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Teens take a benefit plunge into icy Ripton pond

Posted on February 8, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — On the last weekend of January the students of the North Branch School in Ripton held their 5th Annual Penguin Plunge, an event held to raise money for the school’s financial aid fund.

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Group gives kids 'passports' to the great outdoors

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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ADDISON COUNTY — Do you like spending time outdoors?

Most of us (kids and adults) answer, “Yes!” But when it comes right down to it, we don’t actually spend as much time as we might like outside.

“The statistics show us that about 50 percent of kids today play outside as they did in the ’80s,” sited Andy Paluch, executive director of Come Alive Outside — a non-profit based in Rutland. “There are so many things competing for our attention these days.”

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Pepper and Sassafras flavor Ripton Coffee House with music

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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This Saturday, Feb. 3, the Ripton Community Coffee House welcomes Pepper and Sassafras.

Who?

It’s Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers and Wendy Sassafras Ramsay, a duo of great music and thought. 

“Wendy is as sassy as sassafras. Jeffrey is the antithesis of hot pepper: gentle and thoughtful,” reports Gail Brett, of Park Coffee House in upstate New York. “Together they stir up great music — clever, funny, and thought provoking, with an easy rapport with the audience."

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Screenwriters find inspiration at Bread Loaf

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Emma Cotton



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On the evening of Jan. 17, up in the snowy hills of Ripton, a group of screenwriters gathered in the main dining hall of the Bread Loaf Inn. They clinked wine glasses and munched on bacon-wrapped scallops — their collective effervescence the product of a successful week-long retreat.

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North Branch alumni gather to tell stories, reminisce

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — More than two dozen former North Branch School students gathered on a cold night at the North Branch School in Ripton on Dec. 28 to reunite, share stories and play Ultimate Jeopardy in the Big Room.

The alums came from all corners of the country and spanned 15 years of graduating classes. “Our alums love to come back to the school,” says Tal Birdsey, co-founder and head teacher at the school. “They loved the school when they were students here, and it’s an important place for them still.”

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Glide into a new season with Frost Mountain Nordic

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



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When you think of a nordic ski club, you might think of spandex suits, streamline sunglasses and hundreds of lean athletes racing around a course pushing off of their skinny skis and tall poles. Next you might think brrrr… and skip the nordic racing scene for warmer clothes and a more tranquil touring experience.

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Top 10, No. 10: Gun regulations draw fire

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



Two county communities hosted at times heated debates this year about where lines should be drawn between the right to shoot firearms and the right to neighborhood peace and safety.

The situations and the results varied.

In Whiting neighbors of a gun range that town officials said was illegal complained about noise and safety. About two dozen showed up at a zoning board hearing in July to oppose ongoing shooting at a Stickney Road range. The owner, Nicolas Iocco, said he no longer runs the range as a business, although he would accept donations.

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Middlebury-area school board on path to level-funded budget; teachers brace for layoffs

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District (ACSD) board on Monday agreed to pursue a level-funded budget for member-schools for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year, a move that would require more than $1.9 million in cuts and a potential reduction of 14 teaching positions, 18 paraprofessionals, a principal’s post and a central office worker.

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McKibben's new fable a witty tour de force on the allure of resistance

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — Using humor and wit in his debut novel, “Radio Free Vermont,” environmentalist and Ripton resident Bill McKibben pens a rollicking tale of resistance and political activism through the antics of a handful of Vermont characters whose capers start small then snowball into a full-blown movement to secede from the union — not focused on clever hijinks, but based on “facts, data, ideas.”

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Note of appreciation: Many helped 97-year-old Ripton resident get by without electricity

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Hilda Billings



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Our state certainly could be thankful for 64 degrees with our power off, which it was for six days or more after the recent wind storm. Some different storm; we could remember the hurricane in 1950.

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