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Forum shows basics of the local criminal justice system

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A panel of some of the most influential members of Addison County’s criminal justice system said they are not aware of racial bias within the local courts or law enforcement agencies, but they vowed to be vigilant in detecting and eradicating such behavior if it were to ever becomes evident.

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Vergennes residents sound off about truck traffic

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — As might be expected, the topic of up to 800 tractor-trailer trucks rolling through downtown Vergennes dominated a Monday Vermont Transportation Board public hearing in Vergennes on “Vermont’s Transportation Future,” including passenger rail expansion, railroad safety and other railway issues as well as truck traffic.

About 30 local citizens attended the hearing at the Bixby Library in Vergennes, the first of seven planned around the state by the Vermont Transportation Board to take testimony on railroad and truck issues.

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Hard cider boom lifts Addison County apple orchards

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series profiling the effect of the hard cider boom on Addison County apple orchards.

ADDISON COUNTY — A growing thirst for hard cider nationwide is changing the landscape for Vermont apple growers, including those in Addison County, one of the state’s most important apple growing areas.

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Tie off, apron on: Superintendent takes over school kitchen

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Addison Central Supervisory District Superintendent Peter Burrows is most commonly seen attired in a snappy suit, crunching numbers in his office or peering in on classrooms to see if ACSD educational programs are paying dividends.

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Historic churches reflect the shiretown; watch the video

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Emma Cotton



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Middlebury Houses of Worship I: Pride of the Town. Video by Jason Zhang/Addison Independent 

MIDDLEBURY— Some people get uncomfortable in houses of worship, particularly those who are uncomfortable about religion, says local history expert Glenn Andres.

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Addy Indy phone problems

Posted on October 18, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent continues to experience difficulties with our telephone service on Tuesday, Oct. 18. We are working with the phone company to restore telephone access as quickly as possible.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate the patience of our valued customers and readers.

Until the issue is resolved, we can be contacted via email — click here to see the appropriate email addresses.

— the editors

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Executive Skills … What are they and why do they matter for young children?

Posted on October 18, 2016 |
By Dr. Jody Brakeley



Editor’s note: Early educators throughout Addison County are raising awareness of the importance of early brain development, and positive child experiences. Expanding our understanding will help us all become the best parents, caregivers and teachers we can be. This is the first of two articles about early brain development and how conditions in very early life, beginning in pregnancy, can affect individuals far into adulthood.

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Duo unites solar power and batteries

Posted on October 18, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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COLCHESTER — Green Mountain Power and Waterbury solar power company SunCommon this month announced a partnership that will allow GMP customers to store solar electricity for use during a power outage — by taking advantage of the power company’s existing partnership with Tesla Motors Inc.

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Students of the Week - October 17, 2016

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Former auditor Randy Brock stresses jobs, the economy in run for Lt. Gov.

Posted on October 17, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A half-century after earning his bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College, Randy Brock returned to his alma mater on Wednesday to encourage a new generation of Republican activists. He and former Gov. James Douglas of Middlebury were among the senior state GOP officials who helped the Vermont College Republicans group celebrate an election countdown event on campus.

Brock, 73, was happy to offer counsel to the young party faithful — but he was also asking them for votes.

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