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Connor Homes recruiting lenders to reopen Route 7 business

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The former owner of Connor Homes has been meeting this week with potential lenders in hopes of re-acquiring the Route 7 business in Middlebury within the next two weeks.

Mike Connor confirmed on Tuesday he has reached out to the USDA, Vermont Economic Development Authority, Addison County Economic Development Corp. and various banks for advice and/or loans in an effort to forge a deal with Connor Homes’ current ownership, led by investor Sam Pryor.

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Ferrisburgh officials again unhappy with town treasurer

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Long-simmering tensions between the Ferrisburgh selectboard and elected Town Treasurer Garrit Smits surfaced again recently, when board members canceled Smits’ town credit card after a dispute over whether he should have raised its spending limits.

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New owners bring lifetime love of New Haven general store

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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NEW HAVEN — While today’s customer is a lot likelier to purchase a Kit Kat candy bar than a horse harness, the Village Green Market has been supplying New Haven residents — and acting as an important center for community life — for over 200 years. As the market’s new owners, New Haven native John Roleau and his wife, Margo, will carry on that longstanding tradition.

The Roleaus purchased the store in late December, are carrying out a few renovations and plan to reopen later this month.

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Cabin Fever music series heats up Bristol's WalkOver Gallery

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Holiday-time is over, and it’s still weeks until Punxsutawney Phil tells us how many more days of dark, cold winter we have left. Yup, welcome to the winter doldrums, everyone. But before you go getting depressed, put this on your calendar as something to look forward to: The Cabin Fever Series kicks off its 12th season at the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol on Jan. 21 at 8 p.m.

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Kids open up to puppet instructors, learn about empathy & diversity

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — Children learn a lot from their peers. On Tuesday at Monkton Central School, those peers were cuddly and made out of foam.

Colorful, kid-size puppets that performed at the school Tuesday helped the Monkton children learn about and express their thoughts on diversity, learning differences, ADHD, and feelings.

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Gov. Scott begins era with lofty agenda

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County lawmakers on Thursday applauded the environmental, education and economic development agenda that Gov. Phil Scott unveiled during his inaugural address, but several voiced disappointment the state’s new chief executive didn’t provide more details on how he hopes to achieve his ambitious goals.

Scott, during a speech that lasted around a half hour and was interrupted around 20 times by applause, pledged to strengthen the economy, make Vermont more affordable, and protect its most vulnerable citizens.

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Local reps receive their committee assignments

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MONTPELIER — Peter Conlon gazed briefly into the rearview mirror last week, recalling his boyhood growing up in Montpelier. His route from his childhood home to Montpelier High School took him behind the Vermont Statehouse and its shiny golden dome. He’d stop in occasionally as a student and citizen, drinking in the splendor of this ornate bastion of democracy in his own backyard.

Fast forward some 35 years.

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Orwell fixture returns to the family: Two new Buxtons take over store

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ORWELL — Buxton’s Store, a fixture on Orwell’s Main Street fixture, is set to return to being a Buxtons’ store.

Orwell couple Andy and Mary Buxton are ready on Monday to sit down and buy the store and the home that goes with it from Doug Edwards, who has owned and operated the grocery (and more) store for the past decade. Edwards bought Buxton’s Store in 2006 from Andy Buxton’s grandparents, Dick and Thelma Buxton, who ran the business for about 40 years.

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Locals walk Medieval pilgrimage trail

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ADDISON COUNTY — Pilgrims have been journeying to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, for over a thousand years. This past summer, a handful of local travelers were among the hundreds of thousands estimated to have walked some part of the “Way of Saint James” pilgrimage in 2016 alone.

Several of these Vermonters will discuss their experiences on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (or simply the “Camino”) at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library this Thursday at 7 p.m.

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Brandon author signs three-book deal with major publisher

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Katherine Burdine is living the dream of any writer who has ever toiled away in obscurity. Armed with a three-book deal from Random House, the 29-year-old is just weeks away from the release of her debut novel, “The Bear and the Nightingale,” on Jan, 10.

And she’s local. After spending the bulk of her twenties traveling, living and working everywhere from a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii to a boarding school in France, Burdine has settled in Brandon and is currently working on her second novel.

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