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January 11th, 2017
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.
FERRISBURGH — A Charlotte man was pulled from the frigid waters of Lake Champlain near the shores in Ferrisburgh on Sunday afternoon.
Vermont State Police report that Daniel Doyle, 74, was walking on a section of ice approximately 10-15 feet from shore in Town Farm Bay, north of Long Point just off Annex Road. A little before 1:45 p.m., the area of ice that Doyle was walking on broke away, and he became partially submerged in open water.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County lawmakers on Thursday applauded the environmental, education and economic development agenda that Gov. Phil Scott unveiled during his inaugural address, but several voiced disappointment the state’s new chief executive didn’t provide more details on how he hopes to achieve his ambitious goals.
Scott, during a speech that lasted around a half hour and was interrupted around 20 times by applause, pledged to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect its most vulnerable citizens.
MONTPELIER — Peter Conlon gazed briefly into the rearview mirror last week, recalling his boyhood growing up in Montpelier. His route from his childhood home to Montpelier High School took him behind the Vermont Statehouse and its shiny golden dome. He’d stop in occasionally as a student and citizen, drinking in the splendor of this ornate bastion of democracy in his own backyard.
Fast forward some 35 years.
ORWELL — Buxton’s Store, a fixture on Orwell’s Main Street fixture, is set to return to being a Buxtons’ store.
Orwell couple Andy and Mary Buxton are ready on Monday to sit down and buy the store and the home that goes with it from Doug Edwards, who has owned and operated the grocery (and more) store for the past decade. Edwards bought Buxton’s Store in 2006 from Andy Buxton’s grandparents, Dick and Thelma Buxton, who ran the business for about 40 years.
ADDISON COUNTY — Pilgrims have been journeying to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, for over a thousand years. This past summer, a handful of local travelers were among the hundreds of thousands estimated to have walked some part of the “Way of Saint James” pilgrimage in 2016 alone.
Several of these Vermonters will discuss their experiences on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (or simply the “Camino”) at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library this Thursday at 7 p.m.
BRANDON — Katherine Burdine is living the dream of any writer who has ever toiled away in obscurity. Armed with a three-book deal from Random House, the 29-year-old is just weeks away from the release of her debut novel, “The Bear and the Nightingale,” on Jan, 10.
And she’s local. After spending the bulk of her twenties traveling, living and working everywhere from a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii to a boarding school in France, Burdine has settled in Brandon and is currently working on her second novel.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week said he would run for a third — and what he called a final — two-year term as the city’s top elected official.
Benton said a number of efforts are about to pay off — including Otter Creek basin projects, city pool upgrades, and work to improve downtown pedestrian and bicycle safety — and he wants to see them through.
“We’ve gone through all this planning. Hopefully the fun begins now because the implementation will happen,” he said.