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September 18th, 2014
MIDDLEBURY — They’ve been together longer than the Beatles, had almost as many members as Spinal Tap, and have traveled half a million miles on the road. Now, they’re preparing to commemorate their 15th anniversary with a big reunion.
They’re the band with the Addison County roots known as The Grift, and after dozens of tours, thousands of shows and six albums, the band is still going strong.
LINCOLN — As the United States grapples with burgeoning health care costs and Vermont trudges its way toward a single-payer system, a Lincoln woman is harking back to treatments of an older time — herbal medicine.
Emily French, a clinical herbalist, runs Sweetgrass Herbals out of her home. Through the business, she teaches classes about herbalism and natural medicine, and provides consultations for people seeking relief from simple rashes to chronic pain.
MIDDLEBURY — All seven Addison Central Supervisory Union towns are hosting community forums this week and next to get public feedback on the district’s effort to establish a strategic plan that will clearly define and establish the ACSU’s educational priorities.
The forums will allow local school board members to hear residents’ thoughts on how public education might best be delivered to this and future generations of ACSU students.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents and Middlebury College students have filled four buses to go to the People’s Climate March taking place in New York City this Sunday, Sept. 21. They will be joined by others commuting by train, vans and car pools. More than 900 Vermonters and students from Vermont colleges are expected at the march.
BRANDON — A former employee of the Brandon Inn has been charged with embezzling roughly $60,000 from the owners of the Park Street landmark in downtown Brandon.
According to Brandon police, Carmen M. Dozier, 38, of Rutland falsified her time cards, set up fake vendor accounts, and had bill payments funneled to her personal bank account over the course of the one year she was employed as the front desk clerk at the inn.
Today for the first time I saw evidence that fall is really on its way. Was it wood smoke coming from someone’s chimney? The first colorful leaves? Robins congregating and planning their journey south? None of the above; today I saw the first rows of corn disappearing into the chopper. Soon corn silage will fill the big bunker silos and the valuable forage will be fermenting into next year’s feed.
LEICESTER — Leicester residents will be happy to hear that the only store in town will soon re-open.
Brothers Peter and Paul Handy of Chittenden County have bought the Leicester General Store, which has been closed since April.
The store and gas station, located near Leicester Four Corners, occupied a unique niche, being the only retail establishment on Route 7 between Middlebury Beef Supply and the Jiffy Mart in Brandon.
MIDDLEBURY — The Kelly Brush Century Ride Powered by VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations drew more than 700 riders to its Sept. 6 ride and raised $320,000 for adaptive athletic equipment for individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) and to improve ski racing safety.