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How do toads avoid croaking in the winter?

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Tiffany Soukup



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I manage a lodge in the Groton forest on behalf of Vermont State Parks. One warm fall day, while standing outside the lodge, I noticed movement inside one of the window wells around the basement. Realizing that something noteworthy was about to happen, I ran inside to alert our guests.

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Middlebury asks state reps for school tax reform and Rt. 7 rotary

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday gave its legislative delegation a brief but sharply worded wish list for the 2015 session: Give us a rotary at the intersection of Route 7 and Exchange Street, along with education finance reform.

The board conveyed that message to the four Democratic lawmakers taking part in the meeting: Sen. Christopher Bray of New Haven, Sen. Claire Ayer of Addison, Rep. Betty Nuovo of Middlebury, and Rep.-elect Amy Sheldon of Middlebury.

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Time short for Bristol firehouse; fixes needed

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — About 20 members of the Bristol Fire Department crammed into the basement of Holley Hall Monday evening to hear how the selectboard planned to fix their crumbling headquarters on North Street.

Firefighters expressed a general sense of frustration that the town has not yet approved a plan for a new firehouse structure, and that the current firehouse does not meet the needs of the department.

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Local woman battles opiate addiction, finds hope with suboxone

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was New Year’s Eve 1998 when Cheryl Barrows got her first taste of heroin.

“I met this ‘wonderful’ guy in Rutland who put a needle in my arm and said, ‘This is wonderful stuff,’” recalled Barrows. “I looked out of the window, saw a pink cloud and my pain was gone. I felt nothing.”

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Weybridge kids put energy into green homebuilding

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — It’s not unusual for students in this day and age to be warned of the challenges they will face in heating their homes in the future as fossil fuels become more scarce and expensive.

Weybridge Elementary School students are not only being taught about the challenges; they are being asked to become a part of the solution.

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Brandon police organize war on heroin

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Lee J. Kahrs/Brandon Reporter



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BRANDON — Drug dealers are people, too. That is a cold, hard fact of law enforcement that is frustrating many Brandon residents as known drug dealers continue to operate locally.

With the Brandon Cares community group gaining momentum in the local fight against heroin and opiate abuse, Brandon residents are learning more about addiction and treatment challenges. But they also question why, if local police know who is dealing heroin in Brandon, more arrests aren’t made to combat the problem.

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Middlebury gym opened to locals without electricity

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff




To provide shelter for those without electricity and heat, local Emergency Manager and Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley has opened the municipal gym at 94 Main St. to locals whose electricity has been cut by the ongoing snowstorm. The Red Cross has been notified and will provide staffing for the emergency shelter. 
Those needing transportation to the gym can contact Addison County Transit Resources at 388-1946 until 5 p.m., and the Middlebury Police Department at 388-3191 after 5 p.m., to arrange a ride.

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Storm knocks out power in Bristol

Posted on December 10, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Last night’s snowstorm knocked out power to some customers in Bristol, police chief Kevin Gibbs said. The outages are centered in Bristol Village. Gibbs said Green Mountain Power reported that the outages could be fixed by this evening, and that crews planned to shut off power to neighboring areas in order to safely work on the damaged lines. Stores and businesses downtown, like Shaw's, are open.

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Local schools cancel afterschool activities on Tuesday

Posted on December 9, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Afterschool activities as most Addison County schools were called off on Tuesday because of the bad weather.

As much as eight inches of snow or freezing rain has been forecast for the area, and precipitation had begun to fall by noon.

Addison Central Supervisory Union Superintendent Peter Burrows sent out a message a little bit after noon saying that “due to deteriorating weather conditions, all ACSU after school activities have been canceled today, Tuesday, Dec. 9.”

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Two in the running for Middlebury fire chief

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Two candidates had submitted résumés to become Middlebury’s next fire chief as the Addison Independent went to press on Friday, Dec. 5, which was the application deadline for the position.

Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay on Friday morning said she could not yet divulge the names of the applicants, but confirmed one is a current member of the fire department while the other is a former member.

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