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Middlebury's Congo Church is ready for its next big renovation

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Last year at this time, members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury were staring at four major capital projects totaling a combined $2.5 million to repair and expand their majestic worship hall at 27 North Pleasant St.

Two down, two to go.

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Classics lovers binge on poetry at college

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By David Weinstock



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MIDDLEBURY — Poetry readings generally last one hour — not even the most devoted versaholic is expected to sit still any longer. So when I heard that the Middlebury College Department of Classics had organized a three-day marathon reading of a single poem, Virgil’s epic The Aeneid, I had to see for myself.

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Bristol author debuts her first novel

Posted on November 3, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Sheila McGrory-Klyza is quick to admit that she loves France.

“I’m a big Francophile,” she said.

McGrory-Klyza studied in France as an undergraduate at Wake Forest University, and in the last decade moved her family to our country’s oldest ally for a total of one year.

Now, the Bristol food writer-turned-author is releasing her debut novel, which was inspired by McGrory-Klyza’s experiences raising her children in a foreign country.

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Slideshow: Spooktacular 2014

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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Happy Halloween! News editor John McCright snapped these photos of this year's Spooktacular in Middlebury.

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Polling places in Addison County

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Tuesday, Nov. 4 is Election Day.

If you can’t make it to the polls for the General Election you can still take part by casting an early ballot. The deadline for early voting is 5 p.m. or the close of the clerk’s office on Monday, Nov. 3 — the day before voting at the polls.

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Scouts salute our veterans in Bristol parade Saturday

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Bristol will be awash in patriotic fervor Saturday when the town hosts the 16th annual Scouting Salute to Veterans Parade. The event will kick off at 11 a.m. with a parade featuring Scouts and veterans from many parts of the state and wrap up with ceremony and remarks by Maj. Gen. Steven A. Cray, the adjutant general of the state of Vermont and the senior uniformed officer in the state.

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Five-town residents to decide fate of $33M Mt. Abraham bond

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — Voters in the five towns that comprise the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union will decide Tuesday whether to approve a $32.6 million bond to finance an ambitious renovation of Mount Abraham Union High School.

The project would make major structural and aesthetic improvements to the building, which has not undergone a substantial renovation since it was constructed in the late 1960s.

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Middlebury to phase out townwide recycling contract

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents beginning next April will be able to choose their own haulers to collect curbside recyclables from their homes and businesses. That’s because the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to discontinue the townwide recycling contract once the current pact with Casella expires on March 31, 2015.

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Nov. 4 ballot offers statewide contests

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By John Flowers



VERMONT — Residents of Addison County towns will see a number of contested elections for Statehouse representatives (see story HERE). Voters on Nov. 4 will also cast ballots in the following statewide races:

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Theater preview: Civil War play will stick with you

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Julia Purdy



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If being memorable is a measure of a compelling production, the play “Ransom,” coming to the Middlebury Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Nov. 1, scores high. The scenes and the music have remained with me since 2010, the first time I attended “Ransom,” in the school auditorium in Rochester. The cast — all local townspeople — seemed to be still feeling it out, but the overall effect was that of a work destined to become a classic of its kind.

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