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County Tire helps to stock food shelves with 'free brakes' promotion

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Christy Lynn



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County Tire Center’s first annual “Free brakes for food” campaign last month resulted in the donation of hundreds of pounds of food to the local emergency food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, a Middlebury nonprofit known as HOPE.

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High schools collaborate on substance abuse, bullying programs

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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VERGENNES — It’s rare that scores of Mount Abraham students fill the bleachers of the Vergennes Union High School gym for something other than a basketball game.

But last Friday, hundreds of students from both high schools sat in the same set of bleachers in the VUHS gym to hear a presentation on substance abuse by motivational speaker Kevin Brooks, followed by student-led discussion forums. Meanwhile back in Bristol, students from the Vergennes and Mount Abraham middle schools gathered for workshops on bullying.

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Cornwall principal leaving after seven years

Posted on April 4, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — Denise Goodnow recalled taking over the principalship of Cornwall’s Bingham Memorial School during the fall of 2006 and feeling a special kinship with the dozen-or-so freshly minted kindergartners who walked with her through the doors for this first time.

So it seems almost fitting that those kindergartners and Goodnow should matriculate at the same time.

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Timetable set for new downtown Middlebury bridges

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Engineers are plowing head-on into planning for the replacement of the Merchants Row and Main Street railroad overpasses, a project they said would be accomplished with unprecedented rapidity and with what they hope will be minimal disruption to local businesses.

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Rep. Welch looks for stability in student loan rates

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



RUTLAND — Just listening to these working parents pursuing college degrees is exhausting.

Ava Pehm, 42, of Pittsford is a single mother to two kids, ages 10 and 13. She is pursuing a degree in administrative management from the Community College of Vermont in Rutland and works part-time.

Greg Lambert, 36, of Rutland is a single father to a seven-year-old boy and is a recent cancer survivor pursuing a degree in environmental science at CCV.

Niki Twohig of Rutland has two-year-old twin boys, and splits her time between school and work.

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Mount Abe celebrates French culture and cuisine

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — The location may have been rural Vermont, but the ambiance was entirely French at the Mount Abraham Union High School cafeteria last Thursday. French music piped in through the speakers, crisp, white tablecloths dressed up the cafeteria, and students gathered to converse in French over a gourmet meal prepared by chef Bill Snell of New Haven’s Tourterelle restaurant.

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Police dog to get bulletproof vest

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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NEW HAVEN — K9 Vincent of the Vermont State Police New Haven Barracks will be receiving his bullet- and stab-proof vest thanks to a nationwide Groupon event. K9 Vincent is a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois assigned to handler Senior Trooper Justin Busby. K9 Vincent is certified in narcotics detection and patrol techniques for the Vermont State Police.

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Home Improvement: Homeowners get solar panel options

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT



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ADDISON COUNTY — Spring is in the air, the days are getting longer and for some homes and businesses, the increased sun exposure may mean more than starting gardens, wearing shorts and slathering on SPF-65.

A growing number of homeowners around Addison County are considering putting photovoltaic solar panels on their rooftops or in their yards, which until recently constituted a substantial up-front investment — from $10,000 to $100,000, depending on the size of the home and the location.

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Vergennes City Council to add a new member April 9; candidates emerge

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes city council members at their meeting last week said they will almost certainly fill the vacancy on the council at their April 9 meeting, and two candidates have emerged for the vacancy created when Alderman Bill Benton won a race for mayor on March 5.

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Neighbor appeals Brandon DRB decision on pot dispensary

Posted on April 1, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — A neighboring landowner has appealed a recent Brandon Development Review Board decision to permit a medical marijuana dispensary on Lovers Lane.

Joanne Nichols filed an appeal to the Vermont Environmental Court on March 21, citing numerous concerns with the proposed facility, including issues of safety, privacy, odor and air quality, pesticides and fertilizers, and the potential risk of living next to a “high-crime target.”

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