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Dollar General earns approval in Shoreham

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its conditional approval to a 7,545-square-foot Dollar General store to be built on a 1-acre parcel on the east side of Route 22A, and the applicants have said the new building could be in place before the end of the year.

Five Shoreham ZBA members unanimously endorsed the project on March 17, after weighing public testimony and studying plans submitted by the applicant, Shoreham BTS Retail, LLC.

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Nancy Malcolm leaves mark on Middlebury's planning efforts

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Malcolm never planned on joining the planning commission. It was former Better Middlebury Partnership Coordinator Gail Freidin who encouraged her to join in 2005.

“I had never thought about it, which begs the issue that you do have to ask and recruit new people,” she said.

Thirteen years later, Malcolm is stepping away from the commission after having led it through a very busy period that included a massive re-write of the Middlebury Town Plan.

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Bristol's new rec. director eager to lace up her boots

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Meridith McFarland, who will take charge of the Bristol Recreation Department May 1, keeps a softball glove in her car at all times.

“I’m always up for a pickup game,” she said in a recent interview.

But 5-town players should beware: She twice competed in the national tournament of the Amateur Softball Association (now USA softball).

Beyond the diamond, McFarland brings a breadth of interest and depth of experience to the rec department.

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Vergennes pastor made everyone feel welcome

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Congregational Church Pastor the Rev. Gary Lewis, who will retire on May 6 after almost 29 years shepherding the South Water Street flock, didn’t have a sudden revelation he should pursue the ministry.

Back when Lewis was in his mid-30s he was working his third year as a retail manager at the Weston Country Store, a stint that followed 11 years at the former Burlington J.C. Penney outlet.

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Theater preview: A megachurch tears itself apart in 'The Christians'

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By David Weinstock



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At a thriving Evangelical megachurch, everything seems to be going well. Congregation, staff and board are energetic and loyal, and the choir is inspiring. The pastor’s wife leads a lively women’s Bible study group, and the church mortgage has just been paid in full. But then one Sunday, the charismatic preacher who built the congregation delivers a surprising sermon, and all heck breaks loose.

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Minimum wage increase debated; advocates lobby for $15 an hour

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The subject of raising the minimum wage has always generated a lot of debate in the Vermont Statehouse; and it prompted a good deal of conversation at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church. 

Advocates tout the benefits of higher pay for the state’s lowest wage earners, while opponents decry the potential impact on small businesses that can’t afford the expense. 

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Legislators defend new gun safety laws; some believe rules go too far

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Vermont’s new gun laws drew a lot of discussion among participants at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the Weybridge Congregational Church, including from students of nearby Weybridge Elementary School, who came to see what their elected state representatives were up to.

One student asked lawmakers why they decided to limit the capacity of ammunition magazines sold in Vermont to 10 rounds.

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Winds wreak havoc along Green Mountains; falling trees smash houses, music camp

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John S. McCright



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ADDISON COUNTY — As high winds whipped along the base of the Green Mountains on Monday Jenny Beck felt secure in her Brandon home, out of the elements that were lashing the western half of Vermont.

But a few miles north conditions were even more treacherous as gusts toppled trees, which blocked roads and threatened countless homes.

“I heard there was one 97 miles per hour on Lake Dunmore,” Beck said on Tuesday. “I think that’s the one that got my camp.”

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Shawn Newell gets maximum sentence for crash that killed Ripton man

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Heather Kerr had waited 362 days to address the man responsible for her brother Brian’s death, and she wasn’t going to hold back. Her words pierced the silence of the Middlebury courtroom on Monday and landed squarely upon a visibly shaken Shawn Newell.

Newell, on April 20, 2017, was speeding northbound on Route 7 in Salisbury when he drove into the southbound lane to pass a slower vehicle and struck, head-on, a vehicle containing Christina Walker and Brian Kerr of Ripton.

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Hockey lovers unite in effort for hometown rink

Posted on April 19, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Even the dozens of kids running around playing inside Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center on Saturday afternoon stopped to join the hushed crowd around the big-screen TV sitting on the concrete pad.

In all about 200 hockey lovers at a Middlebury Friends of Hockey Viewing Party were waiting to find out if the rink had won $150,000 in the nationwide Kraft Hockeyville USA contest.

But when National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman came on camera between periods of an NHL playoff game and announced the winner the crowd groaned.

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