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November 28th, 2016
WEYBRIDGE — Some religious leaders describe a “calling” that inspires them to take the pulpit of a church.
The Rev. Daniel Cooperrider’s calling three years ago took him all the way to the top of Snake Mountain in Addison, as part of a hike with members of the Weybridge Congregational Church’s search committee.
“I interviewed at a dozen churches, and this was the most unique interview,” Cooperrider, 32, told the Independent.
MIDDLEBURY— Three years ago, Bridget Gosselin’s professional and personal lives were facing shakeups of major proportions.
She was pregnant with her daughter, Vivienne, and anticipating the challenges of being a single mom. And while she was entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave under Vermont law, her Burlington employer was not among the few in the Green Mountain State that offer benefits to bridge the costs of the first few months of being out of work to care for a new baby.
VERGENNES — Rachel can’t seem to catch a break.
With Thanksgiving approaching, Rachel (not her real name) is around a month into her second stint at the John W. Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter in Vergennes.
Grandma’s Thanksgiving carrots, a.k.a carrots with orange and almonds
My grandma, Joanne Goldman, has placed these glazed carrots on our Thanksgiving table since before I was born. They’re sticky, fragrant and, accidentally, both vegan and gluten-free. The dish’s accessibility to a scope of dietary restrictions perfectly highlights my grandma’s overall goal: feed as many people as possible.
(For a nut-free version, skip the almonds altogether — the carrots are delicious without them.)
ORWELL — Orwell residents next March will be asked for a third time to merge their school governance with that of five nearby Rutland County towns to form a new Slate Valley Unified Union School District.
Voters in Orwell have already rejected such a move twice this year.
But this time around the new unified school district would be able to take shape even without Orwell’s participation under a “modified” union school district permitted under Vermont’s Act 46.
VERMONT — One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table.
Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives — the broad breasted white, broad breasted bronze, white Holland, bourbon red and a host of other breeds — all of them descended from our native wild turkey.
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard at its Nov. 15 meeting was supportive of a proposed series of concerts and markets to be held in the upper story of the town’s office building and community center.
Resident Katherine Yarbrough approached the board with a suggestion for three “Grange Markets” a year — a spring Artisans’ Market, fall Antique Market and a winter Christmas Market — that would fund an ongoing “Grange Series” of arts events, including music, dances, films, readings, lectures and other performances.
MIDDLEBURY— “There’s a war going on. A war that has caused the colors of life to leave the bodies of those whose names you ascribe to fear. I will never forget how much death loves these people.”
Lena Ginawi, a slam poet and junior at South Burlington High School, stood in front of about 20 Middlebury residents last Friday in an apartment in the Marble Works Condos and recited those words.