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Numbers tell the story of an aging Vermont

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



Editor’s note: This is the first in a three-part series looking at what the shrinking percentage of younger people in Vermont means to the future of the Green Mountain State.

ADDISON COUNTY — Here in Addison County we face the same demographic shifts as the rest of Vermont: a shrinking population of children under the age of 18 and an increase in older residents over the age of 65.

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Weight loss resolutions may do more harm than good

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



MIDDLEBURY — With the month of January comes New Year’s resolutions and studies show that Americans often vow to lose weight.

While some people use this time of year to fortify their efforts to take better care of their health, nutritionist Amy Rice said that the increased buzz about weight loss can be harmful to those who struggle with eating disorders or body image issues.

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Local lawmakers set goals for session

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



MONTPELIER — As the new legislative session began last week, Vermont lawmakers said that they expect to pass bills on paid family leave and the $15-an-hour minimum wage, both of which mirror bills that Gov. Phil Scott vetoed last May.

Addison County members of the state Senate and House of Representatives said other priorities for this session include water clean up, education funding and providing legal protection for groups who face discrimination.

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Day one

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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VERMONT PUBLIC RADIO’S Jane Lindholm speaks with Sen. Ruth Hardy about the East Middlebury Democrat’s first day in office, while Hardy’s husband, Jason Mittell, and children Anya and Walter look on. In the interview, Hardy said she was inspired to run because she wanted to be a role model, especially for her two daughters.

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Oath of office

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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SENS. RUTH HARDY of East Middlebury, fourth from left, and fellow Democrat Christopher Bray of New Haven, to her left, take the oath of office in the Vermont Senate chamber at the Statehouse in Montpelier this past Wednesday. Hardy, a newcomer, and Bray, beginning his fourth term, represent Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

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Sen. Hardy steps into new role at Statehouse

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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MONTPELIER — While many Vermont state senators began last Wednesday in their cars, battling a snowstorm on the way from their districts, East Middlebury Democrat Ruth Hardy strapped snow spikes onto her shoes and walked to the Statehouse.

Hardy, Addison County’s newest state senator, stayed the night before her swearing-in at her newly rented room in Montpelier and reported early for her first day on the job.

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New York Times book critic to revisit his literary roots

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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MIDDLEBURY — Dwight Garner, a book critic at The New York Times, says the best part of his job is also the hardest: just keeping up.

“There’s this fear of missing something,” he said, explaining that more than 20 books arrive at his apartment every day. His tries to keep as much on his radar as possible, from work by established authors to books out of smaller publishing houses. The latter he reads in the hopes of stumbling upon something fresh.

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As classes resume at the college, locals hit the books

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Sarah Asch



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MIDDLEBURY — Carol Spooner audited her first class at Middlebury College in the late 1980s. She sat in on an eight-person seminar course in the Religion Department about the bible and the environment.

Spooner, who graduated from the college in 1950, called up Professor Robert Schine and got permission to take the class. Since then, Spooner, 90, has audited roughly one class per semester on subjects including music theory, Chinese film, the Middle East and environmental studies. After she married her husband, Reg, in 1999, they began to audit classes together.

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