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VUHS students learn many skills in raft-building class

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Earlier this month, students in the Building Machines summer school class at Vergennes Union High School started chatting about Mark Twain’s stories of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer’s exploits in a small Mississippi River town.

Class member Malcolm Donovan-Cook described what happened next in a course taught by Ferrisburgh resident Peter Stapleford, and for which seven 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders had signed up to spend time working with Lego robotics and computer programming.

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Former Weybridge clerk apologizes for embezzlement, gets two-year jail term

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Former Weybridge Town Clerk Karen Brisson asked for forgiveness from the many whose bond of trust she broke by embezzling more than $400,000 in taxpayers’ funds over six years, a crime for which she was sentenced to two years in prison on July 18 by U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss.

“All of the suffering and pain I am going through is self-inflicted. That doesn’t make it less painful,” Brisson told those present during her sentencing proceeding in federal court in Rutland.

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Smoking cessation program at Porter offers new ways to quit

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



ADDISON COUNTY ­­— Chuck Arel, 68, smoked two packs of cigarettes a day for most of his life after starting when he was 14.

On Nov. 26, 2012, after several failed attempts at quitting, he smoked his last cigarette.

“I knew it wasn’t healthy. I knew for a long time that smoking wasn’t good for anybody,” the Vergennes resident said. “But it’s not an easy habit to quit.”  

Arel developed emphysema, and until quitting he had a chronic cough at night.

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Area students to construct boat for iconic whaling ship

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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FERRISBURGH — Ten area students will be participating in a whale of a project at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) this winter.

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Lodge at Otter Creek celebrates five years

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jim McWilliam wakes up every morning eager to start work at his job as executive director of The Lodge at Otter Creek, one of Middlebury’s two major retirement communities.

And McWilliam doesn’t have very far to travel to get to work. He lives at the Lodge, a development that just marked its fifth birthday and is ramping up occupancy as the economy continues to chug out of a lengthy recession.

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Art center's tribute to Brandon Training School tells history

Posted on July 22, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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City, state effort to keep elderly healthy could go national

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The organizers of a year-old program based in Vergennes that is intended to help seniors stay healthy and independent say it is working well as they plan to expand the effort to other Addison County sites, including Middlebury, Bristol, Shoreham and Orwell.

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Animal Cruelty Series, Part 2: Animal cruelty cases hard to prosecute

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



Editor’s note: This is the second in a three-part series on animal cruelty and how local government and animal welfare advocates deal with it. Click to read Part 1 and Part 3.

By LUKE WHELAN

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Disclosure of college offer ruffles feathers

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s offer to provide $5.5 million to the town of Middlebury to help construct a new municipal building and gym comes a year and a half after the institution offered $2.875 million in aid for a similar project, according to Selectman Craig Bingham, who this week decided to divulge the proposal that he said was discussed and rejected by the board during a Dec. 6, 2011, executive session meeting.

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Memorial Baptist Church to host new winter shelter

Posted on July 18, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — We may be going through a heat wave right now, but Addison County’s religious community is already organizing shelter for people who will find themselves homeless this coming winter when this week’s hot and hazy conditions will be a distant memory.

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