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College students make service mission to Cuba – with surfboards

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By David Fuchs



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“Are you bringing your board?”

It was January and I was in California, packing up my car to drive back to Middlebury College in Vermont when I read that text from my friend and fellow wild man Christian Johansen.

What? Was I bringing my surfboard to Vermont, a landlocked state, in the middle of winter? Was he out of his mind?

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Rutland welcomes 100 Syrian refugees

Posted on April 26, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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RUTLAND — In a first-in-the-state development, Rutland Mayor Christopher Louras announced Tuesday that the city and greater Rutland area would welcome 100 refugees fleeing war and violence in Syria. The move, Louras said, meshes with Rutland's plan to boost economic development and keeps true to Rutland’s history as a city that welcomes those seeking a new home.

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Bank teller, city police help feds track down multi-state criminal

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — It was just a routine call to Vergennes police on a Monday morning, in this case Nov. 30, 2015, made by an employee of the Monkton Road branch of Merchants Bank — there were suspicious people outside the bank in a car.

But because that call was made and because police followed up, 10 days later U.S. marshals arrested a New Jersey man, Arun Aftab, 33, on a federal felony weapons charge.

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Vermont farmers unhappy with dairy insurance

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — For Weybridge dairy farmer Nate Miller, a federal program that provides insurance against wide swings in milk and feed prices hasn’t made much of a difference to his farming operation — other than the money he’s laid out annually for premiums and administrative fees.

Miller’s operation is on the smaller end of the scale in Addison County, with a total of 54 cows and milking around 30. But the story is the same for Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury, which milks around 432 cows and has a total herd of over 500.

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Middlebury College uses AIDS quilt to explore construction of public memories

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Many of Vermont’s small towns have a Civil War monument, but how many local residents still come to these piles of marble or granite as places of memorial and healing and how many just drive by with their eyes fixed ahead on a downtown parking spot?

These kinds of questions — What do we commemorate as a nation and as a community? Whose story do we tell? And how do we tell it? — are behind the current exhibit in Middlebury College’s Davis Family Library of a panel from the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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Dead Creek working on first-of-a-kind visitor center

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — The Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is best known for the annual visit of thousands of snow and Canada geese to its farm fields and wetlands. But Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department officials say — and many year-round visitors already know — there is much more to the 2,858-acre site that includes land in Panton and Bridport as well as Addison.

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Bristol seeks $1.1 million for new water main

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The 110-year-old water main along West Street in Bristol is overdue for replacement, according to selectboard members and engineers they hired.

At a public hearing on Monday evening, they explained why Bristol residents should approve a $1,115,020 bond to replace a large portion of the West Street line and extend the town water system to Lovers Lane. A vote by Australian ballot will be held May 10.

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New Haven to skip vote on power converter, will survey voters instead

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



NEW HAVEN — New Haven residents’ call for a direct vote on the proposed Vermont Green Line power converter station may be thwarted by a technicality.

That technicality — which could delay for two months a townwide vote on the power project that could bring millions of tax dollars to the town — prompted the selectboard to opt for a nonbinding survey on the question.

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Voodoo – Brothers seek respect for African spiritual practice

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By David Fuchs



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HAVANA, Cuba — Two weeks ago in a cool, tiled room in Havana, Cuba, Sena Voncujovi handed me a chicken. As instructed, I held it from behind, thumb and forefinger slipped under its wings. I thanked it, whispered my struggles into its left ear and my wishes into its right one, before passing it back to Sena, who calmly pressed a knife to its throat and offered its life to Eleguá, the spirit guardian of the crossroads. A moment later, his younger brother Pele snapped a photo for Instagram.

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STEAM camp steers local girls toward science

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Nine Middlebury-area girls are spending their spring break week studying science, math, chemistry and other subjects that can scare the socks off a lot of kids.

No, they are not on academic probation, in need of “extra help.”

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