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Middlebury rail bridges project delayed for at least a year

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



UPDATED with comment from attorney Jim Dumont.

MIDDLEBURY — A four-year, $40 million overhaul of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges will be delayed for at least another year, in light of a decision by state and federal transportation authorities to submit the project to an Environmental Assessment.

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New winter celebration to light up Bristol next week

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol community leaders are planning a new night of live flame, celebration and light to drive the darkness away.

“Lumen,” as the new celebration is called, will take place downtown on next Friday, Dec. 23.

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Local puppy retrieves national honors

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Dog is man's best friend, or so they say. But Fergus and Keller are more than just friends to Patrick Berry —they're tools. Equal to his hunter orange jacket, field boots or shotgun, Berry relies on his pups for a successful bird hunt.

Sure, Fergus and Keller have the standard cold wet noses, heart-melting brown eyes, a dedicated eagerness to please and, of course, unconditional love; but what sets them apart from the pooch sitting on your couch and mine is their training —ahem? OK, and their breeding.

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Hirsute officers raise funds for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The face of Addison County’s law enforcement community will be more recognizable this week after having been shorn of a month’s worth of whiskers — all grown for the benefit of a camp that helps very sick children.

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5-megawatt solar array proposed for Weybridge could equal largest in Vermont

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By John S. McCright



WEYBRIDGE — A Minneapolis developer is readying a proposal to build one of the state’s largest solar arrays in Weybridge.

Ecos Energy LLC sent a letter to Weybridge residents on Nov. 29 saying it is exploring development of two ground-mounted solar power arrays on an open field between Quaker Village Road and Field Days Road. Most of the 73-acre property is in Weybridge (58 acres), and 15 acres is in New Haven.

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Big growth and a big vision are powering start-up educational software firm

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — A little more than a year ago, the SchoolHack Solutions had just one official employee and it was beta testing its personalized learning software with three schools in Vermont.

Today the Middlebury company boasts nine employees and its “LiFT” software has been adopted by 20 Vermont schools and a growing number nationwide.

And just recently the Vermont Economic Development Authority awarded the startup $350,000 in working capital through a low-interest loan.

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Vermonters explore World Challenges in Sheldon exhibit

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury, presents World Challenges highlighting Climate Change, the Refugee/Immigration Crisis, and the Syrian Civil War. The exhibit opened on Nov. 15, and will run through Jan. 14, 2017.

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DaddyLongLegs spins out folk, jazz and blues

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Get ready to tap your feet. The irresistibly exuberant music of DaddyLongLegs is now available on CD. The three-man group — banjo player Rick Ceballos, violinist David Gusakov and guitar player Matt Witten — has released the trio’s first CD, entitled simply “DaddyLongLegs.”

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Scientist explains how Lake Champlain became so polluted

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Elaine Ezerins (St. Albans Messenger)



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ST. ALBANS — There are six key factors over the course of history that brought Lake Champlain to the point of impairment and at which the state needed legislation to address water quality issues, according to Mike Winslow, a staff scientist for Lake Champlain Committee for over 15 years.

Winslow, who was at one time an environmental education teacher at Keewaydin Environmental Education Center, last month spoke about the history of the Lake Champlain watershed and how water quality reached its current levels at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in St. Albans.

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Driver who killed bicyclist sentenced to 7-16 years

Posted on December 8, 2016 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Twenty months ago mourners at the funeral of beloved local resident Kelly Boe filled the pews and spilled out of the doors at St. Mary’s Church.

On Monday locals packed the house for Boe again. This time it was at the Addison County Courthouse, where the man who was driving drunk when he struck and killed Boe was sentenced to a substantial jail term.

Judge Samuel Hoar sent 29-year-old Nathan C. Dearing to prison for seven-and-a-half to 16 years.

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