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Former Shoreham farmer picked to fill vacated House position

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — Longtime Shoreham resident and former farmer Terry Norris this week replaced former Addison-Rutland House Rep. Alyson Eastman, I-Orwell. Norris, who was appointed by Gov. Phil Scott on Monday and sworn in at a Statehouse ceremony on Tuesday, now represents Shoreham, Whiting, Orwell and Benson in the Vermont House.

Eastman, who was re-elected to her second term last November, resigned from the post in late December after Scott picked her to serve as his deputy secretary of agriculture.

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Donahue resigns from Middlebury selectboard

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Citing increased professional and family responsibilities, Middlebury Selectwoman Donna Donahue confirmed on Tuesday she will resign from her post, effective March 8.

The Middlebury selectboard will now solicit interest from local residents interested in serving out the one year left on Donahue’s original, three-year term.

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Three options pitched for historic Bristol firehouse: B&B? Museum? Workshop/residence?

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — The old North Street firehouse in Bristol has been standing empty since last July, when the Bristol Fire Department moved into its station on West Street.

Now three parties are vying to bring new life to the century-old building as a machinery museum, a bed and breakfast or a private residence.

The potential purchasers of the historic village property on Monday presented their ideas to the Bristol selectboard, which quizzed each on its plans. Selectboard members postponed the final selection until their next meeting, Feb. 27.

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Salisbury native returns from West Coast to open gallery/studio in Vergennes

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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VERGENNES — Ross Sheehan is back in town, again. He and his wife, Cat Cutillo, bopped from New York City (where they met), to Reno, Nev., to San Francisco, to Vergennes, back to San Francisco, and are now back in Vergennes. Maybe this time for good?

The first time they moved to Vergennes in 2011, the couple fulfilled a longtime dream and opened Outerlands Gallery — showing their own work as well as others — at 37 Green St. But “dream jobs” pulled them back to the Bay Area in 2014.

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MUHS Jazz Ensemble wins at gold at Boston music festival

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — As a winter blizzard blanketed Boston with snow this past Saturday the Middlebury Union High School Jazz Ensemble blew into The Hub and played some hot music that earned the band top honors in their class at the largest high school jazz competition in the nation.

“Midd Jazz,” as it is known, won first place in Large Ensemble Class 4 — a category that included 15 schools — in the 49th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival.

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Coyote hunt attracts protestors: Contest proceeds with limited success

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL — The coyote hunting contest scheduled for this past weekend by a Bristol man came off as planned. Plenty of protesters showed up, as well as almost three dozen hunters.

The only thing missing was a plentitude of coyotes.

Todd Baldwin, organizer of the “Wile E. Coyote Hunt 2017,” said the results were “not good”; only four coyote carcasses were turned in from a total of 35 registered hunters. Two of the coyotes were bagged in Rutland County, one in Panton and one in Starksboro; the largest was 42 pounds.

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The man who captured county on video is ready to retire

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Dick Thodal has spent that past 28 years behind a video camera, giving area residents a chance to star in their own talk shows, comedy segments, cultural programs and political theater — all broadcast on Middlebury Community Television (MCTV) Channel 15.

Now Thodal, 69, will soon get a chance to headline his own reality show: His much-deserved retirement, and there won’t be any cameras rolling.

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Two snowmobilers down in Lake Champlain; one body recovered

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



ORWELL — State police in Vermont and New York on Wednesday recovered the body of a man in Lake Champlain that could be one of two Vermont men who went missing after their snowmobiles plunged into Lake Champlain last Thursday.

The body of the man was being taken to the New York State Medical Examiner in Albany for positive identification, Vermont State Police reported early Wednesday evening.

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GMP-Panton effort slow to power up: Learning curve over, company now moving

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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PANTON — Green Mountain Power’s town-wide effort in Panton to make town buildings more energy efficient and to help residents and business owners’ properties with energy audits has not gone as smoothly as GMP or town officials had hoped.

But both parties remain optimistic about the long-term success of the six-month-old project known as “eVolve Panton.”

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Middlebury police probing phony $100 bills

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police believe they have pinpointed the source of some phony $100 bills passed at three local businesses on Feb. 10.

Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher said the bills in question are of the same size and coloring of a real $100 banknote, but are clearly marked as being non-negotiable. The words “For motion picture use only,” in capital letters, appear to the right of the depiction of Benjamin Franklin, as well as across the top of the back of the note.

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