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Festival on-the-Green needs more helpers

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — For 33 years, organizers of the Middlebury Festival on-the-Green have been able to draw a steady stream of talented entertainers to the heart of Addison County’s shire town for a week of free music and family fun.

Now organizers are appealing for an infusion of new talent within their own ranks in order to keep the annual festival successful and vibrant into the future.

“We are at an energy crossroads,” said Festival on-the-Green President Gale Hurd.

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Floods close some local roads

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers, Ian Trombulak, and Andrew Stein



ADDISON COUNTY — Officials at the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) on Monday afternoon were continuing to work toward full recovery of the roadways around Addison County and Vermont that were flooded on Sunday as the remnants of Hurricane Irene swept through Vermont.

In Addison County the flooding appears to have been less severe than in other parts of the Vermont. According to Chris Cole, VTrans Director of Policy, Planning and Intermodal Development, the southern counties Bennington and Windham were hit especially hard.

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Utilities work to restore power in Addison County

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — Driving rain and wind gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour toppled trees into telephone lines, cutting power to thousands of Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers.

At about 10 a.m. Monday, CVPS was reporting 2,518 outages in Addison County and GMP was reporting 91. More than 55,000 customers lost power statewide, with officials warning it could be days before electricity was completely restored.

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Route 125 in Ripton and Middlebury not as badly hurt as in 2008 floods

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON/MIDDLEBURY — In a scene somewhat reminiscent of the flooding of August 2008, Route 125 from East Middlebury to Ripton experienced washouts in three locations as Tropical Storm Irene ripped through Addison County Sunday.

In one location, the Middlebury River took out a swath of guardrail, noted Ripton Selectman Richard Collitt.

“It’s nothing as serious as 2008,” Collitt said, harkening back to a brutal stretch of rain that erased several portions of Route 125 and took out entire sections of some local roads in Ripton, East Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Goshen and Hancock.

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After long political career, 'citizen' Douglas settles in

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Former Gov. James Douglas may be retired from politics, but he has no problem staying busy.

The Middlebury Republican, now eight months removed from office, is settling into a new life that includes such luxuries as spare time, more time with his family, the ability to finally drive himself to places and the flexibility to dress-down if he wants to.

But old habits are hard to break.

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Many make mark on National 9/11 Flag

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — It was but one stitch in a 20-foot-by-30.5-foot piece of fabric, but Kristen Farrell of Monkton savored the moment as her fingers eased the thread into place.

With one stroke of her hand, Farrell had brought the National 9/11 Flag — and her own heart — closer to repair.

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Ashley steps down from Middlebury selectboard

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectwoman Janelle Ashley has stepped down from her post because her family is moving to the town of Whiting.

“I will miss being such a central part of what’s happening in the Middlebury community,” Ashley said on Wednesday as she was packing up belongings at her Middlebury home.

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On the Radio: John Flowers on WDEV, August 23

Posted on August 23, 2011 | Blog Category:
By John Flowers



Senior reporter John Flowers makes a weekly Tuesday radio appearance on Morning News Service, a program on Waterbury-based WDEV, 96.1 FM. He wraps up recent Addison County news for listeners across Vermont.

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Weybridge eyes school's future

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents on Sept. 13 will gather for the first of several upcoming community forums to offer their views on how their local elementary school should be governed and managed during a future that will likely be marked by continuing low enrollment.

The meeting will be the first in a series of discussions in all seven Addison Central Supervisory Union towns on whether the district should consider consolidating its governance structure and/or more effectively share resources in acknowledgment of growing expenses and fewer students.

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Witherell joins Shoreham board

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By John Flowers



SHOREHAM — The Shoreham selectboard has selected longtime resident and former orchardist Sanford Witherell to join its ranks until the March elections. Witherell fills a spot recently vacated by Selectwoman Marthe Fisher, who stepped down on July 15 amid increasing professional and family commitments.

Witherell and his family owned and operated the Noggin Orchard in Shoreham until around two years ago, when Champlain Orchards acquired the property.

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