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Edward Snowden champions 'right to a free mind' at college appearance

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — Edward Snowden, the onetime spy agency employee who leaked a trove of documents showing that the U.S. government watches American citizens, told a Middlebury College audience Thursday that his whistleblowing has resulted in changes to laws and policies for the good.

“This conversation made us stronger as a nation,” Snowden said in his address via a video hookup from Russia, where he lives in asylum. “It changed laws, and we live in a fairer and freer world because of it.”

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Energized Bixby Library relies on new plan, input to create changes

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Changes are coming to the Bixby Memorial Free Library.

Some of those are already evident: The Bixby Gala, a vital fundraiser and spring fixture on the Vergennes social scene, will return for the first time in many years to the Main Street landmark on June 23, while new employee Francis McGill has a new job description — public relations, outreach and social media coordination as well as assistant to Head Librarian Jane Spencer.

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Local photographers put Sheldon Museum treasures into focus

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum of Vermont History is full of treasures, including centuries-old maps, Civil War memorabilia and antique furniture that could fetch a bundle were it ever (perish the thought) placed on the open market.

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Steinway grand piano donated to Brandon arts hub

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON —The Compass Music and Art Center took delivery on a prized piano early this month, thanks to local ties to a unique individual.

A 1915 Steinway Model B grand piano arrived, along with a collection of sound equipment, from the estate of the late John Fischer, an avant-garde Jazz pianist, artist, writer and all-around creative force who passed away in New York City last August, six days after his 86th birthday.

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Sowing summer: black-eyed Susans for every garden

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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The days are getting longer and winter is drawing to a close.

March is upon us and Vermonters are getting serious about planning for the gardening season ahead. What new garden projects should we undertake  and what new plants will we try?

It is also ‘seed-starting month’ in the North Country. If you sow seeds indoors in March, the young plants will have a two-month head start before you move them to their long-term garden home.

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Lawmakers anxious about federal funding as education, lake cleanup hang in the balance

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — Concern over continued federal funding for the state’s education, health care and Lake Champlain cleanup programs dominated discussion at Monday’s legislative breakfast in Shoreham.

Rep. Dave Sharpe, D-Bristol, called these the “three serious areas of concern” for the 2017 legislative session. All three programs, according to Sharpe, are largely dependent on federal support — which is in flux under the presidency of Donald Trump.

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Four seek recently vacated seat on Middlebury selectboard

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — What a difference a few weeks can make in Middlebury’s political scene.

No one on March 7 was interested in challenging incumbent selectboard members Brian Carpenter and Laura Asermily in their re-election bids for three-year terms.

But four candidates have now emerged with designs on the one year left on a three-year term recently vacated by incumbent Selectwoman Donna Donahue.

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Quarter-million-dollar playground upgrade planned in Lincoln

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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LINCOLN — Seven years ago a group of Lincoln Community School parents got together to raise funds to buy new playground equipment.

“I had at the time a second-grader, a kindergartener and a new born. And the play structure at the school was 25 years old, out of date, out of code. It needed to be replaced,” said Mary Beth Stilwell, a Lincoln parent and school board member.

Stillwell started that first playground committee with the idea of “just replacing the play structure.”

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How does a recount work? Ballot by ballot, Vergennes reassesses election

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A meticulous Monday afternoon recount at Vergennes City Hall confirmed the March 7 results of the race for city mayor: Former three-term Mayor Mike Daniels edged two-term incumbent Bill Benton, 270-265.

That margin, one that is less than 1 percent of the votes cast on Town Meeting Day, remained unchanged after two hours of painstaking counting by five members of the Vergennes Board of Civil Authority: Justices of the Peace Barry Aldinger, Lynn Pope and Rena Trepanier, and Aldermen Lowell Bertrand and Mark Koenig.

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Hot chili warms up a cold day

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The 9th Annual Vermont Chili Festival is officially in the books. Nearly 2,500 hearty souls braved a brisk wind and record-setting temperatures in the teens to sample chili made by local vendors, both professional and amateur.

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