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National expert battles opiate epidemic: Whiting native returns, helps fight addiction crisis

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Ldd J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Richard Rawson graduated from Otter Valley Union High School in 1968, earned B.S. and a Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Vermont and went on to become a preeminent researcher in the area of opiate addiction and abuse. He spent 40 years overseeing clinical trials on pharmacological and psychosocial addiction treatments.

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Work concluding on addition for iconic Middlebury church

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — For 208 years, the majestic Congregational Church of Middlebury has symbolically stood vigil over downtown Middlebury from its perch at the intersection of North Pleasant and Main streets.

Workers are currently putting some of the final touches on a sibling structure that will provide much-needed program space for the church’s growing membership, youth education classes and humanitarian outreach efforts.

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Happy Mother's Day! What do you love & appreciate about your mom?

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 14, so we asked some kids to talk about what makes their mother special.

These messages are from Mrs. Lee’s 2nd Grade class at Mary Hogan Elementary School in Middlebury.

“I love my mom because she makes my bed. She love me and lets me watch tv and play video games.”

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Love of goats sparks creation of Goshen micro dairy

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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GOSHEN — On a gorgeous day in May, Goshen farmers Chad and Morgan Beckwith are taking their goats on a walk. The small herd follows along through the woods like a happy pack of large shaggy dogs, browsing on everything in sight. Partway through the walk, Morgan hears an urgent bleating that can only mean one thing. Calliope — a one-year-old French-Alpine “show goat” from New Hampshire and the newest addition to Ice House Farm — is about to kid for the first time.

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Fun times, big smiles at Middlebury's 9th annual Maple Run

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — A cool, misty rain greeted the almost 700 runners at the ninth annual Middlebury Maple Run as a hundred-plus runners huddled in the registration area early Sunday morning to keep warm ahead of the 9 a.m. start. Then the light rain stopped, the clouds lifted and a bigger crowd than some expected headed out for either the half marathon, or 3-mile fun run, under partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s — perfect temps for a longer run.

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Effort to rein in river gains steam in East Middlebury

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next year will likely be asked to support a bond issue of around $2 million to finance a project aimed at preventing future flooding of the Middlebury River in East Middlebury.

It’s called the “East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project,” an effort of more than three years to design, and obtain funding for, a series of construction projects designed to keep the river within its banks.

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Former Connor Homes workers launch new firm

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — After more than three decades in the construction business, Michael Gingras suddenly found himself out of a job. He was among the 63 workers at Connor Homes who were suddenly laid off last December when that business ceased operations in its 116,000-square-foot headquarters at 1741 Route 7 South in Middlebury.

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Tapping trees for a new brew: Middlebury-based SAP! makes maple drinkable

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Cousins Chas Smith and Nikita Salmon, both 28, are bottling seltzer and soda with a unique Vermont twist.

Their beverages, produced out of the Woodchuck production facility on Exchange Street in Middlebury, are made with pure, sweet maple and birch sap — most of it tapped right here in Addison County.

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Eye for art comes from Big Apple to Little City

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Anni Mackay, who has shown and sold high-end art at her BigTown Gallery in Rochester for more than a decade, has roots in the art world of the Big Apple. Now she has brought those skills and that history to the Little City.

She has opened BigTown Gallery Vergennes at 245 Main St., next to Vergennes Laundry, and will hold an official grand opening this Saturday, May 13, 3-6 p.m.

Mackay has promoted art, artists and community in Rochester, and successfully run BigTown Gallery there since 2003. Then the spot in Vergennes caught her eye.

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Meet the Farmer: Alessandra Rellini from Agricola Farm in Panton

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Alessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State.

“The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.”

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