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Lawmakers weigh costs of school consolidation

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont House Education Committee is “up to our eyeballs in education policy,” committee chairman Rep. David Sharpe told a group of around 40 at the Legislative Breakfast at the Middlebury American Legion hall on Monday. The Bristol Democrat said that changes to the way Vermont schools are governed and financed is high on the legislative agenda.

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Clippings: Valentine's Day, transatlantic style

Posted on February 12, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



On Sunday night, after an evening in the office, I drove home in the latest snowstorm. As I normally do, I swerved my car as close as possible to the mailbox at the end of the driveway so as to retrieve my mail from the comfort of my warm car. Inside the ice-encrusted mailbox was crammed a cardboard box wedged in so tightly I had to use two hands to pry it out. Inside my house, I sliced open the tape with a folding knife and peeled back the lid.

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Low prices affect fuel dealers

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY — Oil prices are subject to change. If anyone knows this, it’s Tom Jackman, owner of Jackman Fuels Inc. in Vergennes. His grandfather started the company in Bristol in the 1930s and he still has receipts from years ago when the price of oil was 13 cents per gallon.

“Then, it was a big deal if it went up to 14 cents in a year,” he said. “In 2008, we were seeing increases of 40 cents overnight.”

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Ski in, ski-out — going inn to inn in Vermont's backcountry

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERMONT — This winter, take a break from your normal routine and make some time for a foray into the backcountry. From short outings to weekend getaways, there are plenty of adventures to be had beyond the ski trails at area resorts.

The following three tours, located on Vermont’s 300-mile long Catamount Trail, run two to three days and involve spending nights at a number of inns and bed-and-breakfasts in close proximity to the trailhead.

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Athletes endure cold, dark in multi-day mountain challenge

Posted on January 29, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERMONT — On Saturday, Jan. 18, well before dawn, with the temperature hovering around zero, a group of 50 hikers boarded a bus at the Blueberry Hill Inn and Ski Center in Goshen and drove north. At around 5 a.m., their ride dropped them at the Smugglers’ Notch Road in Stowe, a short distance from the southbound trailhead of the Long Trail.

They then started walking south in groups of 10.

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Tavern goes hydroponic for greens, herbs

Posted on January 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern offers a cure for the winter blues just inside its entrance: Leafy green shoots sprout from a six-foot-tall column, and the soothing sound of running water fills the space between the front door and the restaurant’s dining room and bar.

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Art upgrades Middlebury's diner

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Carl Roesch and Caetlin Harwood had owned the diner in downtown Middlebury for just six weeks last spring when they were introduced to one of its biggest annual traditions: the early morning breakfast for graduating seniors at Middlebury College.

“We kept peeking out the door to see when they were coming,” recalled Harwood, “and then — boom — they came in. It was like the whole school was walking up here.”

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Science goes on display at Orwell fair

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ORWELL — Before the Christmas break, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at the Orwell Village School sent eggs flying, juiced carrots, concocted silly putty in plastic bags and subjected plants to the effects of acid rain.

It was all for the sake of science.

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Hundreds of lineworkers work to restore power in county

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



MIDDLEBURY — Monday night, the parking lot outside of the Fire and Ice restaurant in Middlebury was full. In front of the eatery, Seymour Street was lined bumper-to-bumper with at least 10 large trucks, many with engines running, from Asplundh Tree Expert Co., Green Mountain Power, Northline Utilities and others.

A sign outside the front door read: “Welcome and thank you, utilities workers!”

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Clippings: Product testing? All in a day's work

Posted on December 16, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



When people ask me what I do for work, I usually tell them that I’m a reporter for the Addison Independent. This is only partly true. Yes, my byline appears on a number of articles, but not with the same regularity as those of my colleagues, who cover specific beats and areas of Addison County. I choose the aforementioned answer because it is easier than going into the full nature of my work.

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