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Meet the farmers: Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt from Blue Ledge Farm

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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LEICESTER — After 15 years of making cheese, you might think that Hannah Sessions and Greg Bernhardt are sick of the stuff. But that’s simply untrue. “We still love cheese,” said Bernhardt; Sessions nodded by her husband’s side in a recent interview. “It has to be the greatest food.”

They are true turophiles — cheese lovers. 

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Fans and folksingers rally to restore Utah's caboose: Benefit aims to aid Monkton landmark

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — When Stephen Pilcher and wife Deb Gaynor bought their Monkton home 30-some years ago, they didn’t just buy a house and land, they bought a legend.

From 1973 to 1982, the former dairy barn at 126 Covered Bridge Road was the recording studio and administrative headquarters for Philo Records, renowned in folk circles as a label where musicians could make their own music, their own way, with their own integrity.

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Bernie Sanders takes aim at budget, health care and Trump record

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., warned that a Republican-backed health care plan could result in closure of many small, rural hospitals like Middlebury’s Porter Medical Center, and he reiterated his intent to fight against President Donald Trump’s health insurance and budget priorities.

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Author Ron Powers offers intimate take on mental illness

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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CASTLETON/BRANDON — “No one thinks about mental illness until it affects someone close to them,” Ron Powers said. “It’s a primal fear. We see demonic transformation and when we see that, we see versions of ourselves.”

Powers has the unfortunate credentials to speak with authority on the subject.

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America strengthens in crisis, speaker tells Middlebury College class of 2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — “You know what history feels like,” Middlebury College commencement speaker Jon Meacham told the assembled crowd of Middlebury College seniors at Sunday’s commencement ceremony.

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Meet the Chef: V Smiley returns to family farm in New Haven, runs small-batch preserves business

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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At the tender age of 11, V Smiley wanted to be the fashion editor at Vogue.

After graduating with a degree in art history and English from St. Mary's College in Maryland, she wanted to be part of the Los Angeles arts scene.

Now the 31-year-old is back home on the family farm in New Haven with her mom Susan and her partner Amy, making preserves with fruit, honey and aromatics.

Smiley's a dreamer, to the core.

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Orwell honors its veterans: New town monument pays tribute to soldiers of three wars

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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ORWELL — Memorial Day parades are good at providing a yearly reminder of the tremendous sacrifices that have been made by men and women in the armed forces.

Unfortunately, the spotlight on those sacrifices tends to dim when the marching bands have played their final tunes and the confetti has been cleared from the parade routes.

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Memorial gift helps kids enjoy summer: Dibley donors expand Bristol Rec scholarship fund

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — More five-town kids will get the chance to go to a Bristol Recreation Department summer camp — play in the river, make pottery, become a superhero — thanks to friends and family of the late Matt Dibley.

Last week, participants in the First Annual Matt Dibley Memorial Backyard Hockey Tournament donated $750 to the recreation department’s scholarship fund in Dibley’s memory.

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Vergennes finalizes moving farmers' market to N. Main Street

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Farmers’ Market will officially open this week in and around the north end of the Kennedy Brothers building on North Main Street, an action made possible when on May 23 the Vergennes City Council signed off on the proposal.

The market plans to open this Thursday from 4 to 7:30 p.m. and operate during those hours every Thursday through Oct. 4. The market operated indoors at Kennedy Brothers this past winter.

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County bike club gains traction: New leaders revive group and expand membership and projects

Posted on May 26, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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MIDDLEBURY — Amanda Hall didn’t have much experience when she first started mountain biking.

“I only owned a department store bike so that I could ride with my kids,” she said. “I was never that into biking.”

But four years ago, she mounted a bike anyway, and soon found herself navigating the rooted and rocky singletrack mountain biking trails in the hills of Addison County, along with a group of guys (because Addison County’s bike scene is as dominated by males as anywhere else) who pushed her forward.

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