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Dry weather lets farmers get in fields

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — The warm, dry weather this spring is unusual, but to some farmers it’s come as a welcome change from last year.

According to the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, precipitation totals at the Burlington weather station are running about 3.3 inches below average, at just over 7 inches since Jan. 1. Vermont also saw record high temperatures in March. With little precipitation and very little snowmelt, the fields and forests are unusually dry.

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Friends remember Sheriff Jim Coons, the face of local law enforcement

Posted on April 18, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Jim Coons, who died on Monday evening at the age of 59, was recalled by fellow law enforcement officials as a gregarious, savvy and cooperative public servant who dramatically transformed his department during his three decades in office.

“Jim Coons was the iconic face of law enforcement in Addison County and a bridge between the past and present,” said Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley.

“He will be a tough act to follow.”

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Addison County Sheriff James Coons dies

Posted on April 17, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Sheriff’s Department announced this morning that Sheriff James B. Coons died Monday night at his home in Middlebury. He succumbed to cancer.

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County jail gets solar hot water

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When you get into hot water, you can wind up in the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD) lockup. Those who find themselves in that predicament can take a little solace in knowing that the hot water they use at the jail will have been made in an environmentally safe manner.

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Maple legislation seeks to expand markets

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MONTPELIER — Rising maple syrup production in Vermont is sending more sugarmakers across state lines seeking new buyers for their product.

Now, sugarmakers also are looking to Montpelier as legislators debate a bill that the Vermont Maple Sugarmaker’s Association says would make Vermont syrup more marketable on national and international markets. The bill, which passed the Senate and is now in the House Agriculture Committee, would change syrup labeling laws and establish a food safety certification program for sugarmakers.

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Lady Gaga poster nets award for Panton girl

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Elementary School fourth-grader Kathryn Wyckoff has always loved to read, write and paint, and for the past year or so has worn a feather in her hair.

Thanks to those language and artistic skills, Kathryn now has a feather in her cap, too.

Kathryn, a 10-year-old Panton resident, just won a statewide student poster contest sponsored by the Federal Women’s Program Council of Vermont.

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Small group passes $6.1M ID-4 budget

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — On Wednesday, April 11, around 30 people voted unanimously in favor of a 2012-2013 spending plan of $6,144,811 for Mary Hogan Elementary School.

Bonnie Bourne, co-principal of the Middlebury school, said folks present at the ID-4 school district annual meeting asked a few clarifying questions about the budget before endorsing it by voice vote.

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McVeigh teaches in Middle East

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Joe McVeigh’s special talent is in teaching English, but he hasn’t been spending a lot of time lately in countries where that language is most widely spoken.

That’s because McVeigh’s English teaching skills, and the books he has co-authored on the subject, have taken him to more than 45 countries where people are eager to absorb a language that they see as a passport to success in business, education and cultural pursuits.

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City native on 'Price Is Right'

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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STUDIO CITY, Calif. — A Vergennes native competed on the popular daytime game show “The Price is Right” last week, and her appearance will be broadcast this coming Friday.

According to a Price is Right spokesperson, Theresa McDonough’s appearance will be broadcast at 11 a.m. this Friday on Channel 3.

What prizes McDonough, a former Vergennes Union High School student, may have won or whether she earned a shot at the program’s trademark “Showcase” are, of course, closely held secrets prior to the broadcast.

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City moves to fix water woes

Posted on April 16, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — At their April 10 meeting, Vergennes aldermen told homeowners affected by water problems in the Crosby Farms and Booska Court areas that the city had hired Middlebury’s Otter Creek Engineering to evaluate what needed to be done to cure drainage woes in the subdivision.

The water problems came to a head during the spring of 2011, when melt from heavy snows combined with steady rain to flood and badly damage eight basements, according to a group of homeowners who also met with aldermen in August.

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