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Weekend warriors: Breathing new life into our old home

Posted on May 17, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — Last summer, my husband Sam and I finally decided to jump in with both feet on the house we had been renting. We bought the house and began a process that could be compared to giving an 85-year-old a facelift.

It started with demolition on the half of the house that we had been renting to another tenant and hadn’t seen any major work for at least 50 years.

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For Jack Brown, restoring cars is a career and a lifestyle

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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BRISTOL — Jack Brown has been tinkering with cars for almost as long as he can remember, or in his words, “since I was a pup.”

He grew up in Pennsylvania outside of Philadelphia and in the late 1940s went to boarding school in New Hampshire. Around age 14, Brown started learning about mechanics and taking an active interest in cars. At age 17, he moved back to Philadelphia and enrolled in the Spring Garden Institute where he studied auto mechanics and committed to the trade.

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Let's do this! Two local couples describe their wedding planning process

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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For some, the perfect vision of their wedding has been forming in their heads for years, becoming more and more refined as the relationship and circumstances become settled, so when the time comes to put the plan in place there aren’t a whole lot of decisions left to be made.

But for many, very little forethought has gone into planning for an actual event until after the engagement — when reality strikes.

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Lively activity in a passive house

Posted on March 22, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — A year ago, Andrew Gardner and Caroline Damon were living a life that many would call the Vermont dream. They had a quiet old house deep in the woods of Ripton, surrounded by dirt roads and hillsides with dark nights filled only with sounds of the barred owls calling out into the void.

Many people long for solitude like this, far away from the lights and bustle of city living and believe that’s what it means to “make it” in Vermont.

But Gardner and Damon were feeling torn.

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Babies & Families: Find ways to manage prenatal stress

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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It’s true, getting and being pregnant may be one of the most inherently stressful processes we go through.

Starting with the choice to try to conceive, questions about how fit you are to be a parent and realizations of how much you don’t know come flooding in. You might suddenly ask yourself why you didn’t pay more attention during sex ed, or ask yourself why you never knew all of these facts that suddenly are ruling your reality.

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Childhood obesity is on the rise; here's one way to resist it

Posted on January 29, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — The epidemic of childhood obesity has become something we cannot ignore. An estimated 25 to 30 percent of Vermont’s children are overweight or obese, according to a study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011. These children are twice as likely to remain obese as adults as median-weight children are to become obese.

To local pediatrician Dr. Francisco Corbalan, these are very disturbing figures.

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Planned Parenthood moves to a brighter, busier building

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Christy Lynn



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MIDDLBURY — Last fall, the Planned Parenthood office in Middlebury announced a move from their standalone building on Route 7 South to a suite in a medical office building at 1330 Exchange St. A local team of health care providers worked with local builders to retrofit an office that is the envy of many around. It’s bright, open, colorful and welcoming. Exactly what you need when you have to go to the doctor.

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Never too late to save for retirement: Local advisors suggest ways to plan

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



ADDISON COUNTY — Retirement is at once the golden ticket that many people spend several decades of their lives dreaming about, and at the same time is the most intimidating proposition imaginable.

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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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