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Retired general shaped by 30 years in the Army

Posted on November 11, 2015 |
By Brianna McKinley and John Sl McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Brian Carpenter, 53, was first interested in the military as a way to get a college degree without being too encumbered by debt. What grew out of that was a very successful career in the Army and the National Guard and a life dedicated to service.

The Middlebury native, who owns and runs farm equipment dealership Champlain Valley Equipment in his hometown, served 30 years in the Army and Army National Guard, and retired a year ago as the second in command of Guard forces in Vermont and with the rank of general.

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Starksboro man saves woman from fire

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Courtney Lamdin — Milton Independent



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MILTON — Chris Fanning of Starksboro said he did what anyone else would do when he pulled an elderly woman from a burning home in Milton this past Wednesday morning.

Fanning, who runs a Starksboro plumbing, heating and air conditioning company called Pride Mechanical, just happened to get a service call around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 and saw smoke billowing from the residence at 591 Everest Road in Milton. When he shut off his truck, he heard a woman screaming for help.

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VTrans: Middlebury rail bridges clearance must rise

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State transportation officials have served notice that Middlebury should not count on any further reduction in the minimum vertical clearance requirement for its two deteriorating downtown rail underpasses that need to be replaced. This means that the bridges will have to be re-done with a minimum 21 feet of clearance for trains, and not at the current 17 feet, 9 inches of clearance that local officials believe could have led to a more basic project and shorter construction timetable.

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Candidates for governor weigh in on elder issues

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Three of the five announced candidates for governor faced scrutiny on Friday from what would be their largest growing constituency — senior citizens, who want to know how the state’s next top executive will respond to their economic, transportation, housing and health care needs.

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Union petition challenges Porter's change in benefits

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of Porter Medical Center’s nurses’ union on Thursday held a gathering to present hospital administrators with a petition opposing a Porter decision to raise the minimum number of hours that employees need to work in order to qualify for health insurance benefits.

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Bristol landfill capped, landscape is restored

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “It was a dump and now it’s beautiful,” said Bristol Town Administrator Therese Kirby last week, looking across the site of  the former Bristol landfill.

And indeed it is.

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Students of the Week - November 9, 2015

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Addison Independnet



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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Migrant worker community pitches in on transportation

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Open Door Clinic (ODC) was unsuccessful in its recent application for grant money to improve transportation services for migrant farm workers needing to get to medical appointments, but the Middlebury nonprofit was pleased to announce last week that 28 drivers have now stepped up to provide rides to those in need.

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Two new solar arrays sited on Panton farm

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



PANTON — Two new 500-kilowatt solar arrays are being proposed in Panton, both on land owned by the Vorsteveld Farm.

Green Lantern Group Director of Project Development Sam Carlson met with the Panton selectboard on Oct. 27 to give board members a heads-up on the company’s plans for the proposed arrays, one off Panton Road across from Basin Harbor Road, and one across Jersey Street from the main Vorsteveld barn.

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Bristol police uncover fundraising scam

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — Bristol police last week identified potentially fraudulent business solicitations that have prompted the Vermont Attorney General’s Office to warn businesses around the state.

The AG’s office and the Bristol Police Department are warning Vermont businesses about an out-of-state company operating a scam that solicits local businesses to donate money to support their area school.

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