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Ripton Elementary students check out Middlebury College

Posted on October 17, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — The students and staff of Ripton Elementary School — including 44 students in grades pre-K through sixth — on Monday, Sept. 30, took a field trip to Middlebury College.

The day started on the athletic fields, where the Ripton students got to play with men and women from the lacrosse teams, softball team and women’s ice hockey team. Students learned to handle sticks, catch, throw, run and dodge in four different stations around the facilities.

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'Green Fire,' an inspiring film, teaches modern conservation

Posted on August 29, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — Friends of the Ripton Community Church will host a screening of the Emmy Award winning film “Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time” on Sunday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. at the church on Route 125 in Ripton.

The first full-length, high-definition documentary film ever made about legendary conservationist Aldo Leopold, “Green Fire” explores Leopold’s life in the early part of the 20th century and the many ways his land ethic idea continues to be applied all over the world today.

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McKibben wins $100k environmental award, pledges half to college — if it divests

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



RIPTON — Author and activist Bill McKibben on Tuesday was awarded the $100,000 Sophie Prize, one of the world’s largest environmental awards, for his work in building 350.org, the first widespread global climate campaign.

The Norway-based prize jury cited McKibben for “pioneering new methods of social protest,” from Internet-based organizing to the widespread civil disobedience confronting the Keystone XL pipeline. Past recipients of the award include Nobel laureate Wangari Mathaai and Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew.

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Halpern and her therapy dog give insight into aging

Posted on May 30, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — She’s been visiting Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (HPHRC) just about every Tuesday for more than three years, but the senior residents still line up for her arrival, hoping to get some eye contact and a handshake or two. No need for an exchange of words.

Not that the celebrity in question can speak in complete sentences; her vocabulary is confined to the occasional “woof.”

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North Branch students deliver self-written play with philosophical theme

Posted on April 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Theater enthusiasts will have an opportunity to witness a “Mad World” at the Ripton Community House this weekend. “Mad World” is the name of the original play that the North Branch School students have written and will perform twice, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12, and Saturday, April 13.

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Ripton eyes new school roof with solar panels

Posted on February 11, 2013 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton voters on Town Meeting Day will be asked to spend up to $150,000 to put a new roof on their elementary school. And in a separate vote on the same day, they’ll be asked to add to that new roof 200 solar panels in order to generate electricity to reduce the school’s energy bill for at least the next 20 years.

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Robert Frost letters unveiled, show great poet's thoughts on religion

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BUFFALO, N.Y. — On the 50th anniversary of Robert Frost’s death on Jan. 29, a rare collection of private artifacts that include religious musings during his time in Vermont and shed light on the great poet’s personal beliefs will be made available to the public for the first time.

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Rep. Willem Jewett picked as House majority leader

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, will have an even higher leadership profile in the Vermont House of Representatives during the next two years. The five-term incumbent lawmaker representing Addison-2 was unanimously elected by his fellow Democrats at their Dec. 8 caucus to serve as House majority leader when the Legislature reconvenes this January.

Jewett, 49, takes over from former House Majority Leader Lucy Leriche of Hardwick, who did not run for re-election. Jewett served the last two years as House majority whip.

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Ripton first responder staffs night shift in Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Like many Addison County residents, Ceredwyn Alexander spent some tense moments in front of her television during the past few weeks tracking the potential path of “super storm” Sandy and wondering if it would do to Vermont what Tropical Storm Irene did to the state last year.

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Previous owners return to their roots at Ripton's Chipman Inn

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Joan and Chris Bullock thought they had bid adieu to the Chipman Inn in 1986 following a successful, 8-year stint owning and operating the historic lodging facility off  Route 125 in Ripton. They had a nice run, but the long hours of cooking and cleaning had taken their toll.

Joan Bullock recalled often serving “last call” at the inn’s small pouring station in the wee hours, then grabbing a few hours of sleep before descending the stairs to the kitchen by 6 a.m. to get breakfast ready for her lodgers.

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