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Two-tiered VUHS revote set

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board at a special meeting on Tuesday decided to put a two-tiered budget proposal before voters on May 5.

The first article on the ballot will ask Addison Northwest Supervisory Union residents to back a spending plan that includes about $156,000 of cuts from the $10.47 million proposal that lost on Town Meeting Day, 831-718.

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Brandon town manager is put on leave

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has placed Town Manager Robin Bennett on paid administrative leave.

“It means that she’s going to take the week off and figure out how dedicated she is to the town of Brandon,” Selectman Devon Fuller said last week after the board made the decision at a March 9 meeting. “It’s all part of her performance evaluation, which we began in February.”

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Lawmakers, citizens debate renewable energy's future

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Renewable energy policy — particularly subsidies to firms that produce energy from renewable sources — was a point of debate among lawmakers and citizens at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Bristol. The event at the American Legion Hall also began with a moment of silence for the late Dr. Alan Ayer, who died suddenly on Friday, and was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer (see story, Page 3A).

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Bridging the generations: Playgroup pairs seniors with young companions

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



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MIDDLEBURY — Reed Allen is a volunteer at Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Every Monday, from 10:45 a.m. until noon, he visits with the elderly residents, plays games, listens to stories, sings songs and does crafts. He enjoys going to Helen Porter, home to seniors in their 70s, 80s and 90s, he says, “because it has a lot of toys.”

Reed is four years old.

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County mourns passing of Dr. Ayer

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Alan Ayer introduced an estimated 6,000 people into the world during a 36-year career as an obstetrician-gynecologist in Middlebury. Many of those 6,000 people, and many more, were shaken to the core this week after learning of the untimely, sudden death of Ayer this past Friday, March 13. He was 71.

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Chili Festival: A spicy, fun time

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury was a mob scene on Saturday afternoon as between 5,500 and 6,000 people filled the closed-off Main Street to enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of the seventh annual Vermont Chili Festival.

The event brought people from many parts of the state to Middlebury to taste more than 50 chilies, enjoy a street band, an all-local beverage tent, a photo booth and more.

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Students of the Week - March 16, 2015

Posted on March 18, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Longtime local baby doctor Alan Ayer dies at 71

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON — Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.

Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.

Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.

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North Branch students combine science and skiing in two-day trek

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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RIPTON — Students at many area schools go on field trips, but one recent excursion could be categorized as epic.

With temperatures well below freezing and over a foot of freshly fallen mid-winter snow, the entire student body of the North Branch School in Ripton last month made a two-day, 20-mile journey following trail networks through scenic and challenging terrain in Addison County.

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Middlebury gives its support to local hydro project

Posted on March 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury selectboard has sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirming its support for what is being called the “Middlebury Upper Hydroelectric Project,” a water turbine that would be installed near the Otter Creek Falls.

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