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Christal Brown: Directed by dance

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When’s the last time you let your body express something through dance? Or does the mere thought of “dance” bring you back to the terror of some middle school dance that left you staring hard at the gym floor, palms sweating, wishing desperately no one would ask you to coordinate your awkwardly clunky feet?

Ya, we understand. And, guess what? You’re not alone.

Christal Brown, the dance program chair at Middlebury College and new dance director for Middlebury’s Parks and Rec Center, has good news.

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Old home making way for affordable new housing

Posted on September 18, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two local nonprofits are joining forces to ensure affordable housing will continue to exist at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury.

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Survey reveals support for legal pot in Middlebury, but town officials remain cautious on marijuana issue

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A clear majority of Middlebury residents support legalizing marijuana in Vermont and believe the town should receive tax benefits from its sale and have a say in where it could be sold locally.

That’s the general takeaway from results of Middlebury’s recent online survey on the marijuana legalization issue.

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City chief defends Vergennes police anti-bias efforts

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel defended his department’s equal treatment of all citizens at Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Merkel was invited to speak because questions arose at the Aug. 22 council meeting about the January University of Vermont study that stated the Vergennes department pulled over vehicles driven by African-Americans at a much higher rate than by whites.

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Vt. Folklife Center begins its next chapter; new leader seeks greater outreach

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Kathleen Haughey, an accomplished cellist, has always seen music as an avenue through to gain a better understanding of people, their cultures and traditions. She successfully put that to the test as a student while honing her musical skills in South America and beyond.

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Local United Way to create new endowment fund

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — You do the same thing for 50 years and you can get into a rut.

Unless you’re the United Way of Addison County (UWAC), which is marking its 50th birthday with a new fund drive, some new program priorities and a new philanthropic game plan for the next half-century.

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Bristol hires Waitsfield's Capels as its new town administrator

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — After six and a half months of searching, Bristol has a new town administrator. Valerie Capels, Waitsfield town administrator since 2006, will take over that role in the Bristol town office on Oct. 2.

“I am attracted to Bristol because it has a reputation for good local government, engaged citizens, and a strong sense of place,” Capels said. “I am also excited for the opportunity to work for a larger community that offers a wide range of services.”

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Rokeby Museum head still digging into Vermont history as she readies for retirement

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — After a 22-year tenure highlighted by the addition of a 5,000-square-foot visitor center, Rokeby Museum Executive Director Jane Williamson will step down at the end of 2017 from a job that she admittedly was not at first sure she wanted.

Williamson, a 68-year-old Burlington resident and small-town Minnesota native, was a dedicated Rokeby volunteer long before becoming its leader.

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College welcomes one of its largest first-year classes

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The fall semester at Middlebury College will open on Monday, Sept. 11, with 638 new first-year students on campus — one of the largest incoming classes in history. The college’s total expected enrollment, including undergraduates studying abroad, will be 2,753 students.

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It's all in a day's work for a Vermont State Police trooper

Posted on September 11, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — The invitation to ride along with a Vermont State Police trooper got a little intimidating after reading the requisite consent form. The passenger — in this case, a reporter — shouldn’t rule out the possibility of being whisked at a high rate of speed to a crime scene and the risk of injury, and yes, even death.

This scribe swallowed even harder when VSP Sgt. Blake Cushing of the New Haven barracks recommended close scrutiny of the location of the cruiser’s radio in case the trooper were incapacitated and needed backup.

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