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Peter Newton confirms he'll run for county sheriff

Posted on May 10, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Peter Newton is hoping area voters give him a promotion this fall. Newton, 46, is running for sheriff, a position that incumbent Don Keeler will be vacating at the end of this year. Keeler has endorsed his lieutenant, something Newton will undoubtedly reference during a campaign that thus far includes former Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs.

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Ban the bag? Duo seeks end to plastic bags in Middlebury

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



MIDDLEBURY — If they were balled up to the size of tennis balls, the disposable plastic shopping bags used in Middlebury every year would fill up more than three tractor-trailers — maybe even as many as six.

Few of those bags stayed balled up, however, and most of them find their way to landfills.

Middlebury resident Amy McAninch and Middlebury College sophomore Amelia Miller have proposed a solution to this excess waste: a townwide ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags.

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New Porter ExpressCare clinic a big success in its first year

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center’s ExpressCare clinic, which will soon mark its first anniversary, has wildly exceeded its boosters’ expectations and may soon increase its operating hours in order to meet growing demand for the service.

“It’s received enormous support from our community,” Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin said of ExpressCare, which treats folks with non-life threatening injuries or illnesses who might otherwise seek out more costly and acute Emergency Department care.

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Middlebury Antique Center and Ben Franklin to close soon

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The sun will set on two longtime Middlebury businesses this summer: The Ben Franklin Store at 63 Main St. and the Middlebury Antique Center at 3255 Route 7 South.

Owners of both stores have been trying to sell their respective properties for more than a year. And in both cases, the owners are making clear their closing plans to customers through colorful signs and related liquidation sales.

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Career Center's maker space leaps ahead

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — An effort to crowdfund $6,000 to be eligible for a $100,000 grant to create a community-wide “makers space” at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury faces a deadline this Friday, May 11, with the goal in sight.

“We’re well on our way to reaching the $6,000 match,” said career center Superintendent Dana Peterson, though added that with or without the grant, the career center’s maker space is well on its way to becoming a reality.

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Beef cattle raised on grass in Cornwall

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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CORNWALL — What does “grass-fed beef” mean?

For Cheryl and Marc Cesario of Meeting Place Pastures in Cornwall, “grass-fed” is more than a label slapped on a package of beef. It’s a way of thinking.

“I don’t see myself as a beef producer. I’m a grass farmer,” Marc said. “I’m in the energy business. The sun shines every day, whether I do anything or not. The question is: How do you harvest the sun?”

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Sen. Claire Ayer won't run again after 16 years representing Addison County

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Veteran state Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison, won’t seek a ninth consecutive two-year term this November, a move that will reverberate through the state’s highest chamber and undoubtedly add intrigue to Addison County’s legislative election picture.

Ayer — chairwoman of the Senate Health & Welfare Committee and one of the most senior and influential Democrat lawmakers in Montpelier — said she wants to make way for an infusion of new blood in the Vermont Statehouse.

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Gunman robs Vergennes store

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Police are looking for the man who robbed at gunpoint the Small City Market in Vergennes Tuesday evening.

On Tuesday, May 1, at approximately 9:05 p.m., a man entered the Small City Market at the corner of Main and South Water streets in Vergennes, pointed a pistol at the store clerk and robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash, according to a report from Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel.

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Michael Sommers returns from the 'hood with heart

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury native Michael Sommers was so taken with his adopted neighborhood in West Oakland, California, that he wrote and performed a one-act play six years ago about his interactions with other folks on his street — a collection of eccentrics, street toughs and down-to-earth folks. He called his play “Hick in the ’Hood,” which summed up his experience of being an admitted country bumpkin suddenly thrust into an urban setting and surrounded by people of different colors, creeds and backgrounds.

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Bristol teen is following his soccer dream

Posted on May 3, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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COLUMBUS, Ohio — By the time he was 16, Bristol native Francis Nardiello Smith had played for four regional and two national soccer teams in the Olympic Development Program.

“They called him ‘The Mayor,’” said Hugh Brown, Nardiello Smith’s coach at Burlington-based Synergy Football Club. “Francis always went out of his way to make sure the other players were doing OK. He made sure they were eating well. He would actually go around and hand out fruit.”

It was the same on the practice field.

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