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Forest Service offers $5 permits to cut Christmas trees

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT —U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a five-dollar tree for the holidays. This year, all fourth graders can take advantage of the Every Kid in a Park Initiative and get a free Christmas tree voucher found here: www.everykidinapark.gov.

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Bristol seeks volunteers to serve on new unified school board

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — With the passage on Nov. 8 of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union plan to consolidate governance and budgeting  as described in Act 46, a new Supervisory District board is forming. Bristol is allotted five seats to this new board; currently only two are filled.

The Bristol School Board is seeking volunteers who are committed to and passionate about the direction of the five-town schools to step forward and apply to fill those last three spots for Bristol residents on the new ANESD board.

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New Haven town budget draft includes pay raises

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — The current preliminary draft of the 2017 New Haven town budget includes a wage increase of at least 3 percent for all town employees.

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the selectboard discussed and voted on additional wage changes for town employees:

•  Town clerk, town treasurer, 5 percent increase.

•  Zoning administrator, 6 percent increase.

•  Zoning administrator’s assistant, 5 percent increase.

•  Full-time road crew workers, 5 percent increase.

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Addison Town Plan hearing set for next Tuesday

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — What could be the final public hearing on a proposed new Addison Town Plan will be held by the Addison selectboard on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the town clerk’s office.

The plan could lay the groundwork for new zoning laws that would allow for smaller lots in the town’s biggest zoning district, and create permanent regulations at the town level on solar arrays and wind turbines. The town now has interim regulations on the siting of solar arrays that the selectboard adopted in July.

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Little City's Holiday Stroll to kick off the season this Saturday

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Citizens and visitors to Vergennes can eat breakfast with Santa Claus, take part in the Bixby Library silent auction, shop at city merchants and at an annual holiday craft fair and generally get in the holiday spirit this coming Saturday, Dec. 3, when the Little City hosts its annual Holiday Stroll.

The full day of activities will kick off when Santa pops up at the Vergennes Union High School cafeteria at a pancake breakfast from 8 to 10 a.m. in an event sponsored by VUHS students and Friends of Music.

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Bristol church gives to refugees

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — “Weaving God’s Love Across Cultures” is the slogan of the Massachusetts Baptist Multicultural Ministries in Lexington, Mass. Each year the ladies of the First Baptist Church of Bristol collect items for the American Baptist Association of N.H. and Vt. for the White Cross projects to share in spreading God’s love. These often go to help those overseas.

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Monument Farms Dairy honored for supporting military

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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WEYBRIDGE, Vt. — Dan James of Weybridge, director of Sales and Distribution at Monument Farms Dairy, was recently presented with the U.S. Department of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award.

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Nuovo on Spinoza: Religion

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 15th in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) and his thoughts concerning nature, God and politics.

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Students of the Week - November 28, 2016

Posted on November 29, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Late Poet Laureate Ruth Stone's Goshen home is coming back to life

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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GOSHEN — Hathaway Road is straight and dirt, passing homesteads nestled up against the Green Mountain National Forest in Goshen. A beautiful meadow opens up, Mount Horrid above. The road continues and the forest closes back in around it and there it is on the left, the Ruth Stone House.

Prior to her death on Nov. 19, 2011, at the age of 96, it was not The Ruth Stone House, refuge of the former Vermont Poet Laureate; it was simply Ruth Stone’s house. And more than that, it was Stone’s home, her architectural soul, her muse.

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