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Peonies: June beauty queens

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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Peonies are one of the most beautiful and venerated garden plants. With their massive blooms in shades of red, pink and white and yellow they are the queens of the June garden. And best of all, given fertile soil, good air circulation and adequate sunlight, peonies are not only easy to grow but they are also extremely long-lived.

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Bear family causes a big stir in Middlebury

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Kristin Mitchell was offering up copious amounts of birdseed at her Birchard Park home in Middlebury this spring in hopes of attracting a flock of fine feathered friends.

But what she got earlier this month was a family of large, furry bears, a group she and Vermont Fish & Wildlife officials would rather see dining deep in the woods.

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Off they go! Three local high schools launch graduates into the world

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Several hundred young adults achieved a big milestone this past Saturday morning as the three local high schools held commencement exercises and sent the classes of 2018 out into the world.

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Bristol, Dar Williams a hit at preservation forum

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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BRISTOL — Singer-songwriter Dar Williams may have been the most famous person at the June 8 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference at Holley Hall, but the host town of Bristol was the true star of the show.

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Mary Hogan principal to take new job in Bristol

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was 18 years ago that Tom Buzzell took the job of library media specialist at Mary Hogan Elementary School. His hard work led to his promotion to associate principal in 2005, then to co-principal before becoming the school’s top administrator in 2013.

Buzzell’s career is about to come full circle, though he’ll be closing the loop in a neighboring school district. He will be stepping down as Mary Hogan principal later this month to accept a job as library media specialist at Bristol Elementary School.

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Shacksbury Cider expanding in Vergennes

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — The owners of Kennedy Brothers complex in Vergennes struck a deal in May to lease for four years, with an option to buy, the former 14 North Main St. home of Denecker Chevrolet. The move will allow Kennedy Brothers’ biggest tenant, Shacksbury Cider, to continue to expand its operations in Vergennes.

Kennedy Brothers co-owner Bob Feuerstein said he expects the Vergennes Development Review Board to approve a conditional use permit for conversion of most of the former auto dealership into warehouse and storage space for the specialty cider firm.

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ACSD busing expenses to skyrocket next year

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District officials will need to do some creative accounting to mitigate the financial impacts of a new, three-year busing contract that will result in a 41.5-percent hike (approximately $400,000) in transportation costs next school year compared to the current pact that expires on June 30.

In years two and three of the contract, the rate will increase by 2.5 percent over the previous year. So in FY2019-2020 the contracted amount will increase to $1,139,369, and in FY2020-2021, the amount will increase to $1,167,853.

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Affidavits tell backstory of alleged Vergennes robber

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Mike Donoghue



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BURLINGTON — A Texas man who police say stole more than $6,000 during a stick-up at a Vergennes market as part of a cross country armed robbery spree pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court in Burlington last week.

Mark Triolo, 46, was shot by police in Brattleboro on May 4, three days after the armed holdup at the Small City Market in Vergennes.

Triolo also is a suspect in two armed robberies in Southern Vermont both within an hour before the shooting by Brattleboro and Vermont State Police, records show.

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New leadership, new tech coming to Bixby

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Many things have changed during Addison resident Jane Spencer’s seven-year tenure at the Bixby Memorial Library, which will conclude on June 29.

But it’s probably safe to put technology at the top of the list now that the historic Vergennes library offers a half-dozen patron computers, a strong Wi-Fi signal, e-books and e-magazines, new computer bars, and, soon, a remote printing station.

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Salisbury students 'go green,' targeting plastic straws and milfoil

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Most kids learn about good environmental stewardship through school books, documentaries and/or their parents.

Students at the Salisbury Community School have been doing their environmental learning where it matters most — outdoors, where they’ve been picking up litter in their community and pulling invasive weeds from nearby Lake Dunmore.

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