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Baby racoon tests positive for rabies

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



MIDDLEBURY — A baby raccoon found in Middlebury acting strangely Monday tested positive for rabies.

Dr. Tracy Winters said a pet owner found the clearly sick animal near Route 7 and brought it to Middlebury Animal Hospital, where it was humanely euthanized and sent to state labs for testing. On Wednesday, tests showed that the animal did suffer from rabies.

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City’s civic clubs make big mark

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Civic organizations make a big impact in the Little City, where five secular nonprofit clubs collectively have an annual membership of more than 1,300 and make annual charitable donations of almost $150,000.

According to Vergennes Mayor Michael Daniels, the Addison County Eagles, American Legion Post 14, the Vergennes Lions Club, the city’s Masonic Lodge, and the Vergennes Rotary club do more than donate money to charity. Daniels said they are integral parts of the city’s fabric.

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Students get credit for skateboard bench

Posted on August 23, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES –– Fourteen-year-old Damian Bougor knew the Vergennes skate park needed seating and decided to do something about it.

“I go there every day and we just needed something to sit on after we’re done skating, so I figured we needed a bench,” he said.

His friend Ian Shalek took the idea further and suggested a bench made out of skateboards.

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Field Days a hit in spite of showers, Route 17 repairs

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Addison County Fair and Field Days drew to a close on Aug. 11 following another run that officials called a success in spite of some rain that drenched the site during portions of three days of the annual event’s five-day span.

Jim Foster, president of the Field Days board, estimated attendance at this year’s 64th annual Field Days was around 15 percent lower than last year’s edition. During a good year (like last year), Field Days draws between 25,000 to 30,000 visits, according to Foster.

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Monkton tussles over proposed 35.9-acre quarrying operation

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



MONKTON — The Monkton Development Review Board (DRB) is nearing a decision on whether to permit a contentious application for a 30-plus acre quarry off of Monkton Road.

According to the application filed by Brisson Stone LLC and David Shlansky’s Burchfield Management Company LLC, “Brisson Stone will rely on drilling and blasting rock ledge to produce unconsolidated rock and gravel that will be collected on-site.” Burchfield Management filed the application, and the two enterprises are working together on this project.

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The Vergennes Farmers' Market blossoms

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Farmers’ Market board members said the combination of a recruiting effort, a switch from Mondays to Thursdays and a little bit of momentum helped triple the number of vendors at the market in the past two years.

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Man badly burned in truck crash on Route 116

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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Originally published 8/16/12 | Updated 8/17/12

BRISTOL — A New Hampshire man was listed in “guarded” condition with second-degree burns at Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday afternoon after driving his tractor-trailer truck off Route 116 in Bristol, resulting in a fiery crash and a massive response from multiple fire departments, rescue organizations and at least one heroic witness.

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Middlebury awards riverfront contract

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At an Aug. 14 meeting, the Middlebury selectboard agreed to contract with DeBisschop Excavating to make substantial improvements to public property bordering the Otter Creek Falls in the Marble Works.

The so-called “Riverfront” project will include the construction of pathways, re-grading and landscape restoration, tree and shrub plantings and new seating and gathering opportunities with a small amphitheater-like environment, noted Middlebury Assistant Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay.

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Jackman's pushes from fossil fuels to solar power

Posted on August 20, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Jackman’s Inc., a provider of carbon-heavy heating fuels like kerosene and No. 2 heating fuel, is giving solar a go.

The Bristol company, which got its start by selling firewood and coal in 1930, has long specialized in offering a range of heating options to its customers. In the last decade, the company began dealing pellets and bio diesel.

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Service helps seniors stay at home

Posted on August 16, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When Larry Carlson moved into the 25-unit Vergennes Senior Housing project on Armory Lane earlier this year, he was immediately impressed with the accommodations. But as a 71-year-old diabetic, Carlson was concerned about his ability to stay in his new apartment as his medical needs escalate to the point of sending him into the hospital.

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