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Airborne

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



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TIGER FRESHMAN EMILY Laframboise leaps during her performance on the balance beam during the Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team’s meat with U-32 on Tuesday evening.

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Jessie Raymond: A billion reasons to skip the lottery

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



In case you were wondering, I didn’t win the U.S. Powerball jackpot last night.

That’s no big surprise, given that the odds of winning were one in 292,201,338. The chances of me being attacked by a shark — in Vermont, yesterday — were exponentially higher.

But the main reason I didn’t win is that I didn’t play.

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Jessie Raymond: One weird fact: Online info false!

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Recently a Facebook friend of mine shared a terrifying post, ostensibly written by her cousin’s co-worker, about a dangerous new car-jacking trend. The incident in question happened to the friend’s cousin’s co-worker’s daughter in a Walmart parking lot and, the post warned, it could happen to you.

The poor young woman came out of the store and got in her car. When she checked her mirror to back up, she noticed a sale flier tucked under the rear wiper. So, with the car running, she got out to remove the flier.

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Jessie Raymond: Police encounter ends life of crime

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When I saw flashing blue lights in my rearview mirror one evening last week, I pulled over to let the cop go past.

But instead of flying by, he pulled in right behind me.

My first thought: Not this again.

I’m not proud to say it, but I have a history of run-ins with the law.

There was that time the summer after high school graduation when I got pulled over for going 35 in a 25 mile-per-hour zone. The officer let me off with a warning.

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Jessie Raymond: Decking the halls is no easy task

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



For Christmas this year, I’m planning to decorate our front porch with a garland and white lights. I don’t even have the garland yet, and already I’m second-guessing my plan.

Doubt started creeping in the moment I pulled the lights out of storage. The five strands I had placed, separately, into a box last January came out bundled together in a giant ball. What’s worse, when I finally got them untangled, I found that only one strand worked.

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Play on

Posted on November 23, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



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LOCAL ACTOR CHRISTOPHER Ross rehearses “The Varieties of Romantic Experience: An Introduction” at the Town Hall Theater last week. The one-man show was written by Middlebury College professor Rob Cohen.

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On stage

Posted on November 23, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



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TANYA KURTZ LEHMAN, LEFT, Chris Sommer, Carol Reed and Joanna Colwell rehearse a scene from “This is Not a Good Time,” a new short play by Addison Independent columnist Jessie Raymond. The show premiered at the Town Hall Theater last Friday night.

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Jessie Raymond: Time to end the war on Black Friday

Posted on November 19, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



What is this country coming to?

According to the news, Black Friday, that day-after-Thanksgiving retail frenzy we have all come to love and fear, is getting scaled back.

This year, some retailers are encouraging people to max out their credit cards over the entire month leading up to Christmas, rather than just on one heady, potentially life-threatening day.

We can’t let this happen.

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Jessie Raymond: Halloween hangover an annual rite

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Halloween has come and gone.

Once again, I ate too much candy.

You might wonder how this happens, when we have no trick-or-treaters left at home, and our Halloween visitors are so rare we could gather all the candy we needed just by digging between the couch cushions.

Well, I buy candy. “Just in case.”

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