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Literacy foundation gives away books to combat 'summer slide'

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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VERGENNES — Dozens of children were grinning ear-to-ear recently as they perused stacks of glistening new books the Children’s Literacy Foundation, or CLiF, was giving away for free in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol.

That’s right, free.

As part of CLiF’s commitment to encourage summer reading, on Monday, July 24, the nonprofit held storytelling and book giveaways at community hubs in the county’s three largest population centers.

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Porter nurses in talks for a new contract: Hospital budget calls for seven new RNs

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center nurses and management are trying to hammer out a new contract that could soon affect a larger staff.

As reported in the Addison Independent on July 20, the proposed fiscal year 2018 PMC budget calls for adding seven new registered nurse positions to the current staff of 145. Porter officials believe a bolstered nursing staff would help the organization shave around $2.5 million in what it is currently spending for more costly travellers.

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Meet the chef: Ian Huizenga of Hired Hand and Bar Antidote in Vergennes

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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This spring, Ian Huizenga, owner, head chef and brewer of Vergennes restaurants Hired Hand and Bar Antidote, received an unexpected phone call. On the other line, a member of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce informed him that’d he’d won a big award: Vermont’s 2017 Chef of the Year.

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Child's play builds tech know-how: ANESU summer program offers robotics and circuitry

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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STARKSBORO — Soon-to-be first grader Charlie Hill is building a LEGO bulldozer. It’s got a big rock in the bucket, a little LEGO guy on the back, and big wheels. Charlie is immensely proud of his creation. And he’s more-than-happily engrossed as he drives it back and forth along the floor and demonstrates repeatedly how the bucket goes up and down.

But this isn’t just any bulldozer, and Charlie’s not using just any playdough.

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This year's New Filmmakers Festival to feature dynamic slate of women filmmakers

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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Boats, B&W photos and beautiful Vt. landscapes: Museum exhibits all link to Middlebury College grads

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — What do a boat, “LIFE” magazine, and the landscapes of Vermont have in common? They’re all part of a trio of summer exhibitions on display at the Middlebury College Museum of Art until Aug. 13.

In what Museum Director Richard Saunders described as “total serendipity,” all three exhibitions are also tied to alumni of the college.

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Porter blazes new trail in health care payment reform: Gets lump sum for Medicaid expenses

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By John Flowers



Editor's note: This story was updated after its original posting by changing the wording from "does not require any increase in fees and rates" to "does not require any increase in prices." Hospital officials fine tuned our understanding of hospital jargon by informing us that "rates and fees" does not mean the same thing as "prices" in the vocabulary of hospital budgeting.

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Whiting residents up in arms after neighbor opens gun range

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



WHITING — Some residents of the Stickney Road neighborhood in Whiting are fed up with the sound of gunfire coming from one resident’s shooting range, which they and a town official say is being operated illegally as a business.

“There have been occasions where target shooting starts at 6:45 a.m. and other times he shoots until 8:30 p.m. The constant gunfire all day is stressful for many animals in the neighborhood. Our golden retriever Bella shakes uncontrollably and hides in the closet,” said Owen Kant, who lives at 212 Stickney Road.

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For Middlebury filmmaker, swimming with sharks is all in a day's work

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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Most of us have a healthy fear of the creatures lurking in the depths of the deep blue sea. And with good reason. We can’t breathe underwater; we can’t out-swim a predator; we don’t have sonar or any cool geo-location tech in our anatomy; and to top it off salt water tastes bad, stings your eyes and it’s often cold. Our squishy, land-loving, air-breathing bodies just aren’t made for the sea.

And I, for one, am quite content to keep my tasty little toes out of the salt water and away from any snapping teeth.

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Trail will reveal Bristol's hidden history: Groups collaborate on path at site of old coffin factory

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — You can walk two minutes from downtown Bristol and step into another world.

Three local organizations are partnering to create an interpretive trail alongside the New Haven River on the site of what was once the hugely successful Bristol Manufacturing Company. The project is a collaboration of the Bristol Historical Society, the Bristol Conservation Commission and the group newly created to build a series of trails around Bristol.

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