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High-tech glasses help blind woman 'see'

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — Thirty years ago, Louise Wright was told she would become blind. Four years ago, she did lose her sight completely, and began training herself to live as fully as possible in her new world of darkness.

Thanks to a unique piece of technology she recently received, the Middlebury woman is regaining some measure of independence.

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Noted wildlife biologist to give black bear talk in Ripton

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — Ben Kilham, a wildlife biologist based in Lyme N.H., will be giving a slide presentation on black bears  Sunday, July 30, at 7 p.m. at the Ripton United Methodist Church. The presentation will be followed by a questions and answer period.

Kiham’s love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild.

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'Women of Wisdom' helps city nonprofits

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — As its 10th birthday approaches on Aug. 10, the Main Street Vergennes nonprofit Sweet Charity and the group that supports it are enjoying their most productive year.

The charitable venture and other fundraising efforts of the members of Women of Wisdom, all area residents, have seen steadily increasing success in the past few years.

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Mount Abe school district settles teacher and support staff contracts

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — School boards and unions representing teachers and support staff in the Bristol-area schools late last month ratified new teacher and support staff contracts that cover the next two school years.

On the whole, employees will see pay increases in each of the two years and their contribution to health insurance will rise after Jan. 1, 2018.

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Vergennes overall tax rate rising 1.8 percent

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — With the Vermont Department of Taxes release late on Friday, June 30, Vergennes officials said the overall city residential tax rate will rise by about 4.25 cents, or about 1.8 percent.

For fiscal year 2017-2018, owners of city homes will be taxed at a rate of $2.4375 per $1,000 of assessed value.

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Former Greg's market sold; new owner keen to re-establish grocery business

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury businessman Tony Neri has purchased the former Greg’s Meat Market property at 3 Elm St. and hopes to return it to its former life as a neighborhood grocery store.

“It could happen in 60 days, it could take six months, but it’s going to happen,” Neri said on Monday of his effort to rekindle a supermarket operation that has been dormant since April 2015, when former Greg’s owner Bart Litvin filed for bankruptcy protection and closed the much-loved store after having owned it for six years.

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Flood slams Brandon, inundates some Addison County roads

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs and Independent Staff



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BRANDON — No one standing on Center Street in Brandon Saturday evening could believe their eyes.

Forty days after Brandon celebrated the completion of a $2.3 million flood overflow culvert under Route 7, there it was, doing its job, diverting millions of gallons of muddy water from the raging Neshobe River and saving the downtown from a flood just like the one in 2011.

Suddenly, $2.3 million was a small price to pay.

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Middlebury's volunteer-powered music festival returns to the green

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Summer is the time for music here in Addison County — well, all over Vermont really. It’s almost hard to go a weekend without finding yourself sprawled out on a blanket, nibbling some fresh strawberries and listening to some sort of live (probably folk) music. Then again, life gets busy; and maybe you haven’t had the chance to kick off those work-shoes, spread your toes in the fresh summer grass and get down with some tunes.

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Bristol considers firearms law

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Selectboard members are considering an ordinance that would regulate the discharge of firearms in Bristol. The ordinance, if passed, would be a first of its kind in the town.

The local law, which the Bristol selectboard heard about at their June 26 meeting, would prohibit firing a gun “within a safety zone of 500 feet from another person’s/entity’s residence, building, place of business or camper in the town of Bristol.”

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Lincoln woman joins D.C. health care protest and gets arrested

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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LINCOLN — Lincoln resident Mari Cordes on Thursday returned from a whirlwind, three-day trip to Washington, D.C., that included wading through bustling airports, bunking down at a hostel and getting arrested.

While that might seem like a nightmare scenario for most people, Cordes pronounced the trip a rousing success.

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