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Middlebury Legion celebrates 100-year anniversary

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury American Legion Post 27 is currently celebrating a century of helping area veterans and community causes, a philanthropic tradition they realize will require a major infusion of new members in order to continue.

It was on March 15, 1919, that the American Legion was born at the national level. And Middlebury-area veterans wasted no time forming a post of their own, chartered on Aug. 4, 1919. It boasted 29 founding members, many of them World War I veterans.

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Town meeting results 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Well, that's a wrap. Here's what happened at this year's town meetings in every Addison County town. Click below to read each full story.

Addison

Brandon 

Bridport

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County fencers compete in tourney

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Fencing Alliance (VFA) hosted its 26th Annual Middlebury Open tournament at Middlebury Union Middle School on March 2 and 3, drawing competitors from all over New England, New York and Quebec.

The Open Epee field at the event was strong enough for the winner to earn an A rating from the U.S. Fencing Association, and second- and third-place finishers earned B ratings.

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Rough winter puts stress on local salt, sand budgets

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Persistent snowy, icy and slushy conditions this winter have taken a wicked toll on municipal sand and salt budgets, to the extent some communities have exhausted their allotted resources with still a month or more of potentially treacherous weather left to deal with.

Winter road maintenance figures supplied to the Independent by a sampling of Addison County communities revealed:

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Farmers market returns to downtown Vergennes

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After two years on the North Main Street home of Kennedy Brothers, the Vergennes Farmers Market will return late this spring to its former longtime home on the city’s central green.

City Manager Matt Chabot and Mayor Renny Perry reached out to farmers market organizers to gauge their interest in returning downtown, and according to organizer Christopher Reck they addressed the issues that led the market to move to the Kennedy Brothers parking lot in 2017 — a lack of parking and restrooms downtown. 

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Middlebury mourns the loss of former town clerk Dick Goodro

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Friends and former colleagues of longtime Middlebury Town Clerk and Treasurer Richard “Dick” Goodro recalled him as a warm human being, jovial jokester and tireless worker who was a walking encyclopedia.

Goodro died on Friday, Feb. 22, at age 75 at his home in Ormond Beach, Fla. (click here to read his obituary). He succumbed to the effects of pulmonary fibrosis, according to family members.

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Legos ignite imaginations in a competition at Bixby

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Under the central dome of Vergennes’ Bixby Library on Thursday evening, the Justice League of America battled aliens atop a skyscraper, patrons wandered through a zoo, the schooner Lois McClure plied the waters of Lake Champlain, a submarine suffered a fatal attack from a villain, and a miniature Bixby echoed its bigger sibling.

And those were just some of the roughly 30 entries in what the Bixby and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes jointly billed as their first annual Lego Contest and Exhibit.

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Alice Grau offers a glimpse into life as a first responder

Posted on March 4, 2019 |
By Alice Grau



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Editor’s note: The writer describes what it is like to be an EMT in hopes that others will volunteer to be first responders in their communities.

BRIDPORT — Some six years ago, newly retired and trying to find a way to help out in my community, I decided to train as an Emergency Medical Technician, or EMT, take the certification exam, and volunteer with Townline First Response.

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Board races, budgets and ballot measures; Read previews for every town in the county

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — Do your civic duty and share your views with others in your municipality at the upcoming town meetings. These local gatherings get under way this Saturday in Starksboro, Ferrisburgh, Monkton and Salisbury and continue in our various towns until Tuesday evening when residents in Whiting and Granville call a close to their respective annual meetings. Prepare for your town meeting by reading about the issues and budgets that will be discussed in our town-by- town previews, which are organized alphabetically. Then take part in the life of your community!

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ANWSD spending plan calls for 4.89% increase

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board residents on Tuesday will weigh in on a proposed 2019-2020 spending plan of $22,139,341 that if approved will preserve all existing ANWSD offerings and increase spending by 4.89 percent.

ANWSD Board Chairwoman Sue Rakowski said the board wanted to stand by district students and employees.

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