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Fire depts. seek new ways to fill up rosters

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County firefighters have joined a statewide effort to develop a much shorter certification process for aspiring volunteer firefighters, figuring the current requirement of more than 200 training hours is one of several factors that have been thwarting recruitment efforts.

Area fire chiefs also vowed to organize a “job fair” to reach potential volunteers in an effort to fill the dwindling ranks of local fire departments.

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Holley Hall kiosk project triggers debate in Bristol

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — An Eagle Scout project to construct an information kiosk in front of Holley Hall in downtown Bristol has drawn both praise and criticism, often from the same quarters.

The project also shows the disconnect that can occur when selectboard priorities and processes leave some townsfolk wondering how or where to weigh in on an issue of community importance.

When Eagle Scout hopeful Victor Hinojosa presented his kiosk proposal to the Bristol selectboard at its April 17 meeting, board members quickly approved the proposal.

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Migrant workers share their stories at Middlebury forum

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents this past Sunday got a rare glimpse into the lives of two Addison County migrant farm workers who shared their thoughts and experiences as part of a community forum at the Congregational Church of Middlebury.

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Connor Homes begins rebirth on Pond Lane: Seeks purchase of Good Point building

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes founder Mike Connor said he’s putting the final touches on a financial package that would allow him to re-establish his home-construction business in the Good Point Recycling building in Middlebury’s industrial park.

He has already moved members of his administrative team into offices within the 50,000-square-foot facility, and he plans to buy the building in the next two months and potentially expand in the near future.

On Tuesday the building was getting some repairs in anticipation of a property transfer.

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Behind the scenes with composer Jorge Martin

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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Middlebury composer Jorge Martín, 57, has traveled around the country presenting productions of his various works, including “Before Night Falls.” It is an opera based on the memoir of Reinaldo Arenas, a Cuban writer who rebelled against the Castro regime. Martín himself was born in Cuba, and he moved to the U.S. when he was a young boy. He recently returned from Miami, where “Before Night Falls” was presented at the Florida Grand Opera, and talked with the Addison Independent's Emma Cotton about his work.

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Rail project's environmental impact scrutinized

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials, residents, merchants and property owners concerned about upcoming construction disruption in the downtown will be spending a lot of time reading between now and May 11.

And the subject matter, while important, is pretty dry.

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Nature and trout: Computer science prof embraces outdoor writing

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — A cabin on a lake in Montana in a national park. No cell phone. No Internet. Little company for most of the 25 days he’ll be there, except a solar-powered laptop and a mountain of research.

For some that might sound like punishment.

But Middlebury College computer science professor — and outdoors and nature writer — Matthew Dickerson considered it a prize to be sought.

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Green Up ambassador: Middlebury's Peg Martin a true force of nature

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — For longtime Middlebury Green Up coordinator Peg Martin, Green Up Day is about more than trash.

“I’ve always had very strong feelings about community and the fact that in a community you do what you can, however you can do it, to participate and make things better for the whole community,” said Martin.

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Celebrated journalist shares her experiences

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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MIDDLEBURY — Journalist Amy Goodman brought stories from her on-the-ground reporting to Middebury College this past Wednesday, April 26, delivering a message of hope and faith in independent news media.

The founder and anchor of the radio show and podcast “Democracy Now!” spoke to an almost-full McCullough Center about her 20 years in the field, recounting tales from her new book, released Wednesday, Democracy Now!: 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America.

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Best of our Pet Photo Contest; see the winners!

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Here you see the culmination of our two-month-long pet photo contest, where we invited our readers and members of the Addison County community to submit their best photos in six different categories. More than 130 photos poured in over email, through our web form and through the mail, submitted by proud parents promoting their furry or feathered friends’ adorable expressions.

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