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County bags major grant to steer youth away from drugs & alcohol

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A new grant will direct more than $600,000 to Addison County over the next five years for programs aimed at preventing local teens and young adults from abusing alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

After years of fighting the opiate epidemic in Vermont at the point where people need help cleaning up, one local leader charged with spending the new grant money is happy to open a new front in the battle.

“Let’s really (attack) the root causes,” said Kate McGowan, executive director of the United Way of Addison County.

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New bones for old barn: 200-year-old gem still at heart of a working farm

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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SUDBURY — The Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury has seen everything from Abenaki hunting encampments to dairying and subsistence farming to a retail/wholesale plant nursery. For current owners Carl Phelps and Nan Jenks-Jay, restoring the historic property a few hundred yards west of Otter Creek has been both a labor of love and an effort to keep a working farm working.

“We bought the place in 1998,” said Phelps. To which Jenks-Jay quipped, “It had 18 outbuildings and every barn had three feet of manure in it.”

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Hops yard grows in Starksboro

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s a golden early fall day. Across from the beaver pond along a stretch of Route 17 where it snakes toward the spine of the Green Mountains stand two acres of trellises, each row as high as a house. Twirling up 18-foot lengths of twine, 2,000 hop plants reach toward the sun, laden with cones (the name for those blossoms that make beer taste so good to some).

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Vergennes students unite to call for Peace One Day

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The sun shone once again this past Wednesday morning on the Vergennes Union High School Peace One Day celebration, the 12th annual student-organized, school-wide assembly dedicated to peace in students’ lives, at the school, and in the broader Vergennes community as well as the nation and the world.

Student speakers, joined by Ben & Jerry’s Rob Michalak, the company’s Global Director of Social Mission, talked about what peace meant to them and what actions the school community could take.

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United Way sets $650,000 fundraising goal

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has historically enlisted a lot of local movers-and-shakers to head up its annual fund drives. This year’s team is also formidable, and comes with a special blessing.

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Police: Vergennes man lured to Ripton, beaten and shot at

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Police say two men lured a third man to a Ripton home on Saturday morning and beat him with a tire iron and a large wrench before the victim fled into the woods, where he allegedly was shot at.

Peter Manning, 41, of Ripton and Michael Lafountain, 38, of Weybridge, were each charged with one count of aggravated assault with a weapon, and each pleaded innocent — Manning at his arraignment on Tuesday and Lafountain at a Wednesday arraignment.

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'Brutal disease' changes a family: Nienows face multiple sclerosis

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Nienow thought the persistent pain in his left leg was simply the result of a bad pair of clogs, the footwear of choice for culinary school students at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center.

“It started with the back of my knee; I felt some weird pressure,” Nienow recalled.

But being a bullet-proof 17-year-old with a busy school schedule and social life, he didn’t think too much of it at first.

Then the pain became persistent enough that he switched to a new pair of shoes.

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Bristol bares all in risque calendar for Holley Hall

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — A group of Bristol residents have proven their willingness to bare all for Holley Hall.

This Saturday at the Bristol Harvest Festival they will unveil the “Bristol Au Naturel” calendar, featuring naked residents posed “discretely” at a number of favorite Bristol locales.

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'80s rockers go hillbilly

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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We all love the '80s right? Why wouldn't you? Wild hair, overstated duds, amazing dance moves and epic guitar riffs. But here in Vermont (ahem, Addison County) we might not be 100 percent '80s rockers at heart (we'll leave that for the students on the hill). Gotta get us some of that finger-pickin', foot-stompin' bluegrass twang before it's a real party.

Get ready, because the best of both worlds are hitting the stage on Friday night at the Marquis in Middlebury. Yes, that's right, an '80s Bluegrass Hillbilly Ball — get excited!

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Students weigh in on curriculum, as Mount Abe transforms approach to middle school

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “If you could pick anything in the world, what are some things you’d like to learn about?” asks Mount Abraham Union Middle School teacher Jocelyn Foran.

Every last head in Foran’s seventh grade classroom bends over as students start thinking in earnest, chewing on pencils, scratching down ideas and brainstorming.

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