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Vermont Gas puts Bristol plan on hold

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



BRISTOL — The future of natural gas service in Bristol, which just a few months ago looked like a sure thing, has dimmed in recent weeks.

Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) informed the Vermont Public Utility Commission (PUC) on Dec. 13 that it has paused its permitting efforts for its Bristol distribution line, pending the outcome of a lawsuit filed against the town.

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Downtown site sought for Middlebury Farmers Market

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Just two years ago, organizers of the Middlebury Farmers Market were scrambling for a new venue at which to accommodate the more than two dozen vendors who twice each week serve up a diverse menu of fresh veggies, cheeses, fruit, prepared foods and a whole lot more. Temporary parking and traffic problems related to construction on the railroad bridges project downtown prompted the farmers market to look for a new home.

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Cornwall couple breeds horses — and builds adaptive bikes

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By ABAGAEL GILES



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CORNWALL — David Black and Anja Wrede have two passions: facilitating better mobility for people with physical disabilities and raising Dutch Warmblood horses. It was these two sometimes-competing passions that brought them in 2015 to Cornwall.

On Avenir Farm, their 47-acre property off Route 125, the couple now operates their custom adaptive bike-building business, RAD-Innovations, and also raises eight Dutch Warmblood horses.

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Addison Independent named top non-daily newspaper

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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MONTPELIER — The Addison Independent was recently recognized by its peers in the Vermont journalism community for the excellence of the twice-a-week publication.

The Independent won five awards — including a coveted first place for general excellence — at the annual Vermont Press Association (VPA) convention and awards ceremony held at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier on Dec. 13.

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Brandon's Christina Wiles earns top Girl Scout honor

Posted on December 31, 2018 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — The Girl Scouts began in 1912 when Juliette Gordon Low organized the first troop of 18 girls in Savannah, Ga. Now, 3.7 million members strong, the Girl Scouts of the United States of America have helped mentor and develop strong female leaders such Lucille Ball, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and astronaut Sally Ride.

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2018: A year in review

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Editor’s note: If change is good, we had plenty of it in Addison County over the past 12 months. Faces came and went, news stories flamed up and died out (and some of them will follow us into the new year). 2018 was quite a year on many fronts. Relive some of those memories in this round up of the year that’s ending and then brace yourself... and have a wonderful 2019.

JANUARY

The new year and the county’s first baby of 2018 did not quite arrive simultaneously: Kai Spaulding Lewia was born at Porter Hospital on Jan. 2.

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New contract keeps Vergennes recycling viable

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes recycling center will be staying open to serve all residents in the region, and starting on Jan. 2 it will offer expanded services, according to Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot.

Chabot said the city has awarded R&L Rubbish of Middlebury an “itinerant vendor’s license” to do business for one year at the city’s Canal Street recycling center.

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Keeping his memory alive: Sweeney creates quilts with her late husband's clothes

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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NEW HAVEN — Sometimes the miracle of love’s persistence shines most brightly when it emerges from the anguish of a broken heart.

Linda Sweeney’s heart broke last February when her beloved husband, Michael, died unexpectedly. From grief’s dark and timeless depths she struggled to envision a world without him. Day by day, piece by piece — though she at times felt like an “unwilling architect” — she began to rebuild her life.

Along the way she has wrought a miracle.

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MUMS principal authors a book about recovering from her son's death

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The calendar.

A simple measure of the passage of time and a marker for special days.

But the calendar, for Kris Francoeur, can be a foreboding benchmark that reaches its gloomy climax in October. That’s the month during which her son, Sam, tragically drew his last breath following an accidental drug overdose.

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Organizers add spark to New Year's in Bristol

Posted on December 27, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Bristol Best Night organizers ordered 400 buttons for this year’s New Year’s Eve event. Then they ordered some more, just in case.

It’s going to be epic.

“This year, especially given the lack of New Year’s Eve activities in Burlington, we decided to increase our focus on the final act, with dancing until 11 p.m. with the Starline Rhythm Boys,” said Best Night organizer Eric Warren.

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