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Sheriff's contribution in high bailiff campaign draws scrutiny

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff Don Keeler is drawing criticism from some state officials for using some of his department’s funds during the Nov. 8 election to back his preferred candidate for high bailiff, an official who has the power to arrest the sheriff and potentially replace that person if he or she is unable to perform the duties of that office.

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County gets new state police head; Danoski is third this year

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont State Police on Monday officially confirmed Lt. Jeff Danoski as the new leader of the agency’s New Haven barracks, which serves Addison County. Danoski, 47, becomes the third commander of the New Haven barracks in just four months.

“I’m obviously honored and excited about the opportunity to command the New Haven barracks and work with the citizens and other agencies in the county,” Danoski said during a phone interview on Wednesday. “I hold myself and the members assigned here to high standards.”

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HOPE Holiday Shop offers free toys to kids

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Area residents with a steady income can look forward each year to “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” to get great deals on holiday gifts.

But there are some in Addison County who can’t afford to make purchases even when they are marked down 60 percent.

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MALT to upgrade path at railroad crossing on trail

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) is planning state-mandated improvements to a prominent rail crossing along the Trail Around Middlebury, upgrades intended to make the increasingly popular path safer for walkers, runners and cyclists.

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Remnants of burned covered bridge are cleared

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Workers have until Dec. 9 to remove the charred remnants of the former Swamp Road covered bridge, in anticipation of the Vermont Agency of Transportation installing a temporary span to restore traffic between Salisbury and Cornwall before Jan. 1, 2017.

That update was provided on Nov. 23 by Cornwall Selectman Brian Kemp and Salisbury Selectman Paul Vaczy, the local liaisons to VTrans in the aftermath of the Sept. 10 fire that destroyed the historic covered bridge spanning the Otter Creek on Swamp Road.

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Weybridge church blends spirituality with community

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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WEYBRIDGE — Some religious leaders describe a “calling” that inspires them to take the pulpit of a church.

The Rev. Daniel Cooperrider’s calling three years ago took him all the way to the top of Snake Mountain in Addison, as part of a hike with members of the Weybridge Congregational Church’s search committee.

“I interviewed at a dozen churches, and this was the most unique interview,” Cooperrider, 32, told the Independent.

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A local nonprofit takes on parental leave issue

Posted on November 28, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY— Three years ago, Bridget Gosselin’s professional and personal lives were facing shakeups of major proportions.

She was pregnant with her daughter, Vivienne, and anticipating the challenges of being a single mom. And while she was entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave under Vermont law, her Burlington employer was not among the few in the Green Mountain State that offer benefits to bridge the costs of the first few months of being out of work to care for a new baby.

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Panel pitches poverty solutions, including hotel fee to raise funds

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
By John Flowers



VERGENNES — Rachel can’t seem to catch a break.

With Thanksgiving approaching, Rachel (not her real name) is around a month into her second stint at the John W. Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter in Vergennes.

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Orwell to field school unification vote for a third time

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
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ORWELL — Orwell residents next March will be asked for a third time to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County towns to form a new Slate Valley Unified Union School District.

Voters in Orwell have already rejected such a move twice this year.

But this time around the new unified school district would be able to take shape even without Orwell’s participation under a “modified” union school district permitted under Vermont’s Act 46.

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Wooden Wonders: Sheldon Museum showcases Vermont's old-time toys

Posted on November 23, 2016 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Look at a child’s holiday wish list this year and you’ll be hard-pressed to find an item that doesn’t need batteries or isn’t endowed with electronic circuitry. If it doesn’t whir, ring, text, conjure explosions, rack up points or play movies, it’s probably not going to find its way under a Christmas tree.

It hasn’t always been that way.

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