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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
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  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_sort::options_validate() should be compatible with views_handler::options_validate($form, &$form_state) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_sort.inc on line 165.
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  • strict warning: Non-static method views_many_to_one_helper::option_definition() should not be called statically, assuming $this from incompatible context in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_filter_many_to_one.inc on line 25.
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Movie review: A Private War

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Joan Ellis



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A Private War— Running Time: 1:46 — Rating: R

Few things are more interesting than exploring the personality traits of a thoroughly unusual person. “A Private War” does just that in a compelling way as it gives us a portrait of Marie Colvin, a London Times reporter whose motivations are a fascinating puzzle.  Her true story is handed to us by actor Rosamund Pike under the direction of Matthew Heineman in a riveting film.   

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The Outside Story: Don't mess with Anaxyrus

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Meghan McCarthy McPhaul



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When my kids were toddlers, they discovered, quite happily, a toad in a damp corner of their sandbox, tucked into the shade beneath the small, triangular piece of wood that served as a seat. The toad seemed to spend most days there, probably waiting until dark to emerge and hunt bugs and slugs.

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Letter to the editor: Orwell urged to back Act 46 merger

Posted on November 5, 2018 |
By Alyson Eastman



As a taxpayer and citizen of Orwell, I’m writing to share my reasoning for supporting the district voting YES to accept Orwell into the Slate Valley Unified Union School District. 

I am thankful we live in a town that is extremely passionate about our school, children and community as a whole. Yet, it’s important that there is balance behind that passion. I’m extremely concerned about the tax rate if we don’t merge; there is not a lowering of taxes in sight if Orwell goes at this alone. 

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Country Home Products plans to leave Vergennes; jobs status updated

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Property maintenance equipment manufacturer Country Home Products will leave its Vergennes headquarters next year, likely taking some of its jobs north to Chittenden County and others to Wisconsin.

The firm’s parent company, Generac Power Systems Inc., updated late last week what would happen to the many of the 120 employees at CHP’s Meigs Road headquarters.

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Election preview 2018

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Click on the links below to read our coverage of the local and statewide races.

Statewide, federal races to be decided

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Firm fights lake pollution with shale and biochar

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRIDPORT — Rock Dust Local LLC, a Bridport company founded by Tom Vanacore, last week shipped out 80 tons of freshly broken Addison County shale mixed with biochar — enough to cover 40 acres of Champlain Valley farm fields.

Vanacore is betting the dark gray mixture will convert excess phosphorus into mineral form and prevent it from making its way into Vermont streams and ultimately Lake Champlain.

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Slideshow: Spooktacular 2018

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn and John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Hundreds of kids dressed in a fantastic array of costumes partied on the Middlebury town green Sunday afternoon before lining up and marching town Main Street to collect candy from local merchants during the annual Spooktacular celebration. 

Independent photos/Angelo Lynn and John S. McCright

 

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Vilma Smith paints for healing and beyond

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — When you live to 90, it’s safe to say that you’ve seen some stuff. It’s also safe to say, getting old is tough. Loved ones pass on, you move into assisted living, you lose your driver’s license and your memories… and even a rhyme can’t hide that it’s rough.

But don’t despair. People like Vilma Smith are proof that even though life changes, it is still beautiful.

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Jewish community reacts to shooting

Posted on November 1, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Members of Addison County’s Jewish community are showing solidarity — and considering new security measures at their North Pleasant Street meeting place — in the wake of an Oct. 27 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 worshippers dead and six injured.

The suspect in the case — 46-year-old Robert Bowers — was arraigned on Monday and charged with 29 felony counts, including 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder and 11 counts of obstruction of the exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death.

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