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September 26th, 2013
“It is not necessary to talk about these issues all the time. The dogmatic and moral teachings of the church are not all equivalent... We have to find a balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.”
Vermont State Police officials are investigating a fatal crash on Rt. 125 in Hancock, the agency said. The incident was a single vehicle accident involving a cement truck. The Independent will update this story as more information becomes available.
Vergennes Union High School hosted its 9th annual Peace One Day rally Sept. 21 to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Students dedicated this year's event to the late Rep. Greg Clark, a Vergennes resident who taught for many years at Mount Abraham.
See the full story in the Independent Sept. 25.
Photos taken by Kristine Kirkaldy
BRISTOL — The Snake Mountain Cruisers hosted its ninth annual “Better L8 Than Never” car show Sept. 15 in Bristol.
The group raised $2,600 for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta through a 50/50 raffle, bake sale and sponsor donations. The winner of the raffle also donated the winnings back to the nonprofit, which benefits young people with cancer.
BRISTOL — Firefighter Chris Casey spent 50 days this summer fighting wildfires in Colorado in Montana. When not battling blazes, Casey works for the Green Mountain and Finger Lakes division of the U.S. Forest Service. He is based in Middlebury.
Below are a few of the pictures he took during his time out West. Read the full story here.
ADDISON — A lightly attended Sept. 16 public informational meeting did little to settle the future of the now vacant Addison Town Hall on Route 22A, according to the chairman of Addison’s selectboard-appointed Town Hall Committee.
Committee head John Spencer said only about a dozen residents showed up that Monday evening at the Addison Central School to learn more about the ownership and septic issues that are complicating the building’s future.
MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County will kick off its 2013 campaign to raise $725,000 with its customary “Days of Caring” this Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 28. It is an event that has thus far attracted 675 community volunteers who will perform dozens of helpful jobs for the various local nonprofit agencies that receive financial support through the UWAC.
MIDDLEBURY — The Legislature’s ongoing effort to draft a new law regulating development on shoreland lots continues to draw concern from Addison County residents, some of whom fear new regulations will emerge that will affect their property rights.
“This is a taking of property without due process… ” said one of more than 150 people who showed up at a public hearing convened in Middlebury on Thursday by the Shoreland Protection Commission.