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Citizens ask board to delay vote on Mount Abe bond

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A group of citizens last Wednesday urged members of the Mount Abraham Union High School Board to delay any new bond vote on renovating the Bristol building until Town Meeting Day next March.

“The goal should be 60 percent voter participation with 60 percent voting yes,” said Bristol resident David Brynn, among non-board members in attendance.

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Turkey producers reach the home stretch: Orwell farm raises 22,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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ORWELL — Two thousand five hundred turkeys gobble as they mill about in one of Stonewood Farm’s eight massive turkey barns. Up in front is a pen of huge critters that will each yield a 50-pound bird, once roasted. Imagine that on your Thanksgiving table (and the oven that could hold it!).

A little over a week before Thanksgiving, Orwell’s Stonewood Farm is going full speed, close to 12 hours a day, seven days a week to process the 22,000 birds raised for this year’s Turkey Day.

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Monkton wood bank delivers more than heat

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MONKTON — For close to a decade, participants in the Monkton Wood Bank have been putting their shoulders to the ax — splitting, hauling, delivering, stacking — to warm homes and hearts.

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Farm-to-school success puts focus on finances

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Even after close to two decades of efforts to get local foods into local educational institutions, words like “fresh” and “tasty” are not universally applied to school cafeteria food.

Yet school nutrition guru Kathy Alexander continues to make Farm to School a centerpiece at Bristol-area schools and this year expanded that work into Vergennes-area schools.

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Bristol selectboard discusses additional water line extension

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — A range of water and sewer issues dominated the Bristol selectboard’s Nov. 6 meeting.

Board members discussed and said ‘Aye’ to three items that OK’d spending a little more than $11,000; but they decided to study a fourth project that would probably cost considerably more.

This past Monday, the selectboard:

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Solar array pitched for Starksboro landfill site

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
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STARKSBORO — At its Tuesday night meeting, the Starksboro selectboard signed an option-to-lease agreement with Waterbury-based Green Lantern to develop an 150-kilowatt solar array on the town’s old landfill.

“It seems to me that it’s well positioned for a solar array,” said Starksboro selectboard Chair Susan Jefferies. “There aren’t a lot of development opportunities for that site. It’s a brownfield site.”

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Proud of service to country, Ferrisburgh native has seen changes for women in the Army

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY— Among the many veterans profiled in the Independent have been ones who landed on D-Day or fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Waltham Army veteran Pam Norton exemplifies a kind of quiet courage, also important in military service, putting duty before all, at one point even before her new family.

“You go where you’ve got to go and do what you’ve got to do,” said Norton.

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Local farmers, Congressman Welch share farm priorities

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — “It’s a mess in Washington,” Congressman Peter Welch told a group of Champlain Valley specialty crop farmers who gathered in Middlebury last week to share their wish lists for the 2018 farm bill. But, despite the dysfunction in much of the nation’s capital,  the Vermont Democrat said there is still hope because there tends to be bipartisan support to “get a decent farm bill.”

Key to building that support, he said, is first gathering specific concerns and recommendations from constituents.

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Personal ties connect locals to Salem Witch Trials; 'Crucible' puts our history in the spotlight

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
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MIDDLEBURY — Three-hundred-twenty-five years ago, in a farm village now just a three-and-a-half-hour drive away, 14 women and five men were hanged and one man pressed to death with stones over accusations of witchcraft.

The incident has long captured the imagination of writers, artists and observers of human nature, so much so that in many ways it is still with us today.

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Black and white classmates tell real-life story of desegregation

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — Fifty-one years ago, Rose Strayhorn Bell, sisters Donnie Copeland Meadows and Fernanda Copeland, and Jim Grimsley showed up for the first day of sixth grade at Alex H. White Elementary in Pollocksville, N.C.

That morning Strayhorn Bell and the Copeland sisters broke the color barrier at what had been an all-white school.

Grimsley had never attended school with African American children.

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