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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
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Carrying on the tradition

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE "FEB" grads participate in the annual tradition of skiing down the Snow Bowl in their caps and gowns. Photo by Todd Balfour.

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Winter friend

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER MAX Kraus this week made this image of a snowy owl in a tree across the road from the goose viewing pull-off on Route 17 in West Addison. He also saw a darker snowy owl further down the road on top of a nesting box.

Photo by Max Kraus

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Battle for the ball

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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VERGENNES UNION HIGH School senior Josh Benning keeps a tight grip on the ball after battling Tiger junior Connor Quinn for a rebound Tuesday night in Vergennes. Benning had 11 rebounds in the Commodores' 58-54 win. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Before & after

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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SECOND- AND THIRD-GRADERS in the SOAR afterschool program at Neshobe School pose with masks before and after painting them. The students, participants in SOAR's "ME Project" club, painted the masks to represent themselves.

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Got you covered

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School football coach Dennis Smith gets caught off guard recently by an unexpected gift from Middlebury American Legion Post 27: a $2,000 donation to help Friends of Middlebury Football purchase jackets for all the players and coaches. FOMF wanted to buy the jackets to congratulate the Tigers on their 2013 Div. I state championship win, and the Legion came through with the financial support to make the purchase possible. 

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In the nick of time

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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REP. PETER WELCH, right, and press aide Ryan Nickel rush down a corridor beneath the Capitol last week to vote in favor of the farm bill within the 15-minute voting window. The House and Senate both passed the legislation and President Obama is expected to sign it.

Independent photo/Zach Despart

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Sen. Leahy remains a workhorse after four decades in D.C.

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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Editor’s note: Democrat Patrick Leahy, now 73, was the state’s attorney for Chittenden County when he was elected to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in 1974. Now the longest-serving active senator, he has the perspective, the connections and the power to accomplish a lot for his state and his country. Our reporter spent a day with Sen. Leahy last week, watching the veteran politician hard at work in the nation’s capital.

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Sen. Sanders fights for minimum wage hike

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., praised President Barack Obama’s focus on income inequality in his annual State of the Union address last week, and urged his colleagues in Congress to back legislation that would raise the federal minimum wage.

“I’m glad that the president has recognized the enormity of the problem,” Sanders said in an interview with the Independent. “Frankly, I think he could have gotten into it a little bit deeper.”

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Vermont's Patrick Leahy shows his lighter side

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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WASHINGTON — A masterful storyteller, Sen. Patrick Leahy shared anecdotes about senators of decades past during a recent visit with a reporter. One was a conversation with Minnesota Sen. Hubert Humphrey that took place shortly after Leahy took office in 1975. Humphrey asked Leahy if he wanted to go on a Congressional trip to Moscow to meet with Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev.

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U.S. Senate passes Farm Bill, Obama ready to sign it

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate on Tuesday passed a farm bill that emerged from a conference committee two weeks ago, ending more than two years of gridlock over the omnibus piece of legislation.

Both of Vermont’s senators voted for the bill.

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