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November 9th, 2017

Trio takes the reins at Morgan Horse Farm: Facility to focus on education, tourism

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — After losing its long-time director earlier this year, University of Vermont’s 139-year-old Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge is beginning a new chapter with a new management team, a revitalized educational mission and the prospect of some capital improvements on its 212-acre campus.

New leadership is beginning to change the identity of the horse farm from what has primarily been a training and breeding facility for Morgans, to more of an educational asset and tourist magnet.

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Proud of service to country, Ferrisburgh native has seen changes for women in the Army

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY— Among the many veterans profiled in the Independent have been ones who landed on D-Day or fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Waltham Army veteran Pam Norton exemplifies a kind of quiet courage, also important in military service, putting duty before all, at one point even before her new family.

“You go where you’ve got to go and do what you’ve got to do,” said Norton.

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'Scaramouche: A Tribute to Queen' takes the Town Hall Theater stage this Saturday

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Almost everyone knows Queen — the British rock band formed in 1970 with members Freddie Mercury (lead vocals, piano), Brian May (lead guitar, vocals), Roger Taylor (drums, vocals) and John Deacon (bass guitar). Their big hair was par for the course at the time, but the band’s progressive rock sound and Mercury’s flamboyance and outrageous stage presence took audiences by surprise.

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Jessie Raymond: Cupholder, engine, wheels ... check

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



“Do you drive a lot?” he asked.

“About four miles a day,” I said.

“Great! Well, this model has cruise control, so that’ll come in handy.”

I sighed.

I hate car shopping.

That was two weeks ago, and in the end, I drove away from the lot in a new (used) car. I forget which kind.

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Letters to the Editor: Locals ignored in move to Vermont Gas

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By John Beattie



As I watch Vermont Gas entering the Marbleworks with its machines, flaggers, and general disruption, I recall the many years that the gas needs of this complex have quietly been served by Fyles Brothers of Orwell, a local provider of LP gas. Fyles Brothers has provided the complex with remarkable service for many years. Its employees are dedicated, professional, and local. It is a successful local business that serves with unparalleled integrity. Those words, sadly, are not evidenced in the behavior of Vermont Gas.

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Letters to the Editor: Letter missed key points on climate

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Susan T. Zimny



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Community Forum, Stephen Terry: Citizens deserve answers on Niger deaths

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Steve Terry



The deaths of four soldiers in Niger, three of whom were Green Berets, not only opened up a new political wound for President Trump, but it also tore off a scab from an unresolved policy battle between the President and the U. S. Senate over sending U. S. troops abroad.

The Defense Department is attempting to respond to Sen. John McCain, chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, on what exactly happened in Niger when on Oct. 4 four soldiers were killed during an ambush. The Defense Department and the F.B.I. are still investigating the matter.

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Vergennes man kept Army choppers flying in Vietnam

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — When Vergennes native and city resident Ralph “Sonny” Torrey enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 at the age of 19 he had a good reason.

“It was because of my father. My father was an infantry soldier in World War II in the Philippines, and he saw a lot of action. He was a very good soldier, a decorated soldier,” Torrey said. “I wanted to do what he did. I wanted to make him proud.”

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