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Athletes endure cold, dark in multi-day mountain challenge

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERMONT — On Saturday, Jan. 18, well before dawn, with the temperature hovering around zero, a group of 50 hikers boarded a bus at the Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center in Goshen and drove north. At around 5 a.m., their ride dropped them at the Smugglers’ Notch Road in Stowe, a short distance from the southbound trailhead of the Long Trail.

They then started walking south in groups of 10.

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Tavern goes hydroponic for greens, herbs

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern offers a cure for the winter blues just inside its entrance: Leafy green shoots sprout from a six-foot-tall column, and the soothing sound of running water fills the space between the front door and the restaurant’s dining room and bar.

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Art upgrades Middlebury's diner

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Carl Roesch and Caetlin Harwood had owned the diner in downtown Middlebury for just six weeks last spring when they were introduced to one of its biggest annual traditions: the early morning breakfast for graduating seniors at Middlebury College.

“We kept peeking out the door to see when they were coming,” recalled Harwood, “and then — boom — they came in. It was like the whole school was walking up here.”

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Science goes on display at Orwell fair

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ORWELL — Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.

It was all for the sake of science.

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Hundreds of lineworkers work to restore power in county

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



MIDDLEBURY — Monday night, the parking lot outside of the Fire and Ice restaurant in Middlebury was full. In front of the eatery, Seymour Street was lined bumper-to-bumper with at least 10 large trucks, many with engines running, from Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Green Mountain Power, Northline Utilities and others.

A sign outside the front door read: “Welcome and thank you, utilities workers!”

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Clippings: Product testing? All in a day's work

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



When people ask me what I do for work, I usually tell them that I’m a reporter for the Addison Independent. This is only partly true. Yes, my byline appears on a number of articles, but not with the same regularity as those of my colleagues, who cover specific beats and areas of Addison County. I choose the aforementioned answer because it is easier than going into the full nature of my work.

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National forest considers backcountry skiing plan

Posted on December 8, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



GOSHEN — Every winter, skiers and snowboarders venture into the woods and hillsides in search of untracked snow. In the future, skiers in southern Addison County may not have to venture far.

This winter the U.S. Forest Service is considering a proposal to develop four backcountry skiing glades totaling approximately 210 acres on land in the Green Mountain National Forest in the towns of Goshen, Rochester and Chittenden.

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Vt. Sun reaps benefits of solar

Posted on November 13, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — You’d think that with a name like Vermont Sun Fitness Center, Steve Hare’s business would have gone solar sooner.

The notion of installing solar power panels at the gym off Exchange Street in Middlebury did occur to Hare about a decade ago. But back then, the businessman says, solar arrays were expensive and took a longer period to pay off installation costs than they do now.

Now, he says, thanks to changes in technology and production techniques, that’s changed.

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Salute to Veterans: Faith sustained Many during time in Korea

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Robert Many credits two things for helping him through his service in the Korean War: his faith and his ability to type.

Many grew up in Salisbury and attended elementary school there. He played baseball at Middlebury High School and claims his fastball was so fast he earned the nickname “Fireball,” which he has kept to this day.

“I could have played for the Red Sox but farming nearly killed me,” he said.

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Checking in

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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CORNWALL RESIDENT MIKE Palmer picks up his ballot from election officials Ginny Hiland, left, and Dee Hodges in the Cornwall town offices Tuesday afternoon. Voter turnout in most county towns met or exceeded the average for a midterm election. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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