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Pre-season guided history walk to be held May 5

Posted on April 18, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — With the snow gone and trees yet to unfurl their leaves, this is the perfect time of year to see traces of the Revolutionary War defenses on the landscape. With that in mind, Mount Independence State Historic Site will have a pre-season guided history walk on Sunday, May 5, 2018, at the Orwell site from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Orwell artist Stacey Stanhope goes from 'perking' to 'potting'

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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ORWELL — Do you remember puff paint? Come on, be honest. It was a horribly, wonderful craze in the ’90s, where we’d attack shirts, pants, bags — pretty much anything — with the small plastic bottles of “puffy” paint. We endlessly squeezed bright colors through pinpoint nozzles to create oh, so glamorous decorations on our garments. Ah, the ’90s…

Stacey Stanhope is an unashamed puff-paint lover. It started out as a hobby: painting elaborate hunt scenes with foxes and horses on shirts.

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Orwell Town Meeting results 2019

Posted on March 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — There were a couple of contested races in Orwell on Town Meeting Day, and one of them very well may see a recount. In the race for the three-year seat on the Orwell School Board incumbent Alyson Audet Eastman  garnered 143 votes and challenger Dan Redondo got 139. Separately, Peter Stone was uncontested for the 2-year seat on the board. The Orwell School Board will go out of existence when the Orwell school district is wrapped into the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).

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After 51 years serving the town of Orwell, Walker James will step away

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By John S. McCright



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ORWELL — Walker James will sit at the front of Orwell Town Hall with the rest of the selectmen’s board next Tuesday morning as the dean of the town’s leadership.

For 51 years James has served the town in some capacity or another — moderator, school director, justice of the peace, sewer plant operations manager …

“He’s done a touch of everything,” said Tom Audet, the chair of the selectmen’s board.

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Orwell Town Meeting Preview 2019

Posted on February 28, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — Come Town Meeting Day residents of Orwell will have some ballots to cast.

Residents will vote by Australian ballot on 17 town officials, with three contested races: Incumbent Alyson Audet Eastman faces Dan Redondo for a three-year term as a school director; Bill Goddard and Karl Thomsen are both running for a two-year seat on the selectboard that Walker James has held for 31 years (he’s stepping down, see story on Page 2A); and Louis Hall and Diane Jackson are vying for a one-year term as first constable.

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UPDATED: Police find body of missing ice fisherman

Posted on February 14, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



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ORWELL — A search begun Monday night for a man who went missing while ice fishing on Lake Champlain near Orwell, came to a tragic end Wednesday afternoon when Vermont State Police found a body in the water that they suspected was him.

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Orwell town hall project on hold

Posted on January 31, 2019 |
By John Flowers



ORWELL — Orwell residents this March won’t be voting on a school building project after all. A recent state mandate that Orwell join the Slate Valley Modified Unified Union School District (SVMUUSD) means town officials need to table plans to expand their local elementary school in order to accommodate a cafeteria and gym.

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High court denies Orwell man's appeal of sexual assault conviction

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an Orwell man’s appeal of his 2017 conviction on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor.

It was in January of 2017 that an Addison County jury convicted Rein Kolts on the felony charge, relating to allegations he had repeatedly engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts over a two-year period with a girl whom court records identified as his niece.

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Vote sends Orwell into Slate Valley school district

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Orwell will be forced to join the Slate Valley Modified Unified Union School District (SVMUUSD), based on a combined 2,216 to 1,615 vote of residents in the six-town district on Tuesday.

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Orwell eyes school addition

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Orwell officials are considering expanding their local school to accommodate a cafeteria and gym, amenities currently provided though the adjacent town hall building, which is being targeted for demolition.

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