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April 24th, 2018

Faith in Vermont: Brooklyn, Take Me In

Posted on April 24, 2018 | Blog Category:
By Faith Gong



 “I’m still thinking about that man who lied to us,” my daughter said as I tucked her into bed the night we returned from a family weekend in New York City. 

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April 23rd

Dollar General earns approval in Shoreham

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment has given its conditional approval to a 7,545-square-foot Dollar General store to be built on a 1-acre parcel on the east side of Route 22A, and the applicants have said the new building could be in place before the end of the year.

Five Shoreham ZBA members unanimously endorsed the project on March 17, after weighing public testimony and studying plans submitted by the applicant, Shoreham BTS Retail, LLC.

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Nancy Malcolm leaves mark on Middlebury's planning efforts

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Nancy Malcolm never planned on joining the planning commission. It was former Better Middlebury Partnership Coordinator Gail Freidin who encouraged her to join in 2005.

“I had never thought about it, which begs the issue that you do have to ask and recruit new people,” she said.

Thirteen years later, Malcolm is stepping away from the commission after having led it through a very busy period that included a massive re-write of the Middlebury Town Plan.

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Bristol's new rec. director eager to lace up her boots

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Meridith McFarland, who will take charge of the Bristol Recreation Department May 1, keeps a softball glove in her car at all times.

“I’m always up for a pickup game,” she said in a recent interview.

But 5-town players should beware: She twice competed in the national tournament of the Amateur Softball Association (now USA softball).

Beyond the diamond, McFarland brings a breadth of interest and depth of experience to the rec department.

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Vergennes pastor made everyone feel welcome

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Congregational Church Pastor the Rev. Gary Lewis, who will retire on May 6 after almost 29 years shepherding the South Water Street flock, didn’t have a sudden revelation he should pursue the ministry.

Back when Lewis was in his mid-30s he was working his third year as a retail manager at the Weston Country Store, a stint that followed 11 years at the former Burlington J.C. Penney outlet.

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Theater preview: A megachurch tears itself apart in 'The Christians'

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By David Weinstock



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At a thriving Evangelical megachurch, everything seems to be going well. Congregation, staff and board are energetic and loyal, and the choir is inspiring. The pastor’s wife leads a lively women’s Bible study group, and the church mortgage has just been paid in full. But then one Sunday, the charismatic preacher who built the congregation delivers a surprising sermon, and all heck breaks loose.

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Five professional actors share their stories

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



These five actors are only a handful of the many professional players in Vermont. They are all members of Middlebury Actors Workshop (MAW) — a professional theater company that produces plays locally. Like, for example, "The Christians" (click here to read the review), which runs April 26-29 at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury.

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Local mentors, kids celebrated at ECHO Leahy Center

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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STARKSBORO — The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain hosted Community Science Night, a celebratory event for local adult-to-youth mentoring pairs from the Chittenden County Mentoring Network (CCMN) on Thursday, March 22. More than 200 adult mentors and youth mentees from 10 mentoring programs in Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties attended the free event, which featured open exploration of the museum’s exhibits, a scavenger hunt and hands-on demonstrations led by the ECHO Environmental Leadership Team (known as the E-Team).

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