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Local animated film earns international acclaim; vote for it in online contest

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — “The Collinwood Fire,” the latest animated film by Middlebury’s Daniel Houghton, begins with a filmmaker and a journalist racing toward a column of smoke rising above a small town.

When the duo arrive at the scene, they record what they see on film and paper: children fleeing their elementary school as it is devoured by flames, forced to run past the corpses of their classmates and jump off a fire escape that does not reach the ground.

If you want to witness these events yourself, you can view the film online right now.

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Program marks 30 years of summer fun for kids

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — This year marks important milestones in the full-day summer camps of the Mary Johnson Children’s Center. The program has operated for 30 years in Middlebury, 25 years in Bristol, and 15 in Vergennes.

Maybe 30 years ago, kids weren’t wiring bananas into piano keyboards or making solar robots, as they’ll do this summer? But then as now, the pioneering program provides an important resource for local families.

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County natives deepen their love of art with their own gallery

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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VERGENNES — “You have the best office in all of Addison County.”

That’s what clientele often say to Justine Jackson and Sophie Pickens, the owners of Northern Daughters, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of downtown Vergennes.

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Steady rain, gray skies pose economic hardship for farmers

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Nearly constant rain and cool weather has set Addison County farmers on their heels this summer.

Hay quality is down. Corn is struggling.

Many cornfields were never even planted because the ground was too wet to get tilling and planting machinery onto the land. And now in some spots acres of weeds — not corn — stand towering over the nubs of last year’s stalks.

“It’s an ugly year; that’s all,” said Rico Balzano, Agronomy Outreach Professional at the UVM Extension office in Middlebury.

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Downtown Middlebury merchants get first taste of bridge work

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury merchants earlier this month got their first taste of construction disruption caused by the rail bridges-related work, and they plan on using that experience to better prepare for the more intensive work that will unfold later this month and again next spring.

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Fire destroys Blue Spruce Motel on Route 7 in Middlebury

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Seven area fire departments responded to a Wednesday morning blaze that destroyed the Blue Spruce Motel at 2428 Route 7 South.

Middlebury Fire Chief Dave Shaw said he knew of no fatalities or injuries among those staying at what owner Sam Sharma said was at the time a fully rented motel.

Sharma said he plans to rebuild.

Fire investigators were still investigating the possible origin(s) of the blaze as the Addison Independent went to press.

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Roadside food stand dishes up Tac-o' de Town

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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SALISBURY — Dot D’Avignon has a sweet tooth. One day, when she was 14, she succumbed to her want for sugar and made herself a cake. From there, a love of cooking was born and she hasn’t stopped since.

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Maritime Museum seeks to raise historic Revolutionary War gunboat than sunk in 1776

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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VERGENNES — Twenty years after researchers found the Revolutionary War gunboat Spitfire in its watery grave, Lake Champlain Maritime Museum officials are recommending that it be raised, conserved and perpetually exhibited as a cultural treasure offering a direct link to the birth of the United States.

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Civil War soldier given his due: Solitary Salisbury grave finally put on map by two local veterans

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — For 138 years now, the solitary, lustrous marble marker off Salisbury’s Lower Plains Road has been a source of curiosity for generations of passersby.

Who chose eternal sleep at this unlikely spot?

Those intrigued enough to stop for a closer look have been rewarded with a glimpse of the final resting place of Phineas “Riley” Rice, whose patriotism prompted him to drop his shovel on a Vermont farm and pick up a rifle that he would carry onto the blood-soaked fields of Gettysburg, Pa., in July of 1863.

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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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