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Local man still struggles with Vt. Health Connect

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeff Keeney’s patience for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, has run out.

“I don’t believe anything from Vermont Health Connect,” Keeney said late last week. “They’ve been wrong every step of the way.”

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Starksboro man reveals secret life of birds on video

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Andrew Nemethy



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STARKSBORO — It all started with a mourning dove.

Mark Paul was camping with his wife Deb at Lake Carmi State Park when a bird’s incessant hooting at dawn both irritated and intrigued him, and he struck off to find out what it was.

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23-year-old Starksboro woman killed in car crash Sunday

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



STARKSBORO — A Starksboro woman was killed in a one-car crash on Big Hollow Road in Starksboro on Sunday morning.

Vermont State Police reported that Stephanie D. Patsos, 23, was driving a 2001 Saturn SL on Big Hollow Road around 11:20 a.m. when the car traveled left of center and down an embankment on the south side of the roadway.

Patsos, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle in the crash, police reported, and she succumbed to her injuries at the scene.

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Starksboro man gets assurance on health insurance

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeffrey Keeney, the Starksboro man who was having trouble with the Vermont Health Connect website and the focus of an article in our Dec. 19 issue, told the Independent this week that he completed the application for himself and his family Dec. 24. Keeney said a VHC representative told him that his family’s insurance should begin on time on Jan. 1.

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Starksboro man irked with health care website

Posted on December 22, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — The struggles of a Starksboro man in trying to navigate the Vermont Health Connect website are a snapshot of what the Shumlin administration faces while implementing the state’s new health care platform.

Jeff Keeney first attempted to sign up for health insurance for his family in early November, and he still hasn’t been able to complete his application. Exasperated, he fired off an email to Gov. Shumlin last week and copied a number of local lawmakers.

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Gallery: Mt. Abe counselor hikes Appalachian Trail

Posted on November 18, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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Mount Abraham Union High School counselor Deb Van Schaack hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. She began her journey in Georgia on March 8 and completed the trek in Maine on July 31. Van Schaack shared with the Independent some of the photos she took along the way.

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'Lady Grey' reaches goal, hikes Appalacian Trail at age 56

Posted on November 18, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Of the people who begin hiking the Appalachian Trail with the intention of covering the entire thing, only one in four complete it. Most are young, recent college graduates, students taking a gap year, all with young joints and plenty of energy.

Not many 56-year-old women attempt the nearly 2,200-mile, 14-state trek, let alone complete it.

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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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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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Sept. 21 BBQ and dance to benefit youth project in Starksboro

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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STARKSBORO — Unbound Grace, a Starksboro-based nonprofit, will host a community benefit on Saturday, Sept. 21. Its fourth annual Community Big Barn Dance will include a country potluck with chicken BBQ, family field days, a silent auction, and all-ages square and contra dancing with a little bit of rock-and-roll. Music is provided by talented local band Gumbo YaYa. The event will be held at Sentinel Farms, 4118 VT Route 116 in Starksboro, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

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