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Farm bill negotiations put food aid on the line

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Senate approval of the 2012 farm bill last week has Vermont nutrition officials and advocates alike worried about funding for SNAP, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program formerly known as food stamps.

“The need for food (assistance) is at an all-time high,” said Jeanne Montross, executive director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects in Middlebury. “Losses to the SNAP program are going to mean more people going hungry, and it’s going to lay an even higher burden on our food shelves.”

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Gearing up for the Fourth

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



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ADDISON COUNTY — As the Fourth of July draws near, Addison County is gearing up to celebrate 236 years of American independence. No matter how residents like to spend the holiday, there are events in the area for all who want to put on the red, white and blue during the week of July 4.

Activities in Brandon, Bristol, Vergennes and Fort Ticonderoga include musical performances, contests, food, and an annual outhouse race, not to mention many fireworks displays. 

CELEBRATION IN BRISTOL

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Antiques co-op opening in Bristol

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — For Bristol’s 250th Fourth of July, the town will get a fitting addition: an antique cooperative called Antiques at 27 Main, located at 27 Main St.

And who better to spearhead this cooperative than Bristol residents and seasoned antique dealers Clarisse Shechter and Terry Thomas?

Thomas, a Bristol native whose family has run businesses out of 27 Main St. for much of the past half-century, grew a love for antiques as a little boy. He still remembers the day it all began.

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Troopers increasing Panton patrols after flood of reports

Posted on July 2, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Vermont State Police plan extra patrols on Panton roads near Lake Champlain after a rash of suspicious incidents in June has left area residents on edge.

VSP troopers Andrew Leise and Keri Starr also sat down with homeowners on June 25 to hear their concerns and make recommendations about how they could protect themselves and their properties.

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Two-cent city tax hike first since 2008

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday approved the first increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008, a 2-cent hike that will bring it to about 62.3 cents for the 2012-2013 fiscal year that begins on July 1.

Addison Northwest Supervisory Union officials and City Manager Mel Hawley expect the city’s residential school rate to drop by a little bit less than a penny, meaning the overall residential property rate in Vergennes should rise by a little more than a penny.

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Farm bill targets federal ag spending

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



Editor’s note: This is the first of two articles on the 2012 federal Farm Bill. The second article, covering the bill’s possible impact on nutrition assistance programs, will appear in Monday’s edition.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week, the U.S. Senate approved its version of the 2012 Farm Bill, a five-year bill that determines funding and policy for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs — including some that could affect Vermont farmers and residents.

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Middlebury's tax rate inches upward

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to set the fiscal year 2013 municipal tax rate at 86.36 cents per $100 in property value for residential and non-residential taxpayers, an increase of around 2.6 cents compared to the current rate of 83.75 cents.

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New health center aims to broaden care

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



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BRISTOL — Since 2005, the Bristol-based health care advocacy group Five Town Health Alliance, or 5THA, has sought to provide broader and cheaper primary care to Addison County residents.

Beginning next week, the organization will take its biggest stride yet in accomplishing this goal, as it teams up with Mountain Health Center to create a new non-profit health center in Bristol.

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Town hall concept gets nod

Posted on June 28, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously endorsed the concept of removing the current municipal building at the intersection of College and South Main streets and replacing it with a more efficient structure that will include town offices and a community center.

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What to do about the river?

Posted on June 25, 2012 |
By John Flowers



EAST MIDDLEBURY — John and Theresa Anderson bought their home off Grist Mill Road around seven years ago. Among its many assets: A backyard spacious enough for a horse ring and a border with the Middlebury River.

The river, however, has now become a mixed blessing.

A series of soaking storms — punctuated by Tropical Storm Irene last year — have at times turned the placid river into a raging juggernaut, careening against its banks and spilling into portions of the East Middlebury community.

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