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Former Vergennes Union all-star joins Panther staff

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Former Vergennes Union High School and Skidmore College standout basketball player Connor Merrill has been hired as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Middlebury College.

The Panton native joins the Panther program after spending the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Springfield College in Massachusetts.

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Middlebury: Police help man who felt threatened

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Police assisted a local man who on Aug. 3 claimed he had been threatened by another man in the Maple Street area on Aug. 3. Police are investigating the incident.

In other action last week, Middlebury Police:

• Investigated a report of a man exhibiting some “unwanted, inappropriate behavior” toward a woman working at the Inn on the Green on South Pleasant Street on July 30. Police said they’re trying to identify the man and will then serve him with a no-trespass order.

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Peter Bevere seeks county prosecutor job

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Attorney Peter Bevere has already prosecuted cases in Chittenden and Rutland counties.

Now he wants to perform that job closer to his Middlebury home. So Bevere, 44, has decided to challenge incumbent Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans this November. Bevere recently filed his nomination papers to run as an independent against Wygmans, a Democrat.

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Local couple prepares for Muslim pilgrimage

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Farhad Khan has spent a half-century dreaming about a trip designed to fortify his religious faith and cleanse his spirit.

The Middlebury resident’s dream is about to come true.

Farhad and his wife, Amtul, on Aug. 11 will join 16 other members of the Vermont Islamic Society (VIS) in a pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. It’s called the “Hajj,” a religious obligation that every adult Muslim must fulfill at least once in their lifetime, if they are physically able and have the resources to do so.

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Biologist: Humans are cause of bear problems

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



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MIDDLEBURY — Bears aren’t the problem — you are.

This was the gist of the presentation given Wednesday evening by Forrest Hammond, a bear biologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife, to a crowd of locals concerned by the spate of recent bear sightings around the area. About 70 people crowded the Middlebury Town Offices for the talk, which covered the biology and behavior of the Eastern black bears that call Addison County home — and what we can do to mitigate their encroachment into our backyards.

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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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Man accused in attack on two older women

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — A Salisbury man with a lengthy criminal record is being held without bail on felony kidnapping and lewd & lascivious charges associated with the alleged assaults of two elderly Middlebury women, one of whom authorities described as being a “vulnerable adult.”

Lyle N. Birchard, 51, pleaded innocent to the charges on Aug. 1 in Addison Superior Court, criminal division. The charges relate to a case investigated by Middlebury Police Det. Kris Bowdish and Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations.

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Porter Hospital welcomed a near-record 43 babies in July

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



MIDDLEBURY — July was a happy month in the birthing center at Porter Medical Center, which played host to a near-record 42 births — producing 43 babies.

“July was closer to one of our bigger months ever,” said Ron Hallman, the vice president for Public Relations at Porter, which is part of UVM Health Network. “An average month is 22 (births). Last July, as a point of reference, we had 26 births.”

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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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Middlebury eyes new bid to boost economy; composition of panel spurs discussion

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday wrote the first paragraph in the latest chapter about spurring economic development in town, though members got off to a rocky start in forming a new panel that will lead the effort.

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