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Late winter pruning: The perfect antidote for cabin fever

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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Late winter is cabin fever season; after months of indoor living we find ourselves yearning for spring, and we can surely be forgiven for grumbling about Vermont’s recent March blizzard.

Wikipedia describes cabin fever as “a claustrophobic reaction from being confined in a small space for an extended period of time, resulting in extreme irritability and restlessness, often accompanied by an urge to go outside, even in rain, snow, dark or hail.” I certainly understand the urge to get outdoors, but I prefer to skip the rain, dark and hail.

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VTrans to install temporary bridges over RR in downtown Middlebury

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The long-awaited, $52 million effort to replace of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges is not expected to begin until early next year, but area residents this June will get a sneak preview of the major work to come. That’s when the Vermont Agency of Transportation will take out the deteriorating Merchants Row and Main Street spans and replace them with temporary bridges.

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Khan tops the field in race for selectboard

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When Farhad Khan emigrated from his native India to the United States in 1991, he had dreams of becoming a successful entrepreneur and one day starting a family.

On Tuesday evening, with his wife looking on, Khan took the oath of office as a new selectman in Middlebury, where he owns and operates the One Dollar Market.

“I never, in my wildest dreams, expected this kind of support from the community,” Khan said on Wednesday morning.

“I’m excited to be a part of this important board.”

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Free books for children build brains and spur achievement

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s Tuesday morning at the Lawrence Memorial Library and Jensen Ringey is enjoying a good book the best way he knows how. The 13-month-old is sitting on his dad’s lap, enjoying the story his dad, Jameson, is reading out loud.

A little later, Jensen strikes out on his own, gleefully turns some pages and gently gnaws a corner. He looks up and beams, as only a 13-month-old can. There’s nothing like a good book!

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Old motel sized up for new recovery center

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County is considering the purchase of the Greystone Motel on Route 7 South in Middlebury for use as a potential recovery facility and detox center for people battling substance abuse.

Bill Brim, executive director of the Turning Point Center, or TPC, shared his organization’s preliminary plans for the property during an interview on Tuesday with the Independent and in a brief presentation to the Middlebury selectboard that evening.

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Moira Smiley comes home for roots revival

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Since she was 12-years-old, Moira Smiley has been recording people singing and speaking. “I’ve always been more of a listener than a speaker,” she said in an interview last month. It’s part of her mission as an artist: “to broadcast the notion that the human voice is vastly flexible and sensitive. And if we pay attention, we can understand each other on a deeper level.”

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Emergency order authorizes temporary spans for Middlebury this June

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — On Monday morning Vermont Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn issued an emergency order authorizing the Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to install two temporary bridges over the railroad tracks in downtown Middlebury in advance of a long-planned tunnel project.

While recent inspections have shown the bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row to be safe for travel, evidence of accelerated deterioration has prompted the agency to rapidly install temporary bridges this summer as a precautionary measure.

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Four citizens seeking to join Middlebury selectboard make their case

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — The four candidates for a one-year vacancy on the Middlebury selectboard sat down on March 21 in front of their potential future colleagues for brief interviews, and all four earned positive reviews.

The six members of the Middlebury board will choose the seventh member at their meeting this Tuesday from among a field of candidates: One Dollar Market owner Farhad Khan, former Selectmen Gary Baker and Travis Forbes, and Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) finance director Jennifer Molineaux.

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Hey, world — Pokey Stick is here! Local teens create outdoor game

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — The students at the North Branch School, an independent middle school in Ripton, are holding the first-ever Pokey Stick World Finals in March to support fundraising for children in Haiti.

Pokey stick is a game invented by the students at the school. Using components of tag and hunting, as well as elements from the novel “The Lord of the Flies,” contestants use the school’s 10 acres of woods and fields to play a unique and thrilling game of hide and seek.

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Take down bird feeders in spring

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says warm spring weather and melting snows will cause bears to come out of their winter dens in search of food. The department recommends taking down bird feeders on April 1 to avoid attracting them.

Bears are very fond of suet and bird seed, especially black oil sunflower seed. Bringing feeders in at night doesn’t work, because bears will still feed on seed that is spilled on the ground.

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