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Bid the Klopfensteins farewell at Vergennes Opera House

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Residents of the Vergennes area and all those who knew and worked with Joe and Nancy Klopfenstein are invited to a Nov. 22 reception to bid the Little City couple adieu before they leave their home of more than three decades and relocate to Oregon.

Joe Klopfenstein, a popular and busy large animal veterinarian, has been elected to four 2-year terms on the Vergennes City Council, earning the most votes of any alderman on the ballot last spring.

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Learn about Vermont's working forests at Thursday's panel

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — “Vermont’s Working Forests: Challenges and Opportunities” will be the topic of a panel discussion at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m.

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Rakowski wins Vt. Sun 5K Run

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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SALISBURY — In a small field, 9-year-old Calder Rakowski of Vergennes won the Sept. 27 Vermont Sun 5K Run at Branbury State Park on Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. Rakowski finished in 24:35, just edging out Sybren Spensley from Pittsford, the first female, who finished in 24:39.

In the day’s main event, the Vermont Sun Half Marathon Run, James Scott of Randolph Center won in 1:27:28. He was followed by the top female finisher, Heather Mugford of Randolph, in 1:33:05. In third overall was Middlebury's Rick Bunt.

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Hunting mushrooms: The old not bold approach

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Carolyn Lorie



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When you stumble across something purple in the forest, it’s hard not to stop in your tracks. At least it was for me on a recent hike in Thetford, when I came across three purple mushrooms. They stood about four inches tall, with saucer tops that were nearly black in the center and ringed in a rich eggplant-purple. I was captivated. I was also clueless, as I had no idea what I was looking at. I have long regarded mushrooms the way I do yellow-colored warblers and ferns — far too many and too confusing to distinguish one from another.

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4-H'ers learn to shear from a pro

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON — The State 4-H Sheep Shearing Clinic, held Nov. 1 in Addison, provided an opportunity for Vermont 4-H club members to gain valuable tips from a professional sheep shearer.

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Vermont 4-H members tested at Eastern States

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. —  Vermont 4-H sheep members had an opportunity to take stock of their skills and knowledge when it comes to all things sheep in several fast-paced competitions at Eastern States Exposition in West Springfield, Mass., Oct. 3-4.

The Vermont delegation to this regional New England event took part in general knowledge, quiz bowl and sheep blocking and fitting contests. They also set up an educational exhibit on parisitology that was awarded second prize.

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Small rain gardens can have big impact on lake

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



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MIDDLEBURY — “People keep stopping us and asking questions,” said Lauren Slayton and Justin Willis, the two landscapers planting out the new rain garden in the Riverfront Park at the Marble Works in Middlebury early this month.

Straight down the bank from the park, Otter Creek rushes toward Lake Champlain. Every grain of soil and every drop of water that runs off the Marble Works parking lots and rooftops and into the river contributes its own very small part to the very large problem of Lake Champlain’s phosphorus pollution.

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Police officers tell Lions about drug problem

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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VERGENNES — Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel and Detective Sergeant Jason Ouellette spoke at the last Vergennes Lions meeting about the problem of drugs in all of our communities.

Sgt. Ouellette described the various kinds of drugs, their appearance and the costs, in terms of both purchase price and the effects on the user and community. He said there had been over 100 arrests locally since 2011 for drug possession or sales. One alone involved between $30,000 and $40,000 worth of heroin.

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Power line developer sweetens offer to Ferrisburgh

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Representatives of the companies proposing a $600 million underground power line that would run through Ferrisburgh told about 20 residents and officials on Thursday they were prepared to pay the town at least $350,000 a year for 20 years on top of an estimated $150,000 a year in local taxes the project would generate.

According to a document displayed at the evening meeting in the town office building’s community center, the companies would also “escalate that payment by a mutually agreed index.”

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From the page to the stage: Columnist Jessie Raymond launches first one-act play

Posted on November 16, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Jessie Raymond has received a lot of positive feedback for “Around the Bend,” her regular humor column that has become a Page 4 staple in the Addison Independent for the past dozen years. It’s pretty common for her to receive column kudos while standing in line at the supermarket or at social events.

But lately, her writing has been garnering loud applause from an audience that has been able to see her words play out on stage.

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