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Commuter Challenge a success

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



VERMONT — The results are in. In an attempt to find more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives for getting to work, the 2012 Way to Go Commuter Challenge was a success and saw growth in participation across the state. And one Addison County municipality was singled out for its extraordinary efforts to save gasoline.

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Pitts teams up with her pet

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



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NEW HAVEN — Fourteen-year-old Amy Pitts likes animals. She has a horse and a three-year-old Sheltie named Ginger.

The New Haven teen recently began sharing that love for animals with folks at the Eastview retirement community in Middlebury. She put her dog and herself through a therapy dog training, and now visits residents there and gives them the opportunity to stroke Ginger and reminisce about the pets they’d owned over the years.

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Field Days judges face tough task in ribbon decision-making

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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NEW HAVEN — The paths and boulevards of the county fairgrounds were empty last Monday; Addison County Fair and Field Days didn’t open to the public until Tuesday.

But the Home and Garden Building was bustling with activity.

With display shelves full of produce, knitwear and baked goods to taste or examine, judging in the annual fair competitions started shortly after noon and continued into the evening.

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Errant bullet rips into Bridport home

Posted on August 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Vermont State Police are investigating another firearm-related incident in the Swinton Road neighborhood of Bridport, though fortunately this time no one was injured.

In this latest case, reported on Aug. 8, Swinton Road resident Rick Scott found a bullet lodged in the second-floor office of his home. Scott told police he suspected the bullet might have come from a coyote hunter who witnesses said drove into the area that day in a green Subaru station wagon and allegedly fired several shots in the direction of the residence.

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Police jail Bristol woman for 60-plus bags of heroin

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Vermont State Police’s drug task force arrested Katherine Heffernan, 27, of Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for knowingly possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it, U.S. District Court documents show.

Drug task force officials say they found more than 60 bags of heroin and more than $9,000 in Heffernan’s Mountain Street home, in her car and on her person. U.S. District Judge John M. Conroy sent Heffernan to jail on Aug. 8. She is due to appear before him again on Aug. 22 for a preliminary hearing in Burlington.

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Rescue horses find new life at Field Days

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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NEW HAVEN — Trotting through the horse-show ring at Addison County Fair and Field Days, Oliver and Zeb held their heads up high in the summer sun, far from the harsh conditions in which Anna Willenbaker found them more than two years ago.

Willenbaker, 15, was riding Zeb in the Gymkhana show, in which horses and riders compete on how quickly they can complete patterns.

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Sand Hill Bridge replacement set

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Sand Hill Bridge is on schedule to be replaced during the spring of 2014 at a cost of more than $2 million in a project that will close Route 125 through East Middlebury for 40 days.

That was the word on Monday from Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials and representatives from the engineering firm of Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc. (VHB), who were on hand to explain the span replacement plan to around 25 people at a meeting at the East Middlebury United Methodist Church.

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Fragile funding worries conservation groups

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY –– While enjoying the summer, many people probably have explored the Trail Around Middlebury, scampered around Moosalamoo Mountain, hiked on the Long Trail or taken binoculars out to Dead Creek for birdwatching.

Some may not realize that these areas, and many others in Addison County, are maintained by nonprofits.

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Phosphorus runs through local rivers

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — Data released earlier this year showed that in 2011 the Otter Creek poured more than 206 metric tons of phosphorus into Lake Champlain — almost twice the 18-year average of 121 annual metric tons.

An increase in phosphorus, which fuels growth of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, is not viewed by staff at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) as a positive harbinger in their effort to clean up Lake Champlain.

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Maple treats delight at fair

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN –– Each year the inviting scent of warm, sweet maple syrup pulls fairgoers into the Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association building at Field Days. The sugarhouse is a must-see for most people at the fair, many of whom have a favorite maple treat.

“Everybody has their thing that they like,” said sugarhouse volunteer Maggie Seeley on Tuesday, the first day of Addison County Fair and Field Days. “I come in for the cup of coffee and the doughnut, that’s my thing.”

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