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Rescue workers provide front line community service

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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VERGENNES — When Sara McKirryher joined the Vergennes Area Rescue Squad in August of 2000 she was around 20 years old, and she didn’t know exactly what she was getting into.

“I didn’t know what to expect,” the Vergennes resident said in a recent interview. “My mom (Ann Rivers) was on the rescue squad, and she convinced me to take a healthcare CPR course and join (VARS).

“I just wanted to give back to the community, do something of value,” McKirryher said.

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Middlebury in the spotlight as film festival hits screens today

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury takes the regional movie spotlight this week with its hosting of the 3rd Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF), which runs Thursday, Aug. 24, to Sunday, Aug. 27.

Hundreds of young directors and cinema enthusiasts have booked rooms and made restaurant reservations, and will be shopping at area stores while they partake in a menu of more than 90 features, shorts and documentaries that will be shown during the festival and will be considered for “VTeddy” awards.

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Middlebury plans for passenger rail service

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town of Middlebury has received a $15,000 grant to pin down a location for a new rail platform slated to serve passenger trains that could stop here beginning as soon as 2020.

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Bristol police officers join labor union

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Bristol police are now unionized.

On July 19, Bristol police voted unanimously to join the New England Police Benevolent Association after two NEPBA representatives visited the Bristol Police Department in person and made a presentation about member benefits. The Vermont Labor Relations Board certified the NEPBA as the department’s sole bargaining representative on July 31.

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Part 1 of rail bridge project done; businesses wary of 'big dig'

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants are assessing the economic fall-out from the recently completed installation of temporary bridges on Merchants Row and Main Street. Business owners located closest to the construction zones predictably reported the most substantial losses, while virtually all of those polled by the Independent praised the town and Kubricky construction for their outreach during the project.

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Advice from a super mom: How to maintain a healthy, balanced and clean life

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Workout for an hour every day. Eat healthy, unprocessed foods. Drink water. Be a supportive and responsible family member. Sounds like a pretty solid resolution-list made on January 1st, right? But how often does the workout get rescheduled, the apple replaced by a cookie, water for coffee and your attitude swing a bit out of control? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.

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Hope and honesty fuel local man's fight for sustainability: Bruhl changes his daily life and shares big picture ideas

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Taborri Bruhl’s world changed four years ago on the day he learned the African western black rhino had gone extinct.

“It just struck me as, ‘That’s permanent.’ You can’t undo extinction,” said the 50-year-old New Haven resident.

While many grieved as part of the collective tsunami of sadness, Bruhl decided to act.

A former U.S. Marine and son of an Air Force serviceman, Bruhl enlisted himself in a new battle — for sustainability.

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State police crack down on careless, drunk driving

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police are stepping up their traffic patrols in Addison County and beyond in wake of some recent fatal car crashes, including one on Route 22A in Bridport on Aug. 7 that claimed the lives of four people.

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International filmmakers give their unique take on cinema

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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Now in its third year, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival has served as a venue for first and second time filmmakers from all over the world.

At this year’s showcase, 16 of the more than 90 feature and short films slated to be screened were submitted by international filmmakers, who come from places like France, India, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.

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Confederate flags prompts local rebuke

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — The recent flying of Confederate flags on at least two private properties in Middlebury is being condemned by many area residents still reeling in the aftermath of white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., that left one woman dead, numerous people injured, and a nation in need of healing.

Locals noted the Confederate flags flying this past weekend at a Case Street home in the village of East Middlebury and another that was still flying on Wednesday at a School House Hill Road residence east of the airport.

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