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Brandon artist shares her beautiful and useful art

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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BRANDON — As they say, “It’s not the destination, but the journey.” For Frieda Post, that couldn’t be more accurate. Her life experiences and passion for learning new techniques in arts and crafts has led her to become an artist of engaging contemporary, as well as traditional paintings. Her work is on view at the Compass Music and Arts Center through Aug. 31.

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Bristol author enjoying success with Eddie Red series

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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BRISTOL — Author Marcia Wells writes her books in her home just outside of Bristol, which is situated far from any neighbors.

“We’re very isolated — it’s just me and the chickens,” she told a visitor with a laugh last week.

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Local teen runs a fair favorite — the Sugar House

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



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NEW HAVEN — For those with a sweet tooth, the sugarhouse at Addison County Fair and Field Days is an irresistible attraction.

A warm, maple aroma fills the building, where customers decide between maple candies, donuts, creemees, cotton candy, maple coffee and maple popsicles.

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Annual Field Days does not disappoint

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. Lucien Paquette, the fair’s father figure, was there (see story here), as were thousands of vendors, competitors and families. We present here a few snapshots from the fairgrounds to give you a taste of the 66th annual Field Days.

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Salisbury fire displaces residents

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



SALISBURY — Fire crews from four area departments responded to a blaze at a home off Lower Plains Road in Salisbury this past Wednesday morning.

The fire, which began around 10:30 a.m., was extinguished by two dozen firefighters from Salisbury, Middlebury, Weybridge and Cornwall.

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Monkton residents welcome return of rescue crew

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MONKTON — After more than two years on hiatus, Monkton First Response is back in business.

The organization, founded in 1976 to provide emergency medical care to the northern Addison County town, lost its certification in 2011 due to dwindling membership. This year, Bob and Kelly Howard resurrected the rescue squad and in January began serving the town of 2,000 people.

“We started running again around Jan. 1,” Bob Howard said.

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Solar array advances net metering in Middlebury

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Last Wednesday was a good day for sun. For the fourth stop of his annual Summer Solar Tour (which so far have all recorded sunny weather), Gov. Peter Shumlin cut the ribbon on a 500-kilowatt solar array — the first array of its size in the state dedicated to providing electricity through a net metering plan.

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King of the scythe, father of Field Days: Lucien Paquette

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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NEW HAVEN — A familiar sight roamed the grounds of the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven last week, just like he has for nearly seven decades.

Lucien Paquette, who will turn 98 on Thursday, helped found the event in the 1940s, and has since remained a part of Addison County’s annual agricultural celebration.

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The Outside Story: A snakeskin can be a useful predator deterrent

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Susan Shea



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If you have a woodpile, you may have come across a shed snakeskin — a translucent, onion skin-like wrapper imprinted with the snake’s scale pattern. Or perhaps you’ve seen one along a foundation or stone wall. Why do snakes shed their skin?

Most animals, including humans, shed skin cells, explained herpetologist Jim Andrews, who coordinates the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. “The difference is that humans are continually shedding skin. Snakes shed only periodically; hence they shed the entire skin at once.” 

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Woodchuck has big plans for new Middlebury facility

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy told stories to a group of 50 invited media and friends gathered outside the new 100,000-square-foot Woodchuck cidery and bottling facility in Middlebury on Wednesday of how Woodchuck Hard Cider was part of the “holy water” he keeps in stock at his prestigious office in the halls of Congress.

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