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Sports column by Matt Dickerson: The life of a Vermont game warden

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Matt Dickerson



When New Haven native Wes Butler graduated in 2010 from Paul Smith’s College, he had no intention of becoming a game warden. He earned a bachelor’s degree in fish and wildlife science in order to become a wildlife biologist. He concentrated on the wildlife half rather than the fisheries half for fear that a career in fisheries might spoil his lifelong passion for angling. But the most important thing was to be on the biology side of management, and not on the law enforcement side.

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Court rebuffs alleged burglar’s claim for bail

Posted on September 16, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



MIDDLEBURY — After a failed attempt this past Tuesday in Addison Superior Court’s criminal division to win his pre-trial freedom, the Addison resident suspected of committing many burglaries in Addison County and neighboring counties will try again on Sept. 25.

At 9 a.m. on that Wednesday in the Mahady Courthouse, Raymond Ritchie, 37, will attend a “weight of the evidence” hearing that could, in theory, free him until he is tried on burglary, unlawful trespass and marijuana cultivation charges.

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Extra $1 million pledged for new RR tunnel project

Posted on September 16, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — State and federal authorities have found an additional $1 million to help fund a new concrete tunnel to replace the Main Street and Merchants Row railroad underpasses, which now leaves the town just $500,000 short of covering expenses for its preferred project option.

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9/11 flag vandalism shocks Middlebury College

Posted on September 16, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — A memorial on the Middlebury College campus to those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks was vandalized this past Wednesday, shocking many on campus.

A leader of a group that pulled up 2,977 American flags placed in the lawn between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library told the Addison Independent in an exclusive interview that she had no regrets for her actions, saying she found the display offensive to Native Americans.

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Business soars for airplane outfitting firm

Posted on September 16, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Saying someone’s business is “soaring” can fall into the category of a trite embellishment.

But it’s a term that can legitimately be used about Green Mountain Avionics (GMA), a budding new enterprise that helps aircraft soar reliably through the skies.

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Denu, Swift House efforts are recognized

Posted on September 16, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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FERRISBURGH — Among those community leaders who excel at contributing to their communities, Middlebury businessman Eric Denu was named the 2013 Addison County Chamber of Commerce Buster Brush Citizen of the Year at the chamber’s annual meeting last week. The Swift House Inn was recognized as the Business of Year, and the Community Achievement Award went to Addison County Home Health and Hospice.

The awards were presented Thursday night, Sept. 12, at the Basin Harbor Club in front of a crowd of 100.

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Hundreds weigh in on gas pipeline proposal in Middlebury

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — More than 500 people from throughout the state packed the Middlebury Union Middle School gym on Tuesday to weigh in on a proposed 43-mile natural gas pipeline, with most of the commenters urging the Vermont Public Service Board (PSB) to deny Vermont Gas Systems the permit it needs to pursue the $70 million project.

Like many citizens who spoke, New Haven resident Craig Zondag addressed environmental issues, including the fact that some of the gas in the pipeline would have been captured using a controversial drilling technique called fracking.

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Grant aids in fight against sex crimes on Middlebury College campus

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s ongoing efforts to prevent sexual assault and dating violence on campus received a major assist on Monday in the form of a three-year, $272,258 federal grant to enhance programs for victims while providing training to advocates to counsel students on how to avoid falling prey to assaultive behavior.

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County's apple crop called best in years

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — A sunny May, a rain-rich early summer and some recent cold nights have produced the perfect recipe for the state’s apple crop, already dubbed by area orchardists to be the best in years.

“It’s a bumper crop,” said Bill Suhr of Shoreham’s Champlain Orchards, which grows more than 50 varieties of apples that are hanging heavy on the trees.

“We have a lot of fruit available.”

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Lincoln man heads west to fight Idaho wildfires

Posted on September 12, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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LINCOLN — Western states plagued by hot, dry conditions have been beset by wildfires this summer. In late August, more than 50 large wildfires were burning across 10 states, according to the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.

When local resources are strained, towns and municipalities request assistance from agencies in other parts of the country.

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