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Brandon Reporter's popular Lee Kahrs bids farewell

Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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BRANDON — In 2007, Lee J. Kahrs was in between journalism jobs and had been house-painting when she came home to find a note on her door from Polly Lynn, now the editor and co-publisher of The Mountain Times in Killington.

The note said that Lynn’s father, Angelo, the editor and publisher of the Addison Independent in Middlebury, needed Kahrs’ help with a new paper he had acquired, The Reporter.

Kahrs started at The Reporter one week later.

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Barre teen who penned Make-A-Wish book to give Middlebury reading

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — The captain of boat warned Jamie Heath that they might not see any sea turtles. Initially disappointed, as the sea creatures were her inspiration to choose Hawaii as her destination in the first place, she kept her head down and searched among the coral.

“If you see a sea turtle, call ‘Jamie,’” the captain announced.

Only a little while later someone yelled her name. She stuck her head beneath the water’s surface to find the turtles swimming beneath her.

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Midd student from Afghanistan following dream of pro cycling

Posted on August 6, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — Forty-five minutes before his race at the Catamount Outdoor Family Center on the last Saturday in July, Farid Noori, 24, of Ghazni, Afghanistan, pedaled up to a viewpoint beside the Williston race course. Taking a quick break from his warm-up, Noori, a Middlebury College student, sat and took a deep breath.

“It’s going to be fine,” he thought.

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Bread Loaf students join with professional actors in summer stock theater

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Books and papers are strewn about the floor of the Burgess Meredith Little Theater on the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College. Actors file in toward the open stage from all sides, grabbing chairs for a courtroom scene in an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities.” Those not in the scene sit offstage and follow along with their scripts.

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Clippings: Shared birthdays show what matters

Posted on August 2, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Last Sunday, for the 23rd time, I blew out birthday candles with my great-grandmother. This time, though, was particularly special — my great-grandmother Lorraine turned 100 on July 24, my birthday as well.

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Whiting to host a preschool; older kids moving out

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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WHITING — Beginning in September, Whiting Elementary School will house a district-wide prekindergarten program for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union (RNeSU), as well as a full-time private childcare center.

RNeSU Superintendent Jeanne Collins said that the Otter Valley Unified Union (OVUU) School Board sought a public-private partnership to address concerns from parents who were unable to send a child to pre-K because they also needed full-time childcare.

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Route 17 bridge to open in time for fair

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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NEW HAVEN — The rebuild of the Route 17 bridge over Otter Creek in New Haven will be complete before Addison County Fair and Field Days opens on Aug. 7, according to the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s project manager.

VTrans Project Manager Carolyn Carlson said the rebuilt bridge will be open to vehicles by Aug. 3, allowing normal traffic flow to resume before the county’s nearby popular annual fair.

Construction began on Route 17’s Bridge 8, which passes over Otter Creek between Weybridge and New Haven, in early June. 

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Historians recall Vermont '57 plane crash

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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SALISBURY/BRANDON — At 11 years old, Brian Lindner hiked Camel’s Hump with a friend, and ended up finding the site of a 1944 B-24 bomber crash.

None of the adults in his life could answer his questions about the crash that were fueling his curiosity.

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Midd grad develops innovative pants to give women more freedom outdoors

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles of new businesses launching through the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, a business incubator in Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY — Two summers ago, when Georgia Grace Edwards worked 10-12 hours a day as a glacier guide on Juneau, Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier, she quickly noticed how the work was different for her than for her male co-workers.

Edwards’ main disadvantage as one of the only female guides? Using the bathroom.

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New train set, donated to Sheldon Museum, is on view at the Diner

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Rachel Cohen



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MIDDLEBURY — As an infant, Roy Sokolowski could hear the train whistles of the Long Island Railroad from his parents’ apartment. From the age of three, he shared a small Lionel Train Set with his grandfather. As he got older, Sokolowski and his family would often take vacations by car to Pennsylvania — the Poconos, Lancaster. On occasion, they would squeeze in a train-related destination like the stop at the East Broad Top Railroad in Orbisonia, Pa.

“The seed was planted,” Sokolowski said of his interest in all-things railroad.

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