. He is in the midst in his first statewide campaign, competing for the post of Vermont Secretary of State.

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