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Area religious institutions to host special holiday services; see a schedule here

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — A number of Addison County-area churches have set their schedules for special Christmas events and services.

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St. Mary’s Church will hold a Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Day Mass on Monday, Dec. 25, will be at 10 a.m.

St. Thomas & Grace Episcopal Church will hold a Christmas Eve service Sunday, Dec. 24, at 7 p.m. at Grace Church in Forest Dale.

Lifebridge Christian Church will hold its Christmas Eve service on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 6 p.m.

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Area hunters bag a record number of deer in 2017

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — A wildly successful December muzzleloader season helped hunters in 2017 set a record for deer weighed in a calendar year in Addison County. At least this is the best since 2005, when Vermont wildlife officials banned shooting spikehorn bucks during November’s 16-day rifle season, the most popular Vermont deer hunting season.

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Vermont State Police Log: Driver in crash leaves scene, then turns himself in

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — This past Friday, Dec. 8, at a quarter after 5 p.m. Vermont State Police responded to a report of a two-vehicle crash on Route 7 at the intersection with Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh. The Vergennes and Ferrisburgh fire departments and Vergennes Area Rescue Squad also scrambled to the scene.

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ACSD board to consider major staff cuts: Draft budget reflects 14 teacher layoffs

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District board members knew they would be in for a shock when they asked ACSD administrators to show them what a level-funded budget would look like for the 2018-2019 academic year.

And a shock is what they’ll get on Monday, Dec. 11, when they learn that a level-funded spending plan for the district’s nine schools could translate into a reduction of 14 licensed teachers, 18 paraprofessionals, a principal and a central office worker.

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Middlebury 'Sleep Out' yields more than $46K to help homeless

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — John Graham Housing & Services’ (JGHS) fourth annual “Sleep Out,” held near the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury overnight from Dec. 2 to 3, raised more than $46,000 for programs helping homeless people in Addison County.

Elizabeth Ready, executive director of JGHS, said the impressive total is likely to climb even higher as participants and donors confirm their pledges and hand in their checks during the coming days.

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Amy Sheldon honored with 'Climate Champion' award

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) honored two dozen Vermont House legislators Dec. 6,  as “Climate Champions” for their efforts to grow the economy and create green jobs by putting a price on carbon pollution.

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Lewis Creek Association's Illick recognized for protecting nature

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — For 24 years Otter Creek Audubon Society has given an annual award, the Silver Feather, to an individual “in honor of notable devotion, dedication and untiring effort on behalf of the preservation and appreciation of the birds, other wildlife, and natural communities of Addison County.”

This year the Silver Feather was awarded to Marty Illick, the retiring Lewis Creek Association executive director. The award presentation was made at the Otter Creek Audubon annual dinner on Nov. 9 at the American Legion post in Middlebury.

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Mary's Restaurant to host free holiday meal Dec. 17

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Bristol’s Christmas Dinner and Festival has become an anticipated tradition in this community for over three decades. This year’s celebration — the 35th — is planned for Sunday, Dec. 17, at Mary’s at Baldwin Creek in Bristol.

The dinner and festivities start at 11:30 a.m. and continue until all are served. Mary’s at Baldwin Creek provides the bountiful meal and coordinates the event, from entertainment to home-deliveries and transportation. Many dozens of volunteers help at the event.

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Nominate a Vermont Small Business of the Year

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Vermont District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for its 2018 small business awards.

Previous Vermont winners include Ben and Jerry’s, Switchback Brewing Company and Mike Rainville of Middlebury’s Maple Landmark, who was 2017 Small Business Person of the Year.

Since 1963, the SBA has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to the nation’s economy. The award categories are:

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Diplomat offers hope to Mexican dairy farm labor

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Microphone in hand, Consul General Emilio Rabasa addressed Mexican nationals at a mobile consulate event in Middlebury last Saturday, exhorting an assortment of Mexican dairy farm workers to know their rights — rights guaranteed by federal law and the U.S. Constitution.

Later that afternoon he stood in a Middlebury barn chatting with two local dairy workers about their lives both at home and here in Vermont.

Both workers, as it turns out, were from the state of Chiapas — near where Rabasa himself grew up.

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