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Ex-MREMS official gets sentenced for embezzlement

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A former co-director of Middlebury Regional EMS ambulance service has served seven days in jail and will spend the next three years on probation after pleading guilty in October to two felony charges of embezzlement, stemming from allegations that she stole a combined total of $7,802 from the nonprofit over a more than year-long period to pay for personal items, gifts for friends and her own medical expenses.

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Shortage of funeral directors in Vermont spurs action

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Anne Wallace Allen of VTDigger.org



VERMONT — Struggling with a nationwide shortage of funeral directors, the industry in Vermont has teamed up with the Community College of Vermont and state officials to streamline the path to the profession.

The state’s Office of Professional Regulation has created a proposed path aimed at reducing the time and money now required for funeral director training.

The path is aimed at young people and at workers who are seeking a career change. Lawmakers are expected to consider the rule change in the coming legislative session.

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Families invited to work toward plastic bag ban

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The environmental organization 350Vermont is inviting Addison County parents to join them for a “Mother-Up” meet-up dinner on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, at the Middlebury Recreation Center.

The dinner will feature a time for discussion about organizing a plastic bag ban in Middlebury. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is scheduled to run until 7:30 p.m.

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Neat Repeats grants $21.6K in the county

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The directors of Neat Repeats Consignment Shop in Middlebury have announced the Neat Repeats grant awards for the fall 2018 cycle. A total of $21,647 was awarded in Addison County, as follows:

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In Vergennes and Brandon, unseasonable rain caused wastewater overflows

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Elizabeth Gribkoff of VTDigger.org



VERGENNES — Unseasonable rain that fell in Vermont during the weekend before Christmas led to the release of more than 2 million gallons of untreated and partially treated wastewater into rivers around the state.

Brandon, Montpelier, Rutland, St. Albans and Vergennes all reported combined sewer overflows to the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. St. Albans also released more than a half million gallons of partially treated wastewater and stormwater. By law, Vermont municipalities are now required to submit public alerts of untreated releases.

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Vergennes Opera House gets new efficient lighting

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — The board and officers of the non-profit Friends of the Vergennes Opera House recently announced the completion of a $15,000 installation of a new energy efficient lighting system at the Main Street hall.

The project consisted of 17 new LED downlights and 14 new LED exit signs.

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Vergennes plans to extend downtown parking limits

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes-area residents and visitors to the city’s downtown should soon have more time to run errands, shop and dine with less worry of finding a paper ticket tucked under their windshield wipers indicating a $10 fine.

At the Vergennes City Council’s request, Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot is preparing an amendment to the city’s parking ordinance that would extend from two hours to three hours the legal daytime limit to remain in a downtown parking space. Neither the current nor expected new limit applies to evenings or Sundays.

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'Age Well' will debut tai chi classes Jan. 14

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Age Well is sponsoring tai chi classes in Vergennes beginning Jan. 14 andrunning through April 10. Tai chi is a discipline that gets you moving, helps reduce stress and hypertension, builds strength, improves balance and promotes mental clarity and mindfulness.

Some of the classes will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays:

• Beginner Tai Chi for Fall Prevention (Parts 1 and 2): Monday & Wednesday, 10-10:50 a.m., Jan. 14-April 10. Instructor: Dan Bagley. Contact: [email protected].

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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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