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Filmmaker laments passing of Vt. writer Howard Frank Mosher

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Jay Craven



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Like thousands of Vermonters who have been touched by Howard Mosher and his writing, I feel a deep sense of loss at the realization of life without him.

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Trump order strands Weybridge family in Iran: Middlebury College helping professor get home

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



WEYBRIDGE and TABRIZ, Iran — Close to 6,000 miles away in the northwestern corner of Iran, a Weybridge family is hastily packing.

“We are planning to fly back to the U.S. on Friday and, as you can imagine, it is mayhem here in our house with packing and stuff. We’ll hopefully be in Vermont on Saturday if everything goes smoothly,” wrote Middlebury College professor Ata Anzali in an email to the Independent on Tuesday.

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Bristol couple mixes love of food into handmade ice cream and chocolates

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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BRISTOL — Sixteen years old is pretty young to be making life decisions, but not for Erlé LaBounty; that’s when he decided to become a chocolatier. He began crafting his first truffles in his grandfather’s farmhouse in Randolph and has been refining them for the past 19 years.

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Bristol-area coyote hunt causes controversy

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — A coyote hunt scheduled for the second weekend in February has sparked debate in Bristol and surrounding towns, with state officials also questioning whether such hunts have any effect on coyote populations.

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Gov. Phil Scott vows to protect foreign farm workers

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — U.S. immigration policy took the spotlight unexpectedly during a meeting of farmers last Thursday when Gov. Phil Scott made it clear that he would do whatever he could to protect Mexican farm laborers who may be under threat from President Trump.

Scott started his comments at the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition annual meeting at the American Legion hall in Vergennes by addressing the executive orders issued earlier in the week in Washington.

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Orwell man faces 'life' in sexual assault case: Jury finds Kolts guilty

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Mike Donoghue



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MIDDLEBURY — A 70-year-old former coach and bus driver at Shoreham Elementary School is facing a mandatory 25 years to life in jail after he was found guilty by an Addison County Superior Court jury for repeated aggravated sexual assaults on a young girl between 2012 and 2014.

Rein Kolts of Orwell committed the sexual assaults on the girl when she was 11 to 13 years old, according to the charges filed by the Addison County State’s Attorney. She was not a student at the school nor even from the area.

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Kniffin, Brumsted cite advantages for Porter Hospital/UVM affiliation

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — University of Vermont Medical Center CEO Dr. John Brumsted took UVM Health Network’s ongoing courtship of Porter Hospital directly to area residents on Thursday, saying such a marriage would improve services for the Addison County community.

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Local adventurer to talk about dogsledding in the Great White North

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m., the Bixby Library will host “Dogsledding in Labrador: Mushing in the Menihek Hills” with Ed Blechner. Meet the Addison resident and a few of his dogs, check out one of his dogsleds and enjoy the stories of his endeavors in the frozen North.

Blechner will share beautiful slides of his trip, anecdotes and answer a few questions as well. This presentation continues the Bixby Library showcase of stories, passions and talents of local Vermonters.

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Muslim Girls Making Change will bring slam poetry to Bristol

Posted on January 30, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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BRISTOL — Four Vermont Muslim teen slam poets who call themselves “Muslim Girls Making Change”will share their experiences at a One World Library Project program in Bristol in February. The teens, who are juniors at Burlington and South Burlington High School, perform slam poetry to express their passionate concerns. They will present and discuss their work on Thursday, Feb. 2, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Holley Hall in Bristol at a free event hosted by the One World Library Project and sponsored by Bristol Friends of the Arts.

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Connor Homes founder seeking to reopen business in new spot

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Connor Homes founder Mike Connor confirmed on Tuesday he is sizing up a new Middlebury location in which to rekindle the business after negotiations to reopen the enterprise at its longtime Route 7 plant failed.

This news is at least a temporary setback for the 63 laid-off employees who helped make Connor Homes’ specialty colonial reproduction “kit” homes.

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