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Stories define Chris Bohjalian's life trajectory and career

Posted on July 3, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN — Bestselling author and local literary celebrity Chris Bohjalian knows how to spin a story. His last 15 novels have spanned time, place and a range of difficult and compelling themes, without sacrificing excitement. His latest, “The Light in the Ruins” (on sale next week), is no exception.

It might be the hidden ad man in him.

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Brandon schedules fourth vote on town budget

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Brandon selectboard has made more spending cuts and approved yet another town budget and yet another vote date — its fourth in four months.

Following a marathon public meeting that lasted more than three and half hours this past Monday night, the board OK’d a $3,147,634 spending plan for the fiscal year that began July 1, with $2,331,134 to be raised by property taxes. That spending number represents an increase of 3.7 percent, or $84,084, from the budget for the year just ended.

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Young farmers, land trust hope to conserve 687 acres in Bristol

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — Trent and Abby Roleau always knew they wanted to have their own farm, a dream that few people can achieve in their early 20s.

Then, early this year, an email from the Vermont Land Trust landed in their inboxes. VLT was notifying its email list that it was seeking applications for a conservation project that would protect 687 acres of woodland and farmland on Route 116 north of Bristol village, land currently owned by the Farr and Fuller families. The Roleaus decided to throw their hat in the ring and drew up a business plan.

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VUHS eighth-grader helps show program's success

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — Astronauts on the 1970 Apollo 13 moon launch had to abort after 56 hours and barely returned to Earth with their lives.

Unlike them, Vergennes Union High School 8th-grader and space aficionado Alyse Beauchemin successfully completed her mission — a Capstone Challenge Project on that ill-fated NASA operation.

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Strike up the band for Fourth of July festivities

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Addison Indepedent



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UPDATE: This story has been updatd since it was originally posted to correct the information about Vergennes activities — the Legion is sponsoring Wednesday night fireworks, but it is not hosting any live entertainment.

ADDISON COUNTY — Folks in Greater Addison County are gearing up to celebrate 237 years of American independence on and around the Fourth of July this week. No matter how residents like to spend the holiday, there are events in the area for all who want to put on the red, white and blue during the week of July 4.

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John Dilts, Jim Douglas to square off in re-creation of Lincoln-Douglas debate

Posted on July 1, 2013 |
By Addison Indepedent



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Vergennes to see 1.5-cent uptick in city tax bills

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes city council on Tuesday adopted a 2013-2014 municipal tax rate of 63.5 cents, up by 1.43 cents from the 2012-2013 levy needed to pay for city services, but not schools.

The increase of 1.43 cents will translate to $14.30 of additional taxes per $100,000 of assessed value, or $28.60 on a $200,000 home.

It is only the second increase in the municipal portion of the city tax rate since 2008. A year ago the council added two cents to the rate, the first change since 2008.

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Firehouse bill driving Middlebury tax rate up 5.5 percent

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Luke Whelan and Xian Chiang-Warren



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury taxpayers will start paying for their new and upgraded firehouses this year.

At their Tuesday meeting, the Middlebury selectboard approved a 5.5 percent increase in the municipal tax rate for the fiscal year that begins July 1, an increase that Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay attributed mostly to the first payments on substantial updates to the town’s two firehouses.

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Addison country store spans generations — finally

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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ADDISON — On Sept. 19, 2009, college sweethearts Cheri Franklin and Scott Petrin tied the knot. While they were fulfilling their dreams of marriage, another plan was also falling into place: They had recently reached an agreement in principle to buy the West Addison General Store from Cheri’s parents, Dana and Lorraine Franklin.

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Middlebury group honors Nancy Malcolm, Rikert Nordic Center

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership honored Nancy Malcolm as Outstanding Citizen and recognized the Rikert Nordic Center as Outstanding Business at the organization’s annual meeting Tuesday night at the Middlebury Inn.

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