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Interim CEO Fred Kniffin takes temperature at Porter Hospital

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series.

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Fred Kniffin has grown quite used to dealing with emergencies at Porter Hospital.

After all, he has worked many a shift as a physician in the Middlebury hospital’s Emergency Department.

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Local Legions organize Memorial Day parades

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The three American Legion posts in Addison County will each host parades on Memorial Day.

Middlebury American Legion Post 27 will once again conduct the first Memorial Day parade of the morning. This year’s parade, under the theme “Honoring our Heroes,” will step off from the parking lot behind the Middlebury College arts center at 9 a.m.

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U.S. serviceman with Austrian roots to deliver Memorial Day address

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERGENNES — George Jaeger’s service to his country started when he was 18, operating a mortar during World War II. It would later include acting as an interpreter in a war crimes investigation team as the horrors of the Holocaust were made visible to the world and for, 35 years, working in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Next Monday, Jaeger plans to draw on these experiences in a keynote speech at the Memorial Day Parade and Observance in Vergennes.

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Bridport farm to turn food scraps into electricity

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphry



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BRIDPORT — Roughly one-third of all food produced around the world — 1.3 billion tons of it — gets thrown away, says the United Nations Environmental Program. Most of those food scraps end up in landfills where they accelerate global warming. In Vermont, more than a quarter of our trash is food scraps, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation.

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Macbeth the opera: A preview of a Verdi masterpiece

Posted on May 29, 2016 |
By David Weinstock



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Remember Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” from high school English class? Composer Giuseppe Verdi liked the play so much that in 1847 he transformed it into an opera. Over the years since, Verdi’s “Macbeth” has rarely been staged, but you can see it live when Opera Company of Middlebury’s production opens June 3 for a five-performance run.

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Rep. Dave Sharpe plans to run for House speaker

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Rep. Dave Sharpe has confirmed to the Addison Independent that he will be a candidate for speaker of the Vermont House, should he be re-elected to his Addison-4 seat this November.

The Bristol Democrat, a 14-year veteran legislator and current chairman of the House Education Committee, is hoping to succeed incumbent Speaker Shap Smith. Smith is stepping down from his House seat and will run for lieutenant governor.

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New Haven says 'yes' to Vermont Green Line

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — New Haven residents have expressed their support for the proposed Vermont Green Line converter station by nearly a two-to-one margin.

Town officials polled them in a townwide survey that residents had a week to answer, and on Tuesday evening the results showed 252 residents in favor of the project and 128 residents against.

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Is there room for more kids as universal preschool takes effect?

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Emelie Munson



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By EMILIE MUNSON

After a year of phone calls, waitlists and stretched patience, Katie Howe has just found a preschool opening for her 3-year-old son.

“It has been very difficult,” said Howe, a mother of two and an outreach worker at the Addison County Parent Child Center.

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New graduation requirements win over VUHS seniors

Posted on May 26, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Like probably most members of the Vergennes Union High School class of 2016, Panton resident Julia Johnson did not welcome last week’s mandatory Proficiency Based Graduation Requirement (PBGR) presentation.

An April email had reminded seniors what most had ignored or forgotten: They had to make a presentation of at least five minutes before their morning meeting peers and several teachers that reflected back on their academic and personal growth at VUHS.

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