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July 11th, 2013

County wrestles with animal cruelty

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on animal cruelty in the area and how officials and the general public react to it. Click to read Part 2 and Part 3.

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Shakespeare for the uninitiated: Theater, actors team up for innovative new show

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Warren



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MIDDLEBURY — An original, fast-paced initiative of the Town Hall Theater’s educational outreach arm has combined favorite scenes from Shakespeare’s most popular plays into one performance.

Called “Straight-up Shakespeare: The Things We Do for Love,” the 50-minute romp through the drama-filled world of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies is THT’s answer to increasing requests for live Shakespeare shows.

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Creek bed dig in Weybridge reveals pre-­history

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Devon J. Vila



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WEYBRIDGE — In a place like Vermont, history is all around us — even hidden in the ground. Archaeologists are currently digging into the pre-Columbian history at a site along the banks of the Otter Creek behind the Huntington Falls hydroelectric facility in Weybridge.

“It’s a Native American encampment, probably dating back to the Middle Woodland period, about 1,600 years ago,” explained David Beale, a staff archaeologist of the Northeast Archaeology Research Center (NEARC) in Farmington, Maine.

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County farmers struggle with endless rain

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT



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ADDISON COUNTY — The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.

The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.

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Scammers prey on older victims

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The endless, unwanted phone calls began for Betty around six weeks ago. The elderly Addison County resident picks up her phone, and the caller — sometimes with an Indian accent — promises her a great deal on emergency response or computer services, all the while trying to mine her for personal information.

“It’s irritating,” said Betty, an octogenarian and already a Lifeline customer through Porter Medical Center who asked that her real name not be used.

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Young trio of farmers leave 'footprints' in Starksboro

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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STARKSBORO — Those who have unhappily watched the trends of young people leaving the state and farms closing up shop have reason to celebrate the launch of Footprint Farm in Starksboro this year.

Three young farmers — St. George native Jake Mendell, 25, and California natives Taylor Hutchison, 25, and Nathan Hammer, 32 — started work in April on their diversified, 9-acre farm at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center.

And already the trio says they have found a warm welcome for their mix of vegetables, flowers and animals.

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New children's book has local connections

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ashley Charron spent last summer reading hundreds of books by many authors to children at the daycare facility at which she worked.

She’s now written a children’s book of her own.

“I realized what the kids like (in a book), what they read the most,” said Charron, a lifelong Addison County resident. “I decided to write one, and that was that.”

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Sheldon Museum presents walking tours of Middlebury

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Sheldon Museum presents Middlebury’s Historic Core, a walking tour of Middlebury led by Glenn Andres Sunday, July 14 and 21, at 2 p.m. The core of Middlebury Village preserves landmarks of state and national stature. It also speaks of much of the town’s colorful history from the 18th into the 20th centuries — booms and busts, strong personalities and rivalries, ambitious patrons and master builders, educators, lawyers, politicians and industrialists.

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