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Vergennes zoning laws being updated, feedback sought

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed update to the city’s zoning laws at a Monday, Sept. 28, public hearing to be hosted by the Vergennes Planning Commission.

Planners hope after that hearing to pass their proposal to the city council, which would also have to hold at least one hearing before it adopted the update. An eight-page overview of the changes may be found at vergennes.org under “City News.”

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VSAC offering workshops on how to pay for college

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY/BRANDON — Vermont Student Assistance Corp. will offer free workshops at local high schools to help families plan how to pay for college and training after high school.

The presentations, which normally run 90 minutes to 2 hours, provide students and their parents with information on financial aid and other resources available to pay for college. Time is allotted for questions.

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Tai Chi lessons offered to area seniors

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON COUNTY — September is Falls Prevention and Awareness Month in Vermont, and CVAA is offering a series of Tai Chi for Arthritis falls prevention classes around the county.

Falls are the main reason why older adults lose their independence, and many people to believe the myth that “falls are an inevitable part of aging.” Fortunately, the opportunity to help reduce falls among older adults has never been better, because research has demonstrated that falls can be prevented.

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Shoreham kids crown new crop of Monarch butterflies

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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SHOREHAM — The late, great stand-up comedian George Carlin once said, “The caterpillar does all the work, but the butterfly gets all the publicity.”

That may be especially true when that butterfly is royalty, as in the “monarch,” an increasingly scarce specimen that the eight eager students in Ms. Justine Logan’s first-grade class at Shoreham Elementary School are taking pains to study, raise and release for the insect’s annual marathon flight to Mexico.

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Milk price protection program deadline nears for farmers

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Margin Protection Program (MPP), a USDA program available to dairy producers through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), provides financial assistance to participating dairy operations when the margin — the difference between the price of milk and feed costs — falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. This voluntary program was established by the 2014 Farm Bill. For coverage in 2016, enrollment began July 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015.

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Working Lands grants now available to Vt. Farms

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERMONT — The Working Lands Enterprise Board (WLEB) announces the availability of over $500,000 in grant funds for the 2016 program year. The application period will open on Oct. 1, with grants targeting essential, catalytic investments in Vermont’s farm and forest economy. Grants will be available to Vermont agriculture and forest sector businesses, as well as service providers that provide the critical technical assistance needed for business growth.

The two investment areas are as follows:

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National Bank of Middlebury receives community reinvestment award

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — National Bank of Middlebury has been awarded an “outstanding” Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) performance by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. The Community Reinvestment Act is intended to encourage banks to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate. Banking institutions are encouraged to reinvest in their communities — and to halt discriminatory lending practices (such as lending exclusively to high-income areas and avoiding low- and moderate-income credit applicants).

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New college president reaching out to town, building partnerships

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — As dorms reopen, classes begin and Middlebury College embarks on its 216th year of expanding and sharpening young minds through the rigors of a liberal arts education, a woman takes the helm for the first time in the institution’s history.

Laurie L. Patton began her tenure as Middlebury College’s 17th president on July 1. She will be officially inaugurated on Oct. 11.

“I love the community,” said Patton, 53. “The warmth of the welcome has been truly overwhelming.”

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Performance preview: ‘Judevine’ opera brings vet’s struggles to life

Posted on September 17, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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VERGENNES — “These are your neighbors. They’ve just walked off the back road and gotten onto the stage,” says Brookfield composer Eric Nielson. He’s talking about “A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from Judevine,” his collaboration with noted Vermont poet and playwright David Budbill.

“A Fleeting Animal” opened last Friday at the Barre Opera House. This coming Saturday, Sept. 19, it makes its stop at the Vergennes Opera House as part of its tour around the state.

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Group surveys families’ interest in pre-­kindergarten

Posted on September 14, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Act 166, a law passed by the Legislature in 2014, mandates that Vermont school districts provide 10 hours/week for 35 weeks (school-year) of pre-kindergarten to 3-, 4- and 5-year-old children (not in kindergarten) at no cost to families.

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