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December 7th

Rep. Walter Pyle fondly recalled

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Former Gov. James Douglas recalled the late Walter Pyle as a congenial, common-sense lawmaker who was an effective champion for agricultural issues during his seven terms in the Vermont House.

“He was always a gentleman; I never saw him angry or disagreeable,” Douglas said of Pyle during a Thursday interview with the Addison Independent. “He had his convictions, but he respected other points of view.”

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McKernon wants to build solar array off Route 7

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — While discussions are continuing for a massive solar array hidden from view on one end of Brandon, a smaller array is planned in plain site of Route 7 north of town.

The McKernon Group design/build contracting firm, headquartered at the former Brandon Training School property, has filed an application with the Public Service Board to build a 132-kilowatt fixed solar array in a field just south of the company’s office.

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Local stories sought for new magazine

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



MIDDLEBURY — Even though she’s been living in Middlebury for the past 12 years, Katie Jennings said she wasn’t satisfied with what she called a “fairly narrow view” of her community. Her husband, Matthew Jennings, works at Middlebury College as the editor of Middlebury Magazine and her son attends Mary Hogan Elementary School.

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Boy Scout helps erect welcome signs

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Ivor Hughes



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MONKTON — A recent Saturday saw Monkton Ridge (and Monkton Boro) get a series of new welcome signs erected by Will Aldridge of Monkton Scout Troop 525 and his crew. The signs sport the Monkton flag and Welcome to Monkton Ridge, Please Drive Safely.” Corresponding signs are also on the approaches to the Boro. This project was undertaken as an Eagle Scout service project and is the highest achievement award that a Scout can attain.

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Author/illustrator returns to her roots in Addison County

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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SALISBURY — Noted children’s book illustrator and author Ashley Wolff is home.

Wolff left Vermont after graduating from Middlebury Union High School in 1974 to study art at the Rhode Island School of Design. BFA in hand, she did a brief stint in Vermont and then moved to the West Coast, where she’s spent the past 30-some-odd years working from her studio in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights.

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VUHS students join National Honor Society

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Sixteen Vergennes Union High School students were inducted into the Otter Valley Chapter of the National Honor Society at a ceremony at VUHS on Thursday night.

The traditional candlelight induction ceremony was attended by parents, relatives, friends of inductees, teachers, administrators and school board members.

New members inducted from the Class of 2016 were Lathrop Brownell, Hailey Cray, Nora Hubbard, Julia Johnson, Tyler Kepes, Xavier Provencher and Kareena Vorsteveld.

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College students teach area youth about the brain

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Lisa Bernardin



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MIDDLEBURY — The recent “Discover the Brain! A Day of Neuroscience for High School Students” event at Middlebury College’s Bicentennial Hall was a wonderful event. Twenty-plus high school students and teachers from seven high schools in Addison and Chittenden counties attended. It is one of the few events — another being the annual Vermont Brain Bee at the University of Vermont — currently focusing on neuroscience education in Vermont.

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Students of the Week - December 7, 2015

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
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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