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Where are they now? Mount Abraham Union High School - Kelly Bessette, 2008

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Kelly Bessette



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Mount Abraham Union High School - Kelly Bessette, 2008

Hometown, current residence, age: I grew up in Bristol. I am 28 years old. My current town of residence is Parker, Colorado.

Family: I wouldn’t be where I am today if it was not for my mother Elizabeth Fortune, step-father Hubert Dumas, brother Jacob Forkas, my husband Logan Bessette and, of course, all my in-laws and huge extended family.

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Speaker tells VUHS graduates that time is on their side, so use it

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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VERGENNES — For the 86 graduating seniors in the Vergennes Union High School gym last Friday evening, time was both an ally and an enemy.

Shay Pouliot, president of the Commodore class of 2017, summed up the sense opposition to time in salutatorian’s address.

“Our parents always warned us that time would go by fast, but none of us could truly understand what they meant until now,” she said.

Classmate Eva Kamman amplified that point when she delivered her challenge to the junior class.

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Benefit for Utah's caboose to be held this Saturday

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MONKTON — In the early 1970s, singer Utah Phillips bought a caboose to live in while he was periodically recording at Philo Records in Monkton. At “The Barn,” Utah recorded three record albums: “Good Though,” El Capitan,” and “The Telling Takes Me Home.” Utah’s son, Duncan, is now trying to move the 1890’s wooden flanger car to the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture to restore it into a museum for his father.

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Chimney Point to host 'French Settlement Afternoon' June 17

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON — The Chimney Point, Vermont, area was the heart of a French settlement from 1731 to 1759. On Saturday, June 17, from 1-5 p.m. noted expert Joseph-André Senécal will be at the site for a “French Settlement Afternoon.”

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French Heritage Day celebrates 12th year on June 25

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



Parlez-vous Français? Or wish you did? If so, mark your calendars for the 12th annual French Heritage Day on Sunday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This year’s day of festivities will take place in Winooski. It’s a free, daylong celebration of all things Franco in Vermont’s most French-settled city — from the pre-British farmer-settlers to 10th century millworkers to today’s French-speaking New Americans.

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Downtown Middlebury tax district seeks extension to continue work on economic development

Posted on June 14, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Downtown Improvement District Commission has begun the process of petitioning the town’s selectboard to extend and amend the Downtown Improvement District ordinance.

The local law places a special tax on nonresidential downtown properties in order to fund projects in the area.

At present, there are 124 properties that fall within the district, which encompasses the central village around Main Street and Route 7 in the heart of the village.

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Country Home Products to close Winooski plant

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes outdoor power equipment firm Country Home Products and its parent company, Generac Holdings Inc. of Wisconsin, have decided to close CHP’s Winooski manufacturing plant, according to a statement released on Friday morning by Gov. Phil Scott.

Repeated efforts on Friday to reach CHP or Generac officials for comment were unsuccessful. CHP is the second-largest private employer in Vergennes, trailing only United Technologies Corp. on Panton Road.

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Former deputy sheriff files lawsuit for wrongful termination

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Mike Donoghue



BURLINGTON — A former Addison County deputy sheriff maintains he was fired from his job last year after he believes comments he made during a secret session of the Leicester selectboard were later shared with his boss, Sheriff Donald Keeler Jr.

Mark Stacey filed a civil lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Burlington last week claiming a wrongful termination by Keeler and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department.

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Bristol to sell 18 acres on Stoney Hill

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The town of Bristol is calling for bids and proposals for the sale and development of 18 acres, located on Stoney Hill between Stoney Hill Road and Lovers Lane. Sealed bids, including a description of the proposed use for the property must be submitted to the Bristol town office by July 3.

“The town has always planned on selling that 18.08 acres,” said Bristol Town Administrator Therese Kirby. “Now that the water line project is moving forward, it seems like it’s a good time to try to wrap all that up.”

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Porter Express Care to open June 13

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The new UVM Health Network/Porter Express Care clinic will open on Tuesday, June 13, in the Collins Building on the main Porter campus.

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