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Local animated film earns international acclaim; vote for it in contest

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — “The Collinwood Fire,” the latest animated film by Middlebury’s Daniel Houghton, begins with a filmmaker and a journalist racing toward a column of smoke rising above a small town.

When the duo arrive at the scene, they record what they see on film and paper: children fleeing their elementary school as it is devoured by flames, forced to run past the corpses of their classmates and jump off a fire escape that does not reach the ground.

If you want to know the rest of the story you can watch the film online right now.

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County natives deepen their love of art with their own gallery

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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VERGENNES — “You have the best office in all of Addison County.”

That’s what clientele often say to Justine Jackson and Sophie Pickens, the owners of Northern Daughters, a contemporary art gallery located in the heart of downtown Vergennes.

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Benware is busy in Leicester and Salisbury

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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LEICESTER — On the land that now houses the Blue Ledge Farm, near Leicester’s border with Salisbury, used to sit the first schoolhouse in Addison County. To those who live there, the remnants of that schoolhouse serve as a symbol of the town’s longstanding commitment to education.

One Leicester resident who embodies that commitment is selectboard Chair Diane Benware, who has also been a teacher in Leicester and the surrounding community for more than 40 years.

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Roadside food stand dishes up Tac-o' de Town

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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SALISBURY — Dot D’Avignon has a sweet tooth. One day, when she was 14, she succumbed to her want for sugar and made herself a cake. From there, a love of cooking was born and she hasn’t stopped since.

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$20K raised to help Panton farmer fight deportation

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



PANTON — The GoFundMe campaign in support of Juan De La Cruz, a Panton resident of Mexican birth, farm owner and father of six who is facing deportation, has met its $20,000 fundraising goal.

As reported in the June 15 issue of the Independent, the funds raised via the campaign webpage are being used to cover De La Cruz’s legal costs as he fights to stay in the country.

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Road projects abound in Addison County: Hancock, Orwell targeted for work

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



ADDISON COUNTY — It’s summertime and that means road construction.

Roadwork is proceeding on a number of state roads throughout Addison County and the surrounding area, causing some delays for commuters and other travelers.

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Whiting zoning board to hear appeal in case on local shooting range

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



WHITING — The Whiting Zoning Board of Adjustment this Friday evening will hold a hearing for a group of residents who have appealed the town’s determination that they violated zoning regulations by operating a gun range and commercial business on their property without the proper permits.

Nicolas Iocco, Michael and Lawrence Quesnel, and Roger and Blanche Quesnel Revocable Trust, of 299 Stickney Road, submitted the appeal. The hearing will take place on July 14 at 5:30 p.m. at the Whiting Town Hall.

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High-tech glasses help blind woman 'see'

Posted on July 10, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — Thirty years ago, Louise Wright was told she would become blind. Four years ago, she did lose her sight completely, and began training herself to live as fully as possible in her new world of darkness.

Thanks to a unique piece of technology she recently received, the Middlebury woman is regaining some measure of independence.

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College leads in a new kind of scholarship: video essays

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — Is criticism ever art? Can academic analysis move a person with the kind of appeal to emotion that art does?

Videographic criticism, a relatively new kind of scholarship that relies as much on the aesthetic as it does on the analytical, is being produced at Middlebury College. A National Endowment for the Humanities grant funded a workshop this month where film and media scholars are learning how to produce cutting edge videographic criticism.

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MUHS graduate headed to China: Henry Ganey wins State Department language scholarship

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — The U.S. Department of State has awarded a newly minted Middlebury Union High School graduate a scholarship that will allow him to spend a year studying Chinese in Changzhou, China.

Henry Ganey is one of 600 students from across the United States to receive the scholarship as part of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program affiliated with the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

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