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Duo plays the blues: Bristol's Lavoie draws big name to town

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — When Bill Sims Jr. and Mark LaVoie perform at Middlebury College and the Art House in the Marble Works this Thursday and Friday, it won’t be their first time playing together. Since Sims, a guitarist and vocalist from New York City, first met Bristol native and harmonica virtuoso LaVoie at a blues festival in Burlington back in 1992, their mutual interest in folk music and the blues has blossomed into a 17-year friendship and collaboration.

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Parini's novel makes impression on silver screen

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MIDDLEBURY — When the curtain comes up on the 82nd annual Academy Awards on March 7 in California, Weybridge writer Jay Parini will be tucked away somewhere in the crowd of tuxedo- and ball gown-clad movie stars, fingers crossed for a pair of actors nominated for awards at the film industry’s most anticipated night of the year.

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Ferrisburgh officials propose 3-percent hike in municipal budget

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen have proposed a 2010-2011 budget that, including charitable donations to be decided by residents on Town Meeting Day, would add about a half-cent to the town’s property tax rate. That increase would translate to $5 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Including about $57,700 of charitable requests, selectmen are proposing increasing town spending from about $1.52 million to $1.565 million.

That increase of about $45,500 translates to roughly 3 percent.

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Mount Abe teen hosts benefit rock concert

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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BRISTOL — When Mount Abraham Union High School senior Harper Davis struck up a conversation with the members of the band The Kin after a concert last September, the New Haven youth had no idea what was to follow: a promise to play at his high school, the mind-boggling work of planning a professional concert, and the excitement of a major musical event a few months down the line.

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Five towns field contested races

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — Town Meeting Day will bring contested selectboard races in New Haven, Starksboro and Lincoln this year, while most of the other races in the five-town area feature single candidates.

NEW HAVEN

New Haven is fielding one contested race for the selectboard this year: Incumbent Kathleen Ready is running against challenger Michael Dunbar for a two-year position on the board.

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Two vying for Starksboro board

Posted on February 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



STARKSBORO — Two newcomers are running to fill the Starksboro selectboard seat being vacated by incumbent Alice Dubenetsky, who is not running for re-election.

Mathew Norris and Peter Ryersbach both seek the three-year term on the selectboard that will be up for election on Town Meeting Day.

Norris, 37, grew up in Starksboro, and worked as the postmaster in town until he was promoted to the position of postmaster in New Haven.

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Vergennes pharmacy hit by armed robber

VERGENNES — Vergennes police are reporting that a lone, armed suspect robbed the Marble Works Pharmacy at 187 Main St. in Vergennes last Thursday morning around 8:45 a.m.

As the Independent went to press last Friday police weren’t releasing details about what kind of property was stolen, or what the value of that property might be.

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Ferry draws throngs of commuters

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By John S. McCright and John Flowers



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ADDISON — An estimated 1,700 vehicles used the new ferry across Lake Champlain during its 24 hours of operation on Monday, a volume that prompted New York and Vermont transportation officials on Tuesday to request that a second ferry boat be put into service.

The second ferry, due this month, is to accommodate extra traffic during peak morning and afternoon commuting hours, according to Jon Zicconi, director of planning, outreach and community affairs for the Vermont Department of Transportation.

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Schools try to adapt as poverty levels rise

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



ADDISON COUNTY — The number of low-income students in Vermont’s schools is on the rise, and teachers and administrators reacting to these shifting demographics are struggling to close the achievement gap between low-income students and their higher-income peers.

Schools in the Addison County area, like those around the state, are trying different strategies to approach the problem.

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Porter ER doctor takes skills, supplies to Haiti

Posted on February 4, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Michael Kiernan is no stranger to Haiti, having made around 10 medical humanitarian visits to the Caribbean nation during the past 20 years.

But is with a sense of real urgency that Kiernan — a Weybridge resident and emergency room physician at Porter Hospital — is returning this week to the earthquake-ravaged nation to deliver his expertise and thousands of dollars of medical supplies.

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