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National dairy trends taking toll on local farmers

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — With grain prices sky-high and milk prices dropping, a few family-owned Addison County dairy farms are closing their doors this fall.

Paul Audy of New Haven and John Roberts of Cornwall, both in their early sixties, cited a confluence of forces that prompted each of them to get out of the business they had been in for decades: the increasing financial challenges of running a medium-sized herd, the tumultuous market exacerbated by the dairy pricing regulations and the toll of working long hours for years on end.

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Donated paintings add life to hospital walls

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Tragically, Elise Braun spent a lot of time in hospitals during the years leading up to the April 2009 death of her daughter, Susan Sebastian, following a lengthy illness. It was an experience rendered gloomier by the bare hospital walls that surrounded the two Vermonters during the months leading up to Sebastian’s death.

“Susan said to her mother, ‘There are pictures in the hospitals, but none in the patients’ rooms,’” said Gil Myers, a retired attorney and friend of Braun.

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Middlebury preps to host NCAA ski championships

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Local merchants and innkeepers are always happy to see winter activities bring people from out of state to Addison County. But locals can expect more ski traffic than usual early next March when Middlebury College hosts the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships.

Fans, coaches, parents and alums will descend on the Middlebury area for the culminating event of the college ski season. Around 150 skiers from 20 schools across the country are expected to qualify in both Nordic and Alpine competitions.

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Hannaford focus back on downtown Brandon

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — The Hannaford Bros. supermarket chain has purchased the building it occupies in downtown Brandon, which raises the possibility of store expansion and puts to rest an effort to build a Hannaford store south of town.

Land transfer records obtained by The Reporter confirm that Hannaford purchased the building and 10.35 acres on Supermarket Drive next to the Rite Aid pharmacy for $2.9 million on Aug. 2.

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Salisbury looks into farm worker housing

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



SALISBURY — The Salisbury Development Review Board is trying to solve an issue with a local dairy farmer and the housing he provides for his farm workers.

Randy Quesnel owns a dairy farm on Creek Road in West Salisbury and employs a number of farm workers who live on the property. The problem is, Salisbury Zoning Administrator Jon Filion has issued at least two notices of violation to Quesnel for housing the farm workers in inadequate quarters that violate local and state statute.

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VUHS pegs $6.5 million for facilities

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board on Monday agreed to ask voters in November to approve a $6.5 million bond to fund major repairs and upgrades to the school’s building and site.

Most notably, work would include fixing leaky roofing on the classroom wing; making major improvements and safety upgrades to the school’s auditorium, kitchen and cafeteria; and installing artificial turf on the school’s varsity soccer and lacrosse field and surrounding it with a track.

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Local physician transitions solo to electronic records

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Maxine Fidler has long quipped about the legibility of her handwriting. Copious examples of it could be found in the individual files maintained for the approximately 200 patients in her growing Middlebury practice, Acorn Natural Medicine PLC.

Well, after nine months of after-hours work, Fidler has translated her scrawl-on-paper into what is becoming the universal language of physicians’ offices and hospitals throughout the state: Typed print and crisp charts securely stored and retrieved through a computer database.

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Hoffer emphasizes honesty, transparency in run for state auditor

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Burlington Democrat Doug Hoffer knows that some Vermont politicians have looked at the state auditor’s job as a stepping stone to higher office.

Hoffer, 61, wants voters to know that he would be more than content to serve as auditor for the rest of his professional career.

“It’s the only job I am interested in,” Hoffer said. “I want it to be the last job I ever have.”

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Career center launches meaty new program

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center next Tuesday will launch a new program aimed at beefing up the state’s meat processing industry.

The Oct. 2 launch comes as the developers of a proposed new meat processing facility slated for Middlebury’s industrial park acknowledged a delay in construction. But said they are confident they will break ground on the new facility before the end of the year.

That facility is to provide one of the training grounds for the career center students.

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VUHS students talk peace and tolerance

Posted on September 27, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — On Sept. 21, Vergennes Union High School students, staff members and some area residents for the eighth time celebrated the United Nations Day of Peace, which the U.N. designated in 2001 to be on Sept. 21 every year.

For the past eight years, VUHS students — with the approval and support of the school’s administration — have organized a school-wide assembly on the school’s front lawn to support peace around the world, in their communities, at the school and in their lives.

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