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February 9th, 2017

Community forum on President's Muslim ban to be held this Sunday

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — This Sunday, Feb. 12, Middlebury’s religious community will hold a public discussion on the impacts of President Donald Trump’s recent executive order restricting citizens and refugees from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States.

Organized by the Rev. Andy Nagy-Benson of the Congregational Church of Middlebury and Emily Joselson of Havurah, the Addison County Jewish Community, the event will feature a panel of local residents who are Muslim.

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Mount Abe fix-it list: 'more than a facelift'

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “It’s a well-built school. It’s a steel-frame building. It’s got a brick façade to it. It holds its heat very well,” Alden Harwood said of the Mount Abraham Union High School, which opened to students in 1969.

“But it’s an old building. It’s a 1960s-vintage building that needs more than a facelift,” he cautioned. “We’re starting to see many things that are at the end of their useful life.”

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American odyssey: Starksboro couple driving to Brazil, raising money for Open Door Clinic

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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STARKSBORO — Christiane Kokubo has seen many Hispanic people, most of them migrant workers, visit the Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury to receive free health care services. Kokubo, a communications specialist with ODC, never ceases to be touched by the stories of perseverance and isolation that these migrant workers convey to her while receiving vital medical attention.

Kokubo is currently viewing the migrant workers’ story from a decidedly different angle.

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Doyle's bedtime book brings Vermont farming to life

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Last Resort Farm’s Eugenie Doyle has been farming for over three decades and writing poems, essays and stories for almost as many years. Her latest work, the award-winning picture book “Sleep Tight Farm,” celebrates the farming life.

Best read, as the Monkton resident suggests, snuggled up with a little kid as a bedtime book, “Sleep Tight Farm” is a paean to the enduring rhythms of work and season that keep people rooted in the Green Mountain State.

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Governor Scott close to naming new Orwell-area house rep

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is conducting a second round of interviews this week with prospective candidates for the vacant Addison-Rutland House seat, in the wake of what his spokesperson said has been a dearth of candidates for the position representing Orwell, Shoreham, Whiting and Benson.

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City police bust trio for drug trafficking

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A routine traffic stop by Vergennes police this past Friday night led to the arrest of three Albany, N.Y., residents for heroin and cocaine possession and trafficking in heroin.

The three suspects — Robert Scales, 33; Jamel Sears, 30; and Kessiah Harvin, 26 — were lodged for the weekend at the Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility after police alleged they found 27 grams of powdered cocaine and 100 bags of heroin in a backpack in the trunk of a car driven by Harvin.

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Abolitionist Frederick Douglass drew plenty of notice in Middlebury

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By William B. Hart Associate Professor of History Middlebury College



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MIDDLEBURY — On this past Feb. 1, President Donald Trump kicked off Black History Month by acknowledging a few black leaders, including Frederick Douglass. “Frederick Douglass is an example of someone who’s done an amazing job,” Trump noted, “and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.”

The President’s remark left many listeners bewildered. “Does he think Douglass is still alive?” many wondered. Does he even know who Douglass was, let alone what his “amazing job” was?

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Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition reviews a year's success

Posted on February 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition celebrated a year of accomplishments — including a national award — at its annual meeting on Jan. 26. The dinner at the American Legion Hall in Vergennes brought together close to 150 farmers and friends, including Gov. Phil Scott, newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture Anson Tebbetts and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Alyson Eastman.

“Your presence tonight means you care about the environment,” said Tebbetts. “You’re working on it.”

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