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Some area residents nervous after a rash of home burglaries

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John S. McCright



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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the increase of burglaries in Addison County. The second part will focus on the state police’s new crime fighting tool.

ADDISON COUNTY — A Weybridge homeowner left her residence for an hour and locked every door in the house. She’d heard about area break-ins and her family was taking precautions.

“We were really locking our doors for the first time after 25 years in Vermont,” she recalled.

“We got hit anyway.”

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Schedule changes for this year's Legislative Breakfast series

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — The sponsors of the annual Legislative Breakfast series have announced two changes to this year’s schedule of weekly gatherings of Addison County lawmakers and residents.

The Feb. 11 breakfast scheduled for 7 a.m. in Bristol at the American Legion has been changed to a noon luncheon that will feature an appearance by Gov. Peter Shumlin. Also, the previously announced March 11 Governor’s Luncheon scheduled for the Bridport Grange Hall has been changed to a 7 a.m. breakfast to be held at the Whiting Town Hall.

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Homeowner: They can't steal the memories

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Bill Brooks



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Editor’s note: The writer of this story is one of many Addison County residents who has recently experienced a home break-in and the theft of precious family heirlooms of great sentimental value.

By BILL BROOKS

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Bixby seeks more funding from towns as its endowment dwindles

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Facing a fiscal crisis that Bixby Free Memorial Library board members believe could bankrupt the Vergennes fixture in a few short years, those board members this winter approached the five communities the library serves seeking a major boost in the support it receives within town budgets.

Bixby board members said they understood why responses from local selectboards were mixed when the Bixby initially asked for an increase in support from $13.66 per resident to about $24.

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Vt. Gas to move pipeline back to VELCO route

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



MONKTON — After weeks of heated dispute between Vermont Gas Systems and Monkton town officials over the path of a proposed natural gas pipeline, the parties involved may be nearing a compromise — though not all residents are satisfied.

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Documentary film reveals struggles of migrant dairy farm workers

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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ADDISON COUNTY — “Hide,” a new documentary film made by two Middlebury College students, takes viewers behind the scenes of Addison County’s picturesque landscape. It follows eight anonymous migrant workers laboring unseen in unnamed Vermont dairy farms and exposes the struggles of their daily lives, for the first time, to larger audiences.

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City library is reaching out with more hours and youth programs

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — While the Bixby Free Memorial Library board works with the five communities the Vergennes institution serves to ensure the Bixby’s financial future (see related story), its librarians and director say they are trying to make sure the library will continue to be an important part of residents’ lives.

Director Jane Spencer said steps have already been taken, including hiring new head librarian MacKenzie Ross, moving former head librarian Rachel Plant to the position of children’s librarian, and juggling staff hours.

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Singapore in the spotlight at Armchair Traveler series

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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NEW HAVEN — Meg Barnes of Shoreham will present photos and give a talk about her travels in Singapore at the New Haven Community Library’s Armchair Traveler series on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m.

Singapore is an Asian city-state located off the Malay peninsula 85 miles north of the equator. It is a bustling city that was formerly a part of the British Empire.

Among the photos are images of a fantastic casino and restaurant perched atop three towers, as well as views of a city skyline filled with skyscrapers.

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Feds looking to prosecute Weybridge embezzlement

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — The embezzlement case against former Weybridge Town Clerk and Treasurer Karen Brisson will be adjudicated in U.S. District Court, as opposed to through the state judicial system.

That news was confirmed on Thursday by Weybridge officials and Assistant U.S. Attorney Greg Waples, who will prosecute the case against Brisson.

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VUHS establishing new specific diploma requirements

Posted on January 28, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School is moving toward a system that will require students to demonstrate mastery of a series of skills, known as “Performance Based Graduation Requirements,” in order to earn a diploma.

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