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Flood slams Brandon, inundates some Addison County roads

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs and Independent Staff



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BRANDON — No one standing on Center Street in Brandon Saturday evening could believe their eyes.

Forty days after Brandon celebrated the completion of a $2.3 million flood overflow culvert under Route 7, there it was, doing its job, diverting millions of gallons of muddy water from the raging Neshobe River and saving the downtown from a flood just like the one in 2011.

Suddenly, $2.3 million was a small price to pay.

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Middlebury's volunteer-powered music festival returns to the green

Posted on July 6, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Summer is the time for music here in Addison County — well, all over Vermont really. It’s almost hard to go a weekend without finding yourself sprawled out on a blanket, nibbling some fresh strawberries and listening to some sort of live (probably folk) music. Then again, life gets busy; and maybe you haven’t had the chance to kick off those work-shoes, spread your toes in the fresh summer grass and get down with some tunes.

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Bristol considers firearms law

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Selectboard members are considering an ordinance that would regulate the discharge of firearms in Bristol. The ordinance, if passed, would be a first of its kind in the town.

The local law, which the Bristol selectboard heard about at their June 26 meeting, would prohibit firing a gun “within a safety zone of 500 feet from another person’s/entity’s residence, building, place of business or camper in the town of Bristol.”

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Lincoln woman joins D.C. health care protest and gets arrested

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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LINCOLN — Lincoln resident Mari Cordes on Thursday returned from a whirlwind, three-day trip to Washington, D.C., that included wading through bustling airports, bunking down at a hostel and getting arrested.

While that might seem like a nightmare scenario for most people, Cordes pronounced the trip a rousing success.

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Poets wanted! Bread Loaf invites local writers to share what matters to them

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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RIPTON — The Bread Loaf School of English and friends are inviting local people to be a part of group reading that looks to define and build community.

Anyone who writes is invited to submit a poem that they could be selected to read, alongside professional poets, at the inaugural Poetry Free for All event later this month.

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Local group searches for DeLorean to amp up 'Back to the Future' remake

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Two years ago, Kurt Broderson organized a local effort to participate in a remake of the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” film.

He’s now rallying the troops to act out some scenes from the 1980s hit “Back to the Future,” an effort that will also involve the search for a “holy grail.” Only in this case, it’s not the Ark of the Covenant, but rather a rare DeLorean sports car that serves as the vehicle for time travel in “Back to the Future.”

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Salisbury art restorers are 'masters of disguise'

Posted on July 3, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Paintings age. Very slowly.

“Much like people do,” said Randy Smith, an art restorer in Salisbury who’s been in the biz since the early ’70s. “You don’t notice it day to day, but after it’s been a while the varnish yellows, there can be nicotine, smoke or mold stains; the paint can blister or crack; even fire sparks can burn small holes.”

That’s when you call Randy and his wife, Linda Hampton Smith, to help restore the piece to it’s original quality.

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Middlebury and Vergennes set municipal tax rates

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



Boards in the town of Middlebury and city of Vergennes this week set their municipal tax rates. Click below to read each story.

City council cites ‘thin cushion,’ adds 2 cents

In Middlebury, town rate rises by a half-cent

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Proposed law seeks path to legal status for farmworkers

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERMONT — A key to finally getting federal law changed so immigrants can more easily work on Vermont’s dairy farms is getting farmers and farm advocates here to reach out to their counterparts in Republican-leaning states. That is the analysis of people familiar with the legislative process in Washington, D.C.

They were commenting on the future of the Agricultural Worker Program Act of 2017, bill S.1034 in the U.S. Senate and bill H.R.2690 in the U.S. House.

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Five-town arts guild asks local donors to take a seat

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Attendees at next week’s Fourth of July celebration in Bristol will get yet another chance to be sitting pretty — by bidding on one-of-a-kind, work-of-art chairs painted by local artists. The 5 Town Friends of the Arts’ “Chair-ity” event is part of the group’s annual silent auction fundraiser.

“Funky chairs can be really fun in your house,” said Chair-ity organizer Vera Ryersbach.

Six local artists are contributing this year’s chairs they have painted in a variety of creative and funky ways:

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