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Town tax rates stable for most of ANwSU district

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



VERGENNES — The five towns in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union (ANwSU) area received their state educational property tax rates last week for the next fiscal year. These educational rates, which typically make up about three-fourths of the towns’ total residential tax rates, will mostly remain stable relative to recent years.

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Local gives talk on photo history

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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MIDDLEBURY — No one knows exactly how town photography began. In the late 1890s, people began ordering large 8” by 10” cameras from the Sears Roebuck mail order catalogue for about $40 (about 10 times the weekly wage of a cobbler). A few entrepreneurial photographers — whose identities are now unknown — began charging for photographs of families posing in front of their homes with the new cameras.

The photographers also made postcards that were mailed around the country.

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Clippings: The importance of where one lives

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



While I was interviewing Jen Roberts in her Bridport home, she said something that made me want to pause my digital voice recorder.

“I was always more interested in where I wanted to be than what I wanted to do,” she said.

I was interviewing Jen and her husband Judd about their decision to raise their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide, in Addison County.

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Legion team hitting stride as playoffs approach

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County American Legion baseball team held on to second place in the Northeast Division and improved to an overall record of 30–9 after a busy week. With two games left in the regular season, AC appears to be in good shape heading into the state tournament, which will take place July 23-26 at Castleton State College.

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Mutlimedia profile of Dan Freeman

Posted on July 12, 2010 |
By Kevin Lehman, Kathryn Flagg, and George Altshuler



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Dan Freeman began hand-making custom leather shoes in the 1970s, and opened his Middlebury shop about ten years later. To learn the trade, he tracked down an old leather-worker in New Orleans, and spent days on Grey Hound buses traveling to Louisiana. After some persistence from Freeman, the New Orleans man agreed to teach Freeman his trade. Freeman estimates that there are around ten people left in the country that make the his type of custom boots and shoes.

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Making a life in Addison County: Jen Roberts and Judd Markowski

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Like many young adults in Addison County, Jen Roberts, 33, and Judd Markowski, 28, both moved away after finishing school. Roberts lived in England for a few months, working as a babysitter and bartender, and Markowski worked various jobs in Montana. But both chose to return here, and they soon met and got married. They're now raising their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide in Bridport.

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Business advice offered during wait for bridge

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



ADDISON COUNTY — Businesses affected by the closure and subsequent demolition of the Champlain Bridge are now being offered free consulting through the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC).

Sarah Kearns, a VtSBDC business adviser, will offer her services to businesses of any type until the end of 2011 — even after the replacement bridge is scheduled to open in the fall of next year.   

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College to host TEDx conference on 'impact'

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



MIDDLEBURY — How much can you learn in less than 18 minutes?

When the popular lecture series TEDx comes to town on Oct. 2, the Middlebury College community will answer that question.

At the conference, about a dozen speakers will address the theme “How we started from idea to impact.” In keeping with the spirit of the world famous Technology, Entertainment Design (TED) conferences, which the TEDx series grew out of, the speakers will limit their talks to 18 minutes or shorter.

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Radio project probes out-of-state prisons

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



MIDDLEBURY — Currently there are more than 2,000 people serving time in jail for state crimes committed in Vermont. More than a quarter of that number are housed in prisons more than 1,000 miles from where their crimes took place.

Each year, between 550 and 600 Vermont prisoners are held in privately run jails in Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Making a life in Addison County: Lifestyle, relatives draw new families

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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ADDISON COUNTY — Four years after they got married, Sharon O’Daniel and Jason Fearon took a risk. The couple had good jobs in Boston, but they decided to move back to Addison County in June 2007, regardless of whether they had jobs waiting for them.

O’Daniel had given birth to their son Grey, and the couple knew they wanted to raise their family in the Vergennes area, where they both grew up.

“We couldn’t imagine raising a child in a city or suburbs,” O’Daniel said. “Vermont’s atmosphere, attitude, pride and people are what we wanted to share with our kids.”

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