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Vermont Republican Party looks to Sunderland to right the ship

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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WATERBURY — The Vermont Republican Party is somewhat of an endangered species these days.

Republicans hold just 48 of 150 seats in the Vermont House of Representatives, seven of 30 seats in the Senate, and one of six statewide offices.

In 2012, Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, defeated GOP challenger Randy Brock by 21 points. Brock, a former state senator, outspent Shumlin but managed to secure the vote of just one-third of Vermonters.

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Bristol reviews Plank Road apartments plan

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Town officials in Bristol are considering an application to build an apartment complex off Plank Road.

Stanley Livingston, a Bristol resident who operates Meghan’s Meadow View LLC, filed a zoning permit application with the town Aug. 29.

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Farmers need labor, seek immigration reform

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a two-part series on Vermont agriculture and immigration reform.

NEW HAVEN — Addison County dairy farmers talking last week with Congressman Peter Welch said a new immigration bill is vital to meeting their labor needs, as farms increasingly rely on immigrant workers.

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Bristol clinic lands $812,500 grant to expand service to the needy

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — A six-figure federal grant announced last week will enable a Bristol medical clinic to expand its services, particularly to low- and moderate-income residents in Addison County.

The Five Town Health Alliance was awarded $812,500, which will be put toward expanding services at the Mountain Health Center in BristolWorks complex. It was one of three practices in Vermont that were designated as “community health centers.”

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Tiger football captures perfect season with D-I title

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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RUTLAND — Middlebury Union High School football Coach Dennis Smith stood teary-eyed at midfield, soaked head to toe, trying to take it all in Saturday night. The Tigers had just capped their undefeated season with a win over powerhouse South Burlington to capture the Division I state title.

Behind an impressive performance by junior quarterback Austin Robinson, who threw for one touchdown and ran for three, the Tigers beat the Rebels, 26-6, in front of a capacity crowd at Alumni Field in Rutland.

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Film puts spotlight on Vermont prescription drug problem

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — The screening in Addison County next week of a new documentary about prescription drug addiction in Vermont will shine a light on a growing problem that many would just as soon not see.

“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Vermont — the governor said so,” said Bess O’Brien, who produced the new documentary “The Hungry Heart.” “I want to create a level of consciousness of the issue, to get the community engaged.”

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Beloved lunch lady hangs up her spatula

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was president, Apollo 11 had yet to land on the moon, a first-class stamp cost a nickel and a gallon of gas 31 cents.

It was also the year Joyce Shepard started working as a cook at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School. She retired in this past summer, after 48 years.

“I just liked working with the kids,” Shepard said. “It kept me young.”

Principal Patrick Hartnett likened Shepard’s tenure to that of a baseball Hall of Famer.

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New farm bill has glimmer of hope

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



WASHINGTON, D.C. — A cohort of legislators met in the capitol Wednesday in an attempt to find common ground on a new farm bill. But they made no real progress toward resolving differences between the U.S. Senate and House over legislation that covers a range of programs that affect dairy farmers, those who get food assistance and other Vermonters.

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USDA, state programs benefit local farms

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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SHOREHAM — As anyone in Addison County knows, farming isn’t easy, especially for farmers who are new to the business. But a litany of USDA programs can help farmers get on their feet. In total, the Rural Development division of the USDA pumps $5 million-$10 million annually into Addison County, investing in farms, businesses and communities, according to Ted Brady, state director of the Vermont and New Hampshire Rural Development program of the USDA.

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Starksboro farm making hay in Brooklyn

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — Before this year, Eric Rozendaal had never been to Brooklyn, N.Y. Now, he’s visited a dozen times — not as a tourist, but as a vendor of authentic Vermont food at an increasingly popular New York City market.

Rozendaal and his wife, Keenann, own Rockville Market Farm in Starksboro. Every weekend, he travels to “Smorgasburg,” a weekly outdoor food market held in Brooklyn. Smorgasburg hosts 75 to 100 food vendors every week at two locations in the city’s second-most populous borough.

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