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Some holiday treats are toxic to pets

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Erin Forbes DVM



The holiday season has arrived and brings celebrations, presents and decorations. For pet owners the season also presents some common pet safety issues. There are many pet hazards to be aware of during the holidays, including specific types of plants, certain foods, and even decorations.

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The Outside Story: Mountain ash: A giant shrub?

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Laurie D. Morrissey



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There’s a giant living in northern Coös County, N.H. It’s a 61-foot tall tree, the country’s largest known American mountain ash. At last measurement, it stood at a height of 61 feet and had a circumference of 70 inches. That’s outstanding for a tree that’s described by most sources, including my old dendrology textbook, as “a small tree or shrub.”

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Movie review: The Favourite

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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The Favourite— Running Time: 1:59 — Rating: R

“The Favourite” opened to a number of rave reviews and is in line for Oscar honors. I mention that because I thought the movie was intolerable. Let’s take a look at the positives first.

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Book review: March: Book One — by John Lewis

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Jenny Lyons



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The Vermont Humanities Council has selected the graphic novel (ahem, comic book) “March: Book One” as the book for Vermont Reads 2019.

Vermont Reads is a statewide one-book community reading program that began in 2003. VHC provides books for free to communities through an application process as well as resources for developing community book-related activities. Since the beginning of the program, Vermont Reads events have taken place in over 200 Vermont towns.

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Vergennes Police Log: Authorities investigate graffiti incident at city skate park

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police are investigating a Dec. 21 incident of racist, sexist and anti-Semitic graffiti at the city’s skate park off East Street.

Police Chief George Merkel said a vandal or vandals applied offensive language and images, some of them graphic, to several structures at the park. The park is in the middle of the East Street Vergennes recreation area near Vergennes Union Elementary School and includes the ice-skating rink/tennis courts, basketball hoops and city pool.

Merkel said town workers have covered the words and images.

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Students of the Week - 12/31/2018

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By The Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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2018: A year in review

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Editor’s note: If change is good, we had plenty of it in Addison County over the past 12 months. Faces came and went, news stories flamed up and died out (and some of them will follow us into the new year). 2018 was quite a year on many fronts. Relive some of those memories in this round up of the year that’s ending and then brace yourself... and have a wonderful 2019.

JANUARY

The new year and the county’s first baby of 2018 did not quite arrive simultaneously: Kai Spaulding Lewia was born at Porter Hospital on Jan. 2.

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New contract keeps Vergennes recycling viable

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes recycling center will be staying open to serve all residents in the region, and starting on Jan. 2 it will offer expanded services, according to Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot.

Chabot said the city has awarded R&L Rubbish of Middlebury an “itinerant vendor’s license” to do business for one year at the city’s Canal Street recycling center.

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Keeping his memory alive: Sweeney creates quilts with her late husband's clothes

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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NEW HAVEN — Sometimes the miracle of love’s persistence shines most brightly when it emerges from the anguish of a broken heart.

Linda Sweeney’s heart broke last February when her beloved husband, Michael, died unexpectedly. From grief’s dark and timeless depths she struggled to envision a world without him. Day by day, piece by piece — though she at times felt like an “unwilling architect” — she began to rebuild her life.

Along the way she has wrought a miracle.

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MUMS principal authors a book about recovering from her son's death

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The calendar.

A simple measure of the passage of time and a marker for special days.

But the calendar, for Kris Francoeur, can be a foreboding benchmark that reaches its gloomy climax in October. That’s the month during which her son, Sam, tragically drew his last breath following an accidental drug overdose.

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