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Benton confirms he'll run for a final term as city mayor

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week said he would run for a third — and what he called a final — two-year term as the city’s top elected official.

Benton said a number of efforts are about to pay off — including Otter Creek basin projects, city pool upgrades, and work to improve downtown pedestrian and bicycle safety — and he wants to see them through.

“We’ve gone through all this planning. Hopefully the fun begins now because the implementation will happen,” he said.

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Middlebury Christmas Bird Count shows highest numbers ever

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — This year 42 field birders and 13 observers at feeders located and identified 24,073 birds of 72 species in during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 18.

We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east, to New York State on the west, and from Snake Mountain on the north, to Richville Dam on the south. The Middlebury count is one of over 1,800 held throughout North and Central America.

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Former Vt. Ag chief brings farm resume to job as head of Extension

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences last month named Chuck Ross director of UVM Extension. Until this month, Ross served as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, a position he held since 2011 and the beginning of Gov. Shumlin’s time in office.

Prior to his role as secretary, Ross served for 16 years as state director and senior advisor under U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.

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Orten sets tone as spiritual dean at Middlebury College

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Robert Keren



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MIDDLEBURY — Mark Orten, the dean of spiritual and religious life at Middlebury College since July 2016, delivered his inaugural address late last year at the Robert A. Jones ’59 House.

Orten made a strong case for encouraging the growth of religious and spiritual engagement at Middlebury, and set forth his vision for the future here — a vision that includes the creation of an interfaith house for students, i.e., “an intentional living-learning community … a model for how we might live (together) in the world.”

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Food-related companies get loan assistance from 'SPROUT'

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has announced the launch of SPROUT, a low-interest, deferred payment loan program for working lands entrepreneurs. The new financing program was created to meet the capital needs of Vermont farms, food producers and processors, foresters, forest products businesses and others in the start-up and early stages of operations. Earlier this year, SPROUT received start-up support from the Working Lands Enterprise Board.

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Foundation offers grants to improve access to higher education

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation has announced available funding for the 2017-18 school year to support projects that create systemic improvement in the access all Vermonters have to postsecondary and career education. A supporting organization of the Vermont Community Foundation, the McClure Foundation envisions a Vermont where no promising job goes unfilled for lack of a qualified applicant.

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Filmmakers festival to present winter movie screenings

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is excited to announce its lineup for the 2017 Winter Screening Series at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. MNFF will be offering one distinctive film every month beginning in January and finishing up in May. Shifting to Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. this year (with the exception of the May film), the Series retains its exclusive focus on prominent work by first- and second-time filmmakers.

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Bill McKibben and activist Amy Goodman to give a joint talk

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



RANDOLPH — Bestselling author and environmental activist Bill McKibben will join journalist and activist Amy Goodman on stage at the Chandler Music Hall this Saturday for an evening of motivating and thought-provoking discussion.

The event will take place in Randolph on Jan. 14 beginning at 7:30 p.m.

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Naturalist to discuss moose population on Jan. 12

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



NEW HAVEN — Naturalist Tina Scharf of Lincoln will give a talk in New Haven on Thursday about some of the reasons moose populations have declined across North America in the southern end of their range. She will also discuss how this phenomenon illustrates general concepts of population dynamics.

The Jan. 12 talk titled “Where Have All the Moose Gone?” will take place at the New Haven Town Hall, begins at 7 p.m. and is part of the Armchair Naturalist Speaker Series, sponsored by the New Haven Conservation Commission.

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Community players set auditions for 'Working'

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Community Players will hold auditions for the spring musical, Stephen Schwartz’s “Working,” on Monday and Tuesday evenings, Jan. 9-10.

Actors should arrive at Mary Hogan Elementary School between 6:30 and 7 p.m. to register for the auditions, which will run from 7-10 p.m. each night. If needed, callbacks will be held Thurs., Jan. 12.

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