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Bristol downtown returning to health

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — Just a few years after a recession-induced slump prompted the closure of several Main Street businesses, downtown Bristol is making a comeback.

This summer marked the opening of Lulu’s ice cream shop by the owners of Mary’s Restaurant, Danielle Smith’s Little Babycakes baby clothing store, and Rory Jackson’s painting studio and gallery space.

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Porter Medical Center issues energy challenge to workers

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center will enlist the help of its more than 600 employees in finding ways to help reduce its annual energy bill of almost $1 million.

At issue is Porter’s participation in a new Efficiency Vermont program that will feature some on-site workshops on what workers can do to reduce power consumption. This will culminate in a contest for the Porter employees who submit the most creative and practical energy-savings tips. Those who submit the top three ideas, as judged by Efficiency Vermont, will receive $50 gift cards to local stores.

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Book explores fate of giant fish

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Matt Rigney developed a passion for fishing during many years of solitary angling in a small boat off the coast of Maine.

Along with the thrill of catching some hefty bluefish, striped bass and other species, Rigney learned about what he called the “power of solitude, about what you see when you sit quietly and observe nature.”

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State to put traffic light in Ferrisburgh village

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — The Agency of Transportation has pledged within the next several years to put traffic lights at the Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 with Little Chicago and Middlebrook roads, which is in the heart of the town’s population center and is near Ferrisburgh Central School.

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Tough start to winter for bear cub

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — A wayward black bear cub was perched on a tree just off of Route 125 between East Middlebury and Ripton for two days last week.

“It drew a lot of attention,” said Dick Collitt of the Ripton Country Store. “People were stopping. It was a circus down there for a couple of days.”

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Monkton debates the meaning of 'gravel'

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONKTON — Members of the Development Review Board came to no final decisions on a contentious 39.5 acre gravel production site off of Monkton Road when they held a public hearing this past Tuesday.

The focus of the hearing, according to DRB Chair Peter Close, was over whether a rock quarry would be permitted under Monkton law and “the definition of gravel.”

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Hurricane Sandy: Updates from #addyvt

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Addison Independent Staff



As the East Coast braces for Hurricane Sandy, we will be updating this page with advisories, tips and contributions from around the state. We invite you to share your photos, tweets, and videos with the Addison Independent: use #addyvt or #VtSandy to keep us posted on your experience, or email online@addisonindependent.com

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Fuel assistance demand is on the rise

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Jan Demers



Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said, “How can you expect a man who’s warm to understand one who’s cold?” We don’t have that problem in Vermont. There is not one of us who doesn’t understand the cold and the wonderful feeling of entering a warm space after being chilled. What if that space is your home and that space is continually cold and about to get colder? Then add to that scenario that you are elderly, disabled or a single mom with children.

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High winds expected from hurricane, Shumlin declares state of emergency

Posted on October 28, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



WATERBURY — Vermont Emergency Management on Sunday afternoon reported that state agencies continue to prepare for the impacts from Hurricane Sandy. Gov. Peter Shumlin has declared a State of Emergency for Vermont in advance of the storm. The designation will allow the state to use National Guard and other federal resources if needed.

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Hurricane Warning: Vermont Agency of Agriculture urges farmers to prepare for Sandy

Posted on October 26, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture issued a warning to farmers on Thursday, urging them to prepare for flooding and power outages early next week. Hurricane Sandy, which at the time of this writing was moving through the Caribbean, will continue north past the eastern coast of Florida in the next couple of days, and is expected to hit land on the Eastern Seaboard early next week.

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