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Turkeys, toys collected for those in need this holiday season

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) and other area groups are launching their annual efforts to make sure all Addison County families are able to enjoy a nice meal on Thanksgiving and ensure that all local children have at least one present to open this holiday season.

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New Howard Frank Mosher novel doffs chapeau to college's Twilight

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont author Howard Frank Mosher draws much of his literary inspiration from the people and places in his native Northeast Kingdom. But he occasionally strays to points north or south for complementary characters, as he did with his latest book, “God’s Kingdom,” which includes a cast member loosely based on Alexander Twilight of Middlebury College fame.

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From the page to the stage: Columnist Jessie Raymond launches first one-act play

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jessie Raymond has received a lot of positive feedback for “Around the Bend,” her regular humor column that has become a Page 4 staple in the Addison Independent for the past dozen years. It’s pretty common for her to receive column kudos while standing in line at the supermarket or at social events.

But lately, her writing has been garnering loud applause from an audience that has been able to see her words play out on stage.

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New store for children to open in Middlebury

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Book Shop on Main Street will soon spin off a second enterprise that will specialize in books, toys, games and educational gifts for babies and children.

The new store, to be officially unveiled on Nov. 28, will be called “Ollie’s Other Place” and will be based in the former home of Yak Adventures and EveryWear at 13 Washington St. It is the brainchild of Becky Dayton and Jenny Lyons, owner and sales/marketing manager, respectively, of the Vermont Book Shop.

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Two tireless local volunteers are headed west

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Barbara and Al Stiles moved from Connecticut to Middlebury back in 1976 to enjoy a more relaxed, healthy atmosphere.

Truth is, the two have done so much volunteer work — from grooming the Long Trail to serving on municipal boards — in and around Middlebury that relaxing became an afterthought.

But advancing years and a desire to be closer to family have prompted Al, 86, and Barbara, 90, to begin a new chapter in their lives. On Monday, Nov. 16, they will leave Middlebury to move into a retirement community near Santa Cruz, Calif.

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UD-3 board eyes security upgrades

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Some UD-3 officials are proposing to use around $300,000 of the school district’s roughly $500,000 in budget surplus from fiscal year 2015 to bankroll additional security system improvements at Middlebury Union middle and high schools, as well as pay for scores of new gym lockers at MUHS. These projects would be done next year.

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Middlebury seeks to flesh out downtown project with NexBridge

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Tuesday agreed to form a new, five-member committee to plan the next steps in mixed-use development for Middlebury’s so-called “Economic Development Initiative” property off Bakery Lane.

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Middlebury to get a dog park

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It looks like Middlebury dog owners will soon have a two-acre, fenced-off park in which to recreate with their four-legged friends.

Barring unforeseen legal or insurance-related complications, the new dog park will be created on Middlebury College-owned land located near the Middlebury Regional EMS headquarters and Charter House community garden off South Street. A group of local dog owners has been lobbying for a safe, local, off-leash location for their pets to run and play.

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Vermonters are getting ready for universal pre-K

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Parents of very young children and officials at schools around Vermont have an extra wrinkle to consider as they prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year: a state mandate that pre-kindergarten services be offered to eligible students through public schools or private programs.

Act 166, signed into law in 2014, requires all school districts in Vermont to offer 10 hours per week — during the 35 weeks of the academic year — of pre-K education to children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten.

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Clippings: The student becomes the master

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



It’s a shame when the punch line of a story becomes crystal clear before the conclusion of a story. Such is the case with this one, but it’s too good to keep.

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