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August 10th, 2017

Orwell farm gets corn harvest to pop: Stonewood expands popcorn production

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Best known for its holiday turkeys and year-round frozen turkey sausage, Stonewood Farm is experimenting with something new.

Popcorn.

“We’ve been fooling around with it off and on for 10 years on a small scale, just for home use,” said Paul Stone. “Two, three years ago we got serious about it and grew an acre and started selling it at the (Middlebury Natural Foods) Co-op. So now we’re up to 3.5 acres this year.”

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Bristol leaders say 'no' to gun ordinance

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



BRISTOL — Members of the Bristol selectboard unanimously rejected a proposed gun ordinance at their meeting this past Monday, agreeing that the proposal would do nothing to prevent irresponsible gun ownership and may create more of a liability for the town.

“Throw it out. It’s completely unnecessary,” Selectman Ted Lylis said at the meeting, attended by about a dozen people. “It has just resulted in an extremely divisive situation. I don’t see the need for it.”

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Firefighters spend two days on Deer Leap battling mountain fire

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Firefighters worked for close to 48 hours over the past weekend to contain and control a fire atop Hogback Mountain. The fire burned across two to three acres in an area situated just north of Deer Leap at an elevation of around 1,800 feet.

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YouthWorks teaches teens host of skills for workplace success

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — More strict than school, less strict than a traditional job. That’s the mantra of YouthWorks, an initiative sponsored by several Addison County and statewide organizations aiming to make area youth career ready.

This summer, 11 students ages 16-21 have been taking part in a YouthWorks program at Hannaford Career Center and at worksites to develop a variety of personal and professional skills. The goal is to teach them not only how to land a job, but to do well once they’re employed.

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Tractor Supply eyes Middlebury for new store

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Tractor Supply, which bills itself as “the largest operator of rural lifestyle stores in the United States,” is proposing to build a 19,000-square-foot store off Foote Street in Middlebury, on a 6.5-acre parcel located behind the A&W Restaurant.

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Downtown Middlebury bus stop is moving closer to college

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is preparing to move its Middlebury bus hub from South Pleasant Street to Academy Street in November.

The planned switch comes after several weeks of discussion between ACTR and town officials about where to put Middlebury’s central bus stop — which serves as a nexus for buses and riders traveling within Addison County, along with points south and north. It needs to be shifted in advance of an upcoming, three-year effort to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row bridges.

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Local man uses Suboxone to help him kick addiction habit

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By John Flowers



BRISTOL — Ethan was involved in an accident three years ago that continues to threaten his health, even though his physical wounds healed a long time ago.

Part of the “cure” at the time — some heavy-duty narcotic painkillers — has become the illness: An addiction that led to overdoses that almost took the young man’s life.

“When you first wake up in the morning, you’re thinking: ‘How can I get my fix so I can function?” Ethan told the Addison Independent of his darkest hours.

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Four fair workers killed in two-vehicle crash on Route 22A

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Addison Independent Staff



BRIDPORT — Four people driving to New Haven on Monday to work for a concessionaire at the Addison County Fair and Field Days were killed in a two-vehicle crash on Route 22A in Bridport.

Vermont State Police identified those who lost their lives as Jennifer N. Valdez, 34, of Westerville, Ohio; Steven Holmes, 20, of Chatsworth, Ga.; Amber Brewer, 19, of Dalton, Ga.; and Justin Hendrix, 38, of Bryceville, Fla.

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