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Feds could ICE-out dairy economy: Deporting workers would 'devastate' farms

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont dairy farmers and farmworkers are in an increased state of alert as federal immigration authorities begin enforcing President Trump’s immigration policies. What the White House described as taking “the shackles off” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE) and other agencies has resulted in shifts in policy that more aggressively target deportation of foreign workers — including farmworkers who have overstated their visas.

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Bristol lauds its departing town administrator

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Bristol Town Administrator Therese Kirby will not be renewing her contract when it runs out at the end of the fiscal year. Instead, Kirby, informed the selectboard late last month, she and her husband would be moving to Brookfield to be closer to friends and family and build a home there.

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Discarded TVs help recycling firm rebound

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Like most of us, Robin Ingenthron spent Tuesday weathering a major winter storm.

Actually, he’s had a lot of experience surviving storms of both the natural kind and those endemic to the business world.

Major setbacks threatened to bury his Middlebury enterprise, Good Point Recycling, several times during the past three years.

But Ingenthron refused to give up, and Good Point has emerged stronger than ever in a recycling industry that has chewed up and spit out many of his former competitors throughout the country.

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Rainville named top small business man in Vermont

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — The U.S. Small Business Administration has named the head of a Middlebury toy manufacturer its 2017 Vermont Small Business Person of the Year.

Michael Rainville, president and owner of Maple Landmark, is being recognized for his company’s employment growth, financial success, expansion and community involvement.

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Edward Snowden champions 'right to a free mind' at college appearance

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — Edward Snowden, the onetime spy agency employee who leaked a trove of documents showing that the U.S. government watches American citizens, told a Middlebury College audience Thursday that his whistleblowing has resulted in changes to laws and policies for the good.

“This conversation made us stronger as a nation,” Snowden said in his address via a video hookup from Russia, where he lives in asylum. “It changed laws, and we live in a fairer and freer world because of it.”

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Energized Bixby Library relies on new plan, input to create changes

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Changes are coming to the Bixby Memorial Free Library.

Some of those are already evident: The Bixby Gala, a vital fundraiser and spring fixture on the Vergennes social scene, will return for the first time in many years to the Main Street landmark on June 23, while new employee Francis McGill has a new job description — public relations, outreach and social media coordination as well as assistant to Head Librarian Jane Spencer.

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Local photographers put Sheldon Museum treasures into focus

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is full of treasures, including centuries-old maps, Civil War memorabilia and antique furniture that could fetch a bundle were it ever (perish the thought) placed on the open market.

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Steinway grand piano donated to Brandon arts hub

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON —The Compass Music and Art Center took delivery on a prized piano early this month, thanks to local ties to a unique individual.

A 1915 Steinway Model B grand piano arrived, along with a collection of sound equipment, from the estate of the late John Fischer, an avant-garde Jazz pianist, artist, writer and all-around creative force who passed away in New York City last August, six days after his 86th birthday.

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Sowing summer: black-eyed Susans for every garden

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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The days are getting longer and winter is drawing to a close.

March is upon us and Vermonters are getting serious about planning for the gardening season ahead. What new garden projects should we undertake  and what new plants will we try?

It is also ‘seed-starting month’ in the North Country. If you sow seeds indoors in March, the young plants will have a two-month head start before you move them to their long-term garden home.

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Lawmakers anxious about federal funding as education, lake cleanup hang in the balance

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Concern over continued federal funding for the state’s education, health care and Lake Champlain cleanup programs dominated discussion at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham.

Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, called these the “three serious areas of concern” for the 2017 legislative session. All three programs, according to Sharpe, are largely dependent on federal support — which is in flux under the presidency of Donald Trump.

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