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Stay off the ice!

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is imploring people to exercise extreme caution around frozen water bodies and not to go on the ice for any reason. After recent tragic events involving ice anglers, Vermont game wardens on Thursday were reporting that ice conditions have deteriorated to unsafe levels statewide. 

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Supreme Court nixes Monkton gravel pit

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MONKTON — The Vermont Supreme Court called “case closed” on a proposed blasting and gravel crushing operation in Monkton that’s been in dispute since first proposed in early 2012.

The court last month ruled in favor of the town of Monkton against Allan and Michael Brisson, of Brisson Stone LLC, and reaffirmed an earlier decision by the Environment Court to deny Brisson Stone’s application.

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Annual chili festival to bring Middlebury street alive this Saturday

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — This Saturday, March 12, downtown Middlebury will close its streets to welcome thousands of visitors to the eighth annual Vermont Chili Festival.

Beginning at 1 p.m., this popular event offers a festive party-like atmosphere with street performers, music, two after-parties and over 50 different kinds of chili to sample and enjoy. The entry fee to the event is $7 at the gate or $5 in advance online at vtchilifest.com. Children ages 8 and under are admitted for free.

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Carpenter, Artim elected to Middlebury selectboard posts in close votes

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury on Tuesday experienced an additional flurry of election fireworks following the array of local and national electoral pyrotechnics that lit up polling places on March 1.

In a series of two 4-3 votes, Middlebury selectboard members selected Brian Carpenter as their new chairman and retained Nick Artim as their vice chairman.

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Reen says listening and building relationships are his strengths

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Middlebury Union Middle School Principal Patrick Reen says he knew he wanted to work in education when just a youngster — that, or become a forester because of his love of hunting, fishing and being outdoors.

Teaching won out.

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Wanted man caught in Middlebury

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — A Rutland man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Leicester has been caught, but not before stealing at least one car in Brandon, police say, and possibly another.

Middlebury police arrested Shawn Michael Ritchie, 42, on an active warrant this past Friday at 4 p.m. on North Pleasant Street.

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EastView residents measure walks

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — By using an old fashioned measuring wheel, new-fangled GPS, and a pedometer, residents at the EastView at Middlebury retirement community last month measured a wide variety of walkways and trails in Middlebury.

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Victor Nuovo on Lucretius: The how and why of things

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



The German philosopher G.W. Leibniz (1646–1716), in a short discourse on metaphysics, asked the question, “Why is there something, rather than nothing?” He considered this the fundamental question of philosophical inquiry, which was unavoidable in the light of what he believed was a self-evident truth and philosophical axiom that nothing comes to be without a sufficient reason for its being.

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Shoreham nurse sparks relief drive

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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SHOREHAM — Two months ago, the Shoreham Congregational Church met Jade Blodgett, a nurse and Shoreham resident who explained her involvement with a medical mission to Honduras in March. The church took the challenge, titled “Hygiene for Honduras,” of filling a suitcase with basic hygiene supplies like soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, sunscreen and lip balm, as well as old eyeglasses. Suitcases were placed at the church and in the Platt Memorial Library in Shoreham. 

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Porter responds to public discontent, trustees admit 'rushed' process on physician contracts

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Members of Porter Medical Center board on Wednesday conceded what they now believe was too rapid a roll-out of new contract terms for the organization’s 33 physicians, and they vowed to become more inclusive and transparent in communicating what have been some major changes within Porter’s hospital, nursing home and 12 physicians’ practices.

Declaring a “mea culpa,” they said they said they would take the current contract with physicians off the table and start anew.

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