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Volunteers serve up meals to seniors

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Evan Johnson



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ADDISON COUNTY — Jean Fifield and Mary Smith are arguably two of the best delivery drivers in Addison County. What other food delivery driver will check your mail and even sit with you while you eat if you’d like company?

The pair delivers for the Champlain Valley Agency for Aging’s Meals on Wheels program, which delivers hot, nutritious lunches and suppers to seniors who are unable to prepare their own meals.

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Local artist chosen to promote history expo

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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BARRE — Each Vermont History Expo has featured a Vermont artist. For Expo 2014, the Vermont Historical Society has chosen Anne Cady of New Haven. Her painting titled “Thanks for Helping” will be used as the signature artwork for Expo. Using art to represent Vermont History Expo is especially fitting this year, given that the Expo theme is “Artists and Artisans: Vermont’s Creative Heritage.”

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Middlebury petition to force vote on town office and gym proposal

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Former Middlebury selectboard Chairman John Tenny will help lead a citizens’ petition drive to ensure the 2014 Town Meeting Day ballot includes a bond vote for a new municipal building and a new recreation center.

Tenny announced the petition drive at a Middlebury selectboard meeting on Tuesday evening prior to the board’s revote on a term sheet between the town and Middlebury College outlining a town-gown collaboration on the two building projects.

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VUHS board confirms Dec. 10 balloting date for $2.88 million

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School board confirmed on Monday a Dec. 10 vote in which it will request backing from Addison Northwest Supervisory Union voters for a $2.88 million bond to fund work that would include a basically new kitchen and cafeteria and upgrades to the school auditorium that would return it to full use.

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Clothing designer inspired by science

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of profiles of the new businesses being developed at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies incubator in Middlebury.

MIDDLEBURY — The world’s top fashion designers can spend hours plying themselves with coffee and Red Bull while waiting for the right inspiration to map out their latest patterns.

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Film puts spotlight on Vermont prescription drug problem

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — The screening in Addison County next week of a new documentary about prescription drug addiction in Vermont will shine a light on a growing problem that many would just as soon not see.

“Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in Vermont — the governor said so,” said Bess O’Brien, who produced the new documentary “The Hungry Heart.” “I want to create a level of consciousness of the issue, to get the community engaged.”

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Iconic church eyes $2.6m in upgrades

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Congregational Church of Middlebury a few years ago celebrated the 200th birthday of their picturesque place of worship at the top of Main Street. The flock is now seeking to prepare the church for its next 200 years with a $2.6 million capital improvement plan that includes repairing the front steps, upgrading the kitchen and placing a classroom addition onto the north side of the majestic building.

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Beloved lunch lady hangs up her spatula

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was president, Apollo 11 had yet to land on the moon, a first-class stamp cost a nickel and a gallon of gas 31 cents.

It was also the year Joyce Shepard started working as a cook at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School. She retired in this past summer, after 48 years.

“I just liked working with the kids,” Shepard said. “It kept me young.”

Principal Patrick Hartnett likened Shepard’s tenure to that of a baseball Hall of Famer.

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Brandon under presssure to locate new town office space

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — Two years, two months and numerous mistakes have landed the town of Brandon back to square one without office space and now, a deadline to find some, fast.

The long-overdue renovation of the town offices on Center Street ground to a halt last week after the Vermont League of Cities and Towns settled the town’s claim on the building at a much lower payout than anticipated.

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Vergennes City Council expected to accept pipeline petition this week

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes officials and a resident who is petitioning against the city council’s support of the proposed Vermont Gas Systems pipeline extension last week again mutually agreed to delay accepting his petition.

That delay is intended to make sure voting on the petition can occur on the same day as a planned Vergennes Union High School bond vote.

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