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October 4th

Roar!

DYLAN GOOLEY, 6, of Bristol reacts to the image of his painted face in a mirror held up by face-painting artist Ashley White, 9, of Bristol. Gooley was one of hundreds of kids and thousands of people who attended Bristol’s Harvest Festival Saturday. More than 100 vendors participated in this year’s event.
Independent photo/Angelo Lynn

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Selectmen seek funds for Middlebury bridge

October 4, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen have hired a consulting team to uncover creative financing options for a new in-town bridge project that officials hope could be built before the end of this decade.

The consulting team of RKG Associates and McFarland-Johnson will spend the coming weeks looking at revenue sources to finance as much as $10 million of the estimated $16 million price tag of the project. The project would involve building a new bridge linking Main Street to Court Street via Cross Street, across the Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury.

If things go as scheduled, selectmen will have financing information in hand — along with some recommendations — in time for the 2008 town meeting next March.

“We really have as a goal to get something done within the next couple of years,” said Selectman Dean George, chairman of Middlebury’s in-town bridge committee. “We know that’s ambitious.”

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Monkton nurse cares for Iraq detainees

October 4, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MONKTON — It was only 18 months ago that Monkton resident Caitlyn Bushey was hitting the books at Plymouth State University, preparing herself for a career in nursing.

Last month saw Bushey return from a military stint in Iraq during which she saw more catastrophic injuries in one year as a combat medic than she may see during her entire career as a hospital nurse.

Bushey, now 21, signed up with the New Hampshire National Guard soon after graduating from Mount Abraham Union High School in 2004. She saw the Guard as an opportunity to serve her country while receiving tuition reimbursement at Plymouth State.

“I saw it as the best of both worlds,” Bushey said.

She joined the 3643rd Ordinance Co. based in Concord, N.H.

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Burmese students fear for friends and family

October 4, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior Yan Oak has spent the past few weeks struggling to communicate with friends in his hometown of Rangoon, Burma. The military-run government, which refers to the country as Myanmar, had cut off phone lines and severed Internet connections in response to recent protests sparked by a 100-percent increase in fuel prices.

But Yan managed to get through, and has been able to keep a close eye on the action as his friends join thousands of protestors and monks in the largest demonstration against the country’s military junta since a popular uprising in 1988.

In an effort to do something here in Vermont, half way around the world, Yan and fellow Burmese student Htar Htar Yu organized a series of events this week, including a panel discussion about the current state of Burma. The students have spent each day in the lobby of the college library answering questions about their home country and giving away red t-shirts that say, “Free Burma,” to spread awareness.

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October 1st

New Haven vineyard uses $116,000 grant to add value to its grapes

CHRIS GRANSTROM LEADS a wagon ride through his New Haven vineyard last Thursday after a presentation by USDA Rural Development. Four Vermont agricultural businesses, including Granstrom’s Lincoln Peak Vineyard, received grants from the USDA to expand production of value-added food products.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell



October 1, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

NEW HAVEN — Chris and Michaela Granstrom have grown grapes at Lincoln Peak Vineyard in New Haven for about five years and sold them to a winery to turn into a retail product. But thanks to a $116,550 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant bestowed last week, the Granstroms are expanding the winery they built last year and will be producing and selling wine of their own.

Chris Granstrom said that a $22,250 planning grant awarded last year revealed that producing their own wine will probably be much more profitable than selling grapes wholesale, so the choice was an easy one.

“It seemed like a great time to jump in,” he said.

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Staples considers new store in Middlebury

October 1, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury may soon become home to not only the world’s largest coffeehouse company — Starbucks — but also to the globe’s biggest office retail chain, Staples Inc.

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Farmers weigh impact of Localvore Challenge

October 1, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

ADDISON COUNTY — As the second annual Localvore Challenge came to a close late last week, many area farmers are saying they’ve seen an increase in local sales. Some believe the Addison County Relocalization Network’s challenge, which signed up area residents to commit to eating only foods grown within a 100-mile radius of their homes during the month of September, was a driving factor in their success.

Ben Gleason, who runs Gleason Grains in Bridport, said September’s numbers spoke for themselves. He estimated he sold about 7,500 pounds of flour and wheat berries during the month, compared with the 4,500 pounds he usually sells. He also harvested 700 pounds of black beans, a crop he has never grown before, and sold them all in two weeks.

“It kind of began right at the beginning of September and it still hasn’t ended,” he said of the hot streak.

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September 28th

President, Congress must address racial injustice in Jena-Six case

It’s a cold day in Hades when Congress and the president should meddle in a district court case. But such an injustice has been done in Jena, Louisiana to the so-called “Jena-Six” that reports around the world are showing an America that betrays its long-admired system of justice. Because the nation’s image — already tarnished by the Bush administration’s mishandling of the Iraqi war, torture, a judicial department stacking the deck with political appointees and an Attorney General forced to resign in disgrace — is being drug into the gutter again in reports from England to China, our nation’s leaders need to speak up to show the world that what is going on in Louisiana is not condoned by most Americans.

Specifically, President Bush, House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and Senate president pro tempore Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., should use their bully pulpits to demand accountability with the district attorney’s office handling the case and reprimand those leaders within the community that would turn a blind eye to such blatant racial prejudice.

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