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Discussion Board: Education Reform

As part of an ongoing discussion on education reform between Addison County residents and Middlebury College, we're providing community members with a platform to discuss this intricate issue. This week's discussion revolves around the following questions:

Do Addison County and the rest of the US need to reform their education systems? If so, why? And, how might education reform proceed? 

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Staff Blog: Midd professor on The Daily Show

Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last week. Catch our article about the interview and what it's like to be on national television in Thursday's paper, and watch the video below.

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Table Talk: Ferrisburgh wins farm to school video contest

Last year, fifth-grade students at Ferrisburgh Central School made a video showcasing their school's local, healthy food initiatives.

In January, the video won the grand prize in “The Reel Farm to School,” a statewide school video contest sponsored by Vermont Food Education Every Day (VT FEED), the Orton Family Foundation, Vermont Public Television and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Hartland Elementary and Randolph Elementary won second and third place in the contest.

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Middlebury Trailrunner: The Rikert 10 km race trail

Posted on March 4, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Jeff Byers



Driving up into the mountains on Sunday, I was initially undecided whether to head into lesser used trails, or confine my late afternoon ski to more groomed terrain. Noting the piles of fresh snow everywhere, but untracked paths at all my favorite trailheads, I decided that the old racing skis I had brought would lead to a far more pleasurable ski on the well groomed trails of the Rikert Ski Touring Center at the Middlebury College Breadloaf Campus.

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Staff blog: Town Meeting Day 2011 recap

Posted on March 4, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Our newsroom staff gathered at the Addison Independent offices for the annual Town Meeting Day rush — the calls, the faxes, the emails, and the frantic rush to finish everything in time for the Thursday paper.

And of course, the liveblog.

Read the replay of the evening's results as they came in, and read our final result coverage from all of the Addison County towns (and Brandon).

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On the Ball: Seeds are planted

On the Ball: Seeds are planted

That time of the year is here, where postseasons overlap and local fans have a full menu of options. Well, almost full — the Middlebury College men’s hockey team lost in the NESCAC quarterfinal round on Saturday, its earliest exit ever.

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Middlebury Trailrunner: The widow wears white

Posted on February 18, 2011 | Blog Category:
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Staff blog: The Addy Indy wins big

Posted on February 15, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



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Staff Blog: Addison County in the news

Posted on February 14, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Addy Indy Staff



This Wednesday, the big city will get a taste of Addison County's rural charm.

On Feb. 16, the weekday "Chronicle" feature on Boston's ABC affiliate will highlight our county and its residents — among them quidditch-playing Middlebury College students, the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, the Rikert Ski Touring Center in Ripton, Lincoln author Chris Bohjalian, Ellie Bryant's tree house bed and breakfast in Lincoln, and Middlebury lawyer Peter Langrock.

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Table Talk: Tamales...in Addison County?

Posted on January 31, 2011 | Blog Category:
By Andrea Suozzo



Shoreham resident Blanca Flores wasn’t prepared for the snow when she moved to Vermont from El Salvador in the winter of 2006.

She also wasn’t prepared for the food.

At the time, her husband, who had already been working in the United States for about nine years, was a farmhand at Kayhart Farms in Waltham. That was where Flores first encountered things like baked beans and peanut butter — foods she’d never come across back home.

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