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Middlebury group launches fight over downtown RR bridges

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A group of downtown Middlebury property owners and merchants are asking Vermont Agency of Transportation Secretary Chris Cole to abandon the current $40-million, 4-year plan to replace the community’s two downtown rail bridges. They want to shift to a more basic project they contend could produce two new spans within around three months for approximately $5 million.

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Election preview: Clerks find rush for early ballots as election looms

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County town clerks are bracing for what they believe will be a very healthy turnout for at the Nov. 8 General Election, citing the high-profile race for president, a collection of well-contested local House and Senate races, open seats for governor and lieutenant governor, and a school governance consolidation referendum that will be fielded in the five-town Addison Northeast Supervisory Union.

A four-person race for “high bailiff” has also captured the attention of many county residents.

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Black Lives Matter messenger challenges young people at Middlebury College

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Journalist and Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King told a standing-room-only Mead Chapel crowd on Tuesday evening that America is in a historic “dip” from which to recover will require a major commitment, especially from young people like the Middlebury College students who flocked to see him.

King, for the past year the New York Daily News senior justice writer and before then a journalist for the Daily Kos website, said racism is part of the nation’s DNA, but through work change can be made.

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Five Bristol businesswomen stitch community together

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Materials needed: seven women, yarn, yoga and a business on Main Street in Bristol.

Just like a knitting project, this story starts with a simple idea. But as any knitter knows, simple ideas aren't always that simple. 

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Zuckerman lays out his bid for lieutenant governor

Posted on November 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sen. Dave Zuckerman, a Progressive and Democrat from Hinesburg, is traveling throughout the state in his first bid for statewide office, and he knows his way around. While he’s spent the past 18 years representing folks in Chittenden County, he’s made a habit of logging a lot of miles to better pollinate his ideas on marriage equality, the economy and taxation.

“I have kept one foot in the building, and another out in the state,” Zuckerman said during a visit with the Addison Independent on Monday.

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County's bees healthier than in many parts of U.S.; pesticides still a problem

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County is a good place to be a bee compared to many other parts of the country, local beekeepers report. And that’s a good thing.

“Roughly one-third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees,” according to Cornwall beekeeper Andrew Munkres.

Nevertheless, honey bees and other pollinators here continue to face serious challenges from parasites, from climate change, and most especially from an increased presence of pesticides and other toxins in crops and in the environment.

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Vergennes' East Street pool is finally inspected

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — City Manager Mel Hawley told the Vergennes City Council at its meeting last week that the long-awaited — and long-demanded by a number of residents — inspection of the city’s East Street swimming pool was completed earlier in October, with the facility generally getting passing grades.

Steve Biernacki of Aquatic Development Group of Cohoes, N.Y., looked at the pool along with Hawley, pool manager Brad Castillo and others for about two and a half hours.

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Flu shots mix with fun at Lincoln Halloween party

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — Every October for 30 years, organizers at Weathervane Outreach in Lincoln have reached out to seniors (and to whoever walks through the door) to provide a listening ear, good food, a good laugh and a chance to rock an awesome costume at an annual Halloween party.

And, yes, there have also been blood pressure checks at the party since 1991 and flu shots since 1995.

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$400K facelift to transform Cornall Town Hall

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Cornwall Town Clerk Sue Johnson will soon be trading her town hall office for a very tiny, Spartan workspace in a nearby trailer.

No, she’s not being banished by community leaders. She’s just going to have to go through some short-term pain for the eventual gain of a renovated Cornwall Town Hall, which will feature a new roof, new quarters for the municipal library, additional storage space and a spruced-up environment in which to conduct town business.

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What does it feel like to be a person with dementia?

Posted on October 31, 2016 |
By Christie Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — You know those moments when you’re interacting with another person and they respond in a way that totally shocks or surprises you. “What were they thinking when they did that?” you say to yourself.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step into their shoes in that moment, to catch a glimpse of what might have motivated their action or emotion?

Well, the Residence at Otter Creek is offering an opportunity for people to experience a sliver of what it may feel like to have dementia.

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