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Police: Vergennes man lured to Ripton, beaten and shot at

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Police say two men lured a third man to a Ripton home on Saturday morning and beat him with a tire iron and a large wrench before the victim fled into the woods, where he allegedly was shot at.

Peter Manning, 41, of Ripton and Michael Lafountain, 38, of Weybridge, were each charged with one count of aggravated assault with a weapon, and each pleaded innocent — Manning at his arraignment on Tuesday and Lafountain at a Wednesday arraignment.

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'Brutal disease' changes a family: Nienows face multiple sclerosis

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Nienow thought the persistent pain in his left leg was simply the result of a bad pair of clogs, the footwear of choice for culinary school students at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center.

“It started with the back of my knee; I felt some weird pressure,” Nienow recalled.

But being a bullet-proof 17-year-old with a busy school schedule and social life, he didn’t think too much of it at first.

Then the pain became persistent enough that he switched to a new pair of shoes.

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Bristol bares all in risque calendar for Holley Hall

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — A group of Bristol residents have proven their willingness to bare all for Holley Hall.

This Saturday at the Bristol Harvest Festival they will unveil the “Bristol Au Naturel” calendar, featuring naked residents posed “discretely” at a number of favorite Bristol locales.

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'80s rockers go hillbilly

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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We all love the '80s right? Why wouldn't you? Wild hair, overstated duds, amazing dance moves and epic guitar riffs. But here in Vermont (ahem, Addison County) we might not be 100 percent '80s rockers at heart (we'll leave that for the students on the hill). Gotta get us some of that finger-pickin', foot-stompin' bluegrass twang before it's a real party.

Get ready, because the best of both worlds are hitting the stage on Friday night at the Marquis in Middlebury. Yes, that's right, an '80s Bluegrass Hillbilly Ball — get excited!

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Students weigh in on curriculum, as Mount Abe transforms approach to middle school

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — “If you could pick anything in the world, what are some things you’d like to learn about?” asks Mount Abraham Union Middle School teacher Jocelyn Foran.

Every last head in Foran’s seventh grade classroom bends over as students start thinking in earnest, chewing on pencils, scratching down ideas and brainstorming.

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Police cadets help family in need

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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PITTSFORD — Sometimes extraordinary things can happen on ordinary days.

Week before last, single dad Rik Hinckley and his teenage daughter, Emma, were having an ordinary day full of obstacles.

Hinckley, 52, was a pipefitter for 22 years before two failed back surgeries sidelined him from work. His back trouble also prevents him from moving large objects.

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Bright idea: Kiernan pairs solar arrays and bees

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Kiernan has for years been concerned about the perplexing plunge in the number of pollinating creatures throughout the world.

Now the accomplished Porter Medical Center physician has made a commitment to “bee” part of the solution to a problem that is threatening the world’s ecosystems and food supply.

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Local teens win international Lego movie competition

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen-year-old Jack Nop has always been a huge fan of Lego toys and stop-motion film classics like “Wallace & Gromit” and “James & the Giant Peach.”

He decided to combine his two passions a few years ago under the banner of NopFilms to produce several stop-motion Lego videos that have become a fixture on YouTube. Jack’s older brother, Jake, and friend Peter Dickerson also collaborated on the fun filmmaking — which this week paid some big dividends.

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Museum to demonstrate how people ride High Wheel bikes

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Have you ever wondered how in the world people rode High Wheel bicycles in the late 1800s? Just getting on a High Wheel or Velocipede is a feat in itself, let alone cruising on uneven roads, stopping and dismounting the bicycle.

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Recycling law takes aim at food scraps

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — Got compost?

The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) would like to help you with that, as the county continues to take steps in reducing, reusing and recycling as part of the phased-in rollout of Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law, Act 148.

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