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January 9th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — For students at many colleges, January is typically a time to relax between fall term finals and the new semester. It is a month of home-cooked meals, showers without flip-flops, and nights spent on a comfortable mattress.
Middlebury College students, however, face a slightly different four weeks. From Jan. 6 to 31, students are enrolled in only one course that is chosen from a selection of offerings that differ from the usual academic fare.
BRISTOL — First and foremost, Bristol resident John Shepard, a former U.S. Marine with terminal cancer, and his girlfriend Hillary Provoncha are grateful for the support their acquaintances have shown by donating about $3,800 to a website set up to fund Shepard’s daughter’s attempt to take him on a trip to North Carolina or buy him a boat so they may go fishing together.
FERRISBURGH — Town officials determined last week that a dog shelter operating out of a Sand Road residence does not constitute a violation of zoning ordinances.
Ferrisburgh Zoning Administrator Ken Wheeling said Heidi’s Haven Rescue, a state-certified dog shelter operated by Sheila McGregor out of her home, does not run afoul of town statutes.
BRISTOL — A Saturday evening fire destroyed a barn on Choiniere Road in Bristol and required scores of firefighters to extinguish. The barn was owned by the Choiniere family, who until 2012 operated a dairy farm on the property for decades.
STARKSBORO — It all started with a mourning dove.
Mark Paul was camping with his wife Deb at Lake Carmi State Park when a bird’s incessant hooting at dawn both irritated and intrigued him, and he struck off to find out what it was.
HERRON, Mont. — Whiting resident Scott LaDuc came back from a recent trip to Montana with a lot more than photos of the beautiful scenery — he returned with a hunting story and the meat of an 8-point deer.
LaDuc began hunting when he was 10 years old; he was taught by his family in Whiting, a group of people who have always loved the sport.
On this past Nov. 23, all of those years spent hunting paid off while on a hunt in Herron, Mont.
MIDDLEBURY — One prominent member of the Middlebury Town Office/Recreation Facility Project Steering Committee was missing from last Tuesday’s meeting of the committee: ID-4 school board chair Ruth Hardy.
On Jan. 4, Hardy resigned from the committee, saying that her presence on the body was no longer needed. She represented ID-4, which owns the land where a new town gym originally had been proposed. But since the Middlebury selectboard voted last month to favor a site off Creek Road instead, Hardy said she was not needed on the committee.
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