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In Vergennes, Kennedy Brothers sale is off

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — A potential sale of Kennedy Brothers in Vergennes has fallen through, but the principals in the deal still hope for a lease arrangement that would establish a grocery store on the North Main Street landmark’s ground floor.

Vergennes resident Neil Swenor, a former longtime worker at Greg’s Meat Market in Middlebury, had hoped to buy the Kennedy Brothers property, which includes 4 acres and an almost 42,000-square-foot building.

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Vermonter spreads Christmas joy

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Elsie Lynn



It all happened one Thanksgiving weekend back in the 1980s after Richard Wood watched Miracle on 34th Street (as is his family’s Thanksgiving tradition). The South Burlington native latched on to what Alfred said in the movie: “Of all the ‘isms’ the worst of them is commercialism!”

On a lark, with the intention of taking on the “black” in Black Friday, Wood put on a Santa hat and headed out to the local shopping centers.

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Middlebury historical geography professor wins Smithsonian award

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MIDDLEBURY — The question “What was General Lee thinking at Gettysburg?” has puzzled historians for decades. For Middlebury College geography professor Anne Kelly Knowles, the question came to her almost at the same time as a way to uncover the answer.

A pioneer in historical geography, Knowles uses geographic information systems (GIS) technology to shed light on historical questions and situations. The technology can process and analyze massive databases, so long as the data is attached to a physical location.

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Bristol chief reprimanded, will pay restitution to town

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard last week disciplined Police Chief Kevin Gibbs for his handling of a grant over three years.

On Dec. 17, the board held a disciplinary hearing in executive session to discuss Gibbs’ handling of a Department of Health grant. In public session, the selectboard voted to direct Town Administrator Bill Bryant to issue a written reprimand to Gibbs, and to require Gibbs to pay $6,895 in restitution to the police department by June 30, 2013.

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Collins, Johnson decline ACSU superintendent job

Posted on December 21, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY - The Addison Central Supervisory Union's search for a new superintendent will continue after a third bid to locate a top executive failed to woo a finalist on Friday, Dec. 21.

District officials confirmed late Friday afternoon that both finalists - Burlington School District Superintendent Jeanne Collins and John W. Johnson, an executive with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction - withdrew their names from consideration, citing personal reasons.

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Vergennes elementary eyes 4.7 percent spending increase

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union Elementary School board on Monday night moved closer to adopting a 2013-2014 budget that would boost spending by 4.7 percent to a little less than $4.1 million.

Board chairwoman Tara Brooks said on Tuesday the board would hold a special meeting during the second week of January to make final a plan that would increase spending by about $190,000.

She said the board will probably adopt what they looked at on Monday.

“We’re pretty confident of where we are now in terms or our numbers,” Brooks said.

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Final 2012 deer hunt numbers show respectable result

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — Between October’s bow season and December’s combined bow and muzzleloader season, Addison County weigh stations handled 346 deer — 183 killed by arrows and 163 shot with muzzleloader rifles.

The muzzleloader total is an estimate because game wardens conducting an investigation took a book with several names of successful hunters from Starksboro’s Jerusalem Country Store; the overall county number is therefore also an estimate, but is certainly accurate within a few deer.

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Online sales help keep local artists afloat

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — If you ask Reed Prescott, surviving the recession has been simple — you just have to be an artist.

“We’re the only ones that could handle it, because we were used to not having money,” Prescott said.

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Rachel's Cookies a godsend to school

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s not unusual for bakers to engage in a little hyperbole when promoting their products.

But when Rachel Wollum claims her cookies are “simply divine,” one can hardly accuse her of stretching the truth.

Not only do Rachel’s cookies taste heavenly, they are baked with love in the basement kitchen of Middlebury’s St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School.

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Elementary students bring a circus to Bristol

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — Balancing acts, tumbles across the floor, jumping, hopping and juggling tricks galore — a performance of Cirque du Soleil?

No, the first performance of “Cirque du Bristol,” the Bristol Elementary School’s school-wide holiday performance, which was performed by 300 Bristol students Monday at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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