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Aurora School to present play about immigration in Vermont

Aurora Middle School will present its spring play on Wednesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., at the Memorial Baptist Church on South Pleasant Street in Middlebury.  

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Sorrell addresses Congress on patent trolling issue

Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell (D), at the request of Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vermont), testified before a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Energy and Commerce this week to urge Congress to take steps to address the growing issue of unfair and deceptive patent demand letters.

Robbing the poor to give to the powerful

Ethan Allen Institute

As the legislature wrapped up business before heading home for the Town Meeting Day break, the Vermont Senate voted 22-8 in favor of an Act Related to Childcare Providers. What this bill would do is effectively pick the pockets of Vermont’s smallest businesses, mostly run by women who don’t make a lot of money.

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April: Vermont Legislative breakfasts in Addison County

Vermont Legislative Breakfast Meetings in Addison County during April.

New York vs. Vermont governors on saving jobs

In contrast to the lack of apparent direct action taken by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) in several similar recent situations, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), through direct engagement and proactive effort, has rescued jobs that were announced to be lost two months ago.

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Claims against Irving Oil settled

Canadian-owned Irving Energy.

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Small Vermont farms in EPA’s crosshairs

Ethan Allen Institute

The Vermont Sate Legislature is now seized with an important issue that must be addressed to the satisfaction of the Obama administration in the next couple of months, or the state will find itself in Washington’s enforcement crosshairs.

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Public meetings to be held on South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan

Southern basin includes the Poultney, Mettowee River watersheds, East Creek

A series of public meetings will be held in April to gather comments on the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources’ Draft South Lake Champlain Tactical Basin Plan.

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Alternate Middlebury town hall, senior center, gym plan offered

Petitions can be signed at Middlebury American Legion, Monday, March 31, 4-7 p.m

Howard “Skip” Brush, vice chairman of the Middlebury Development Review Board, is circulating a citizen’s petition to bring the town hall and gymnasium plans to a revote in April.

Guest Viewpoint: Solidarity in Vermont CCTA strike

On March 17, CCTA bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 597 went on strike. This would be the first strike in the history of The Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

Vermont Senate supports reducing toxic chemicals in consumer products

The Vermont State Senate voted 18-12 on March 27 to support legislation that will provide new protections against exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products.

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Vermont citizen group calls for repeal of Act 48

The organization Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is calling on the state legislature to repeal Act 48. "Serious consideration of contingency or health care plans alternative plans cannot be considered until Act 48 is repealed," the group noted in a news announcement March 27.

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College to donate downtown parcel to town

Middlebury College will donate a piece of downtown real estate to the Town of Middlebury in a bid to fulfill its campus plans, which include securing the triangle upon which the current municipal office building stands.

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From the Editor: T.R. and the hyphenated American

Wither the idea of an American sans hyphen?

During the final three years of his life, former U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (R) gave considerable thought to the waves of European immigrants which were sweeping the nation; they had started in the mid-19th century and continued through the opening decades of the 1900s.

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Vermont uninsured may have to pay Obama Care penalty this year

Vermont Health Connect

For most people, the Affordable Care Act—aka Obama Care—has no effect on the 2013 income tax return they are filing in 2014. However, some people may need to make important decisions by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.