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Town administrator to end his eight-year run in Bristol

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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BRISTOL — After 30 years of dealing with pot holes, dog bite complaints and municipal budgets, Bristol town administrator Bill Bryant is ready to retire. Bryant, 57, tendered his letter of resignation at the March 17 selectboard meeting; and his last day will be April 30.

“It seemed like the right time to make a decision for me and the person who replaces me,” Bryant said, noting that the next fiscal year’s budget has been developed and approved by voters.

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Vergennes boatbuilder wins prestigious national fellowship

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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VERGENNES — Douglas Brooks, a Vergennes resident who builds stunningly beautiful and useful wooden boats by hand, has won a few awards for his fine craftsmanship over the years. But Brooks was really moved when he was named the winner of the American Craft Council Rare Craft Fellowship Award.

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Vergennes home's energy-efficiency features keep operating costs down

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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VERGENNES — When building a new home it is important that it is energy-efficient and has a light carbon footprint, said builder Ken Ruddy — but not because of the awards it can win (although Ruddy’s new home in Vergennes has been honored).

“It’s simple economics,” said the founder and owner of the North Ferrisburgh design/build company Fiddlehead Construction. “It pays for itself from day one.”

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Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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THE WOODWORK ON a fine old building on Main Street in Vergennes provided an interesting geometric pattern last week when viewed from the proper angle.

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Clippings by John McCright: GPS will help us find a better way

Posted on February 6, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



Last year Addison Independent columnist Eric Davis mentioned in a piece that one way the state could raise money to fund badly needed road and bridge repairs would be to put a GPS device in every car in Vermont and then charge a tax based on the actual number of miles driven each year. It is such an elegant and fair solution — the people who wear out the roads pay to replace them. What could be more fair?

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Middlebury College grad to hit the field at the Super Bowl

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Steven Hauschka looks not so different from everybody else in the Middlebury College class of 2007 facebook. Sandwiched between Casey Harwood and Tristan Hayes, Hauschka’s photo shows a fresh-faced kid from Needham, Mass., who had come to Middlebury to get a first-class education and play soccer.

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Comparing the cost of new Middlebury town offices vs. renovation

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corp. this week provided estimates that compare the cost of building the new Middlebury town offices and town gym on new sites vs. renovating or reconstructing the existing municipal building and gym at the corner of South Main and College streets.

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Clippings: Was it better in the good old days?

Posted on December 5, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



One of the endless saws one hears is that things were better in the good old days. When were these good old days? Back when men bound other men in chains, women were something less than second-class citizens, human lives were short and brutish and the best one could hope for was a death that was relatively quick? Those good old days?

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Exchange student from Spain shoots deer on first hunt

Posted on November 13, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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NEW HAVEN — There is a special kind of excitement in a young Vermonter’s voice when he or she tells you about the first time they bagged a deer. One 15-year-old who shot his first deer this past Saturday during Vermont Youth Hunting Weekend had a unique twist — he is an exchange student from Spain visiting Vermont for a year.

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Classic Chevelle draws a lot of attention

Posted on October 24, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — It’s sitting there just a few paces off Quarry Road in front of a small barn, so coy and so alluring.

Its finely sculpted body has beckoned many a lover of the finer things in life to stop and gawk and even make advances.

“Everybody and their brother dropped in,” said Jamie Simpson. “I had seven to 10 people per day asking if I’d sell it.”

The object of all this solicitous attention is a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

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