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Students endure lockdown drills; shooter preparation can be stressful

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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ADDISON COUNTY — On March 28 Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School conducted a lockdown drill — “locks, lights and out of sight.”

Tenth-grader Mae Peterson knew it was a drill, she said.

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More sewage spills into Neshobe River

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Polly Mikula



BRANDON — Old pipes and erosion led to a break in a Brandon sewer pipe, spilling over 1 million gallons of sewage into the Neshobe River last week.

This is the second time in a month that over a million gallons of wastewater has dumped into the river, which leads into Otter Creek and ultimatly into Lake Champlain.

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Collitts ready to retire from Ripton store; N.Y. Times article spurs nationwide interest

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — If nationally renowned environmental activist and bestselling author Bill McKibben ever decides to do some moonlighting, he might consider donning a Realtor’s jacket.

When the Middlebury College scholar in residence learned Dick and Sue Collitt were having some trouble finding a solid buyer for the Ripton Country Store, he offered to write a story on their behalf for The New York Times.

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Robert Thorn to leave CSAC after 40 years

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Counseling Services of Addison County Executive Director Robert Thorn has come to work each day for the past 39 years with a simple professional priority that’s had a huge payoff.

“It’s not hard in this job to do good; there are opportunities each day,” Thorn said.

The thousands of people Thorn’s efforts have touched over the years — whether they be colleagues or mental health clients — would undoubtedly acknowledge he has accomplished his daily mission, and much more.

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Steve Small leaving large legacy at A.R.T.

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — If local playwright Dana Yeaton were writing the want ad for the next director of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center’s Addison Repertory Theater, known as A.R.T., he’d start with a photo of the person who is about to step down from that position.

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Ferrisburgh dog rescuer faces sanctions; witness brings rat to selectboard meeting

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — As voices grew louder and one Sand Road neighbor accused another of lying at the April 3 Ferrisburgh selectboard meeting, Board Chairman Rick Ebel had already warned that he would call a recess to calm things down before another resident held up a dead rat in a freezer bag.

At that point Ebel — and probably many of the 30 residents at the meeting— had seen enough.

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Vermont regulator digging into pipeline project

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — Last Thursday, the Public Utility Commission ordered a comprehensive investigation of the methods and practices used by Vermont Gas Systems in the construction of a 41-mile gas pipeline from Colchester to New Haven and on to Middlebury.

On Wednesday the commission had ordered a delay in the assessment against Vermont Gas of a $25,000 fine that had been recommended by the Department of Public Service, saying that a full investigation of the pipeline should be conducted before determining the amount of the fine.

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MUHS students excel in knowledge battles

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two groups of Middlebury Union High School students keep piling up the academic accolades both inside and outside of the classroom.

Five MUHS students have already guaranteed themselves at least $5,000 in scholarship money through their stellar performance in a national math challenge, while six of their colleagues finished a very respectable fourth in the statewide Scholars Bowl quiz competition.

MUHS math teacher Perry Lessing had a hand in overseeing both groups of competitors.

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Students weave gun issues into play

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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RIPTON — When he was writing sections of North Branch School’s student-scripted spring play, “Wildflowers, Guns, and Bears, Oh My!” which will be staged this weekend, ninth-grader Oscar Downing never set out to incorporate current events.

“I mostly just write what would be entertaining to the crowd and also what goes with the story,” he said. “But oftentimes what happens is that we notice a parallel between what’s going on with the play and something political, and we’ll put in a line about it.”

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Meet the chef: Justin Patras from Park Squeeze in Vergennes

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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This April, Justin Patras celebrates five years as head chef at Park Squeeze in Vergennes. But he’s been working in kitchens much longer than that — 20 years, to be exact.

“I grew up in food,” he said during an interview last month. “Both of my parents cooked, so I was exposed to it at an early age.”

Patras’ mother used to cook for the Black Lantern Inn in Montgomery (where Patras was raised). His father worked as the sous chef at Hotel Jay.

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