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Making a life in Addison County: Seth Kittredge

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Seth Kittredge grew up in New Haven, but spent ten years serving in the Vermont National Guard, including a one-year tour in Iraq. When he returned, Kittredge and his wife, Morgan, decided to raise their now 22-month-old son in Vergennes.

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Making a life in Addison County: Iraq tour gives native a new perspective

Posted on August 19, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note — This article is part of our ongoing series about the thousands of young adults who reside in the county, how and why they live here. The series includes print articles and multimedia profiles of young adults, which can all be found on our website www.addisonindependent.com.

A multimedia profile of Seth Kittredge, 30, of Vergennes can be found here. A former member of the Vermont National Guard, Kittredge spent a year in Iraq patrolling for improvised explosive devices.

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Fun at Field Days: Livestock and politicians are big part of the scene

Posted on August 16, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo and George Altshuler



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Livestock and politicians are big part of the scene

Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days provides a calliope of sights and sounds that tantalize the senses and tickle the imagination, and the 62nd annual edition last week was no exception. As always, the five-day event proved too much to capture in one place, but we’re presenting a few verbal snapshots from the fairgrounds along with some of Trent Campbell’s fantastic photographs so you can relive the experiences and hopefully make plans to attend next year.

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A smashing success: Derby draws crowds

Posted on August 16, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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NEW HAVEN — Huge crowds packed into the grandstand near the tractor pad at the Addison County Fair and Field Days Wednesday and Thursday evenings to watch the most chaotic part of the week’s festivities: the No. 1 Auto Parts Demolition Derby.

The crowds — which swelled to over 4,000 each night — got their fix of mayhem as cars collided and somehow kept rolling with only two or three wheels. In each contest one car — or minivan — emerged out of the disorder still running.

The competition was pretty much as chaotic from a driver’s perspective as it was from the crowd’s.

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Antiques at Field Days stir memories, new enthusiasts

Posted on August 12, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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NEW HAVEN — When Chris Hogan was a young boy, he showed animals in various 4-H competitions at the Addison County Fair and Field Days. Hogan, now 18, enjoyed the competitions, but they weren’t the real reason he was excited for Field Days every year.

During his downtime between 4-H competitions, the Leicester boy would hurry across the fairgrounds to the antique equipment area to watch as volunteers repaired old machines and conducted demonstrations.

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Making a life in Addison County: Lack of jobs, housing strains young adults

Posted on August 12, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Editor’s note: Over the course of the summer, the Independent’s ongoing series “Making a Life in Addison County” has documented the lives of some of the 7,000 young adults in our community. We’ve looked at how people ages 18–35 view this community, why they choose to settle down here, and whether they choose to raise families here.

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Hikes in tax rates vary across ANeSU towns

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



BRISTOL — Property tax rates in the next fiscal year will increase in a range from less than 1 percent to 5.5 percent in the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union (ANeSU).

The new rates will mean increases in taxes on residential properties valued at $200,000 ranging from $37 outside the Bristol police district to $304 in Starksboro.

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Bristol board mulls future of the South Street bridge

Posted on August 5, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard is considering what to do with the recently closed South Street Bridge, which the town shut down last week because of safety concerns.

At a meeting of the board Monday night, town administrator Bill Bryant outlined three options the town could adopt to reopen the span.

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Trent Roleau, Hero

Posted on August 2, 2010 | Blog Category:
By George Altshuler



I never thought my personal hero would be younger than me. But I've come to believe that Trent Roleau, 21, is either Addison County's incarnation of Achilles or a modern day Perseus. I'm not quite sure which.

Back in the day he led the Mount Abe basketball team to a state championship. More recently, I profiled him as part of my Making a Life in Addison County series, and he told me about his plans to start a small-scale diversified farm in Lincoln. Intrepid stuff.

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Making a life in Addison County: Trent Roleau

Posted on July 30, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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After Trent Roleau, 21, graduates from Vermont Technical College next year, he hopes to start a small-scale diversified farm on a property owned by his parents near where he grew up in Lincoln. Roleau's parents own Isham Brook Farm, and Trent grew up caring for pigs, collecting maple sap every spring and competing in draft horse competitions around New England.

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