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Painter's art provides a window to another world

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY/SHOREHAM — “I’m searching for something that’s never been seen before,” says painter Jim Butler, of his art-making process.

For the Shoreham resident and co-chair of the Middlebury College studio art program, paintings provide a glimpse into a world that both is and is not.

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Efforts to create Bristol business park proceed

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — As work concludes on the extension of the town waterline to Lovers Lane and repair and replacement of the water system along West Street, progress continues toward the new Bristol business park — with some unexpected wrinkles still to be worked out.

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Starksboro kids get some hands-on lessons in Abenaki ways

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s the Thursday before Thanksgiving — the day the Robinson Elementary School cafeteria dishes out its holiday meal: roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, apple crisp. (Also broccoli).

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'Bites in a Bag' helps fight child hunger; Bristol program sends food home for the weekend

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — An estimated 13 million American kids go hungry. In Vermont, it’s estimated that 13 percent of all households are food insecure — leaving about 20,000 youngsters under the age of 18 without enough on their plates.

In Bristol, a program called Bites in a Bag is tackling child hunger one bag of snacks at a time.

Each Friday, 40 kids at Bristol Elementary School take home healthy snacks to help tide them through the weekend in food insecure households.

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Free and reduced lunch: A snapshot of child poverty

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



One indication that a household might be food insecure is whether it qualifies for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Each school reports its free lunch data to the Vermont Department of Education.

The percentage of children eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch provides one kind of snapshot of poverty — and with it food insecurity — around Addison County.

The 10 Addison County schools reporting the highest percentages of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, and the percentage of eligible students, are:

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Citizens ask board to delay vote on Mount Abe bond

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A group of citizens last Wednesday urged members of the Mount Abraham Union High School Board to delay any new bond vote on renovating the Bristol building until Town Meeting Day next March.

“The goal should be 60 percent voter participation with 60 percent voting yes,” said Bristol resident David Brynn, among non-board members in attendance.

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Turkey producers reach the home stretch: Orwell farm raises 22,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Two thousand five hundred turkeys gobble as they mill about in one of Stonewood Farm’s eight massive turkey barns. Up in front is a pen of huge critters that will each yield a 50-pound bird, once roasted. Imagine that on your Thanksgiving table (and the oven that could hold it!).

A little over a week before Thanksgiving, Orwell’s Stonewood Farm is going full speed, close to 12 hours a day, seven days a week to process the 22,000 birds raised for this year’s Turkey Day.

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Monkton wood bank delivers more than heat

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — For close to a decade, participants in the Monkton Wood Bank have been putting their shoulders to the ax — splitting, hauling, delivering, stacking — to warm homes and hearts.

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Farm-to-school success puts focus on finances

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Even after close to two decades of efforts to get local foods into local educational institutions, words like “fresh” and “tasty” are not universally applied to school cafeteria food.

Yet school nutrition guru Kathy Alexander continues to make Farm to School a centerpiece at Bristol-area schools and this year expanded that work into Vergennes-area schools.

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Bristol selectboard discusses additional water line extension

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A range of water and sewer issues dominated the Bristol selectboard’s Nov. 6 meeting.

Board members discussed and said ‘Aye’ to three items that OK’d spending a little more than $11,000; but they decided to study a fourth project that would probably cost considerably more.

This past Monday, the selectboard:

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