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Allie gets a second chance — and a new kidney

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Russell Jones



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BRANDON — The final semesters of college can be very stressful. From staying up all night and cramming for finals, to worrying about post-graduation life and finding a career, many students experience varying levels of stress.

As a junior at St. Lawrence University in upstate New York, Alison “Allie” Walter began waking up with migraines and was constantly tired. She found herself struggling to accomplish basic tasks. The nurses she saw at the school dismissed her symptoms as stress, much like typical university students experience.

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Shelter extends service into summer to meet high demand

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It used to be the Charter House Coalition’s (CHC) warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. would close its doors when the calendar read late-April and the thermometer climbed into the 60s.

Not this year.

In response to growing demand, the CHC has decided to keep the shelter open, through at least the summer months, for up to 16 individuals with no other housing options. The much-respected nonprofit is still busy raising the estimated $62,000 it will take to keep the shelter operating well beyond its customary shut-down date of April 22.

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Lincoln centenarian Hattie Brown showered with cards

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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LINCOLN — Harriett “Hattie” Brown celebrated her 100th birthday on April 10.

“I’ve been here quite a while,” the Lincoln resident said, smiling, in a recent interview.

After a century of meeting and greeting, Brown knows so many people it would be impossible to throw a reasonable-size birthday party. So her granddaughter, Barbara Rainville, decided to throw her a card shower instead.

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Matthew Brankman named principal of Bridport school

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — Matthew Brankman couldn’t help but chuckle at the perfectly reasonable question he was asked during his recent interview for the Bridport Central School principalship:

“Will you be able to handle living in rural Vermont?”

When you currently live in a community of around 1,200 and your resumé includes seven years teaching to tiny groups of children in the Alaskan bush, it’s pretty safe to say Matt Brankman won’t feel isolated in rural Vermont.

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'American Idiot' to take the stage at Middlebury

Posted on April 29, 2019 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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MIDDLEBURY — For some of us, reconnecting with our inner, angsty teenager isn’t very difficult; for others, that was a time better left forgotten. The Middlebury College Department of Theatre and Dance is embracing it with a musical adaptation of the band Green Day’s 2004 concept album, “American Idiot.” The show, directed by Assistant Professor of Theatre Michole Biancosino (a ’98 Middlebury alumnus) with musical direction by Clint Bierman (’97 alumnus) and live music by The Grift, will be performed May 2-4 at Wright Theater on campus.

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Welch: Trump should face obstruction of justice probe

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Peter Welch called for Congressional hearings on specific findings in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential elections. But the Vermont Democrat stopped short of endorsing impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump for allegedly trying to obstruct the investigation.

Welch, Vermont’s lone U.S. House representative, shared his views on the Mueller report — and what might come next — during a Tuesday phone interview with the Addison Independent.

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County roads flood; usual spots inundated with rain, snowmelt

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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ADDISON COUNTY — While some low-lying parts of Addison County and Brandon saw streams and rivers overflow their banks, this area so far has been spared the deluge that steady rain and snowmelt brought to parts of Vermont this past weekend.

With some spring rains forecast for the coming week, weather watchers are asking local residents to be aware of water levels in their neighborhoods.

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Local motorcyclist rides to honor veterans

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — George Brewer puts a lot of miles on his trusty 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle. There’s nothing quite like the freedom one feels cruising in the open air, drinking in the countryside amid the controlled growl of a well-tuned engine, he believes.

But six years ago, motorcycling took on a new, deeper meaning for Brewer.

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Pratt's Store marks its 50th year serving Bridport

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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BRIDPORT — When Bridport folks are missing key ingredients for a meal, a do-it-yourself project or a party, they utter the same refrain: “I can get that at Pratt’s; they have everything.”

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Youth are honing a Green New Deal for Vermont

Posted on April 25, 2019 |
By Christopher Ross



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MIDDLEBURY — The Green New Deal is getting a Green Mountain twist.

Middlebury College students are drafting a “joint resolution supporting a State Green New Deal and associated legislative and public policy proposals related to climate change and social justice,” which they hope will get introduced in the General Assembly early next year.

The Green Mountain version of the Green New Deal is every bit as transformative as the federal version introduced Feb. 7 by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

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