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Orwell farm gets corn harvest to pop: Stonewood expands popcorn production

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Best known for its holiday turkeys and year-round frozen turkey sausage, Stonewood Farm is experimenting with something new.

Popcorn.

“We’ve been fooling around with it off and on for 10 years on a small scale, just for home use,” said Paul Stone. “Two, three years ago we got serious about it and grew an acre and started selling it at the (Middlebury Natural Foods) Co-op. So now we’re up to 3.5 acres this year.”

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Firefighters spend two days on Deer Leap battling mountain fire

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Firefighters worked for close to 48 hours over the past weekend to contain and control a fire atop Hogback Mountain. The fire burned across two to three acres in an area situated just north of Deer Leap at an elevation of around 1,800 feet.

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Welch among Congressional 'Problem Solvers' taking bipartisan approach to health care reform

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By By MICHELLE MONROE St. Albans Messenger



WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vermont’s sole Congressman, Democrat Peter Welch, is hopeful Congress will be able to address some of the weaknesses in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more commonly called Obamacare, following Republican efforts to repeal the popular law.

Welch is part of a bi-partisan group in the House of 20 Republican representatives and 20 Democrats calling themselves the Problem Solvers. They have proposed four actions Congress can take to reduce premiums in the individual insurance market and provide stability for insurance companies.

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Gun range dispute in Whiting intensifies

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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WHITING — Tempers were high at the Whiting Town Hall last Wednesday, Aug. 2, as those involved in a zoning hearing over the legality of a gun shooting range argued the facts of the case and even questioned the veracity of a video of the previous hearing.

At issue was a shooting range operated by Nicolas Iocco on his property at 299 Stickney Road.

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Middlebury's Isley Library seeking $9.6 million for big expansion

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library trustees have hired a consultant to determine how much money could be raised locally to underwrite a major expansion and renovation of the library — a project tentatively estimated at around $9.6 million.

The board’s decision to commission a fundraising feasibility study comes on the heels of a newly released report that recommends removing the library’s two most recent additions and erecting a new, 14,000-square-foot structure onto the back of the original, 1924 Ilsley building.

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A steady hand and a love of color drive Starksboro artist's work in silk

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Feds seek Champlain cleanup cuts; state pushes back: EPA chief, Vermonters at odds over who pays $2B price tag

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Story by John Flowers, Gaen Murphree, Will DiGravio and John S. McCright

VERMONT — Strides have been made toward cleaning up Lake Champlain since the Vermont Legislature two years ago passed Act 64, the Vermont Clean Water Act, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency released its Lake Champlain phosphorus-reduction targets last summer.

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Towns, farms are full steam ahead on water quality

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERMONT — While politicians and federal agencies jockey to pay for the $2.3 billion clean up of Lake Champlain and improvement of Vermont’s waters, state and local agencies tasked with making it all happen are moving full speed ahead.

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Chief Don Stevens keeps Abenaki legacy alive, wants to ensure tribal customs and culture endure

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Monday through Friday, Don Stevens ensures the Counseling Service of Addison County’s computers are working in harmony, as the organization’s information technology manager.

The rest of the week, Stevens is responsible for the well being of an entire people, as chief of the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe.

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Diving deep: Tenth shipwreck added to recreational dives in Lake Champlain

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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In Lake Champlain, 100 feet down in the dark and chilly waters of Shelburne Bay, the U.S. La Vallee tugboat sits upright and in nearly perfect condition. Aside from the windows, blown out from air pressure upon the boat’s sinking 80-plus years ago, it is completely intact, with its original paint and a readable steel plaque that lists details about its unique steam-powered engine.

Chris Sabick, archaeological director at Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh, dove on the shipwreck after it was found in 1996.

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