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Push for guest worker program revived

Posted on November 30, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Though the flurry of news and rumors regarding the federal government’s employment record audits in mid-November has died down, farmers and migrant workers alike are still fretting about what the immigration sweep could mean on Vermont dairy farms.

And, for some Addison County farmers and migrant workers advocates, the I-9 audit — meant to suss out employers shirking immigration laws — has spurred a renewed push for a guest workers program to legally supply dairy farmers with a source of foreign labor.

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Lincoln Library earns accolades

Posted on November 30, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



LINCOLN — After what’s been a tough year for the Lincoln Library, good news arrived at the little mountain outpost earlier this month: The Lincoln Library was one of 258 libraries nationwide lauded by Library Journal as “star” libraries.

The library earned the honor, which is based on statistics about circulation, programs, and library use, for the second year in a row. This year, just three other Vermont libraries — the Sherburne Library in Killington, the Craftsbury Public Library, and the South Hero Community Library — also earned the Library Journal recognition.

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Mt. Abe kids collect hometown stories

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — Trekking up and down Main Street, a handful of Mount Abraham Union High School students set out on their own version of “Mythbusters,” eager to investigate claims of the supernatural on South Mountain, the ridge that rises south of the heart of Bristol village.

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Bristol pens proposed standards for gravel pits

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



BRISTOL — The Bristol Planning Commission last week wrapped up the first draft of a new zoning ordinance that planners hope will go before voters in March. The ordinance, if approved by voters, would regulate the mining of earth resources in the town, governing the hot-button issue extracting gravel, among other natural resources.

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Behind the scenes at "The Music Man"

Posted on November 25, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



Meredith Wilson's classical musical about traveling salesman Harold Hill and a small town in Iowa marched onto the Town Hall Theater stage last week, performing to audiences that sold out as many as three weeks before the show opened.

The musical, directed by Doug Anderson and featuring a cast of 46, was months in the making, and Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell tagged along from auditions to opening night. His photos, as well as Anderson's commentary about the musical, are collected in our behind-the-scenes look at the making of the "The Music Man."

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Gearing up for Thanksgiving, the localvore way

Posted on November 23, 2009 | Blog Category:
By Kathryn Flagg



It's that time of year already! I spent a few hours last week calling around to local farmers, winemakers, and other food producers for a story in today's paper about celebrating Thanksgiving with locally grown foods. The good news is that it's not difficult to do: Plenty of local vegetables are still in season, and you can supplement those with wine or beer from a nearby vineyard or brewery, as well as cheese from our neighborly cheesemongers.

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Feds scrutinize dairy farms in sweep for illegal aliens

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Some Vermont dairy farmers found themselves in the crosshairs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday when the agency rolled out its largest ever audit of employers in a crackdown on businesses shirking laws about employing foreign workers.

Reports Friday from the Addison County Migrant Workers Coalition and other farmers indicated that perhaps only four or five farms in the state would be issued subpoenas for employment records, though initial reports about the audits placed that number much higher.

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Cooks dish up locally grown Thanksgiving meals

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — “It’s just a no-brainer to be a localvore on Thanksgiving.”

That’s according to Francie Caccavo, the owner of Olivia’s Crouton Company in New Haven. And it’s not hard to see why Caccavo embraces eating locally this time of year: Though the growing season is giving way to frosty temperatures, many farmers are still selling a bounty of root vegetables, squash and other produce.

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The art of holiday lights

Posted on November 20, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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ADDISON COUNTY — Ten thousand lights, a half-mile of extension cords and 60 hours of hard work setting up — for Salisbury resident Wayne Smith, that sounds like a recipe for Christmas spirit.

Smith takes to his yard every November to start stringing up an extensive display of lights and holiday decorations that, for 15 years, has been his way of marking the season. It started small, with a few decorations here and there, but by the time Smith bought a bit more property at his home at the north end of Lake Dunmore, he had the room to go crazy.

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Breaking news: Feds target Vermont dairy farms for illegal foreign workers

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Dozens of Vermont dairy farmers found themselves in the crosshairs of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thursday when the department rolled out its largest ever audit of employers in a crackdown on businesses shirking employment laws.

The Vermont Department of Agriculture on Thursday said ICE had targeted at least 86 farms for inspection, and Dairy Farmers Working Together reported between 86 and 100 farms were being issued subpoenas for employment records.

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