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Thirty seconds at podium pay off for city man going to Democratic convention

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In baseball terms, Vergennes resident Matt Birong’s performance at the recent Democratic state convention in Barre was like hitting a walk-off homer while trailing in the bottom of the ninth. 

The-38-year-old owner of Vergennes eatery 3 Squares was a relative novice in the political world, faced scores of others seeking the same spot, and didn’t even get to campaign — and yet he was elected to be a delegate to next month’s Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

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Ferrisburgh activist is running for Vermont House seat

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — For 27 years, Monique Thurston beat a steady path from Mexico, Maine, to the state’s capital of Augusta in order to advocate for a variety of issues — most notably, lowering sound standards for wind turbines.

Now she’d like to blaze a similar path from her home in Ferrisburgh to the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier, as a representative of the Addison-3 House district.

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Town of Monkton pays to conserve open land

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Brothers Greg and Rob Cota have been farming since they were old enough to reach the tractor pedals. Now, at ages 69 and 78, respectively, they are ready to sell their land and retire.

But the idea of selling their rolling acres of prime farmland to a developer is not appealing.

“I don’t want to see houses on the land, I want to see cattle on the land,” Greg Cota said. “That’s what rural Vermont is about — it’s farming.”

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Doll house raffle to help fund repair of Salisbury church steeple

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — The five-year campaign to restore the tower of the Salisbury Congregational Church was in the home stretch this spring when it hit a new snag. The clock and bell stages were repaired last season, and the bell rang out over the village for the first time in years on Christmas Eve. However, painters scraping the spire this spring discovered that it was also in serious condition. Funds were diverted from painting and other repairs to deal with the emergency. 

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Ag students recognized for land stewardship

Posted on June 20, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — Two local students received the Land Stewards Award from the Vermont Land Trust on May 27. The award, now in its 11th year, acknowledges the hard work of tomorrow’s agricultural and forestry leaders with an unrestricted cash prize of $250.

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Ferrisburgh lawyer launches campaign for House seat

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ferrisburgh Democrat and longtime attorney Fritz Langrock hopes to make the leap from the Addison County courthouse to the Vermont Statehouse come next January.

To that end, he has joined a cast of four candidates who will compete this November for the two Addison-3 House seats representing Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Also running are Ferrisburgh Republican Monique Thurston and incumbent Reps. Diane Lanpher, D-Vergennes, and Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh.

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Bristol residents want safer walk to creemee stand

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Getting creemees at the Village Creeme Stand is almost synonymous with summer in Bristol.

But crossing busy West Street to get to that Dreamy Creeme cookie sandwich or classic kiddie-size vanilla-and-chocolate-twist cone with rainbow sprinkles has become a concern for many, given that the destination is among Bristol’s top summer kid magnets.

“The town is working with creemee stand owner Tom Wallace to find a solution that works,” said Town Administrator Therese Kirby.

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Well-known PE teacher set to write a new chapter

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jacque McNamara’s life is unfolding in a pattern similar to the contours of the Green Mountains she loves to climb.

A lot of peaks and some valleys.

And while she retired last week from a lengthy teaching career at Mary Hogan Elementary School, she’s not done climbing.

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Pocock Rocks returning to Bristol this weekend

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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BRISTOL — Join friends old and new in downtown Bristol this Saturday as Main Street is turned into a showcase for Vermont’s funkiest tunes, food, drinks and fun at the seventh Pocock Rocks Music Festival and Street Fair.

After a hiatus last year, Pocock Rocks is back from 3 to 8 p.m. and open to all who want to kick off the summer with style and a little groove. Local bands will be rocking all day with back-to-back performances on two stages at either end of the street.

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Area high schools celebrate graduations for class of 2016

Posted on June 16, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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All four local high schools held commencement ceremonies this past weekend. Click below, for stories on Middlebury Union High School, Mount Abe Union High School, Otter Valley Union High School, or Vergennes Union High School.

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