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New store for children to open in Middlebury

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Book Shop on Main Street will soon spin off a second enterprise that will specialize in books, toys, games and educational gifts for babies and children.

The new store, to be officially unveiled on Nov. 28, will be called “Ollie’s Other Place” and will be based in the former home of Yak Adventures and EveryWear at 13 Washington St. It is the brainchild of Becky Dayton and Jenny Lyons, owner and sales/marketing manager, respectively, of the Vermont Book Shop.

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Events to aid Holley Hall sound upgrade

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Over the past 10 years, efforts to improve the problematic acoustics in Bristol’s Holley Hall have been launched repeatedly and run aground. A new campaign — spearheaded by local business leaders, performers and civic activists, together with the Bristol Recreation Department and the 5-Town Friends of the Arts — is under way, determined to persevere until the funds get raised and the job gets done.

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Middlebury to get a dog park

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — It looks like Middlebury dog owners will soon have a two-acre, fenced-off park in which to recreate with their four-legged friends.

Barring unforeseen legal or insurance-related complications, the new dog park will be created on Middlebury College-owned land located near the Middlebury Regional EMS headquarters and Charter House community garden off South Street. A group of local dog owners has been lobbying for a safe, local, off-leash location for their pets to run and play.

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Koenig picked to replace Klopfenstein on Vergennes City Council

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — After a brief closed-doors session on Tuesday, the Vergennes City Council opted for a newcomer to city government, South Water Street resident Mark Koenig, to replace soon-to-depart Alderman Joe Klopfenstein.

Council members picked Koenig over a candidate with more experience in Vergennes, former alderman and current Vergennes Development Review Board member Peter Garon.

Koenig and Garon were the only two residents who put their names forth in letters to Mayor Bill Benton before the Nov. 5 deadline.

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Vermonters are getting ready for universal pre-K

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Parents of very young children and officials at schools around Vermont have an extra wrinkle to consider as they prepare for the 2016-2017 academic year: a state mandate that pre-kindergarten services be offered to eligible students through public schools or private programs.

Act 166, signed into law in 2014, requires all school districts in Vermont to offer 10 hours per week — during the 35 weeks of the academic year — of pre-K education to children ages 3 to 5 who are not in kindergarten.

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Photo exhibit tells the true stories of loggers today

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Lawrence “Tweeter” Felion left school after eighth grade and “began logging at 15 with a crosscut and ax.” Now 78, the Leicester native is still logging alongside his son and brother, who’ve been part of his close-knit crew for decades. Born the oldest of 11 siblings during the Great Depression, Felion says, “I know what hard times are.”

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Retired general shaped by 30 years in the Army

Posted on November 11, 2015 |
By Brianna McKinley and John Sl McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Brian Carpenter, 53, was first interested in the military as a way to get a college degree without being too encumbered by debt. What grew out of that was a very successful career in the Army and the National Guard and a life dedicated to service.

The Middlebury native, who owns and runs farm equipment dealership Champlain Valley Equipment in his hometown, served 30 years in the Army and Army National Guard, and retired a year ago as the second in command of Guard forces in Vermont and with the rank of general.

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Starksboro man saves woman from fire

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Courtney Lamdin — Milton Independent



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MILTON — Chris Fanning of Starksboro said he did what anyone else would do when he pulled an elderly woman from a burning home in Milton this past Wednesday morning.

Fanning, who runs a Starksboro plumbing, heating and air conditioning company called Pride Mechanical, just happened to get a service call around 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 4 and saw smoke billowing from the residence at 591 Everest Road in Milton. When he shut off his truck, he heard a woman screaming for help.

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VTrans: Middlebury rail bridges clearance must rise

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State transportation officials have served notice that Middlebury should not count on any further reduction in the minimum vertical clearance requirement for its two deteriorating downtown rail underpasses that need to be replaced. This means that the bridges will have to be re-done with a minimum 21 feet of clearance for trains, and not at the current 17 feet, 9 inches of clearance that local officials believe could have led to a more basic project and shorter construction timetable.

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Candidates for governor weigh in on elder issues

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Three of the five announced candidates for governor faced scrutiny on Friday from what would be their largest growing constituency — senior citizens, who want to know how the state’s next top executive will respond to their economic, transportation, housing and health care needs.

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