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July 9th, 2018

Gary Starr: Avian artistry born and bred

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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In the Duxbury, Mass., home where Gary Starr grew up, avian artistry was a household affair. His father, George R. Starr, a doctor, lined the walls of Gary’s childhood abode with hundreds of intricately-carved decoy ducks, geese, loons and sandpipers that he had both collected and crafted himself. While his father’s appreciation for waterfowl stemmed from the practice of hunting itself, the beauty of the carved wooden decoys hunters used to lure their prey was what really grabbed young Gary.

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Retiring OV teacher Michael Dywer earned much respect in 30 years

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — In front of the wall of windows in Room A1 at Otter Valley Union High School, a large black plastic trash can was filling up as the school year came to a close last month.

OV English and History Teacher Michael Dwyer had been going through the file cabinets and book shelves for a week, throwing out and sorting 30 years of accumulated materials as he prepared to retire.

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Mexican farmworker remains in custody

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Nick Garber



ADDISON COUNTY — A local farmworker from Mexico remains in custody after his arrest on Sunday, June 24, by agents from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Alejandro Hernández Ventura, a 25-year-old employee at an Addison County dairy farm, is being held at a detention center in Strafford County, N.H.

“We’ve been in constant contact with him,” said Enrique Mesa, an immigration lawyer in Manchester, N.H., who is representing Hernández Ventura. “He’s very frustrated and very scared.”

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ICE boosts staff as tip line sees more action

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Elizabeth Hewitt of VTDigger.org



The tipster called in to report his ex-girlfriend.

For years, the man had known the woman was in the country without proper documentation. But the relationship had recently ended, and he decided to alert federal immigration authorities that his ex had overstayed a visa, and now was living and working in the United States without documentation.

As the caller relayed details about his ex’s employment and address, a telephone operator took notes in an unremarkable brick office building a few hundred yards from a Bed, Bath & Beyond in Williston.

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Pipeline inspection scheduled

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas will conduct another lengthy inspection of its new Addison Natural Gas Project pipeline beginning on Monday, July 9. Officials said the procedure this time won’t involve the emission of a loud, 15-foot-tall flare at its gate station off Route 7 in Middlebury that startled neighbors and many passersby this past February.

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Naturalist program grows to 5-town area

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — The ecological brain trust in Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro is about to get a little bigger and a little more knowledgeable.

The Vermont Master Naturalist (VMN) program, which has for two years offered in-depth training in local natural history to Burlington residents with a sustained interest and background in at least one natural history discipline, is expanding its offerings to the 5-Towns, as well as to Richmond, South Hero and Williston.

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Art exhibit is tribute to folklorist Greg Sharrow

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Arts Council, in partnership with the Middlebury-based Vermont Folklife Center, is opening a new exhibit, “New American Artists: Celebrating Tradition and Culture.”

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Outhouse racers battle the heat; six-time winner claims crown

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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BRISTOL — At last Wednesday’s 40th iteration of the annual Great Bristol Outhouse races, a perennial water-closet racer extraordinaire emerged victorious from a competitive field characterized by closely contested finishes and unexpected upsets.

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