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School officials hit the road to build support for $35 million Mount Abe bond

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — With the vote on the proposed $35 million Mount Abraham Union High School renovation bond just three weeks away, school officials, board members and community supporters are out in force, reaching out to the five-town community.

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Walk/bike survey sparks discussion and action in New Haven and Addison County

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — Some community members are initiating conversations with local and state decision makers on how to make Addison County’s roads more friendly for cyclist and walker.

“I don’t think cars should necessarily be king of the road,” said New Haven resident Susan Smiley.

Smiley and fellow New Havenite Doug McKain undertook a survey on the walk- and bikability of New Haven’s roads. They took the idea of a survey to the selectboard last spring, got it green lighted, and recently presented the survey results to the board.

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Comedy crew cracks up at the Middlebury Marquis

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Sometimes life can get too serious. Just a week’s worth of national headlines these days is enough to wipe the smiles from our faces and leave us huddling under the blankets in bed. But that’s no way to go through life now, is it?

No. Decidedly not.

Laughter, smiles, comedy — they just might be the only way through the disasters of each day. Not only does laughing make us “friendlier, more resourceful, more attractive and more radiantly alive,” but it also has physical health benefits.

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Films, books and speakers bring the world to Bristol: One World Library Project builds bridges, expands community

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “It’s always been just five women,” said Anne Majusiak of Bristol’s One World Library Project.

But looking at the non-profit group’s contributions over the past nine years, it seems that five women (plus a coterie of helpful volunteers) can bring the world to Bristol — and show the local community the diversity of cultures and heritages it holds within itself.

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Childcare provision seen as inadequate: Offerings for youngest said to fall short

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — Child advocacy groups estimate that more than 79 percent of Vermont’s infants and toddlers likely to need child care don’t have access to programs considered to be high quality. For Addison County, the estimate is 88 percent for infants, 64 percent for toddlers.

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New hands take over on Monkton farm; Land Trust keeps 'prime' ag soil in ag

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Young Nathan Baldwin, all of three years old, races happily through the dairy barn on the farm formerly run by the Cota brothers, stopping to hug a few weeks’ old heifers. They nudge back playfully.

Outside the barn, some of dad Matt Baldwin’s mature Jerseys and Holsteins move through the grass, grazing peacefully. Looking south — past a small mountain of plastic-wrapped haylage —  green fields stretch toward the horizon, hugging Hogback Ridge to the east.

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Sharrow to discuss how immigrants preserve culture and enrich Vermont

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Vermont is often described as culturally homogenous, yet nearly a third of Vermonters have French Canadian ancestry. There is a long history of European immigration to the state’s urban centers, and recent years have brought waves of new Vermonters from Southeast Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

In a free program presented by the One World Library Project, folklorist Gregory Sharrow will discuss these influences on Thursday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol.

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Tree expert will guide visitors through foliage walk at college this weekend

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Celebrate “Fabulous Fall Foliage” with a walk along the Trail Around Middlebury, sponsored by the Middlebury Area Land Trust. This hour-and-a half walk will be led by tree expert Tim Parsons, Middlebury College’s Landscape Horticulturist.

For Parsons, who is also a Vermont Certified Horticulturist and certified by the International Society of Aboriculture, fall foliage speaks to the tree’s life cycle.

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Middlebury couple are moving to hurricane-stricken Puerto Rico, urge aid to island

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Soon-to-be Puerto Rican residents and current Middlebury residents Andy and Bronia Van Benthuysen have a message for their current friends and neighbors on behalf of their future neighbors:

Please help.

The Van Benthuysens, undeterred by the devastation Hurricane Maria unleashed on Puerto Rico in late September, plan to retire to that U.S. territory in April.

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City taking on sewer overflows: Efforts ongoing as costly stormwater fix looms

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. Part 1 described how stormwater infiltration from a variety of sources into the city’s wastewater collection system can outstrip the ability of a pump station on Macdonough Drive to handle sudden surges in flow.

By ANDY KIRKALDY

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