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Kniffin passes the torch to new hospital president

Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Fred Kniffin — who helped guide Porter Medical Center through a financial crisis and oversaw the organization’s landmark affiliation with the University of Vermont Health Network — found himself at-times speechless on Wednesday, May 29, as his colleagues showered him with praise during a party held in his honor.

And that’s rare for the loquacious  Kniffin, a man with great communication skills who’s always ready with a humorous rejoinder.

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Lawsuit sheds light on tree-cutting controversy

Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Documents filed in May by Ferrisburgh in Addison County Superior Court’s Civil Division in Middlebury shed light on the legal positions held by both the town and the Vorsteveld Farm LLP in the parties’ dispute over the farm’s clear-cutting of trees and other vegetation in 2017 and 2018 along Arnold Bay Road.

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Coffee Mates keep it real (and funny) in Bristol

Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Over the past 15 years a group of senior women calling themselves the Coffee Mates have become something of a fixture at Almost Home Market in Bristol.

Every Wednesday morning they buy coffee and baked goods, overspread the long table in the back and fill the place with conversation and laughter.

“It is a happy group of mostly senior ladies growing older and up together,” wrote Sylvia Coffin, 86, in her brief history of the group. “We keep it on the lighter side.”

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MUHS's Nico Brayton wins prestigious scholarship

Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Nico Brayton is a top-notch pianist; he’s played the instrument for 11 years. The Middlebury Union High School junior was picked as the Vermont representative for the Music Teachers National Association competition for solo piano last year.

But what he was most recently able to orchestrate — through top-notch grades, community service and perseverance — was arguably the sweetest music he’s ever produced.

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Brandon's Memorial Day flower girl tradition goes back more than a century

Posted on June 3, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — For more than 100 years young girls have laid flowers on Memorial Day around the war memorial on Brandon’s Green. The Memorial Day service is a tradition that celebrates the sacrifices of soldiers long passed, starting not long after the Civil War and now encompassing all wars.

The history of the flower girls in Brandon, however, springs from the death of one particular soldier in the Civil War, of the grieving widow left behind, and of her effort to honor his life and to uphold ideals that are still unfulfilled.

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Homelessness report sends mixed signals: State numbers down but local shelters full

Posted on May 30, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — While a statewide estimate indicates the number of homeless people living in Vermont declined this past winter by 15.5 percent (202 people), local advocates said they saw no let-up — or vacancies — in Addison County shelters during the coldest months.

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Advocates lobby for free meals at Vermont schools

Posted on May 30, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Hunger Free Vermont, a statewide anti-hunger advocacy organization, is engaged in a major lobbying campaign to allow all public schools to stop charging families for breakfasts and lunches during the academic year.

They’re called “universal free meals,” and Addison and Windsor counties are the only areas in the state with zero schools offering such an amenity, according to Hunger Free Vermont Executive Director Anore Horton.

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Life as a photographer: James P. Blair reflects on 'Being There'

Posted on May 30, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — To a room of more than 20 guests, James P. Blair stood strongly in front of his oxygen machine and welcomed the audience to the opening of his retrospective exhibit in the Middlebury College Museum of Art. “Being There: Photographs by James P. Blair” opened on Friday, May 24, and in 50 images traces the 88-year-old’s career as a photographer with National Geographic Magazine.

“This is a remarkable experience for me,” Blair said on Friday.

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Middlebury College graduates urged to 'get close'

Posted on May 30, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — At Middlebury College’s 218th graduation ceremony on Sunday, student speaker Angie McCarthy confessed that during her freshman year she’d considered transferring to another school.

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Brandon retailer Sister Wicked keeps expanding, innovating

Posted on May 30, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — Sometimes, frustration can lead to inspiration.

Anyone who has driven through Brandon during the Route 7 construction knows how frustrating the time spent waiting for your turn to go can be. But it was a moment like that, sitting in traffic in her car near the Brandon Town Hall, that inspired Gina Germond to take a new path in her life.

The stylish woman spent more than 20 years in all aspects of retail from working in small businesses to corporate chains, from trade shows to wholesale, you name it, she had done it.

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