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County firemen earn statewide recognition

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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ADDISON COUNTY — When a fire destroyed the Blue Spruce Motel in Middlebury on July 12, volunteers from seven area fire departments responded with many firefighters going beyond the call of duty. The Addison County fire service was working like a well-oiled machine to ensure that citizens were safe and property damage was kept to a minimum.

It was this type of selfless hard work that earned four county firefighters from three departments recognition from a statewide organization earlier this month.

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Bristol gun advocates take aim at proposed ordinance

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Gaen Murphree



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BRISTOL — Pete Lossman was among the 70 or so Bristol residents at Monday night’s hearing in Holley Hall on a proposed ordinance to regulate the discharge of firearms in Bristol.

He was among the many who claimed the ordinance would burden responsible gun owners only, while doing nothing to curb the “stupid” behavior of those who lack the common sense to use guns safely.

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Montague named new leader of land trust

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jamie Montague has always been drawn to communities offering an array of environmental and recreational assets — such as spacious parks and rustic walking trails. So landing a job in which she will manage many such assets for the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) was akin to winning the lottery for Montague.

Montague, 30, succeeds Carl Robinson as executive director of MALT, a nonprofit organization that so far has conserved more than 2,600 acres of land, farms, forests, wetlands and recreational areas in and around Middlebury.

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Literacy foundation gives away books to combat 'summer slide'

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Will DiGravio



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VERGENNES — Dozens of children were grinning ear-to-ear recently as they perused stacks of glistening new books the Children’s Literacy Foundation, or CLiF, was giving away for free in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol.

That’s right, free.

As part of CLiF’s commitment to encourage summer reading, on Monday, July 24, the nonprofit held storytelling and book giveaways at community hubs in the county’s three largest population centers.

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Middlebury to cast off construction blues with downtown block party

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



There’s not a whole lot that’s fun about construction, especially when it tears up the heart of downtown Middlebury. Traffic will be detoured around the centre-ville starting today, Thursday, July 27, through Saturday, Aug. 5, which means, less traffic for all of our beloved shops on Main Street and Merchants Row.

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Kolts sentenced at emotional hearing

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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MIDDLEBURY — Rein Kolts, a 70-year-old Orwell resident and former coach and bus driver at Shoreham Elementary School, on Monday was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for repeated nonconsensual sex with a minor.

Kolts was convicted on Jan. 20 for the assaults on a girl who was 11 to 13 years old when the crimes were committed. The victim, a New Hampshire resident and Kolts’ niece, told police the offences occurred more than five times at Kolts’ Orwell home and once in Chester.

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Local tapped for Vermont Climate Action Commission

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



UPDATED: MONTPELIER — Middlebury businessman Bill Laberge, of Laberge Insurance, and Bridport farmer Marie Audet, of Blue Spruce Farm, are two Addison County residents named to the newly formed Vermont Climate Action Commission.

The commission was formed by an executive order from Gov. Phil Scott this past Thursday, July 20.

Among the commission’s responsibilities will be the task of unifying Vermont’s ambitious climate and economic goals.

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Middlebury adopts new business growth plan

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday endorsed a new economic development policy for the town that, among other things, calls for creating a new economic development committee and establishing a revolving loan fund to help local businesses.

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Salisbury town hall sized up for repairs

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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SALISBURY — Salisbury residents on Aug. 22 will be presented with repair options for their historic town hall at 918 Maple St.  The building doesn’t get a lot of community use right now due to shortcomings that include a lack of running water and access obstacles for people with disabilities.

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Salisbury students on a mission to save the world

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — This past school year Salisbury Community School kindergarteners were on a mission: saving the world.

The 10 kindergarteners and their teachers, Mary Drew and Amanda Payne, ran with that passion for the earth, not losing sight of the mission throughout the year.

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