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Archaeologists unearth local history

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — The wooded clearing was marked out in one-meter plots, with perfectly square pits sunk at varying depths into the ground. Across the clearing, six archaeologists plied the clay with shovels, trowels and brushes, searching for evidence of a prehistoric civilization.

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Markowski runs again for a Vergennes-area Vermont House seat

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — If voters in the five towns of the Addison-3 district value persistence, maybe this could be the year for Ferrisburgh Democrat Liz Markowski.

Markowski, 61, a businesswoman who played a key role in the late-1990s revitalization of downtown Vergennes, has put her name before voters three times in seeking one of Addison-3’s two seats in the Vermont House of Representatives — in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

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Vergennes to evaluate new parcel

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen on Tuesday took a step toward determining the value of the 8-acre parcel that the Vergennes ID school board earlier this year deeded to the city — aldermen agreed to fund a topographical survey of the tract off New Haven Road.

The land, which also abuts school property and the city recreation property the ID board also deeded to Vergennes, runs behind homes on the east side of New Haven Road and slopes downward to the rear.

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City council supports Graham Shelter grant

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen last Tuesday agreed to apply for a $300,000 Community Development Block Grant on behalf of the John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter.

Shelter officials hope to use those and other private grants and donations within the next year to complete a $500,000 upgrade of the building at the corner of Main Street and Monkton Road.

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Bristol-area scenes on display in Jack Wendel exhibit

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By John S. McCright



BRISTOL — Jack Wendel, a long time Bristol resident, painted many local scenes and homes in and around Bristol. His paintings are hanging in the homes of many individuals in the area.

The Bristol Friends of the Arts and The Bristol Historical Society are sponsoring a wonderful show and retrospective of his work at the WalkOver Gallery that will open with a reception this Friday. This is the first time a significant body of his work will be seen together.

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Little City's upcoming celebration packed with events

Posted on August 23, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Thousands of visitors on Saturday — and Friday evening — will join the city of Vergennes’ roughly 2,750 residents in celebrating Vergennes Day, the community’s annual late-August city-wide celebration.

The event, sponsored and organized by the city and the Vergennes Area Chamber of Commerce, has established itself as a substantial draw since its inception in the late 1970s.

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Racine making a second run at top

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Michelle Monroe (St. Albans Messenger)



ST. ALBANS — Given the state’s fiscal challenges, his four primary opponents aren’t being realistic in what they are telling voters, according to Democratic gubernatorial candidate Doug Racine.

“I think they’re living in campaign land, which says, nothing bad can ever happen with a $100 million deficit. We can fix it without it costing us anything at all. There’s too much of it in Washington,” Racine said.

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Sheldon emphasizes health reform

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — State Senate candidate Amy Sheldon believes additional health care reforms will not only create more fit Vermonters but will also provide a potent panacea for the economic ills the state is facing.

“Health care is a huge driver in the cost of public education and government services,” said Sheldon, an East Middlebury Democrat. “If we can find a way to make (health care) more affordable for all Vermonters, we will solve a number of problems.”

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Making a life in Addison County: Iraq tour gives native a new perspective

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, which can all be found on our website www.addisonindependent.com.

A multimedia profile of Seth Kittredge, 30, of Vergennes can be found here. A former member of the Vermont National Guard, Kittredge spent a year in Iraq patrolling for improvised explosive devices.

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Area orchards begin apple harvest early

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON COUNTY — Fall apple picking season is coming a little early this year.

In fact, many area orchards have already begun to offer pick-your-own apples, because their earliest apples are already ripening.

“Our apples are about 10 days early, which is significant,” said Bill Suhr, who owns Champlain Orchards. “It's probably the earliest crop we’ve ever seen.”

He added that his fall raspberries are already ripe, also more than a week ahead of expectations.

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