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Lincoln store owner knows her customers

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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LINCOLN — If one were to spend a day observing the clientele of the Lincoln General Store, here’s what they may see: In the morning, a group of eight men who gather there almost every day to discuss woodworking techniques, or the area’s best sheet metal provider. At lunchtime, perhaps a cyclist, stopping for a quick bite to eat as they brave the Six Gaps. And in the late afternoon, school children, hurrying off the bus and into the store, charging a snack to their parents’ account and making their way to soccer practice.

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MUHS alum's new company uses 3-D technology to preserve healthy ears

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — Your ears are as distinctive as your fingerprints: That’s the essence of Murmur, a new Silicon Valley company founded by Cornwall native Jordan Sax.

Using three-dimensional scanners, that consist of lasers and cameras, and 3-D printers, Murmur creates custom hearing-protection products that contour to the exact shape of individual ear canals.

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MUMS students give '13 Reasons Why Not' as they work to prevent bullying and suicide

Posted on June 19, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — “Your canvas has many unique colors, you are a piece of art.”

“You’re a tall redwood tree; resist the negativity and live a long life.”

“The sky speaks to you and says you are the brightness in my day.”

“Be like a wolf: strong and independent. I will be your pack.”

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Hancock searching for next town clerk

Posted on June 19, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



HANCOCK — The town of Hancock has begun looking for a new town clerk after the current clerk, Olivia Drury, announced she will be stepping down from the position.

Drury will be relocating to Rochester for family reasons, according to selectboard Chair Jack Ross. In Hancock, as in most Vermont towns, the clerk is required by law to be a town resident, so Drury will no longer be able serve in the position. Ross said Drury, who did not respond to a phone call before the Independent’s Friday deadline, will be leaving on July 1.

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Community rallies as farmer fights deportation

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



PANTON — More than 110 people have donated money to a GoFundMe campaign in support of Juan De La Cruz, a Panton resident of Mexican birth, farm owner, and father of six who, according to the campaign website, was told that he will be deported on July 6.

The fundraising webpage was created by Ferrisburgh resident Kim Haigis on June 12. The money donated, more than $8,000 as of Wednesday morning, will be used to help pay his family’s legal fees.

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Middlebury tax district extension sought

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Downtown Improvement District Commission has begun the process of petitioning the town’s selectboard to extend and amend the Downtown Improvement District ordinance.

The local law places a special tax on nonresidential downtown properties in order to fund projects in the area.

At present, there are 124 properties that fall within the district, which encompasses the central village around Main Street and Route 7 in the heart of the village.

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MUHS grads: Work hard, speak up and take action

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — A gentle and welcome breeze made its way through the Memorial Sports Center as the 133 members of the Middlebury Union High School class of 2017 officially received their high school diplomas on Saturday, June 10.

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Meals on Wheels reduces staff; volunteers are angry

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



MIDDLEBURY — The decision to eliminate the job of Addison County coordinator for Meals on Wheels has some wondering if the program, which distributes meals along with a friendly dose of human contact to often homebound seniors, can function properly here.

Under financial pressure, the non-profit Age Well decided to replace the position, most recently held by Tracy Corbett, with existing personnel in their Essex Junction headquarters and a software program designed to automate many of the job’s responsibilities.

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Bristol teen finishes high school her way: Vermont Adult Learning provides alternate path to graduation

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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MIDDLEBURY — Hannah Gorton has never attended a traditional school. Nevertheless, the Bristol 17-year-old will soon have the credentials she needs to pursue higher education.

Gorton, who was homeschooled, will receive her GED on Thursday, June 8, at Vermont Adult Learning’s 2017 graduation and achievement ceremony in the Kirk Alumni Center at Middlebury College (see story on Page 14A).

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