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May 23rd, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — More than 5,000 family and friends of the Middlebury College class of 2013 are expected this weekend for commencement. Almost 600 students will get their diplomas in a ceremony on the central lawn of the college that will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.
MIDDLEBURY — It’s often the comic relief segment in a TV wildlife documentary: Curious, affable bear pokes snout into honeycomb; long, pink tongue darts out to scarf up some honey; angry bees send the irrepressible fur ball lumbering back into the woods.
But in most cases, it’s not a laughing matter when a wild, hungry bear strays into civilization.
Just ask Middlebury’s Charles Mraz, who recently experienced the latest in a growing number of local brushes with what Vermont wildlife exerts said is a rapidly growing bear population.
ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — It must be Open Studio Weekend when bright yellow signs appear along Vermont’s roads over Memorial Day weekend. The signs guide visitors to studios of 242 craftspeople and fine artists across Vermont — including 31 in Addison County and Brandon — during the 2013 Open Studio Tour on May 25 and 26.
SALISBURY — Salisbury residents will have an extra reason to honor their local veterans this Memorial Day thanks to a successful effort by the local historical society to install a monument on town-owned land off of Maple Street.
The society, led by Barry Whitney Jr., spent the last seven years raising money to create the first designated veterans’ park for honoring all local servicemen and women who’ve served during every major conflict dating back to the Revolutionary War.
MIDDLEBURY (AP) — A Middlebury company that makes hard cider is suing a Vermont coffee company for trademark infringement over the use of the word “woodchuck.”
Vermont Hard Cider Co. filed a complaint against Woodchuck Coffee Roasters in U.S. District Court in Rutland last week seeking an unspecified financial award and an injunction preventing further trademark infringement over the woodchuck name, a colloquial term for a hardy Vermonter.
MIDDLEBURY — As two large pieces of earth-moving equipment began uprooting overgrown shrubbery and weeds and moving white-rock rubble into place for landscaping material, several members of the Middlebury Riverfront Committee gathered Wednesday morning to celebrate the start of a long-delayed project and talk of next steps.
ADDISON COUNTY — The last weekend in May is always a big one for anyone who likes to listen to brass bands play, wonder at the precision driving of Shriners in pint-size vehicles, and watch a procession of friends and neighbors march past holding banners and waving. This year should be no exception.
Six Addison County towns will host Memorial Day parades this weekend.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vermont lawmakers are taking a lead in drafting a new Farm Bill in Washington. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Rep. Peter Welch, both Democrats, have pledged to make the passage of the critical agricultural bill a priority, particularly after dairy farms in the state were dealt heavy blows last year due to weather and market fluctuations.