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Five area organizations provide exceptional end-of-life care

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — On a sunny afternoon last week I had the distinct privilege of hosting eight professionals in the conference room at the Addison Independent to talk about dying.

Not my own death, necessarily — I am a 32-year-old with no known reason to consider my own imminent demise — rather, to learn more about the process of dying and what kinds of choices and considerations there are along the way. Not exactly your average Wednesday.

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Independent organizations and volunteers make a difference

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



Five independent organizations provide end-of-life services in Addison County, hosting an unusually large number of providers and volunteers in the area and resulting in an exceptionally strong support system in which every person should have access to supportive care at the end of their life.

While the over-arching goals of extraordinary hospice and end-of-life care may be shared by each, they do each focus on different aspects of this care.

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MUHS names valedictorian and three salutatorians

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has announced valedictorian and salutatorians for the Class of 2017

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Panton girl named as VUHS valedictorian

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Addison Indpeendent



VERGENNES — Sadie Kass, daughter of Alexander Smith and Susan Kass of Panton, has been named class Valedictorian of this year’s Vergennes Union High School graduating class. Kass, who holds the highest overall average of her class, will deliver the valedictory speech at graduation.

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Mediator to help ACSD negotiate teachers' pact

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central School District board members and educators have picked veteran arbitrator Ira Lobel to serve as mediator in an effort to resolve an impasse in negotiations for a new teachers’ contract.

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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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For a Ripton family, life changed in an instant

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Christina Walker’s daily routine began as usual on Thursday, April 20. She took the wheel of the family car to drive her fiancé, Brian Kerr, from their Ripton home to meet his work colleague in Salisbury. From there, the two men would travel to their latest job site.

It only took a split second for the couple’s lives — and those of their three children — to take a dramatic and tragic turn on that fateful day.

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Sas Carey film to be shown June 21

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Addision Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — For 24 years, Sas Carey has been traveling to Mongolia nearly every summer, learning about Mongolian culture — from riding horses to shamanic practices. Carey has documented these travels with a series of documentaries, and this summer she is remaining home, ready to share with her experiences.  

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Kindness rocks span the ages with messages of hope and love

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Christy Lynn



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ADDISON COUNTY — A simple project involving writing kind and motivational messages on brightly painted rocks for strangers to find and seek happiness from started with one person in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, and has quickly spread across the world.

The Kindness Rocks Project popped up last fall in Addison County, introduced by Robin Shalline, a third-grade teacher at New Haven’s Beeman Elementary School.

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Climate change: Hardy plants that are ready for it all

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Judith Irven



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As I look back on last summer, both here in Vermont and all down the eastern seaboard, I recall it as incredibly dry and also very hot — not an easy time for our gardens.

And a quick check of the NOAA website for Burlington reinforced my impressions. The overall rainfall in the summer of 2016 was 50 percent below the long term average. A total of 15 inches of rain fell between May and October, compared with the long-term average of 22 inches, and every month was drier than the long-term norm.

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