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Heifers, handlers rise to the challenge

Posted on August 6, 2009 |
By Chelsey Pletts



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NEW HAVEN — Heifers at the 4-H Youth Dairy Show Conformation Class at the Addison County Fair and Field Days are scrutinized on almost every physical trait — from their big wet noses to their tasseled tails, the animals are judged based on an “ideal” for the breed.

But the heifer is not the only one feeling the heat. To be a champion, handlers age eight to 18 must train and groom their animals to perfection.

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Governor Douglas on healthcare: federal plan stresses coverage, not prevention

Posted on August 3, 2009 |
By John Flowers



By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. James Douglas said last week he hopes federal lawmakers do not pass a healthcare reform bill that simply extends more coverage for the uninsured, but rather that the legislation stresses preventative care, cost cutting and promoting greater competition among private insurers.

Douglas discussed his views on healthcare, a new forecast of a $28 million state budget revenue shortfall and a variety of other topics during an interview at the Addison Independent.

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Boys and Girls club reaches decade of service

Posted on August 3, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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By ANDY KIRKALDY
VERGENNES — In 1999 Jason Ouellette, now a 26-year-old Vergennes police officer, became one of the first members of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes, which at that point met at the National Guard Armory across Monkton Road from Vergennes Union High School.

Like many of the more than 1,000 regular attendees in the club’s 10-year history, Ouellette enjoyed hanging out after school in a place that offered video games, pool tables, air hockey and Pokémon tournaments.

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English students also strut the stage

Posted on August 3, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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By ANDREA SUOZZO
RIPTON – “This was the man was meant me; that he should come/So near his time, and miss it!”

So says Beatrice-Joanna in The Changeling, meeting Alsemero just after her father has promised her to another man. The tragedy, which includes a more comic subplot in a madhouse, played last week in the Little Theatre at the Bread Loaf School of English. It was this year’s major production at the school, bringing together a combined cast of professional actors and Bread Loaf graduate students.

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Breaking news: USDA boosts price paid to dairy farmers

Posted on July 31, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



WASHINGTON, D.C. — After weeks of pleading their case for struggling dairymen in Washington, D.C., Vermont’s Congressional delegation finally made a breakthrough Friday, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the Obama administration is taking immediate action to boost prices paid to dairy farmers.

That means that the price the federal government pays for milk and dairy products in the marketplace is set to go up for August, September and October, a price hike that the USDA estimates will increase dairy farmers’ revenue nationally by $243 million.

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Legion falls in Vermont tourney

Posted on July 30, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



By ANDY KIRKALDY
BARRE — Two close losses in this past weekend’s state championship tournament in Barre ended the Addison County American Legion baseball team’s hopes of repeating as Vermont champion.

AC entered the eight-team tournament as a co-favorite after winning the program’s first-ever Northern Division regular season title, but opened the tournament on Friday with a 5-4 upset at the hands of Southern Division No. 4 seed Bellows Falls.

AC eliminated Northern No. 3 Essex on Saturday, but Northern No. 2 Orleans-Essex-Caledonia (OEC) ousted AC on Sunday, 8-6.

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Selectmen, VTrans debate temporary span for Pulp Mill Bridge repairs; work may start in 2011

Posted on July 30, 2009 |
By John Flowers



By JOHN FLOWERS
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectmen are backing off their original pitch to state officials for a temporary span to take traffic from the Pulp Mill Bridge when it closes for extensive repairs, possibly in 2011. They will instead lobby for paving and intersection improvements to handle the extra traffic that will hit downtown during the project.

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Caught in a bind: county shelter buckles under influx of homeless cats

Posted on July 30, 2009 |
By Chelsey Pletts



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By CHELSEY PLETTS
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Humane Society has rarely turned away an animal during its 34-year history as a safe haven for the lost, abandoned, abused or surrendered.

Now, however, the shelter is seeing a critical number of cats pouring into the facility at a rate that Executive Director Jackie Rose is concerned they cannot keep up with.

“We are facing a cat overpopulation crisis,” Rose said. “The number of cats and unwanted cats that are in our communities is reaching really epidemic proportions.”

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Dairy panel pins hopes on Washington D.C. for price hike

Posted on July 30, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



By KATHRYN FLAGG
ADDISON COUNTY — A Vermont Milk Commission meeting last week ended in much the same way that many conversations about Vermont’s flagging dairy industry have ended this year: with state officials looking once again to Washington.

The commission’s July 23 meeting culminated with a resolution thanking Vermont’s Congressional delegation for its work in trying to increase prices paid to dairy farmers, and asking those delegates to convey to the White House and the Office of Management and Budget the “emergency nature of the needed aid” for dairy farmers.

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Digital storytelling takes Lake Champlain stewardship online

Posted on July 30, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



By KATHRYN FLAGG
MIDDLEBURY — Bridget Butler is paddling into uncharted territory, searching out the headwaters where new media, local storytelling and ecological stewardship converge.

The St. Albans resident and ECHO Center conservationist is heading up a two-year project that has her scampering around Lake Champlain in person and online to collect stories about the lake that she hopes will inspire stewardship efforts.

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