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Labor tops dairy concerns: Local farmers tell Rep. Welch their frustrations with federal policy

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Congressman Peter Welch arrived in Middlebury last Thursday ready to hear county dairy farmers’ ideas for improving the next farm bill — in particular ways to fix the current farm bill’s underperforming program to help the dairy farmers survive plunging milk prices.

But the price of milk and the Margin Protection Program’s failure to help Vermont’s dairies wasn’t at the top of anyone’s talking points.

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Elephants remain hot topic during local circus

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Garden Brothers Circus came to town last week — minus two of its biggest attractions.

Vermont’s rules governing importation and display of exotic animals resulted in Garden Brothers leaving its two elephant performers elsewhere during the circus’ Vermont tour, which included a couple of April 12 shows at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center.

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Citizens United and gerrymandering linked to D.C. gridlock

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — At a Thursday forum where Rep. Peter Welch listened to the farmers’ concerns, the Vermont Democrat also provided some insights into how the fiercely partisan environment in Washington, D.C., is making it hard to legislate sensibly.

Among factors contributing to the “can-don’t” atmosphere in Washington are the huge influx in outside funds made possible by the Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” campaign contributions decision, Welch said.

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Pulitzer Prize-winning author to deliver Middlebury College commencement address

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Jon Meacham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, political commentator and former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, will deliver the 2017 Middlebury College commencement address on Sunday, May 28.

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Clinics offered on making end-of-life choices

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — What if you had choices . . . ? Inspired by the Being Mortal Project, the Addison County End of Life Care Partnership offers a week of Advance Care Planning clinics including advance directive forms, resources, guidance, conversation . . . and chocolate.

Anyone interested can drop in at Hospice Volunteer Services anytime between 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, April 17 - Thursday, April 20.

As part of the service, area professionals will be on hand at select times each day to address questions:

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Middlebury College to screen film on marriage equality

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — When Vermont wrote civil unions into law, it led the way for marriage rights in the U.S. “State of Marriage,” a documentary film on the efforts of Vermonters to bring about the changes in marriage equality, will be screened on Wednesday, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. in Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium.

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Jackson Gallery exhibits work by Middlebury painter and musician

Posted on April 17, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Fred Lower paints the landscape of Addison County. His deft strokes and distinctive color choices capture the essence of the light and shadow, and the texture of his scenery. He likes to paint directly from the subject. “The motifs that I find most engaging are often the easiest to find because they are right out my back door,” he explained. “I live a short distance from where the Middlebury River joins Otter Creek. It is, quite simply, a plethora of compositions, a feast of forms for an artist.”

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Winter homeless shelter closing out helpful season with plans for the future

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition (CHC) this week will wrap up another season of its heavily used Middlebury warming shelter, and will now turn its attention to improving the interior of its facility at 27 North Pleasant St. in order to better serve homeless individuals and families during the coming years.

Established in 2005, the CHC is a nonprofit association of local religious groups and individuals who each year donate hundreds of volunteer hours and thousands of dollars to make sure the less fortunate have access to basic necessities.

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Vermont Choral Union marks 50 yeas with concert series

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Fifty years ago, University of Vermont professor James G. Chapman founded the Vermont Choral Union ? a community-based a cappella choral group. The ensemble of 36 singers is still going strong, now with Middlebury’s Jeff Rehbach at the helm. Rehbach will lead the Vermont Choral Union in three anniversary concerts next week: at the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College on Friday, at the McCarthy Recital Hall at St. Michael’s College on Saturday and at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier on Sunday.

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Natural gas now flowing into Middlebury

Posted on April 13, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas on Wednesday, April 12, officially turned on the spigot to its 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline, sending its product to an initial four corporate users in Middlebury’s Industrial Park.

The launch comes after more than six years of planning, protests and a still-pending case before the Vermont Supreme Court through which the plaintiffs are challenging the legality of Vermont Gas’s move to bury its pipeline under Hinesburg’s Geprags Park.

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