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Bridge School kids write, build, volunteer

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For an unusual school project this year, 11-year-old Declan Anderson sponsored two cats at Homeward Bound, the Addison County Humane Society. His specific mission — spending time with both Molly and Cleo, 12-year-old sisters, until they were adopted.

Anderson had spotted the pair of felines during his regular visits to Homeward Bound, temporary home to scores of cats, dogs and other animals seeking homes.

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Auto repair teacher shifting gears after 44 years on the job

Posted on June 6, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s not a stretch to say that diesel power technology teacher Phil Teer’s name has become synonymous with the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center. They practically built the walls around him when the Middlebury vocational-technical education school opened its doors more than four decades ago.

“He was original equipment when the center first opened in 1971,” Career Center Executive Director Lynn Coale likes to say.

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Porter Medical Center crafts tight budget, explores new partnership

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series. In Monday’s Independent,Porter Medical Center Interim CEO Dr. Fred Kniffin discussed his first nine weeks on the job and what the hospital has done to recruit more health care providers.

MIDDLEBURY — When Dr. Fred Kniffin took over as interim CEO of Porter Medical Center on March 21, he faced a number of challenges — not the least of which was to tend to the financial health of a vitally important community hospital.

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Primaries loom in two House districts; GOP candidate pool grows

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Like the punch line in the old real estate adage, election excitement in Addison County this year will be all about location, location, location.

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Mount Abe's married athletic directors made job-share a success

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRISTOL — No matter how much people have enjoyed a job over the years, a time can come when a new direction looks like a good idea.

At least that’s how married couple Jeff and Mary Stetson explained their decision to step down this June from their unique 25-year partnership as Mount Abraham Union High School’s co-athletic directors.

Jeff, 58, and Mary, 55, who will still teach part-time and coach at Mount Abe, can readily offer highlights from their years sharing the AD job.

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Improvements to Gran Fondo may attract record numbers to this weekend's bike ride

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURYThe third edition of the Vermont Gran Fondo bike ride, set for Saturday, June 4, will feature some significant changes from its first two years, and potentially many more participants.

Most significantly, cyclists will find a stretch of Middlebury’s Exchange Street transformed into a hub where riders can take advantage of a bicycle safety check the night before, find convenient parking and grab coffee on ride-day morning, and take a shower upon finishing.

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Legion recognizes Bristol police officer as a top cop

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — The Vermont American Legion has named Bristol police officer Josh Otey its Vermont Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

“All the candidates were worthy of the award and recognition ... It had to be a hard choice for the committee in that they were all so deserving,” wrote Tom Scanlon, chair of the Legion’s Law and Order Committee in a letter to Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, notifying Gibbs that Otey had been selected for the award.

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Middlebury College graduates get a big send-off

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Five hundred and seventeen students from 43 states and 39 countries — backed by a throng of over 5,000 parents and well wishers — gathered under a blue sky Sunday to receive their diplomas and say good-bye to student life and begin the world.

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Pipeline activists plan a demonstration in Addison County

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — The activist group Rising Tide Vermont will hold direct action trainings in Starksboro this coming weekend and is planning a mass action in Addison County on Monday, June 6, to stop construction of Vermont Gas Systems’ natural gas pipeline.

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Middlebury considers whether to fix or scrap expensive fire truck

Posted on June 2, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury firefighters and town officials are considering whether to refurbish or replace the department’s ladder truck, its most sophisticated and expensive piece of equipment that is showing its age and suffered a major failure at the scene of a fire last month.

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