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Gunman robs Vergennes store

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Police are looking for the man who robbed at gunpoint the Small City Market in Vergennes Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, May 1, at approximately 9:05 p.m., a man entered the Small City Market at the corner of Main and South Water streets in Vergennes, pointed a pistol at the store clerk and robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash, according to a report from Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.

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Michael Sommers returns from the 'hood with heart

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury native Michael Sommers was so taken with his adopted neighborhood in West Oakland, California, that he wrote and performed a one-act play six years ago about his interactions with other folks on his street — a collection of eccentrics, street toughs and down-to-earth folks. He called his play “Hick in the ’Hood,” which summed up his experience of being an admitted country bumpkin suddenly thrust into an urban setting and surrounded by people of different colors, creeds and backgrounds.

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Bristol teen is following his soccer dream

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — By the time he was 16, Bristol native Francis Nardiello Smith had played for four regional and two national soccer teams in the Olympic Development Program.

“They called him ‘The Mayor,’” said Hugh Brown, Nardiello Smith’s coach at Burlington-based Synergy Football Club. “Francis always went out of his way to make sure the other players were doing OK. He made sure they were eating well. He would actually go around and hand out fruit.”

It was the same on the practice field.

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Blue Spruce Motel owner plans to rebuild

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The owner of Blue Spruce Motel property at 2428 Route 7 South in Middlebury said workers will soon begin clearing the site of fire-scorched debris, setting the stage for a potential construction of a new lodging establishment.

Sam Sharma during a Monday phone interview said he’s inquired with the Middlebury planning office about the logistics of erecting a new motel in place of the Blue Spruce, which was destroyed by a fire back on July 12, 2017.

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Shire town's 'Big Dig' gets under way

Posted on April 30, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Crews continued to mobilize heavy equipment and fencing in downtown Middlebury last week and began preliminary work on Phase I of the $72 million rail bridges project.

The project by 2021 will result in the Main Street and Merchants Row rail spans being replaced by a large, concrete tunnel. Work this spring will center on a rail-bed drainage system that will be bored into four downtown locations.

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Former Bristol chief to run for county sheriff

Posted on April 30, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — A lot of people get so excited about the prospect of retirement that they tick off days on a calendar.

But Kevin Gibbs is counting the days until Nov. 6, when he hopes area voters will pull him out of retirement and select him as the new Addison County Sheriff.

Gibbs, 58, called it quits last September after a 31-year tenure with the Bristol Police Department, the final 25 of those spent as chief.

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Lisa Balfour's paint pours pop with color

Posted on April 30, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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In a sun-lit home studio at her Shoreham home, artist Lisa Balfour mixes red, blue, orange and yellow acrylic paints into two plastic cups. With steady, quick hands, she flips them onto a white, wood-framed canvas, holding them upside-down until all of the paint drips and settles within the cups’ edges. After a few seconds, she uses the lip of the cup to push the paint in gentle swirls around the canvas.

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Scott, lawmakers tussle over toxics; governor's veto faces stiff challenge

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Local lawmakers are entering the home stretch of the 2018 legislative session, a period marked by frantic negotiations to salvage bills that will otherwise lie dormant until next January, or risk dying altogether.

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Clean water bill would give citizens role in enforcement

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By John Flowers



NEW HAVEN — Dairy farms came into the spotlight at Monday’s legislative breakfast at the New Haven Congregational Church when local lawmakers discussed a clean water bill that would give citizens the right to challenge Vermonters who they think aren’t complying with the law.

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Photos at Sheldon conjure 100 years of local history

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History has for years proudly shown visitors various objects Addison County’s earlier residents prized for work and play, as a way of better understanding what life was like in this area during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.

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