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June 1st, 2012

Video: Art Clifford remembers the 1929 Champlain Bridge opening

Posted on June 1, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo and Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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Crowds turned out to watch the Champlain Bridge Grand Parade on May 19, but for some in the crowd, this wasn't the first time.

Art Clifford of Starksboro was just a boy in 1929, but he traveled over to Addison with his family to watch the festivities that opened up the first Champlain Bridge. He was one of the '29ers who attended this year, and he sat down with Robinson Elementary School students to chat about what life was like back in 1929.

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May 31st

Patchwork: Botswana gardener shares common ground

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Kate Gridley



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My garden is no longer my own. I have a weeding partner early mornings, when the shadows are long and the air is cool. Annette, from Gaborone, Botswana, is the mother of our “host son,” Aubrey, who has been attending Middlebury College for the past four years. She arrived a week ago to witness his graduation.

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Local athlete, national champ: Kate Livesay

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Karl Lindholm



Katy Perine was a surprise.

When her parents, Carolyn and Ken, went to Porter Hospital for the birth of their third child, they discovered only then that Carolyn would indeed deliver their third — and fourth. Their doctor and friend, Chip Malcolm, examined an X-ray and said, “Looks like two!”

Kathryn was born 15 minutes after her sister, Kristi. That was July 19, 1980.

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Track athletes vie in major late meet

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ESSEX — Athletes from the Mount Abraham, MUHS and VUHS teams competed in the major Essex Invitational Track and Field Meet on Saturday, an event that draws athletes from all divisions from around the state.

No team scores are kept; the meet serves as the final opportunity for athletes to perform well enough to qualify to compete in the New England championship meet.

Several athletes posted top-10 results while achieving that goal, notably VUHS junior Jon Welch, who was second and sixth in two boys’ hurdling events.

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Demand spikes for Vermont food assistance

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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VERMONT — Like thousands of Vermonters, Kristen Andrews turned to the food assistance program 3SquaresVT when she had exhausted all other options. In the fall of 2011 her income dropped, and the local educator and mother of four filed an application for help from the federally funded program formerly called Food Stamps.

But Andrews, a Lincoln resident, never expected the application would lead to a mistake that doubled her family’s health insurance premium. And she couldn’t have foreseen the long and arduous process of straightening it out.

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Four ACSU schools eye solar arrays

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By John Flowers



CORNWALL — Four Addison Central Supervisory Union schools are considering hosting solar arrays as a means of lowering their respective electricity bills while providing on-site renewable energy lessons for their students.

At issue are potential agreements between All Earth Renewables (AER) and the elementary schools in Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury and Weybridge. The respective directors of those schools are now considering 15-year contracts with AER to install solar trackers of varying sizes on-site or on nearby municipal property.

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Plan floated to link famous hiking trails through county

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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ADDISON COUNTY — For almost 50 years, naturalists, hikers and government officials have dreamed of blazing a trail that would connect two of the country’s longest hiking routes: the Appalachian Trail, which runs along the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, and the North Country Trail, which stretches from Crown Point, N.Y., to North Dakota.

The missing link?

A roughly 40-mile stretch of prospective trail through Addison County.

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