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March 12th, 2012
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police are investigating a one-car crash on Route 30 in Cornwall that resulted in injuries to two Middlebury residents during the early afternoon of March 8.
ADDISON COUNTY — On Town Meeting Day, how did voter turnout vary across Addison County? And how did this year’s numbers compare to past years?
To answer these questions, the Independent pulled the figures for the percent of registered voters casting votes in Australian ballot elections in eight towns over the past five Town Meeting Days — dating back to 2008 — and compared the number of voters with the number of registered voters for a given year.
This past week, photographer Trent Campbell raced across Addison County to capture some of the best town meeting moments at as many meetings as he could. With a bit of help from our reporters, we've compiled a sample of our favorite photos, from Bristol to Monkton to Salisbury to Shoreham.
Passage of the Middlebury Business Development Fund, 125-64, at Middlebury’s Town Meeting, presents a double-edged sword for ardent proponents: the promise of success and the prospect of failure.
Each year across the county’s 23 towns, a few local “heroes” are honored for service to their communities “beyond the call of duty” or, to put it another way, way beyond what most of us could imagine doing ourselves. So, we offer our sincere thanks and tip our collective hats to them for their magnanimous efforts.
Back in December, when the weather failed to live up to standard expectations for a Vermont winter — that is, cold, dark, snowy and generally miserable — no one panicked. “There’s still a lot of winter left,” everyone said, in a tone of optimism or, at least in my case, dread for what the next three months might hold.
And when January similarly broke tradition by depriving us of the usual treacherous weather and its associated crankiness, that was OK too, because we still had February and March to look forward to/endure.
The Chinese view of a country is drastically different from America’s, but it has a lot in common with Vermont towns.
In Chinese, the word for “country” is pronounced guojia. Literally translated back into English guojia means “land family.” This idea — that a country is a family of people that support each other — is deeply ingrained in the Chinese psyche.