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Town police and Middlebury College close the book on Murray protest

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



MIDDLEBURY — None of the demonstrators at the March 2 protest of a controversial political scientist at Middlebury College will face criminal charges, but scores of students have been disciplined by the school.

The Middlebury Police Department Tuesday announced it had concluded its investigation into the events surrounding Charles Murray’s visit to the college, with no charges forthcoming.

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Breaking the barriers: Local women tell stories of their glass ceilings

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part series looking at the Vermont Women and Leadership report recently issued by Change the Story VT.

ADDISON COUNTY — When Peg Martin broke the gender barrier as the first woman on the Middlebury selectboard in 1973, board chair Earl Cone greeted her with: “You can’t change the color of the town trucks. We’ve just finally decided.”

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New flavor of community support: Bristol company expands ice cream CSA

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Eliza La Rocca has always loved ice cream.

“I actually went through a period from elementary school to middle school where I was sort of obsessed with it,” said the ice cream impresaria half of Bristol’s Farm House Chocolates and Ice Cream. “Wherever we’d go, I’d immediately point out ‘Oh, there’s an ice cream shop ... and there’s another.’”

A stint in Italy leading food tours got her hooked on “the clean and bold” flavors Italians bring to gelato.

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Bristol sewer and water rates to go up July 1

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — Bristol water and sewer rates will go up July 1 — water by a single-digit percentage, sewer by double digits.

Current water rates have been in place since 2013.

“At a certain point if you don’t increase rates you’re just kicking that can down the road,” explained Town Administrator Therese Kirby. “Prices go up because of inflation, electricity goes up, supply rates go up, your contract terms go up. Things increase. So rates need to increase to cover the operation and maintenance of the system.”

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Mount Abe renovation committee wants to match school's needs to community's pocketbook

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School Renovation Committee is wrestling with how to get the most bang for the buck when refurbishing the nearly 50-year-old high school building in Bristol.

At its May 15 meeting, the committee also strove to establish priorities within a price tag the community would support.

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Vermont leads and lags in gender parity; report shows women's leadership trends

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



ADDISON COUNTY — Even a cursory glance shows that women occupy prominent places of leadership in Addison County. Women lead such organizations as Middlebury College, National Bank of Middlebury, the Patrons Cooperative Fire Insurance Company and the United Way. Women lead schools and school boards, run libraries, and chair selectboards and planning commissions.

A strong delegation of women represents the county in Montpelier.

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Bristol Scout pulls Holley Hall kiosk plan

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



BRISTOL — An Eagle Scout project to construct a kiosk with an electronic message board in front of Bristol’s Holley Hall has been cancelled.

Town Administrator Therese Kirby informed the Bristol selectboard Monday night that Bristol teenager Victor Hinojosa, who wanted to build the kiosk in part to Eagle rank, had contacted her over the weekend to say that he would be pursuing a different community service project to attain the Boy Scouts of America’s highest rank.

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Expanded Starksboro selectboard tackles to-do list

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



STARKSBORO — At its April retreat, the newly expanded five-person Starksboro selectboard set itself a number of priorities for the work ahead. These include:

•  Evaluating the town’s financial reporting software.

•  Improving methods of communication with community members, including the town website.

•  Continuing maintenance on town buildings and properties.

•  Requiring liability insurance for all town contractors.

•  Reclassification of certain Class Four roads.

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ANESD Renaming Committee announces five finalists

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
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BRISTOL — The Addison Northeast School District is one step closer to a new name.

Tuesday night the ANESD Renaming Committee pored over the results of its online and phone survey, in which all members of the community were encouraged to contribute potential names for the unified school district created by the November 2016 vote.

“It’s not every day you get a chance to rename a school district,” said Superintendent Patrick Reen.

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Ice House becomes first Vermont goat dairy to get AWA Grassfed Certified

Posted on May 11, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



GOSHEN — Ice House Farm in Goshen is the first Vermont goat dairy to win the Certified Grassfed accreditation from A Greener World, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainability. The farm was also awarded AGW’s Animal Welfare Approved certification for both its goats and its pasture-raised flock of chickens, which includes Welsummers, Marans, Speckled Sussex, Araucanas and other assorted breeds.

The Grassfed certification means that animals are:

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