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Orwell is in the clear on historic site stone removal

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ORWELL — Officials in the town of Orwell were within their rights when they removed a stone outcropping within the Mount Independence State Historic Site, according to the state Division for Historic Preservation.

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Input sought on Cornwall store

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — The Cornwall selectboard is circulating a community-wide survey in hopes of settling the future of the town-owned Lavalley Store building once and for all at next March’s town meeting.

The Lavalley building is a circa-1880s structure located next to the Cornwall Town Hall. It was used for decades as a store and as a residence before being vacated and donated to the town by the Lavalley family in 2001.

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Retailers see quick start to the holidays

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — Over the past few years, Addison County retailers have been battered by a nationwide recession, stiff competition from the Internet, stressed household budgets and, this year, the crippling effects of Tropical Storm Irene.

But many local shop owners are cautiously optimistic about the holiday shopping season that they say kicked off with a bang this past weekend.

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Many hunters leave the woods empty-handed

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — After a banner Addison County rifle deer season in 2010, the number of bucks killed during this November’s 16-day rifle season and weighed at local reporting stations plummeted.

In all, 329 bucks killed between Nov. 12 and 27 were weighed at the nine county reporting stations that shared results with the Independent, a drop of 99 from the 2010 count from the same stations. 2010 was the best season locally since the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife banned shooting antlerless bucks (known as “spikehorns”) in 2005.

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Season starts with Festival of Wreaths

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — There’s nothing like a wreath on the door to foster holiday cheer, so Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater is likely to be bursting with holiday spirit at the Festival of Wreaths this Saturday.

This year marks the return after a one-year hiatus of the holiday mainstay, which draws hundreds of people to bid on wreaths decorated by local businesses and artists as a fund-raiser for the Mary Johnson Children’s Center. This year, area businesses and individuals will decorate and donate 120 festive wreaths for the event.

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Small biz eyes the promise of online

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of articles focusing on the changing role of information technology in various sectors. The series looks beyond the push for universal broadband, asking how Internet access and the advances of technology are changing life in Addison County.

MIDDLEBURY — It wasn’t long ago that a small business owner didn’t have to worry about Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, OpenTable, FourSquare, TripAdvisor, or even maintaining a website.

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Bristol planning chair Wells resigns

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Bristol Planning Commission Chair Tom Wells resigned on Wednesday after eight years serving on the commission and four years heading it.

This decision comes after Wells missed the past three meetings for work-related reasons. It also comes after Vice-chair Chico Martin, leading the Nov. 15 planning commission meeting in Wells’ absence, potentially violated the state open meeting law when he refused to let a member of the public ask a question.

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Committee aims to plug leaks in municipal building

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A vision for Middlebury’s new municipal building currently exists as rough lines on paper, but town officials are hoping local residents will spend the coming months filling in those lines with a fully defined project that could be ready for construction by the spring of 2013.

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College art museum a treasure to community

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



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MIDDLEBURY — As the weather turns chillier, it’s time to migrate indoors. And there are few holiday traditions more time-honored than visiting the museum.

Those who live in and around Addison County’s shire town are lucky enough to have a first-class museum housed in a center that also hosts hundreds of performances each year, many by internationally renowned artists. It is, of course, the Middlebury College Museum of Art.

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Irene repairs offer chance to really fix infrastructure

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — As Tim Bouton, emergency response planner for the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, made his local rounds after Tropical Storm Irene, he urged towns to drastically rethink their roads, public buildings and other infrastructure and get them out of the flood plain.

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