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Middlebury girl traveling to Miss America pageant with Miss Vermont

Posted on July 16, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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MIDDLEBURY — When Jeanelle Achee, 22, won the Miss Vermont title this past June, perhaps the only person more excited than her in the South Burlington High School auditorium was 8-year-old Abigayle Pierro.

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Middlebury town office plan gets sharp rebuke at 1st public hearing

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The town should step back and consider long-term community needs — including those of the Ilsley Library and downtown parking — before seriously considering ceding public property to Middlebury College in exchange for $5.5 million toward a new, relocated municipal building and a gym.

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Fourth time's the charm for Brandon budget

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Lee Kahrs



BRANDON — Brandon has a budget. Voters went back to the polls for a fourth time on Tuesday and the ayes had it, 516-399.

The latest version of the municipal budget asked voters to approve a $3,147,634 spending plan, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That amount represents a $84,084, or 3.7 percent, increase in spending over the current budget. Now that it’s approved, the tax rate will increase to 71.27 cents per $100 of property value, an increase of 2.49 cents over the current rate of 68.78 cents.

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County wrestles with animal cruelty

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series on animal cruelty in the area and how officials and the general public react to it. Click to read Part 2 and Part 3.

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County farmers struggle with endless rain

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By XIAN CHIANG-WAREN and JOHN S. McCRIGHT



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ADDISON COUNTY — The almost daily occurrence of torrential downpours that many have grown accustomed to over the past several weeks has done worse than dampen the spirits of those who hoped for a sunny summer.

The rain is wreaking havoc on area feed growers by delaying the cutting of the second hay crop, preventing corn planting, and preventing existing crops from having proper nutrients due to flooding and the inability to spread manure, says Jeff Carter, agronomy specialist at UVM Extension in Middlebury.

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Young trio of farmers leave 'footprints' in Starksboro

Posted on July 11, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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STARKSBORO — Those who have unhappily watched the trends of young people leaving the state and farms closing up shop have reason to celebrate the launch of Footprint Farm in Starksboro this year.

Three young farmers — St. George native Jake Mendell, 25, and California natives Taylor Hutchison, 25, and Nathan Hammer, 32 — started work in April on their diversified, 9-acre farm at Starksboro’s Common Ground Center.

And already the trio says they have found a warm welcome for their mix of vegetables, flowers and animals.

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Shoreham questions International Paper on proposed gas pipeline

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — After several months of relative silence, International Paper Co. officials last week gave one of their most extensive public pronouncements to date on why the company is banking on a proposed, controversial Addison County natural gas pipeline to help drive down costs for what they termed as the most costly paper mill in the world to operate in terms of energy consumption.

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New support group forms to aid county's cancer patients

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Fran Boglioli was enveloped by several emotions when she was diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago. Along with the understandable fear and trepidation, she felt a sense of isolation.

“Despite all of the people around me who cared and wanted to help, I felt very alone,” Boglioli recalled. “I think that’s a pretty common problem when you’ve been diagnosed with something like (cancer).”

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Outhouse race was a 'snap' for defending champs

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan



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BRISTOL — In the championship heat of the 35th annual Fourth of July Great Bristol Outhouse Race, cousins Chris and Kevin Berry hurtled their privy-on-wheels across the finish line and onto a fifth straight title (see audio slideshow of the race here).

“It felt like we had it the whole time, there was a couple close times but relatively it was about even,” said Kevin, 22, a Bristol native, trying to catch his breath.

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Community Rowing Club to compete in world championship

Posted on July 8, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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FERRISBURGH — Members of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s (LCMM) Community Rowing Club will be heading to Ullapool, Scotland, in early July to participate in the inaugural St. Ayles Skiff World Championship. Over 30 teams from Scotland, England, Tasmania, New Zealand, the Netherlands and the United States are registered to participate in the weeklong competition and community event. LCMM was invited to participate in this international competition as winners of the 2012 St. Ayles Championship held in Mystic, Conn., last June.

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