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Lincoln hopes to put the brakes on speeders

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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LINCOLN — People are driving too fast in Lincoln and the town has had enough.

“We have to do something,” selectboard member Ellie Bryant told the Independent. “It’s almost lawless up here.”

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Demonstrators turn out to support Mueller investigation

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — The night after civil rights activist DeRay McKesson spoke at Middlebury College, his ideas were very much on people’s minds as nearly 200 gathered downtown to protest President Trump’s firing of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The firing and appointment of administration loyalist Matthew Whitaker was widely seen as a move endangering a Justice Department investigation by independent counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump administration’s connection to Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

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Incumbent Terry Norris cruises in Shoreham-area race

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



SHOREHAM — Incumbent Rep. Terry Norris, I-Shoreham, defeated Democratic challenger Barbara Wilson of Shoreham to retain his seat in the Addison-Rutland-1 House district on Tuesday.

Norris had been appointed to the seat by Gov. Phil Scott in February 2017 to replace Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell, who had been tapped by Scott to serve as deputy secretary of agriculture.

This was Norris’s first election.

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Richard Reed fights to help the government keep its promises to veterans

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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LEICESTER — “You’re a pain in the butt,” Richard Reed’s boss once told him. “But you’re doing something important.”

Decades (and perhaps a few ruffled feathers) later, Reed still approaches his work with an ever-changing ratio of skepticism and hope, but his persistence has remained constant and the work he does today is just as important as it was when he began:

Reed, who lives in Leicester, advocates for Vermont’s military veterans.

Reed describes his job this way.

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Tension rises at Mt. Abe as Asst. Principal Bouvier mulls quitting

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — For nine days in October it looked like Mount Abraham Union High School would lose one of its most beloved figures.

In an Oct. 17 letter to school and district officials, assistant principal Justin Bouvier announced his resignation, effective no later than Jan. 18, 2019.

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Firm fights lake pollution with shale and biochar

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRIDPORT — Rock Dust Local LLC, a Bridport company founded by Tom Vanacore, last week shipped out 80 tons of freshly broken Addison County shale mixed with biochar — enough to cover 40 acres of Champlain Valley farm fields.

Vanacore is betting the dark gray mixture will convert excess phosphorus into mineral form and prevent it from making its way into Vermont streams and ultimately Lake Champlain.

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Giant pumpkin takes its last tour

Posted on October 29, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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SOUTH LINCOLN — Driving around Vermont in late October has always presented Jim Apgar with some unusual technical challenges. It’s not the truck or the roads or the routes — they’re fine. It’s not the tools of his trade as a contractor.

It’s the 700-pound pumpkin, the one it took a team of helpers to bring home, a Sawzall to carve and a forklift to set in place atop the truck.

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Ice man

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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AN 8-INCH-TALL ice sculpture of a human quietly melts outside Davis Family Library Tuesday afternoon. It was among 400 tiny figures installed on the steps of the library by Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo to spur viewers to think about climate change, public spaces, heroes and hierarchy, and beauty. They melted in a few hours.

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Ephemeral sculptures raise long-term issue — climate change

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — Four hundred sculptures disappeared outside the Davis Family Library at Middlebury College on Tuesday and no one did anything to stop it. Some witnesses expressed mixed feelings about it. Many took photographs. But by evening there was nothing left to see.

That was the point.

These sculptures — the work of Brazilian artist Néle Azevedo — were made of ice.

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Grace Experience honed acting chops in NYC, returns to local stage

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — Lincoln native Grace Experience, who stars in the upcoming Middlebury Actors Workshop production of “The Turn of the Screw,” grew up in a swirl of creative energy. Her mother (Victoria Blewer) works with paint and photographs, her father (Chris Bohjalian) with words. But when she talks about childhood inspiration Grace Experience talks about discipline.

“My parents get up early and do the work,” she said. “It’s not that loosey-goosey artistic style you hear about.”

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