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Community college doubles its offerings

Posted on January 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — Heading into its second year, Hogback Community College has doubled its course offerings and is expanding beyond the realm of ecology-focused classes to incorporate courses in health, acting and even homebrewing. The first classes start later this month with some getting under way later in the spring.

Based in the five-town region around Bristol, this offshoot of Vermont Family Forests — a local nonprofit dedicated to environmental conservation — doesn’t offer grades and doesn’t have a campus.

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Gov. Shumlin's state of the state

Posted on January 8, 2012 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



Mr. President, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the General Assembly, distinguished guests, fellow Vermonters:

Thank you. It’s been such a privilege to serve as Vermont’s governor over the past year. Our partnership of community, courage, and common purpose that has empowered us through the unprecedented challenges dumped upon us by Mother Nature, combined with our willingness to make the tough choices necessary to grow jobs and economic opportunities for all Vermonters, has made us stronger.

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Lawmakers target Irene, health care

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Local lawmakers kicked off the 2012 legislative session Tuesday seeking, among other things, to make further strides in health care reform and to craft a tight state budget that will be further stressed by road, bridge and culvert repair bills racked up because of Tropical Storm Irene.

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ACSU panel backs second language for young pupils

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) schools should try to offer second-language instruction for all children in grades kindergarten through 7, according to a committee report, provided officials can hash out current transportation and class scheduling obstacles.

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Local real estate market showing mixed signals

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON COUNTY — The good news, according to local appraisers, is that unlike many areas of the nation the bottom has not fallen out of the Addison County real estate market in the past three or four years.

The bad news? Well, just because the county is not as poorly off as say, overbuilt foreclosure centers like Nevada or Florida does not mean the market is booming.

Ferrisburgh appraiser Charlene Stavenow said sales indicate that prices in most segments are no more than holding their own.

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Bristol rethinking extraction

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



BRISTOL — Deadlocked over where to draw the boundaries for a zone where gravel extraction would be prohibited, the Bristol Planning Commission on Tuesday decided to throw out the conflicting maps they had been working on and restart the process of defining the zone.

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ACORN encourages student food projects

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — Feeding students local food is all well and good, but how can they be encouraged to participate in food and agriculture efforts outside of the cafeteria?

For the Addison County Relocalization Network, the answer is the new Farm to School Entrepreneur Awards, which this year will honor students working on food-related projects. ACORN AmeriCorps staffer Hannah Mueller, who is coordinating the awards, hopes to see projects boosting everything from agriculture and farming to nutrition and food awareness efforts within schools.

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Shoreham Winery launches local libations

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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SHOREHAM — In the burgeoning homegrown Vermont wine market Shoreham Winery is the newest player.

But the business, which acquired its commercial winery license last year and debuted at this fall’s Tour de Farms bike event, has been percolating for seven years now, ever since owner Greg Borah planted his first vines.

“You plant the grapes and then you realize, ‘In three years’ time, I’m going to have a harvest. I’d better know what to do with it,’” Borah said.

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FEMA aid tallies to rise from 2011 state disasters

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



ADDISON COUNTY — It’s a new year, but the Federal Emergency Management Agency late last month said it will be working well into 2012 to help individuals, towns and the state recover from damage wrought by two major weather events in 2011.

Between last spring’s record flooding and Tropical Storm Irene in late August, FEMA received 8,418 registrations for disaster aid throughout Vermont in 2011, including 178 Addison County individuals and families that requested aid after Irene.

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Brandon bookstore closes

Posted on January 5, 2012 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — The polished but ancient wood floors creaked with familiarity last Saturday as old friends and customers stopped by the Briggs Carriage Bookstore in downtown Brandon one last time.

Erin Keyes, 18, considers Briggs an integral part of her life. Having grown up in Brandon, some of Keyes’s earliest memories are set in the bookstore.

“Just seeing something I’ve grown up with end, it’s like part of my childhood going away,” she said, as she sat in the bench nook of the children’s section with her mom, Laura King.

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