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Area students place in Vt. poster contest

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Five local Addison County students were selected by the Alliance for a Healthier Vermont as winners of the statewide “ReThink Your Drink” poster contest. The contest challenged students to use their artistic abilities to illustrate a poster showing healthy drink choices and the importance of choosing healthy beverages — water, low-fat or fat-free milk, and 100-percent fruit juices.

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Ferrisburgh's town meeting date changed to Saturday, Feb. 28

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh officials are hoping that a decision made at town meeting a year ago will pay off in better attendance at this year’s annual gathering — assuming that residents remember a change was made to its date.

Last March, residents voted overwhelmingly from the floor of town meeting — according to minutes there were “many yeses and a few noes” — to move the day of the gathering from the first Tuesday of March to the previous Saturday.

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Four candidates seek three city council seats

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Town Meeting Day ballot will offer a race among four candidates — two incumbents and two newcomers — for three seats on the Vergennes City Council.

The race will not include Senior Alderman Randy Ouellette, who chose to step down after a decade.

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Town eyes sewer, auditor issues

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members at their Feb. 10 meeting put in motion a plan to eliminate elected and unfilled town jobs they say are no longer needed — that of three auditors.

Doing so will require a change to the town charter that will in turn require approval by the Vermont Legislature, which can only come after two public hearings and a town-wide vote in Middlebury to be held on April 28.

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Vergennes police laud, promote officers

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel honored two members of his department for saving the life of a resident during a recent White Street fire. The award was given at the department’s annual awards ceremony, which was held at the start of the city council’s Feb. 10 meeting.

Acknowledged for their efforts in saving an elderly and handicapped woman during the night of Jan. 15 were officers Patrick Greenslet and Jacob Ouellette.

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Two seeking Ferrisburgh selectboard seat

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Two challengers who would be first-time selectmen, but have civic experience, are contending for one open seat on the Ferrisburgh selectboard.

Dennis Armell and Michael “Red” Muir are seeking to replace Sally Torrey, who will step down after a decade on the selectboard. Torrey, however, will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in a race for delinquent tax collector with former longtime town clerk Chet Hawkins.

Incumbent Selectman Jim Benoit is also on the ballot, but is running unopposed for a two-year term on the board.

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Education bill proposes single districts

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — The House Education Committee is drafting a new bill that would eliminate the state’s more than 60 supervisory unions and replace them with larger school districts that advocates believe could do a better job sharing resources while carrying fewer employees.

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Phase I cost hike, Phase II cancellation could be bad news for Vt. Gas ratepayers

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — As regulators sort through the fallout of Vermont Gas Systems’ decision last week to cancel its application for its Phase II pipeline and announcement in December of a massive cost hike for Phase I, opponents of the pipeline warn that both events will significantly raise the burden ratepayers will be asked to bear for the Phase I project.

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County chamber of commerce gets new head

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sue Hoxie smiled when asked how long it took her to apply for the top administrative spot at the Addison County Chamber of Commerce after former President Andy Mayer tendered his resignation last September.

“I called the board chairman maybe five minutes after Andy resigned,” Hoxie said during an interview on Tuesday.

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Monkton fire leaves five homeless, damages trailer

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Firefighters from two counties battled a Monday afternoon blaze that displaced five people at 842 Rotax Road in Monkton.

Monkton Fire Department Assistant Chief Curtis Layn said the call came in around 3 p.m., and by the time firefighters arrived minutes later, flames had engulfed a garage and also ignited a double-wide trailer six feet from the garage.

Layn said the homeowner had been working on his dune buggy in the garage, but something went wrong when he turned the ignition, sparking the blaze.

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