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Meet this year's keeper of the Mt. Abe hut

Posted on September 13, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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LINCOLN — AnnaLisa Mayer of South Starksboro grew up hiking Mount Abraham, the fifth-tallest mountain in Vermont, since she was three years old.

This past summer, Mount Abe served as Mayer’s personal office. A rising senior at Sterling College, Mayer worked as a Green Mountain Club (GMC) caretaker from June until August on the mountain, which she considers her “home turf.”

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Business profile: Vermont Refrigerated Storage

Posted on September 2, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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SHOREHAM — It takes a whole lot of chemistry to be able to eat an apple in July. Vermont Refrigerated Storage, or VRS, on Route 22A in Shoreham has keeping apples fresh for extended periods down to a science. 

With a series of temperature-controlled rooms, each with specific levels of oxygen and nitrogen, co-owner Barney Hodges is able to ensure that clients like Champlain Orchards can keep their fruit fresh throughout the winter and spring, and into the summer months.

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Catch some summer berries

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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GOSHEN — On an overcast August day, two identical young boys darted between the blueberry bushes, toting plastic collecting bags, on Blueberry Hill Inn’s front lawn in Goshen. 

To the left of the blue colonial house with red painted doors are several rows of blueberry bushes. 

Kristin Dykstra and her husband, of Hinesburg, brought their boys, Max and Alex Collier, to the Moosalamoo wilderness on a day trip. 

“We’re cross-country skiers, and we want them to like it,” Dykstra explained. 

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Clock winders keep towns ticking

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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ADDISON COUNTY — Each Tuesday morning just before 9 a.m., Dick Thodal arrives at the Congregational Church of Middlebury, walks upstairs to the main prayer area, and continues on even further up a narrow, white staircase, tucked to the left of the organ pipes. Clad in his red suspenders, he climbs the old wooden steps inside the steeple until he reaches the boxy room where the town clock ticks along.

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Brandon Reporter's popular Lee Kahrs bids farewell

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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BRANDON — In 2007, Lee J. Kahrs was in between journalism jobs and had been house-painting when she came home to find a note on her door from Polly Lynn, now the editor and co-publisher of The Mountain Times in Killington.

The note said that Lynn’s father, Angelo, the editor and publisher of the Addison Independent in Middlebury, needed Kahrs’ help with a new paper he had acquired, The Reporter.

Kahrs started at The Reporter one week later.

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Barre teen who penned Make-A-Wish book to give Middlebury reading

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — The captain of boat warned Jamie Heath that they might not see any sea turtles. Initially disappointed, as the sea creatures were her inspiration to choose Hawaii as her destination in the first place, she kept her head down and searched among the coral.

“If you see a sea turtle, call ‘Jamie,’” the captain announced.

Only a little while later someone yelled her name. She stuck her head beneath the water’s surface to find the turtles swimming beneath her.

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Midd student from Afghanistan following dream of pro cycling

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — Forty-five minutes before his race at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center on the last Saturday in July, Farid Noori, 24, of Ghazni, Afghanistan, pedaled up to a viewpoint beside the Williston race course. Taking a quick break from his warm-up, Noori, a Middlebury College student, sat and took a deep breath.

“It’s going to be fine,” he thought.

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Bread Loaf students join with professional actors in summer stock theater

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Books and papers are strewn about the floor of the Burgess Meredith Little Theater on the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Actors file in toward the open stage from all sides, grabbing chairs for a courtroom scene in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Those not in the scene sit offstage and follow along with their scripts.

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Clippings: Shared birthdays show what matters

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Last Sunday, for the 23rd time, I blew out birthday candles with my great-grandmother. This time, though, was particularly special — my great-grandmother Lorraine turned 100 on July 24, my birthday as well.

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Whiting to host a preschool; older kids moving out

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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WHITING — Beginning in September, Whiting Elementary School will house a district-wide prekindergarten program for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU), as well as a full-time private childcare center.

RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said that the Otter Valley Unified Union (OVUU) School Board sought a public-private partnership to address concerns from parents who were unable to send a child to pre-K because they also needed full-time childcare.

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