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First baby is coming: When sisters blossom into aunts

Posted on July 31, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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My two sisters are — and have always been — my closest allies.

Family works like that, if you’re lucky, and I count myself among the luckiest.

OK, our parents split early in our childhoods and there were some years in there that weren’t all awesome in terms of the “perfect family” ranking, but my sisters and I came out of it stronger, together.

We’re close in age; my younger sister, Elsie, was born almost exactly three years after my older sister, Polly — and I was smack dab in between.

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Five area organizations provide exceptional end-of-life care

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — On a sunny afternoon last week I had the distinct privilege of hosting eight professionals in the conference room at the Addison Independent to talk about dying.

Not my own death, necessarily — I am a 32-year-old with no known reason to consider my own imminent demise — rather, to learn more about the process of dying and what kinds of choices and considerations there are along the way. Not exactly your average Wednesday.

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Independent organizations and volunteers make a difference

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



Five independent organizations provide end-of-life services in Addison County, hosting an unusually large number of providers and volunteers in the area and resulting in an exceptionally strong support system in which every person should have access to supportive care at the end of their life.

While the over-arching goals of extraordinary hospice and end-of-life care may be shared by each, they do each focus on different aspects of this care.

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Kindness rocks span the ages with messages of hope and love

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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ADDISON COUNTY — A simple project involving writing kind and motivational messages on brightly painted rocks for strangers to find and seek happiness from started with one person in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has quickly spread across the world.

The Kindness Rocks Project popped up last fall in Addison County, introduced by Robin Shalline, a third-grade teacher at New Haven’s Beeman Elementary School.

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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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Playspace links classroom study and physical project

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
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CORNWALL — Sixth-grade students at Bingham Memorial School in Cornwall, along with their teacher Emily Hoyler, embarked upon an interesting project last fall.

They were inspired by a field trip to Shelburne Farms for a workshop on some of the United Nations’ global sustainability missions.

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Weddings: Stay relaxed through the planning stages

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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SHOREHAM — Abby Goodrich and Joe Murphy grew up one town away from each other. She in Shoreham, he in Orwell. Abby’s mother, Leslie Goodrich, was Joe’s teacher in elementary school.

But despite their proximity, Abby and Joe never knew each other growing up. Kids from Shoreham travel to Middlebury for middle school and high school, those from Orwell go to Fair Haven.

Instead, the two met years later at a wedding.

Abby had been hired as a wedding photographer for the event. Joe was the best man.

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Floppy Friends group helps make parenting easier

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — It doesn’t get much more intimidating than the thought of bringing another human being into the world that is completely reliant upon you for keeping it alive.

For new parents, this thought — coupled with the enormous emotional and physical turbulence that comes with pregnancy — can be utterly destabilizing.

That’s one reason why parenting classes, books and clubs are so popular.

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Study up before choosing which cleanse is right for you

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



ADDISON COUNTY — As the holiday season wraps up, party schedules quiet down and the New Year brings reflection and contemplation, people tend to think about what patterns and behaviors they want to change and which they want to reinforce.

Nutrition and diet are often top of the list, especially following those binge-eating days of holiday gatherings when any sliver of dietary guidelines or self-control tend to get thrown out the window.

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Employers deal with drug addicts in the workplace

Posted on January 23, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



ADDISON COUNTY — Substance abuse and the debilitating affects that addiction can have on individuals and communities has been in the news a lot lately.

Gov. Peter Shumlin gave a harrowing State of the State Address back in 2014 that called attention to the opiate addiction crisis, and task forces at the state and local levels have been formed to help provide services and tools for recovery.

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