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Police get place to 'hang their hats' at Bristol Elementary

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — For the first time in several years, Bristol police will soon begin keeping a regular but informal presence at Bristol Elementary School.

“We just want a presence there, and we’re offering whatever services teachers think they could use, whether it’s bicycle safety or Internet safety classes for the kids, any number of things,” said Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

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Journey renews Bristol man's ties to his Cuban heritage

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Alfonso Enrique Ceballos — known more commonly around town as plain old American “Rick” — recently returned to Bristol, his home of many decades, from a trip that was a homecoming of a very different kind.

The 67-year-old banjo player extraordinaire, whose group Daddy Longlegs is known for its eclectic blend of traditional music, has just returned from a trip to Cuba, a homeland he has not seen for over 60 years.

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Porter Medical Center restructures, cuts jobs

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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New Haven town leaders struggle with powerline

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — A recent vote on the proposal to build a large converter station to accommodate a 400-megawatt power line that would bring renewable energy through New Haven revealed a selectboard divided in its assessments of the project’s pros and cons.

The Vermont Green Line project would bring New Haven roughly $1 million annually and a number of other enticements, according to developers’ pitch to the town last December.

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Weybridge duo bags 115 high peaks — in winter

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — Nothing like spending a sunny afternoon hiking up a mountain. The picnic lunch tastes even better with a panoramic view.

But how about driving four hours to get to the base of a mountain for a hike of more than 4,000 feet to the summit, wading through armpit-high snowdrifts while braving sub-zero temperatures and fierce winds with only a frozen hard-boiled egg to gnaw on for sustenance? How about facing that kind of challenge 115 times on mountains throughout the Northeast — and only during the winter?

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Seasoned recycling handler befriends eager college students

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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Editor’s note: The author just completed her education at Middlebury College and a months-long internship at the Independent.

“I’m gonna miss you, Kiddo,” Billy murmured one day this past summer, wrapping his weathered ebony arms around me.

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3 Squares Cafe to change its address in Vergennes

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In early March, after nine years of serving items like challah French toast and turkey, bacon and Swiss panini, Vergennes restaurant 3 Squares Café will move about two blocks north from its long-time home at 221 Main St.

The destination is 141 Main St., the former home of Luigi’s Italian Specialties, which about a year ago after a lengthy planning phase decamped for 193 Main St., which once housed the former Hungry Bear Restaurant.

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Middlebury-area races shape up for Town Meeting Day

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will feature races for selectboard spots in Middlebury, Salisbury, Ripton and Weybridge, while Bridport and Ripton will decide competitions for their respective seats on a new, unified district school board that would represent all Middlebury-area schools.

Monday was the deadline for candidates for local offices to submit their nomination papers with their respective town clerks in order to get on the March 1 Town Meeting Day ballot. Folks can still jump into races through write-in campaigns.

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College honors four outstanding Addison County citizens

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — At a celebratory dinner on Tuesday, Middlebury College honored four Addison County residents for their efforts to improve the community.

President Laurie Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to Bruce and Suzanne Byers, Robin Huestis and Natalie Peters.

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Middlebury woman makes the best of her second shot at a diploma

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Frost of Middlebury acknowledges she could have followed a more conventional blueprint for her life.

But an early pregnancy and the desire to escape a household rife with substance abuse sent her on a circuitous path that, at age 27, is finally leading her to a happy, healthy family of her own; an education; and the prospect of a job in social work, through which she hopes to help others avoid some of her missteps.

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