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August 23rd

Black and blue

BOB OKONIEWSKI OF Okie Courts Systems in Cazenovia, N.Y., spreads blue paint onto the new surface of Middlebury College’s outdoor tennis courts Monday morning. The final court color scheme will be blue on green, like the courts at the U.S. Open.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Area burglary spree investigated by state and local police

August 23, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — State and local police are working together to solve a series of recent break-ins in New Haven, Middlebury and Bristol, during which thieves have been particularly keen on pilfering small safes and cash boxes.

Vermont State Police Lt. Thomas Noble confirmed two recent cases at homes on River Road and North Street in which safes were stolen from homes in the New Haven area. Noble said there have been four residential burglaries in Bristol involving stolen safes since the beginning of August. Those burglaries have occurred on Lower Notch Road, Rounds Road and Cove Road.

Middlebury police Chief Tom Hanley reported six burglaries in his community since March, primarily in the Cobble Road, Munger Street and Case Street/Route 116 areas. Most recently, on Aug. 19, Middlebury police investigated a break-in at a Munger Street home during which a small safe, among other things, was stolen.

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Setbacks and determination

August 23, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

BRANDON — In the weeks leading up to her departure with the American Lung Association (ALA) of Washington’s annual Big Ride Across America, everything was telling Helyn Anderson not to go on that bike trip. She couldn’t seem to break $4,700 in donations, $800 short of the minimum required to join the ride.

And to make things worse, she had recently discovered her 21-year-old Rockhopper mountain bike was unsafe to ride because it had a fractured frame.

“My thing was going to be, ride the Rockhopper and then throw it in the ocean when I got to D.C.,” Anderson said. But back in June she had $800 and a replacement bike to find or she wasn’t going to make it to that ocean.

Anderson, a 63-year-old Brandon resident and special educator at Middlebury Union Middle School, has always been athletic but never considered herself a serious cyclist. Her thing is riding up and down the Brandon gap, but that’s about it, she said. But ever since she was a kid, she’s fantasized about bicycling across the United States.

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Documentary aimed to help teens cope with loss

August 23, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The end of a life often sparks the beginning of a long, traumatic period of grief and confusion for the survivors — particularly if those survivors are young and have few friends who understand their plight.

But students throughout Vermont will soon get a better understanding of the grieving and healing process that follows a loved one’s death, thanks to a new documentary film spearheaded by Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) of Addison County.

The documentary, featuring footage of a support group discussion among teens who have recently lost a parent or other family member, will soon be distributed to every high school in the state.

David White, an HVS staff member, explained the seed for the documentary was planted a few years ago, when hospice volunteer Deb Cossart brought forth the idea of establishing support groups for teens who had recently lost loved ones. With help, HVS was able to establish teen support groups at Mount Abraham and Vergennes union high schools during the 2005-2006 academic years.

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August 20th

Blueberries

HANNAH ZIMMER OF Middlebury stretches for a ripe blueberry from her shaded spot under the bush’s canopy. Four-year-old Hannah and her mom, Alison, picked six quarts at the Lower Notch Blueberry Farm in Bristol on Thursday afternoon.
Independent photo/Kevin Lehman

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Bristol seeks to conserve energy

August 20, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Bristol selectmen have created a volunteer energy committee to address concerns about energy efficiency and to cut energy use in the community.

In recent years, some Vermont towns, notably Montpelier, have established separate positions or committees to spotlight energy issues, but Bristol appears to be the first in Addison County.

Bristol’s five-member energy committee will be chaired by energy coordinator John Elder and will work mostly in an advisory role to the selectboard and town administrator on energy efficiency. Elder, a Bristol resident and professor of English and Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, said he has high hopes for the group.

“I hope we can move really fast to get back to the town with some specific proposals,” he said.

The idea for the group originally came from planning commission member Bunny Daubner, who shared it with Selectwoman Carol Wells. Although a separate position to handle energy is relatively new, the responsibility itself is not.

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New folklife center director bring love of lore

August 20, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Brent Bjorkman developed a passion for history and folklore as a young child who would listen, spellbound, as his grandfather told him stories about his Scandinavian ancestry.

Years later, Bjorkman is the person delivering the stories, as the new executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center (VFC) in Middlebury.

Bjorkman, 42, has been on the job for around five weeks now. He recently took over for the legendary Jane Beck, who retired after more than two decades at the helm of the VFC, which she founded. It was Beck’s legacy and the skilled staff that remains at the VFC that prompted Bjorkman to apply for the top job at the organization, which has moved into new digs in the historic John Warren House at 88 Main St. in Middlebury.

“It was Jane’s vision this whole time that I will be carrying out far into the future, with the help of a staff and board that has always been such a part of the visioning process,” Bjorkman said on Thursday.

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Porter gets bra quilt

August 20, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Before hanging a new breast cancer awareness quilt in Porter Hospital’s mammography suite last week, mammographer Joan Guertin felt around in one of the quilt’s 12 brightly colored bras for a mock breast cancer.

“She put in a mass,” Guertin said, referring to Dorothy Anguish, the Vergennes resident who sewed and donated the quilt late last year as a light-hearted reminder that women should check their breasts regularly for cancer.

Guertin moved her fingers around the quilted breast until she located the dried pea tucked into the batting. “This really is what a (cancer) mass feels like,” she said. “It’s what you might feel if you were doing a self breast exam.”

But Anguish couldn’t feel it in her own breast last year. Just as she was about to finish the quilt, a mass, which is the most common indicator of breast cancer, showed up in her mammogram. Porter did a second mammogram and determined a biopsy was needed.

“I had to get (the quilt) out of my house because … not finishing it was bad news,” Anguish said.

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