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Lessons in Listening: Reclaim your time, find spaciousness

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Laura Wilkinson



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We recently adopted a rescue pup, Miss Agatha Jane, from Mississippi. She goes by Aggie for short and has won the affections of all family members, minus our feline duo. As I write, she is patiently waiting for a few belly pats before she settles down to sleep. Ahhh, the life! All the time in the world for belly rubs, naps, walks and raucous play in the backyard.

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Mount Independence schedules 'Hike into History'

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Stephen Zeoli will lead a special guided “Hike into History” on Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. The walk runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15.

Learn about the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution and in the making of the nation. It was built as an American defense of New England against the British in 1776-77, and then occupied by the British and Germans from July to November 1777.

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Addison's tax rate rises by 4 percent

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison’s 2018-2019 property tax rates will increase taxes for homeowners by 4 percent and for owners of commercial and rental property or second homes by about 10.3 percent.

Higher town spending is pushing the municipal portion of the rate up by any noticeable amount for the first time in several years.

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Open house on tap at Middlebury wastewater treatment plant Aug. 3

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to a fun and informative introduction to the people, science, and high-tech of Middlebury’s Wastewater Treatment Plant on Water Quality Day, Friday, Aug. 3. The event is free, and snacks will be provided.

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Dead Creek waterfowl lottery deadline nearing

Posted on July 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ESSEX JUNCTION — Applications are available for controlled waterfowl hunting permits to be used at Mud Creek in Alburgh and Dead Creek in Addison, both Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department wildlife management areas.

The applications may be downloaded from Fish & Wildlife’s website vtfishandwildlife.gov.  Printed applications are available at Vermont Fish & Wildlife offices in Montpelier, Essex Junction, Addison, Barre, St. Johnsbury, Springfield, and Rutland.

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'Opportunity' seen for Vergennes

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A new federal program could help the economy in Vergennes, and 16 other communities in Vermont and thousands around the nation, but details are still being worked out and its impact is not yet known.

What is known is that this spring the Vergennes City Council successfully applied through the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development to become a federally recognized “Opportunity Zone.”

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Experts to evaluate Mt. Abe's ventilation system

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — A comprehensive assessment of the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems at Mount Abraham Union High School could begin producing hard data as early as this fall.

Complaints about poor air quality at the school have provoked a great deal of discussion over the past few years, but proposals for improvement have three times gone down in flames, along with the multi-million-dollar renovation bonds into which they were embedded.

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Women take charge in Bristol

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Women own or run a heck of a lot of Bristol businesses.

Though there is no definitive list of town business, Ian Albinson, executive director of the Bristol CORE business group, compiled a list of 22 women-owned or women-run businesses virtually off the top of his head.

No one can say just why this is the case and what it means for the town’s future, but people paying attention say that the number of women in the town’s business scene and the vigor they bring to the entrepreneurial ecosystem is undeniable.

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Whiting to host a preschool; older kids moving out

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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WHITING — Beginning in September, Whiting Elementary School will house a district-wide prekindergarten program for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU), as well as a full-time private childcare center.

RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said that the Otter Valley Unified Union (OVUU) School Board sought a public-private partnership to address concerns from parents who were unable to send a child to pre-K because they also needed full-time childcare.

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Locals seek to recognize Stan Lazarus with a park

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Turn back the clock a half century.

Downtown Middlebury was a bustling retail hub. Just about every local family went to the Lazarus Department Store at 22-26 Main St. (pictured below) to outfit themselves and their kids with sturdy clothing and shoes.

Omnipresent store owner Stanton Lazarus brought a combination of business acumen and compassion to his running of the business that bore his family name. His philanthropy became legendary, though he tried to keep it low-key.

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