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October 17th, 2016
VERMONT — In her 20-some years as a documentary filmmaker, the Northeast Kingdom’s Bess O’Brien has taken on such hard-hitting subjects as heroin use, prescription drug addiction, domestic violence, sexual abuse and the 1994 rape and murder of 17-year-old Stephanie Sady of Rutland by her own uncle.
Now the award-winning O’Brien has trained her lens on the self-destructive and often secretive world of eating disorders.
By GAEN MURPHREE
BRISTOL — At an emergency meeting last Wednesday, the Mount Abraham Union High School board authorized Superintendent Patrick Reen to contract with vendors to repair a water leak and replace the MAUHS gym floor.
“We have water that is leaking under the gym floor at Mount Abe and it has ruined the floor,” Reen told the Independent.
MIDDLEBURY — A Burlington-based real estate company with multiple holdings in Addison County’s shire town has signed a purchase and sales agreement to acquire the Battell Block, the largest mixed-use commercial property in downtown Middlebury.
PANTON — In September 2011, about a dozen Panton residents voted at a special meeting not to spend $70,000 to fix both Town Hall’s roof and the building’s cupola with the cupola in place, opting instead to spend about $32,000 to remove the cupola and fix the roof.
Since then, the cupola has been sitting on blocks behind and to the left of Town Hall, waiting while Panton officials have understandably dedicated limited town funds to more pressing needs.
GRANVILLE — During the weekend of Oct. 7-9, some 75 athletes from around the nation headed to an 850-acre farm in Granville, where they endured challenges that included navigating with map and compass, lighting and transporting bonfires, going without sleep and carrying felled trees.
LEICESTER — Peter Conlon, candidate for the Vermont House of Representatives from Addison-2 district, is hosting a gathering for conversation with coffee and doughnuts at the Leicester Town Hall on Saturday, Oct. 22, from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Addison-2 encompasses the towns of Leicester, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Goshen and Hancock. Incumbent state Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, chose not to run for re-election after representing the district for 14 years.
BRANDON—Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union hosted the annual Celebration of Contribution and Commitment on Oct. 11 to recognize, honor and celebrate teachers and staff members who have made outstanding contributions and have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to excellence.
This year’s honorees included:
MIDDLEBURY — The New England Review will present four wordsmiths in a night of literature at a local eatery.
Authors Jensen Beach and Eugene Mirabelli in fiction, poet Elizabeth Powell, and student translator Bernardo Andrade will all read from their recent work at 51 Main at the Bridge in Middlebury on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.