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September 10th

College freshman orientation adds community service

August 10, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

ADDISON COUNTY — Eight brand new Middlebury College freshmen scraped at the pale blue paint on Lori and Mike Wallace’s Vergennes house on Labor Day weekend. The Wallaces had their hearts set on a new look: granite grey with pink trim.

“It’s unusual, I know, but it’s what we wanted,” Lori said.

The trouble was, both are disabled. Mike broke his neck and Lori suffered a brain hemorrhage a few years ago. So getting out there on ladders wasn’t really an option for them.

Luckily, through the Champlain Valley Agency on Ageing (CVAA) the couple was paired up with 10 eager college students — two upperclassmen led the group — looking for some way to get to know the community before diving into their first semester.

The students, who started classes on Monday, were part of Middlebury Outdoor Orientation (MOO), a 20-year-old program that this year drew more than 200 of the 645 incoming freshmen. MOO is designed to give new students a feel for the environment surrounding the college while offering them an opportunity to bond with each other.

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September 6th

Chop, chop

A FARMER HARVESTS corn growing on Border Acres Farm in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Towns cope with privacy issues

September 6, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County town clerks have developed their own policies on releasing citizens’ property tax information until the Legislature revisits the manner in which education funding information is reflected in public tax records.

That was the word from officials in several area towns last week, as they continued to grapple with the new way in which property tax prebates are distributed to qualifying taxpayers under the Vermont’s education funding laws.

To spread the cost of education equally, the state’s Act 60 and Act 68 education funding laws until this year mandated that the Vermont Department of Taxes set a statewide property tax rate, calculate property owners’ tax bills based on local conditions, and send checks, called prebates, to homeowners whose incomes do not surpass a given threshold.

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Whiting library to be revitalized

September 6, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING — The Whiting Free Library has no heat, no electricity and no plumbing. Operating out of the town’s old Baptist church pressed right up against Route 30, it doesn’t provide patrons with anywhere to park either. The building is equipped with a small woodstove, but librarian Tammy Wilbur says the ceilings are so high it never really warms up. So for as long as anyone can remember, the library has been open only an hour a week, and during the winter it is always closed.

But all this could change, if Wilbur and a group of library trustees and volunteers get their way.

Inspired by some classes she recently took with the Vermont Department of Libraries, Wilbur decided it was about time to revitalize the old library, open it for more hours during the week and work to transform it into a welcoming community center.

“It’s not that it hasn’t been open, kids have been using it,” Wilbur said. “But if we’re going to really make something of this we have to really jumpstart it a little.”

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Local builders go extreme

September 6, 2007

By LEE J. KAHRS

BRANDON –– Nothing like a little pressure for a good cause.

Brandon building contractor The McKernon Group this weekend not only will build a dream home for a needy family in all of four days, but viewers nationwide will be able to watch the house come together in a future airing of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” television show.

Starting Friday, the company will have four days to construct a brand-new home from the foundation to the roof for the Vitale family in the Windham County town of Athens.

“This family has gone through a lot and they deserve a new home,” McKernon Group President Jack McKernon said at a press conference on Wednesday. “We are thrilled to be able to help them.”

Lou and Sara Vitale have been living in a run-down hunting camp for the past five years. They have two children, Kane, 3, and Louie Jr., 2, who was born with several birth defects. He suffers from arthrogryposis, a contraction of the joints, club feet, and skeletal dysplasia, or dwarfism.

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September 2nd

The woman and the lake

BEA ACKERMAN SITS on the porch of her Lake Dunmore summer home. The 96-year-old is reflecting this summer on her 70th year on the lake.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


September 3, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

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Selectmen opt out of grange contract

September 3, 2007

By ANDY KIRKALDY

FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh selectmen on Wednesday opted not to sign a $2.75 million contract with Breadloaf Corp. to put up a duplicate Grange building with an addition, but on Thursday selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence said the board could do so at a scheduled Tuesday meeting. 

Lawrence said selectmen made no official decision last week to proceed with the Route 7 project, which would provide new town offices and a community meeting space, because of undisclosed issues with the contract.

But Lawrence said selectmen also told town attorney James Carroll to work with the Middlebury construction firm to resolve those issues, although an Aug. 31 deadline that guaranteed Breadloaf’s $2.75 million bid has been missed.

“The signing of the contract has been delayed. The board continues to move forward with Breadloaf,” Lawrence said. “Despite the Aug. 31 deadline, the board and the town attorney and Breadloaf are still working through some issues.”

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Weybridge singer to give benefit concert

September 3, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

BRISTOL — Homelessness and disenfranchisement are recurring themes in the folk tunes of Anaïs Mitchell, a Weybridge native whose star is seeing a steady rise on the national music scene.

So it should come as no surprise that Mitchell would showcase her considerable talents for a special concert that will benefit the John Graham Emergency Shelter, based in Vergennes. Mitchell’s concert will take place on Friday, Sept. 7, at 8 p.m., in Bristol’s Holley Hall.

“I’m so excited to do it,” Mitchell, 26, said of the benefit concert. “It’s the least I can do.”

Indeed, a passion for social causes is not the only reason Mitchell has for doing the concert.

Her grandmother, Lorraine Warfield, is past chairwoman of the John Graham Emergency Shelter board. Her mom, Cheryl Mitchell, has been a longtime leader in human services at the state level (former deputy secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services) and at the local level (past director of the Parent-Child Center of Addison County).

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