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Meet the baker: Caroline Corrente from Haymaker Bun Co. in Middlebury

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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What’s your favorite food? Do you prefer savories like bacon, mac n cheese or pizza, or maybe you like sweets like creme brulé, brownies or bananas Foster? For Caroline Corrente its cinnamon buns.

“Cinnamon buns are my absolute favorite,” she said in a recent interview. “But it’s really upsetting when you order one and it’s too dry, bready or dense.”

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Need a vehicle? Here are some tips to help out

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



Buying a vehicle is not simple. Customers have to make endless decisions — new or used; lease or buy; what size, make, model and color; how many miles; what year; and how much can you pay … The list goes on, and it’s intimidating.

To all of these questions swirling around in your head add the stereotypical wheelin’-and-dealin’ car salesperson who weasels you out of a good car and into a bad deal. It’s enough to make anyone avoid the car dealership.

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Meet the baker: Erin Bettencourt from Sweet-E's in Middlebury

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Remember these words:

“No dessert until after you’ve finished your ______.” Brussels sprouts, lima beans, okra… whatever overcooked, slimy, totally gross vegetable you left piled in the corner of your dinner plate.

Most of us remember these words coming from our parents, but it’s not something Erin Bettencourt says to her three kids. In fact she believes just the opposite.

“Life is short. Eat dessert first.”

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Wonderland closing at end of year

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Wonderland — a costume, vintage and custom sewing shop — on Main Street in Middlebury, will close its doors on Dec. 31. Shop owner and seamstress Hannah Hurlburt achieved her childhood dream when she opened the shop in the spring of 2015. Now she’s ready to leave retail and focus on her true passion — sewing.

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A nice witch reveals her Spooktacular magic

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Witches. The mean ones we know from their clammy green skin, long pointy noses covered with warts, sharp crooked teeth and chilling cackle. The nice ones comfort us with their rosy cheeks, warm smile and sparkling eyes. What do they have in common? Magic.

Did you know Middlebury has its own witch? Her name is Nancie Dunn — don’t worry, she’s a nice one.

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Meet the chef: Bill Snell from Tourterelle in New Haven

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Kitchens can be stressful places. Sharp knifes fiercely chop, dice and mince the day’s ingredients. Hot pots bubble on a flaming stove. The chefs and cooks must work efficiently together, without getting in each other’s way, to quickly produce beautiful dishes for hungry customers.

A spill here, a slip there… could be the difference between great success and utter catastrophe. So it’s easy to understand how tensions can run a little hot.

But at Tourterelle in New Haven, head chef Bill Snell tries to keep it cool.

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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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Madaila kicks off local United Way's 50th year this Saturday

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
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Turning 50 deserves a celebration — a big one.

After all, that’s 18,250 days, or 438,000 hours, or if you count every minute: 26,280,000 minutes. It’s an accomplishment.

Not only has United Way of Addison County reached the big 5-0 this year, they have spent the last half century (all 26.2 million minutes) serving programs that enrich the lives of people who live and work in Addison County.

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Koehler turns pocket orchard into award-winning ice cider

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Cocktail-culture is back. But you already know that.

We’ve seen craft cideries, breweries, wineries, distilleries and specialty cocktail bars pop up and grow all around our county and state in the last five to 10 years. But have you ever wondered why these specialty libations have become so popular?

Brad Koehler, owner of Windfall Orchard, has a few theories.

Koehler’s in the craft alcohol biz. He uses the fruit he grows in Cornwall to make high-quality hard cider, ice wine and perry (similar to hard cider, but made from pears).

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Quilting season wraps community together

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Fact: tomorrow is the first day of fall. It’s hard not to get a little depressed as the warm summer days shorten, our colorful gardens fade, and we swap our shorts and sandals for sweaters and boots.

But, it’s not all bad. Fall brings the delights of harvest season, pies, pumpkins, corn mazes, hay rides, warm fireplaces and cozy beds layered with quilts.

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