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Lisa Balfour's paint pours pop with color

Posted on April 30, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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In a sun-lit home studio at her Shoreham home, artist Lisa Balfour mixes red, blue, orange and yellow acrylic paints into two plastic cups. With steady, quick hands, she flips them onto a white, wood-framed canvas, holding them upside-down until all of the paint drips and settles within the cups’ edges. After a few seconds, she uses the lip of the cup to push the paint in gentle swirls around the canvas.

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Tamara Wight weaves nests from found objects

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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Many artistic endeavors start in a studio, but basket-weaver Tamara Wight begins her creative process outdoors. On walks through the forest and along Sunset Lake in Brookfield, Vt., her home town, Wight gathers rocks, pebbles and interesting pieces of wood.

She takes these ingredients home and holds onto them until she has a moment of creative inspiration, usually during the night. Then, the rocks and branches become the foundation for her baskets, many of which are on display at Creative Space Gallery in Vergennes.

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Mountain high

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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AT PICO MOUNTAIN in Mendon, Orwell students in an intermediate ski group called the "Red Crosses" wait for their instructor so taht they can begin a 90-minute lesson. The students' bibs are color-coordinated so the chaperones and instructors can identify them easily. 

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Orwell students hit the slopes

Posted on March 19, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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ORWELL/MENDON — On a snowy Friday in early March, Orwell Village School sixth-grader Jacob Clifford sits on a chairlift at Pico Mountain in Mendon. Normally, he’d be in math class at around this time, but on this day he’s mastering a jump in Pico’s terrain park.

Math is Clifford’s favorite subject, but when asked if he’d rather be skiing, he flashes a toothy smile and nods.

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Master bagpiper strikes a chord with listeners

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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Perhaps more than any other musical instrument, bagpipes are linked to ceremony. Processions for parades, funerals, weddings and graduations are often led by a piper who elicits the ancient-sounding flutter of high and bass notes — and goose bumps from everyone within earshot.

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Climate alert! Naturalists see global warming hurting northern species

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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ADDISON — The changing climate is significantly affecting northern wildlife, nationally renowned naturalist Sue Morse recently told a gathering of 30 people in Addison. The Jericho resident told stories not just of the influence of warming in Vermont, but also gave first-hand accounts of changes in the Arctic, showing striking photos of both the environment’s natural beauty and the trauma it has endured.

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Symposium focuses on women and leadership

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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Last week the Middlebury Women Leaders, a student-run organization at Middlebury College, held a three-day-long symposium featuring discussions and workshops led by women.

Among the events were a conflict mediation workshop by Middlebury College president Laurie Patton; a Q&A with Nancy Gibbs, the first female editor-in-chief of TIME Magazine; a discussion with the local Nulhegan Abenaki Native American Tribe; and a fashion show that benefitted She Should Run, a nonpartisan nonprofit that encourages women to run for public office.

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Screenwriters find inspiration at Bread Loaf

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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On the evening of Jan. 17, up in the snowy hills of Ripton, a group of screenwriters gathered in the main dining hall of the Bread Loaf Inn. They clinked wine glasses and munched on bacon-wrapped scallops — their collective effervescence the product of a successful week-long retreat.

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Exploring women and leadership; Middlebury College to host symposium this week

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
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MIDDLEBURY — The first female editor-in-chief of Time magazine will be among the speakers featured late this week at Middlebury College’s “Women’s Leadership Symposium.”

Organized by a student organization called the Middlebury Women Leaders, the symposium from Thursday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 20, will be comprised of workshops, lectures and discussions given and moderated by woman leaders such as Middlebury College President Laurie Patton and Time editor-in-chief Nancy Gibbs.

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Meet the Chef: Chris Reck of Route 7 Pie Company

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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“The first step was to figure out, do people want my pies?” Chris Reck told the Independent in a 2016 interview.

The Vergennes resident and founder of the Route 7 Pie Company determined that the answer was a firm and resounding “yes.”

A year later, Route 7 Pies are more popular than ever.

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