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Where are pages 2 and 3 of Monday's newspaper?

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



Valued readers!

Due to an error at our printer, Pages 2 and 3 in the printed version of today’s edition of the Addison Independent are from last week’s United Way insert, not the pages we created for today’s edition. The four stories we had on those pages are already posted on our website; you can read them all for free here:

Brandon Cares considers a needle exchange program like Middlebury's

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Ways of Seeing: What does this election mean to me?

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Johanna Nichols



What Does This Election Mean to Me?

I found a place to sit on a windowsill in the packed chamber of the House of Representatives as I waited for the inauguration of the first woman to be the Governor of Vermont. A small orchestra played a Suite from Handel’s “Water Music” as she entered the chamber wearing a bright white business suit in 1984. I first met Madeleine Kunin ten years earlier when I attended a meeting of the Vermont Women’s Political Caucus. She ran for the House of Representatives, then Lt. Governor, and in 1982, she ran for Governor.

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Farmers are uneasy about the sale of one of state's biggest local food distributors

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — Any businessperson will tell you that it takes more than just a great product to make a success; you also have to get the product to the buyer.

Many local growers and meat producers are wondering what will happen now that ownership of their primary distributor — indeed one of the biggest food distributors in Vermont — is changing hands.

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Local high schoolers grapple with sudden deaths of Harwood students in crash

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, black and gold became temporary colors of choice for many Addison County students, teachers and school employees.

Sadly, it was not a fashion trend: They were rallying around their peers at South Duxbury’s Harwood Union High School, who are reeling after the unspeakable Oct. 8 tragedy that claimed the lives of four current and one former Harwood students, all either 15 or 16.

Black and gold are Harwood’s school colors.

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Summer blossoms lead to a strong honey harvest

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — The same lack of rain that has led to a smaller apple crop in Addison County and statewide has for the most part been a boon for bees in terms of clover-based summer honeys. But the slide from low rainfall to moderate drought the past three months has also dried up fall harvests that are based on wildflowers.

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Julia Purinton: Artist gets around

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Isabel Lower



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Arts Beat for Oct. 24: Fiddler, piper team up at Brandon Music

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Greg Pahl



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Pete Sutherland and Tim Cummings — colleagues, friends and former neighbors — combine once again to share a rich mix of music sourced from the related traditions of Appalachia, the British Isles and Brittany, as well as from their own imaginations. On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 7:30 p.m. they will perform at Brandon Music, providing the audience with fresh twists on traditional music — compelling, spirited morsels that delight the ear and nourish souls.

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Safety of VGS pipeline questioned

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Mike Polhamus VTDigger.org



VERMONT — Opponents of a 41-mile natural gas pipeline into Addison County have filed a complaint with a federal agency, alleging that Vermont’s Department of Public Service overlooked repeated safety violations during the pipe’s construction.

Department of Public Service Commissioner Chris Recchia said the accusations are entirely unfounded.

“This is a hail-Mary, last-ditch effort to scuttle this project,” Recchia said.

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Forum shows basics of the local criminal justice system

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A panel of some of the most influential members of Addison County’s criminal justice system said they are not aware of racial bias within the local courts or law enforcement agencies, but they vowed to be vigilant in detecting and eradicating such behavior if it were to ever becomes evident.

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Hard cider boom lifts Addison County apple orchards

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series profiling the effect of the hard cider boom on Addison County apple orchards.

ADDISON COUNTY — A growing thirst for hard cider nationwide is changing the landscape for Vermont apple growers, including those in Addison County, one of the state’s most important apple growing areas.

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