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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
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Trick or Read: Halloween 2009

Posted on November 2, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



On Halloween, Sloan Weinberg had boxes of books for all reading levels lined up on her porch, ready for the wave of trick-or-treaters to come through Buttolph Acres. As each costumed visitor approached the porch, she chose a book of the right level, helped by her husband, Andy, and her two daughters, 10-year-old Grace and seven-year-old Jade.

"As a teacher, I thought it would be a great idea to give something to promote education and came up with the idea of a book," she said.

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Crossing Delancey hits the Vergennes stage

The Little City Players opened the second half of their 2009 season last Thursday with a production of Susan Sandler’s “Crossing Delancey.” The show, which was popularized in a 1988 movie starring Amy Irving and Peter Riegert, tells the story of a New York City single whose life is complicated by her grandmother and the matchmaker who team up to find her a husband. The Vergennes production features Hannah Weisman, Janet Stambolian, Anna Sun, King Milne and Glen Eastman. “Crossing Delancey” continues Oct. 29-31 at the Vergennes Opera House.

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College museum unveils Renaissance art

Posted on September 28, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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MIDDLEBURY — When Katherine Smith Abbott heard the news in 2005 that the Middlebury College Museum of Art was considering purchasing a 600-year-old Italian painting, she was elated. This was right up Smith Abbott’s alley.

An associate dean and a professor of art history at the college, Smith Abbott specializes in Italian Renaissance art. She knew that the college museum didn’t own any work from the Italian Renaissance, and she urged the museum’s director to consider the purchase, both because of its condition and the void it filled in the college collection.

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Addison farmer takes big plunge in celebration of life

Posted on September 10, 2009 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON — Lee and Pat Kayhart have each slung a bucket or two during their 40 years of dairying at their farm in West Addison.

Now the couple is poised to retire, selling their business interests to their sons — but they are not done with buckets. Lee Kayhart has started crossing off items on his “bucket list,” an ambitious series of accomplishments he’d like to cross off before he is no longer able. Kayhart, 61, and a couple of his buddies recently crossed off a big one, in the form of a parachute jump not five miles from the Kayharts’ farm.

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Otters shut down Eagles in opener

Posted on September 10, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team scored touchdowns on eight of its first nine possessions and held visiting Mount Abraham to minus yardage through three periods on Saturday, when the Otters defeated the Eagles, 56-7, before more than 500 fans on the first football game at the newly rebuilt Markowski Field.

The victory on the new field made the day more meaningful, said junior OV quarterback Zakk Williams, who completed five of six attempts for four touchdowns and 115 yards.

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TAM celebrates trail-blazing in Middlebury area

Posted on September 10, 2009 |
By Chelsey Pletts



MIDDLEBURY — The idea came to Amy Sheldon when she was living in Middlebury and walking to Chipman Hill each morning before coming to work. Sheldon noticed that, more often than not, she was the only person using the small stretch of trail in east Middlebury.

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Local acts shine at Middlebury's Got Talent

Posted on September 3, 2009 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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MIDDLEBURY — The lights of the Town Hall Theater shone bright on the 16 acts of the Middlebury’s Got Talent show this past Saturday and Sunday.

The performers sang, danced and strummed their way through the show, each act building the audience’s enthusiasm.

On Sunday afternoon, Tony Bates commented on his place in the show as the lone comedy act. “So you know, I’m the only act this afternoon without music. I don’t sing, I don’t play an instrument, I’m not a sexy tap dancer,” he said. “Well, I’m not a tap dancer,” he added, to a shout of laughter from the audience.

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Champlain's storytellers: Shoreham residents share tales from the lake

Posted on August 31, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



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SHOREHAM — The Swinton sisters still remember the night in the early 1950s when a tugboat on Lake Champlain ran a barge aground on a sandbar, not far from the family’s home in West Bridport.

It was late, and the tugboat’s crew came over to the Swinton home to use the telephone — several times, as Peggy (Swinton) Clark, now 71, remembers it.

One thing led to another, and after several calls, the crew made plans to take their tug and head for Port Henry, N.Y., where the tugboat could make arrangements to have the stranded barge dislodged from the sandbar.

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Addison County's 'Million Dollar Baby' readies for Golden Gloves competition

Posted on August 24, 2009 |
By Chelsey Pletts



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CORNWALL — Sara Daly, 37, at five-foot-four and the mother of two, seems an unlikely fist thrower. As co-founder of Waterfalls Day Spa in Middlebury and Waterfalls at Basin Harbor Club in Ferrisburgh, Daly spends her days surrounded by beauty and relaxation.

Nevertheless, she has put in nearly a year of serious training for the Golden Gloves boxing tournament that will take place at the Memorial Auditorium in Burlington early next year.

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The Gardens of Addison County

ADDISON COUNTY — Heading into the dog days of summer, vegetable and flower gardens around Addison County were in full bloom this month. Join the Addison County Independent for a look at just a few of the gardens cultivated by local green thumbs using this interactive Google map.

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