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Pets bring joy to local workplaces and increase productivity

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — Animal lovers will often describe time spent around their beloved pets as therapeutic, calming, uplifting and stress-relieving.

For folks that leave their pets at home during the workday, there’s often a sense of hurry when leaving the office so as to give a friendly hello to that familiar face that’s waiting to greet one at the door.

Increasingly, however, workplaces are opening their doors and their policies to pets at work and are seeing some positive results.

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Sex offender ordered to stay away from county women

Posted on April 20, 2015 |
By Mike Donohue of the Burlington Free Press



MIDDLEBURY — A two-judge panel has ordered convicted sex offender Richard Laws, 49, to stay away from two Addison County women for at least the next 12 months.

Acting Family Court Judge Barry Peterson and Assistant Judge Irene Poole heard statements from the two women during separate hearings on Wednesday about their desire to have no contact with Laws, who was released from prison last Thursday.

He had completed serving a 23-year sentence for the rape and brutal beating of a woman in Waitsfield in 1992.

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Springtime upkeep planned for the Long Trail

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



VERMONT — At 273 miles long, Vermont’s Long Trail stretches the length of the Green Mountain State. As with the Middlebury Area Land Trust's Trail Around Middlebury, this historic hiking trail depends heavily on the work of volunteers to keep it maintained.

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Students of the Week - April 13, 2015

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Lawmakers at odds over health care reform funding

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Local lawmakers and area health care providers will be closely monitoring the progress of a $20 million tax package designed to further Vermont’s health care reform effort.

Part of that $20 million in revenues — derived from taxes on sugar-sweetened and diet beverages, tobacco products and dietary supplements — would be used to increase Medicaid reimbursement rates to doctors and other service providers, some of whom are struggling to remain solvent.

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Cat socializing helps ease pets through trauma

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Sitting cross-legged on the floor in one of the “Meet and Greet” rooms at Homeward Bound: The Humane Society of Addison County, Victoria Blewer entertained one of the center’s newest arrivals at the humane society’s Boardman Street headquarters: a muscular, jet-black male cat named Nero.

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Volunteers maintain and improve the Trail Around Middlebury

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — The return of spring has many runners, bikers and hikers eager to return to the miles of trails around Middlebury. But after a long winter with heavy snowfall, many of the trail networks are in need of some spring-cleaning.

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Ways of Seeing: Vt. health care could use a little prevention

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Joanna Colwell



Gov. Shumlin’s admission that Vermont would not be achieving single-payer health care in 2017 has disappointed a lot of people. I even received a sympathy card about it, from a good friend in Portland, Ore.! It is sad to imagine that folks all over the United States may have been looking to Vermont for a workable solution to the healthcare crisis, and now we are letting them down due to budgetary woes.

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Sugaring season off to a late start; producers hopeful

Posted on April 13, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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ADDISON COUNTY — Recent blasts of winter weather were tiresome news for some, but for maple sugarmakers around Addison County, nightly drops in temperatures have been like manna from heaven.

“This freezing at nighttime has helped us, I’ll be honest,” said Salisbury sap collector Reginald Betourney.

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Sen. Bray calls for group to propose changes to utility siting process

Posted on April 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Addison County State Sen. Chris Bray, chairman of the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, will seek legislative approval for a “working group” that would study the manner in which the Vermont Public Service Board reviews and approves energy projects, and then propose ways to improve that process.

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