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Volunteers restore East Middlebury ball field

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — Eight parents worked all day Saturday to bring an East Middlebury baseball field back to life. They worked about 14 hours, but they were not alone. A lot of the children they were restoring the field for also helped out.

The field, located on Daisy Lane off Lower Plains Road, is now pretty much ready for use, according to Toby Rheaume, one of the fathers who worked on the field.

Rheaume and another father, Jason Larocque, came up with the idea to restore the East Middlebury field at a Memorial Day barbecue towards the end of Little League season.

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Unexpected: The Vermont Ukulele Society

Posted on July 1, 2010 | Blog Category:
By George Altshuler



Four years ago, I geared up to live in a land of dairy farms, maple syrup and cold winters. I had lived in California my whole life, and I was going to Middlebury College.

I soon found out that the winters here are indeed cold — quite cold — and I've enjoyed my share of covered bridges and berry picking. But over the years, I've come across quite a lot I didn't expect from Vermont.

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Making a life in Addison County: Maurice Bissonnette

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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Next in the Making a life in Addison County series, we profile Maurice Bissonnette, a 25-year-old who has lived in Vermont nearly all his life. He did attend art school in Boston after graduating from Mt. Abraham High School in Bristol, but moved back to Addison County after just a few months — he discovered cities just aren't for him.

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Making a life in Addison County: Hoping for jobs, young adults continue learning

Posted on June 24, 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, now including a profile of Maurice Bissonnette. The 25-year-old lives in Monkton and takes classes at Vermont Adult Learning. This Saturday he’s marrying Emily Watson-Blagden, his sweetheart from Mount Abraham Union High School.  

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Middlebury Lions contribute $25K to MVAA

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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MIDDLEBURY — At its annual awards banquet on Monday, the Middlebury Lions Club formally pledged $25,000 to the Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (MVAA), which is raising money to pay for its new headquarters just north of Porter Medical Center.

Outgoing Lions Club President Dave Nourse presented the first of five annual $5,000 checks to Mickey and Carol Heinecken, who are spearheading the MVAA fund-raising effort. 

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Clippings: Proudly of the farming generation

Posted on June 24, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



A year ago, The New York Times reported on the growing number of idealistic college students who spend summers working on organic farms.

The article described a few different members of my generation. An English major from Kenyon College declared that, after his summer farming, he was finally comfortable with not having been born in the ’60s.

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Cornwall to host alpaca competition

Posted on June 21, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



CORNWALL — People have been shearing alpacas in South America for centuries — among other things, the famous ponchos of Chile are made from Alpaca fleece.

But now, the popularity of alpacas is growing in the Northern Hemisphere, and companies ranging from Armani to REI are using the hair.

On Thursday this movement north will continue, as more than 20 entrants from around the country will compete for the title of “Best Alpaca Shearer in North America” on the alpaca farm of Carol and Cass Tillman in Cornwall.

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Making a life in Addison County: Carolyn Griggs

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



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The second installment of Making a life in Addison County profiles a very different story of a young adult in the local community. Carolyn Griggs, 23, grew up in Lincoln and went to Castleton State College to study elementary education. After she graduated last year, she moved back into her family's Lincoln home, and got a job assistant teaching at Addison Central school.

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Officials close Chimney Point historic site indefinitely

Posted on June 17, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



ADDISON — State officials closed the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison on June 14, citing safety concerns resulting from the nearby construction of the replacement Champlain Bridge.

The site, which is usually open from late May to October, will remain closed at least for the remainder of the year.

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Grant helps Bristol with town planning

Posted on June 14, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



BRISTOL — The town of Bristol will continue to revise its bylaws with a $12,350 grant it received this last from the state Municipal and Regional Planning Fund. With the grant money, Bristol will partner with Smart Growth Vermont, a nonprofit organization, to incorporate as much community input as possible into the process of rewriting its bylaws. 

This year, the Municipal and Regional Planning Fund awarded a total of $347,291 to 38 towns across the state, including Vergennes. The fund, which was established in 1988, supports municipal planning and development.

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