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Video: When the Oxford Punch Needle went viral

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Megan James



Amy Oxford invented an ergonomic rug-hooking needle in 1995. Since then, she's been running her business and teaching rug hooking from an old farmhouse in Cornwall. But recently, business has been booming. Sales are up 644 percent thanks to a little boost from a decidedly modern source: #oxfordpunchneedle started trending on Instagram.

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Cornwall rug-hooking maven's invention goes viral after 23 years

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Megan James



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CORNWALL — Amy Oxford thought rug hooking was a dying art. She has been making punch-needle-style rugs since 1982, and teaching the craft almost as long. In the mid-’80s, there was only one shop in the country that specialized in punch-needle supplies. So she opened her own shop and mail-order business — from her Cornwall home — to meet her students’ needs.

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Awaiting the motorcade

Posted on September 3, 2018 |
By Megan James



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FOLKS MADE SIGNS and threw together a last-minute demonstration on Main Street in Middlebury last Friday when they heard that Vice President Mike Pence would be passing through on his way to Lake Hortonia. The motorcade ended up taking a different route but a couple dozen people protested nonetheless.

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Video: Closing day at Carol's

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Megan James



Carol's Hungry Mind closed for good on August 8, 2018. The coffee shop on Middlebury's Merchant's Row has served as a bustling gathering place for more than 13 years. We stopped in to chat with owner John Melanson, and his loyal regulars, on the last day of business. Click here to read John Flowers' story about the shop's closing — and what's next for the space.

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Video: 'Witchy' friend leads Higdon to a broom 'craft'

Posted on May 10, 2018 |
By Megan James



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Janelle Higdon had a good, adult job. She was working in mental health services in Western Massachusetts’ Pioneer Valley. She had a retirement plan. She had health insurance. But, she recalls, “I was really bored.”

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Three bags full

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Megan James



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GREEN UP DAY early birds had already picked up around Seminary Street Extension in Middlebury on Thursday. Find out what your town has organized for the big day, this Saturday, in our town-by-town guide

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So fuzzy

Posted on April 30, 2018 |
By Megan James



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BABY CHICKS CHEEPED and hopped around at Middlebury Agway last weekend, much to the delight of kids whose parents had dragged them along for some spring shopping.

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Sanctuary

Posted on April 24, 2018 |
By Megan James



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A STATUE GUARDS one of several forts built from branches, tree roots and other forest debris behind the Aurora Learning Center. 

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Living color

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Megan James



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TWILIGHT ARTIST IN Residence Will Kasso Condry spent the week painting a new mural at Middlebury College with three other professional artists and a group of college students. Here's a portion of the mural on Day 4.

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New life

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Megan James



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"FOR MANY YEARS, students expressed concerns over McCullough [student center] not feeling warm and inviting or student-centered, and a desire for it to be a more lively place," said Jennifer Herrera Condry, one of the organizers of this week's mural-painting project.

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