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Organizers put a lid on Middlebury's Chili Fest: Town instead will offer 'Winter Fest'

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of Middlebury’s annual late winter Chili Fest have decided to temporarily suspend the spicy culinary convergence, citing a shrinking downtown footprint and burnout experienced by some of the regular entrants.

Instead, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) will replace Chili Fest with an inaugural “Winter Fest,” to be held at the Middlebury Recreation Park on Feb. 24, 2018. Plans also call for a community block party to be held in the downtown next April, according to BMP Marketing Director Karen Duguay.

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Starksboro kids get some hands-on lessons in Abenaki ways

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s the Thursday before Thanksgiving — the day the Robinson Elementary School cafeteria dishes out its holiday meal: roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, apple crisp. (Also broccoli).

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'Bites in a Bag' helps fight child hunger; Bristol program sends food home for the weekend

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — An estimated 13 million American kids go hungry. In Vermont, it’s estimated that 13 percent of all households are food insecure — leaving about 20,000 youngsters under the age of 18 without enough on their plates.

In Bristol, a program called Bites in a Bag is tackling child hunger one bag of snacks at a time.

Each Friday, 40 kids at Bristol Elementary School take home healthy snacks to help tide them through the weekend in food insecure households.

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Holiday fairs light up with community support

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Get ready because this is the week — the week when holiday cheer becomes socially acceptable for the season. Holiday songs will start flooding the radio waves, twinkle lights will coat evergreens and homes, community meals will fill bellies and warm hearts, and the shopping begins.

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Salisbury holiday tree celebration on Dec. 2

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



SALISBURY — Salisbury will hold its 12th annual Holiday Tree Lighting Celebration at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

As usual, the lighting will take place at Salisbury’s Veterans Memorial Park across from Maple Meadow Farm.

Festivities will include lighting of the beautiful Town Holiday Tree, a giant bonfire, hayrides, a visit from Santa, a sing-along, hot cocoa and more. A Holiday Party — with food and refreshments, stories and a chance to spend more time with Santa — will follow at the Salisbury Town Library.

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Fundraiser aims to help victims of hurricanes in Virgin Islands

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Mary O’Shea and her husband were fortunate enough to have built a small house on St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands. They were also fortunate that the home sustained minimal damage from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, which ravaged many Caribbean islands earlier this fall.

Most of the people in the Virgin Islands, a U.S. territory, were not so lucky.

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Free and reduced lunch: A snapshot of child poverty

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



One indication that a household might be food insecure is whether it qualifies for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. Each school reports its free lunch data to the Vermont Department of Education.

The percentage of children eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch provides one kind of snapshot of poverty — and with it food insecurity — around Addison County.

The 10 Addison County schools reporting the highest percentages of students eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, and the percentage of eligible students, are:

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Vermont State Police Log: Marijuana may have contributed to Field Days crash

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police on this past Friday reported that the driver of a car that crashed while carrying workers to Addison County Fair and Field Days this past Aug. 7 may have been high on marijuana.

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Bristol Police Log: Police investigate a hit and run

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — On Nov. 8 Bristol police responded to a hit and run on Prince Lane near Mountain Street.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle, a silver Subaru Outback, struck a rock wall, lost control, swerved off a graveled area and down a three-foot embankment into a private yard, struck some lawn furniture, and then left the scene.

Evidence at the scene indicates that the Subaru sustained front-end damage. Witnesses believe the Subaru was possibly racing with another vehicle through the Shaw’s parking lot when it crashed.

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Vergennes Police Log: Vergennes police cite two for DUI

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence late last week.

On Nov. 18 city police cited Jonathan C. Bouffard, 32, of Middlebury for refusal to submit to DUI testing. Police allege that Bouffard showed signs of being under the influence of alcohol after they stopped his vehicle on Monkton Road for failing to honor a stop sign.

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