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Vermont Gas requests permit waiver to speed construction

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont Gas Systems has asked the Vermont Public Service Board to waive one of the conditions of the Certificate of Public Good for Phase I of the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas project.

The waiver would permit Vermont Gas to begin construction on Phase I of the pipeline without securing all the necessary state and federal permits, which the December 2013 Certificate of Public Good mandates.

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Higher milk prices help dairy farmers play catch-up

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Local dairy farmers are riding a wave of high wholesale prices that some say will finally pull them out from the dairy crash of 2009.

“The prices we’re receiving now are much stronger,” said Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.

Foster said much of the surge is due to high overseas demand.

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Two ways to meditate combine in one new Bristol shop

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — What do yarn and yoga have in common? Much more than you might think, it turns out.

A group of Addison County women are opening up a yarn shop and yoga studio — appropriately called simply “Yarn and Yoga” — on Bristol’s main drag that offers both of those things.

One of the group, Bristol resident Elissa Cobb, explained how yarn and yoga are, in fact, similar.

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Monkton aide wrapping up 39-year love affair with her job

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Lillian “Lil” Cota thought she was headed for a normal day at Monkton Central School on Tuesday. But the 39-year veteran instructional aide was in for quite the surprise when she arrived in the school’s gymnasium to a luncheon in her honor.

Relatives and colleagues of Cota, who is retiring at the end of this year, came to honor Cota for her service — and present her with an enormous strawberry cake.

After the celebration, the still-teary-eyed Cota sat down with the Independent to talk about her long career.

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Monkton aide wrapping up 39-year love affair with her job

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — Lillian “Lil” Cota thought she was headed for a normal day at Monkton Central School on Tuesday. But the 39-year veteran instructional aide was in for quite the surprise when she arrived in the school’s gymnasium to a luncheon in her honor.

Relatives and colleagues of Cota, who is retiring at the end of this year, came to honor Cota for her service — and present her with an enormous strawberry cake.

After the celebration, the still-teary-eyed Cota sat down with the Independent to talk about her long career.

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Area teachers raise money for 2015 visit by their Ethiopian counterparts

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — A group of local teachers who spent two weeks in Ethiopia this past winter are raising money to bring their Ethiopian counterparts to Vermont next year.

Lincoln’s Burnham Hall will play host to the Vermont-based New Nile Orchestra this Saturday, June 14. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Action for Youth and Community Chance, a non-governmental organization that promotes social causes in Ethiopia.

The teachers who traveled to Ethiopia will cook authentic Ethiopian fare for the event.

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Bristol residents offer views on proposed firehouse site

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — In a muggy Holley Hall Monday evening, dozens of Bristol residents and members of the Bristol Fire Department discussed a proposal to build a new firehouse on West Street.

The site choice, as selected by the Fire Facility Site Selection Committee, is the culmination of more than a year of vetting.

“It’s been tough for us to figure out what the best site was for the town, but we think the (West Street) site is best,” committee member Shawn Oxford said.

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Lincoln school saying goodbye to dynamic duo

Posted on June 9, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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LINCOLN — For two Lincoln thespians, the curtain is about to fall. The pair, teachers at Lincoln Community School whose combined teaching experience spans more than half a century, are retiring at the end of this school year.

Alice Leeds and Donna Wood, the dynamic duo who have shepherded Lincoln youngsters through the brookside school for decades, will say goodbye to their final classes June 16.

The pair for many years organized a series of ambitious theater productions (even Shakespeare!) at the school.

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This year's Pocock Rocks shapes up to be best yet

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Organizers of Bristol’s fifth annual Pocock Rocks festival say the June 21 event is coming together slowly but surely.

“Everything is right on track,” said Kate Selby, executive director of the Bristol Downtown Community Partnership. “The bands are all locked in, and we have lots of great food vendors, nonprofits and local businesses coming.”

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Retiring Mt. Abe History teacher to leave students thinking about current events

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Posters line the walls of Rick Desorda’s classroom. They were made by the Mount Abraham Union High School history teacher’s students, and explain key terms and figures from the Vietnam War — the Tet Offensive, Lyndon B. Johnson, the Silent Majority, Kent State.

For the students, these people, places and events mark a distant time in the past, decades before they were born. But when Desorda was their age, events from halfway around the world figured greatly in his future.

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