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Meet the farmers: Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt from Blue Ledge Farm

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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LEICESTER — After 15 years of making cheese, you might think that Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt are sick of the stuff. But that’s simply untrue. “We still love cheese,” said Bernhardt; Sessions nodded by her husband’s side in a recent interview. “It has to be the greatest food.”

They are true turophiles — cheese lovers. 

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Virginia law school honors Leicester native

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Helping others achieve academic success is nothing new to University of Virginia School of Law student Andrew Manns. A former teacher, Manns, a native of Leicester, Vt., is being honored for helping his peers with their academic work.

The Rosenbloom Award, established by Daniel Rosenbloom ’54 is given every year to honor a student with a strong academic record who has significantly enhanced the academic experience of other law students by volunteering support and assistance to them.

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International students get a lesson on America

Posted on April 24, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — Imagine you’re spending 10 months in a foreign country, and you don’t know a soul.

Now imagine you’re only 16 or 17 years old.

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a host family to take you in and help you navigate American culture?

David Allan is hoping more families in the Addison and Rutland counties feel that way. In his second year as an area representative for World Heritage International, a non-profit student exchange organization, Allan is one of only two reps in the state of Vermont.

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Leicester native featured on Food Network cooking show

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — When Adam Young worked in the dishroom at the Brandon Inn, he may not have imagined he would become an acclaimed pastry chef. But if you ask Brandon Inn co-owner and chef Louis Pattis, Young was something special from the start.

“That kid is the hardest worker you could ever find,” Pattis said. “Work for him was just something he had to do, no complaints.”

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Leicester

Posted on March 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



LEICESTER — At Monday evening’s town meeting, Leicester residents passed by voice the proposed municipal spending plan, but only after an amendment was made to remove a $625 appropriation that had been set aside for Maple Leaf Farm.

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Leicester

Posted on March 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



LEICESTER — Leicester residents will start their town meeting at 7 p.m. at the Leicester Meeting House on Monday, March 6, to weigh school and town budgets. Voters will decide on a municipal spending plan of $629,915, which represents an increase of $34,724, or 5.8 percent, over the $595,191 in spending approved at the 2016 town meeting.

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Foxcroft Farm alternative ed program to end at OVUHS

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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LEICESTER — Residents around the Otter Valley Unified Union School District were shocked to read a letter to the editor last week stating that the beloved Harvest Program at Foxcroft Farm would be ending after almost two decades helping OV students who may not fit in a traditional classroom.

Harvest Program founder and Executive Director Anne Young explained in the letter that it had been a tough decision that was not based on financial need.

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4-H dairy challenge winners named

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BURLINGTON — The annual 4-H Dairy Challenge on Nov. 19 provided an opportunity for 83 4-H participants to explore dairy-related topics and compete with fellow 4-H’ers in buzzer rounds to test their dairy knowledge.

The event, sponsored by the University of Vermont (UVM) 4-H, took place on the UVM campus in Burlington. In addition to the dairy challenge, the 4-H’ers also attended learning sessions on rumination, milking systems, diseases, soils and forages, followed by a written quiz to assess their comprehension.

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Hannah Sessions' farm paintings are a local favorite

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Isabel Lower



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MIDDLEBURY — Hannah Sessions’ Blue Ledge Farm cheese is a staple of the local, artisanal food of Addison County. As an artist, she is a keystone of Edgewater Gallery. Since Edgewater opened in 2009 her intimate, animated portrayals of the goats, chickens, cows and pigs she works with every day, as well as the fresh, illumined landscapes of the fields they roam, have made her a favorite for visitors, and staff as well.

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Candidate meet-and-greet set for Leicester

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
By Addison Independent Staff



LEICESTER — Peter Conlon, candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives from Addison-2 district, is hosting a gathering for conversation with coffee and doughnuts at the Leicester Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Addison-2 encompasses the towns of Leicester, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock. Incumbent state Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, chose not to run for re-election after representing the district for 14 years.

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