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Homeless man found dead not far from Middlebury shelter

Posted on January 16, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police believe alcohol played a significant role in the tragic death of a local homeless man found on the town green during the early morning of Saturday, Jan. 13.

Police identified the deceased as 45-year-old Suad Teocanin.

Middlebury Police Sgt. Michael Christopher said Teocanin had been living in the Middlebury area in recent years, working kitchen jobs at various restaurants. At the time of his death, he had been working at downtown Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern.

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Nighttime fire destroys home on Butternut Ridge in Middlebury

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — A late night fire Saturday at a home in the Butternut Ridge neighborhood off Route 116 in Middlebury drove a family into out into single-digit temperatures, sent two people to the hospital and apparently claimed the life a family pet.

The Middlebury Fire Department received a report of a fire at 200 Butternut Ridge Drive, the home of the Randall family, at a little after 11 p.m. on Jan. 13.

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5 Towns to vote Town Meeting Day on $29.5 million Mount Abe repair bond

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — It’s official.

Five-town voters on Town Meeting Day will cast ballots on a revised, $29.5 million renovation plan for Mount Abraham Union High School that would address nine project priorities touted by school officials, albeit to a lesser degree than the $36.6 million proposal that area residents defeated last November.

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Addison Northwest warns budget with lower spending, higher taxes

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board on Wednesday agreed to propose a district-wide spending plan of $21,106,261 that if approved by voters on Town Meeting Day would cut current spending by about $10,000.

Because of a projected statewide school tax rate increase of 9.4 cents that budget would still increase the ANWSD property tax rate by 8.33 cents, according to preliminary district estimates provided to the board. Those estimates still hinge on factors that will be determined outside the district.

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Couple to give new life to defunct old ski area in Brandon

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON/HUBBARDTON — The former High Pond Mountain Ski Area that straddles the Brandon-Hubbardton town line is getting a facelift, thanks to a high-end restoration by new owners Peter and Karen Dartley.

Work began in earnest almost immediately after the couple bought the 330-acre parcel for $1.3 million in 2016.

The McKernon Group of Brandon, led by Kevin Birchmore, was hired to do the construction, and Selin and Selin Architecture in Shelburne did all of the design work.

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Meet the Chef: Andrea Cousineau of The Lobby, Park Squeeze, Black Sheep and Bearded Frog

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you’re an executive chef, you never know when duty might call. That’s why Andrea Cousineau carries her chef knife in her purse at all times. It’s a MAC in case you were wondering.

“I go between four different restaurants,” said the executive chef of The Lobby in Middlebury, Park Squeeze and Black Sheep Bistro in Vergennes, and The Bearded Frog in Shelburne. “I never know when I’ll need it.”

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Attempted robbery in Bristol on Saturday

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Bristol police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a woman who allegedly tried to rob the National Bank of Middlebury branch on Main Street in Bristol this past Saturday, Jan. 13.

Police allege the woman entered the bank at around 11:10 a.m. and presented to a teller a note demanding money. Authorities said the woman fled the scene without any money, and was last seen leaving the area in what was described as a green, older-model Subaru Imprezza.

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Ode to Lilly: Starksboro man reflects on the loss of a good dog

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Lawrence Jones



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Editor’s note: Lawrence Jones of South Starksboro wrote this piece about Chris Marion’s black Lab “Lilly.”

I am no stranger to death. I have buried many people and honored more in services dedicated to their memories. I have sat with those in their last moments. I have hugged many four-footed companions as they drifted off to sleep, never to reawaken in this world.

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Exploring women and leadership; Middlebury College to host symposium this week

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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MIDDLEBURY — The first female editor-in-chief of Time magazine will be among the speakers featured late this week at Middlebury College’s “Women’s Leadership Symposium.”

Organized by a student organization called the Middlebury Women Leaders, the symposium from Thursday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 20, will be comprised of workshops, lectures and discussions given and moderated by woman leaders such as Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Time editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs.

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