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Tapping trees for a new brew: Middlebury-based SAP! makes maple drinkable

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Cousins Chas Smith and Nikita Salmon, both 28, are bottling seltzer and soda with a unique Vermont twist.

Their beverages, produced out of the Woodchuck production facility on Exchange Street in Middlebury, are made with pure, sweet maple and birch sap — most of it tapped right here in Addison County.

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Eye for art comes from Big Apple to Little City

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Anni Mackay, who has shown and sold high-end art at her BigTown Gallery in Rochester for more than a decade, has roots in the art world of the Big Apple. Now she has brought those skills and that history to the Little City.

She has opened BigTown Gallery Vergennes at 245 Main St., next to Vergennes Laundry, and will hold an official grand opening this Saturday, May 13, 3-6 p.m.

Mackay has promoted art, artists and community in Rochester, and successfully run BigTown Gallery there since 2003. Then the spot in Vergennes caught her eye.

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Meet the Farmer: Alessandra Rellini from Agricola Farm in Panton

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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PANTON — Alessandra Rellini always wanted to raise her own animals. So when this Italian native was recruited by the University of Vermont to teach in the Psychology Department, she saw an opportunity to pursue her farming dream in the Green Mountain State.

“The opportunity allowed me to cultivate the idea of raising my own animals and doing my own butchering,” she said in an interview at the end of March. “But then things spiraled out of control.”

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Feed the birds: Tales of a local bird lady

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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I don't remember when I fell in love with the birds.

As a small child I do remember often finding my mother leaning over the kitchen sink to get a better look out the window at some rare bird at the feeder, hushing us as we came in the room so as not to scare it away.

I was never very impressed at the time, but something happened along the way, and now I’m that crazy lady who feeds the birds religiously every morning so they keep coming to my feeders and keep nesting in my hedge.

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Solar project gets approval in Brandon

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has given its blessing to another solar project in town.

Mike Norris of Norris Brothers Solar Development of New Haven appeared before the board on April 24 to request a letter of support for a 500-kilowatt solar array on 3.75 acres next to the Smoke Rise Quarry off Route 7 north of downtown.

Norris said he and his brother Pete started the solar company three years ago with the goal of building smaller, 150- to 500-kilowatt solar projects.

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Middlebury bridges meeting set for May 11

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Downtown Middlebury stakeholders concerned about the planned replacement of the two downtown rail bridges will have a chance to comment on the proposed environmental impact of the project at a hearing this Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater.

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Virginia law school honors Leicester native

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Helping others achieve academic success is nothing new to University of Virginia School of Law student Andrew Manns. A former teacher, Manns, a native of Leicester, Vt., is being honored for helping his peers with their academic work.

The Rosenbloom Award, established by Daniel Rosenbloom ’54 is given every year to honor a student with a strong academic record who has significantly enhanced the academic experience of other law students by volunteering support and assistance to them.

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Town of Middlebury surveying residents on civic economic health

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Economic Health Task Force is urging local residents to take an online survey to provide guidance on ways to promote more business growth in town.

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Bristol-area school district is looking for a new name

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — The voters of the five-town school district last fall voted to consolidate governance and budgeting, now residents of Starksboro, New Haven, Monkton, Lincoln and Bristol and being asked to suggest a new name for the school district.

The unified school board has formed a Renaming Committee that is seeking name suggestions through an online survey that can be taken here: www.surveymonkey.com/r/ANESD_Name. The committee is looking for responses by end of day May 5.

Creative ideas are welcome!

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Middlebury youngsters earn 1st place in Vt. PBS writing contest

Posted on May 8, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Six-year-old Reed Allen and seven-year-old Campbell Gong, both of Middlebury, have won first place for stories they entered in the 2017 Vermont PBS Kids’ Writers Contest. The annual contest, sponsored by Vermont PBS, accepts entries from children in kindergarten through grade 5.

Entrants from across Vermont must submit an original short story, accompanied by at least five illustrations. The entries are judged by a panel of writers, youth advocates, and librarians, who bestow a first and second place award for each grade level.

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