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'Fancy' that: Proposed changes in maple grading system meet some resistance

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



VERMONT — Proposed changes to Vermont’s maple syrup grading system are stirring up controversy in the sugaring community.

The changes, which would implement a new set of international grading standards that are consistent across state and national boundaries, are supported by those who feel it will make Vermont syrup more competitive on a bigger world stage. But others say Vermont’s already got the upper hand, and a change in labeling would not help the Vermont brand.

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Sparse crowd weighs in on Vermont Yankee

Posted on October 11, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Citizens Awareness Network’s public discussion on decommissioning the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant drew only three members of the public to the basement conference room of Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury Tuesday evening.

Organizer Chris Williams and lobbyist Bob Stannard, both of VCAN, led the panel discussion. They gave an overview of the state of regulation of the Vernon plant, and talked about their organization’s efforts to close it down.

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Bridport dairy farmer: "I feel like I was forced out"

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — Leonard Barrett can remember when he moved to his East Street farm in Bridport in 1970 with his parents and his brother. There were eight dairy farms on the street.

Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won’t be any.

Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies — long the backbone of many rural American towns — out of business.

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New York Times media chief to discuss journalism at college

Posted on October 8, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Sarah Kramer, the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist behind The New York Times series “1 in 8 million” and “Coming Out,” will return to her alma mater, Middlebury College, this Thursday to share insights and experiences gleaned from her 15 years as a multimedia journalist.

Her talk, “Personal Narrative in the Digital Age,” will be the first in this year’s Meet the Press lecture series, and begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Hall 220 on the Middlebury campus.

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Middlebury readies for Dalai Lama's visit Oct. 12 & 13

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Preparations are under way at Middlebury College for the arrival of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of millions of Tibetan Buddhists and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, who will mark his third visit to Addison County on the weekend of Oct. 12.

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Ladies lunch to raise funds for women-centered charities

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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CORNWALL — Each month, a growing group of women in Addison County get together for lunch.

But not just any lunch. The meals are hosted by the first Vermont chapter of Dining for Women, a national charity that raises money for women’s groups around the world.

Marion Leonard, a kindergarten teacher at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury, and Mary Gill, a school nurse there, initiated Addison County’s chapter. The group has been meeting monthly since April, and is growing fast.

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Home Improvement: A new barn from old

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
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SHOREHAM — “Home improvement” can mean building something new or restoring something old. The raising of a particular barn in Shoreham meant both.

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Clippings: An ode to public transprotation

Posted on October 4, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Since starting at the Addison Independent last month, I’ve ridden the bus each day from Bristol to Middlebury.

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National dairy trends taking toll on local farmers

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — With grain prices sky-high and milk prices dropping, a few family-owned Addison County dairy farms are closing their doors this fall.

Paul Audy of New Haven and John Roberts of Cornwall, both in their early sixties, cited a confluence of forces that prompted each of them to get out of the business they had been in for decades: the increasing financial challenges of running a medium-sized herd, the tumultuous market exacerbated by the dairy pricing regulations and the toll of working long hours for years on end.

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Middlebury preps to host NCAA ski championships

Posted on October 1, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MIDDLEBURY — Local merchants and innkeepers are always happy to see winter activities bring people from out of state to Addison County. But locals can expect more ski traffic than usual early next March when Middlebury College hosts the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships.

Fans, coaches, parents and alums will descend on the Middlebury area for the culminating event of the college ski season. Around 150 skiers from 20 schools across the country are expected to qualify in both Nordic and Alpine competitions.

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