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Vergennes eyeing earlier voting hours

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents could at some point have the option of voting in the morning before work, as do voters in most other Vermont towns.

At their Nov. 14 meeting, Vergennes City Council members talked seriously about changing the 9 a.m. start of voting hours to 7 a.m. The statewide closing hour for polls is 7 p.m.

Alderman Jeff Fritz opened the discussion by recommending a charter change, which would require approval by residents and the Vermont Legislatures, to make polling hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Note of appreciation: Many helped 97-year-old Ripton resident get by without electricity

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Hilda Billings



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Our state certainly could be thankful for 64 degrees with our power off, which it was for six days or more after the recent wind storm. Some different storm; we could remember the hurricane in 1950.

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Gov. Scott: State complies as a 'sanctuary site'

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Mark Johnson of VTDigger.org



MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott insisted on Thursday that Vermont is in compliance with federal laws and asserted the U.S. attorney general “had not done his homework” before including the state on a list of so-called sanctuary sites threatened with the loss of federal funds.

“We believe we’re on safe ground,” Scott said.

The governor said the state law that triggered a warning letter from the U.S. Justice Department had been legally reviewed and found not to be in conflict with federal rules.

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Legislative panel scrutinizes farm exemptions in Act 250

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Mike Polhamus of VTDigger.org



VERMONT — A legislative panel wants to hear the agriculture agency’s case for why farmers should be exempt from environmental enforcement under Vermont’s land use law.

The Act 250 committee, which met Nov. 15, is tasked with proposing fixes to the state’s land use law that will bring 50-year-old regulations up to speed with new environmental pressures.

At the next meeting to be held next month, the committee will ask the Agency of Agriculture to justify land use exemptions for farms.

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Meet the Chef: Chris Reck of Route 7 Pie Company

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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“The first step was to figure out, do people want my pies?” Chris Reck told the Independent in a 2016 interview.

The Vergennes resident and founder of the Route 7 Pie Company determined that the answer was a firm and resounding “yes.”

A year later, Route 7 Pies are more popular than ever.

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Sheldon Museum's Holiday Open House set for Dec. 2 & 3

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum is bursting with creativity and excitement this holiday season. The museum will hold its Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 3, from noon to 4 p.m. Highlights of the open house including the operating train layout, miniature Christmas tree display, festive topiaries and the exhibit “Draw Me a Story – Tell Me a Tale” that celebrates the imagination of 20 esteemed contemporary Vermont children’s book artists/authors.

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Second film in racial justice series considers marriage

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — “Seeing Color/Seeking Justice, A Racial Identities/Racial Justice Film Series” presented by Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) is now gearing up for the second film in the series, “Loving.”

Screenings will take place at 4 and 7 p.m., on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Marquis Theater. This film tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the 1967 Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, which invalidated state laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

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Water main breaks affect industrial park; Middlebury eyes potential $1 million fix

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters next fall could be asked to approve a bond issue of more than $1 million to replace a deteriorating water main that serves several of the community’s largest water users in the community’s industrial park.

At issue is an 8-inch ductile iron water main pipe that feeds multiple connections off Exchange Street, including the Agri-Mark/Cabot cheese plant, Vermont Hard Cider, Otter Creek Brewing and the many health care providers within Catamount Park.

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Organizers put a lid on Middlebury's Chili Fest: Town instead will offer 'Winter Fest'

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of Middlebury’s annual late winter Chili Fest have decided to temporarily suspend the spicy culinary convergence, citing a shrinking downtown footprint and burnout experienced by some of the regular entrants.

Instead, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) will replace Chili Fest with an inaugural “Winter Fest,” to be held at the Middlebury Recreation Park on Feb. 24, 2018. Plans also call for a community block party to be held in the downtown next April, according to BMP Marketing Director Karen Duguay.

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Starksboro kids get some hands-on lessons in Abenaki ways

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — It’s the Thursday before Thanksgiving — the day the Robinson Elementary School cafeteria dishes out its holiday meal: roast turkey and gravy, mashed potatoes, stuffing, squash, cranberry sauce, apple crisp. (Also broccoli).

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