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Grooming intensifies as 4-Hers prep livestock for the fair

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL / WEYBRIDGE — This week, 4-H youngsters around Addison County are busy washing, combing, clipping, currying and all-around grooming their animals and working on their own showmanship skills in preparation for the upcoming Addison County Fair and Field Days, Aug. 4–8.

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Environmental Court buries proposed Bristol pit, voids earlier permits

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A 12-year-long conflict over a proposed gravel pit near downtown Bristol is likely at an end.

Judge Thomas Durkin of the Vermont Superior Court’s Environmental Division last week issued an order nullifying all previous permits and zoning decisions concerning the 26-acre gravel pit near Rounds Road and South Street in Bristol first proposed by Lathrop Limited Partnership in 2003.

Durkin’s July 20 order further stipulates that any new project proposal would be subject to current regulation.

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Federal grant helps city schools run summer and afterschool programs

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The second year of Vergennes Union High School and Vergennes Union Elementary School summer programs funded by an $830,703 21st Century Learning Centers (21C) Grant is just now winding down, and includes a wide variety of offerings.

VUHS has been running summer and afterschool programs with help from 21C grants since 2009, when the school was first awarded $487,000 to support programming.

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Students learn outdoor skills as they prep for 'Zombie Apocalypse'

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Union Middle School language arts teacher Meghan McGrath on Thursday morning gave 10 incoming middle school students their final instructions before they left a Vergennes Union High School classroom to prepare for a zombie apocalypse.

“Grab a snack. Grab a tool,” McGrath said.

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Orwell's Louis Hall reflects on decades serving on the fire department, rescue squad

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ORWELL — Orwell native and dairy farmer Louis Hall can’t exactly recall how he ended up on the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department 48 years ago. 

“I really don’t remember how I got started,” said Hall, now 71. “I joined in ’67, and I don’t remember if somebody asked me. It wasn’t one of those things where I had a burning desire all my life. I just joined.”

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Lemon Fair conservation area gets major addition

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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CORNWALL — More land in western Addison County will soon be available to the public, and protected for wildlife. The public is invited to attend a celebration of the Lemon Fair Wildlife Management Area, and the 330 acres being added to it, on Tuesday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The celebration will include a reception with refreshments and speakers, followed by a short tour of the lands. Speakers include Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz and Fish & Wildlife Department Commissioner Louis Porter, among others.

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Starksboro: Will it decide school budgets at town meeting or vote at the polls

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



STARKSBORO — Starksboro will hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 4, to decide whether to change the method by which voters approve the Robinson Elementary School annual budget.

At issue is which method — voting in person at town meeting or voting at the polls by what is called “Australian ballot” — provides the best forum for public discussion and participation while ensuring a budget that matches the community’s financial resources with its desire for excellence in education.

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Larger ANwSU towns set tax rates; schools driving rate hikes

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Department of Education’s release late last week of final homestead education tax rates allowed Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to begin setting their overall tax rates, which in Addison, Ferrisburgh and Vergennes have increased by a range of 3.2 percent in Addison to 6.2 percent in Ferrisburgh.

Underlying those increases are residential school tax hikes that were in a range between 6.4 percent in Ferrisburgh and 7.1 percent in Vergennes.

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Driver in bike case cited only for DUI, not charged in cyclist's death

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Holly Gonyeau, 36, of Ferrisburgh pleaded innocent on Monday in Addison Superior Court’s Criminal Division in Middlebury to driving under the influence of alcohol during the June 17 accident that claimed the life of a cyclist on Greenbush Road in Ferrisburgh. Family of the cyclist wonder why she did not face more severe charges that could have included vehicular homicide.

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Kids in summer program raise chickens, donate the meat to HOPE food shelf

Posted on July 23, 2015 |
By Diana Wilkinson



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MIDDLEBURY — Despite living in one of the most agriculturally productive counties in the state, one in five Addison County children is food insecure, according to Hunger Free Vermont. The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury has organized dozens of youngsters to help do something about that.

The Career Center this month will provide almost 150 chickens, raised in part by the students, to a local food shelf — laying the groundwork for a community initiative to provide healthy, local protein and produce to the food-insecure of Addison County.

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