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County bags major grant to steer youth away from drugs & alcohol

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — A new grant will direct more than $600,000 to Addison County over the next five years for programs aimed at preventing local teens and young adults from abusing alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.

After years of fighting the opiate epidemic in Vermont at the point where people need help cleaning up, one local leader charged with spending the new grant money is happy to open a new front in the battle.

“Let’s really (attack) the root causes,” said Kate McGowan, executive director of the United Way of Addison County.

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United Way sets $650,000 fundraising goal

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The United Way of Addison County (UWAC) has historically enlisted a lot of local movers-and-shakers to head up its annual fund drives. This year’s team is also formidable, and comes with a special blessing.

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MS is striking Vermont particularly hard

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The causes of multiple sclerosis (MS) remain somewhat of a mystery, but research is producing new treatments and medications that are allowing patients to maintain better quality of life.

“Everyone has their own version of it,” said Dr. Andrew Solomon, a UVM Medical Center neurologist and director of institution’s Multiple Sclerosis Center. “It’s a combination of genetics and environmental triggers. There have been hundreds of genes that have been associated with MS.”

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'Brutal disease' changes a family: Nienows face multiple sclerosis

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Nienow thought the persistent pain in his left leg was simply the result of a bad pair of clogs, the footwear of choice for culinary school students at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center.

“It started with the back of my knee; I felt some weird pressure,” Nienow recalled.

But being a bullet-proof 17-year-old with a busy school schedule and social life, he didn’t think too much of it at first.

Then the pain became persistent enough that he switched to a new pair of shoes.

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Bright idea: Kiernan pairs solar arrays and bees

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Mike Kiernan has for years been concerned about the perplexing plunge in the number of pollinating creatures throughout the world.

Now the accomplished Porter Medical Center physician has made a commitment to “bee” part of the solution to a problem that is threatening the world’s ecosystems and food supply.

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Local teens win international Lego movie competition

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Sixteen-year-old Jack Nop has always been a huge fan of Lego toys and stop-motion film classics like “Wallace & Gromit” and “James & the Giant Peach.”

He decided to combine his two passions a few years ago under the banner of NopFilms to produce several stop-motion Lego videos that have become a fixture on YouTube. Jack’s older brother, Jake, and friend Peter Dickerson also collaborated on the fun filmmaking — which this week paid some big dividends.

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Middlebury Fire Department wants to buy a new ladder truck

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury fire officials will receive proposals this week from three companies in the running to build the department’s new ladder truck — the most costly, sophisticated and arguably most important piece of apparatus in the town’s fleet.

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Bureaucratic snafu almost costs pre-K providers

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — An accord reached on Tuesday between the Vermont Agency of Education and the three Addison County school districts has defused what was looming as a significant financial hit for area parents and dozens of early education providers participating in the state’s new universal pre-K program.

At issue was a decision by Addison Central, Northeast and Northwest supervisory unions to delay implementation of the universal pre-K program, including payments to local providers.

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Flutist brings popular music series to county

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Celebrated flutist Karen Kevra has always drawn a crowd, particularly when it comes to the popular Capital City Concerts (CCC) that have brought world-class chamber music to the Montpelier area since 2000. And like the legendary Pied Piper of Hamlin, Kevra is confident that CCC enthusiasts will follow her to the Middlebury area, which will now host some of the concerts thanks to her relocation to Cornwall.

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Career Center chief Lynn Coale to step down in June

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Lynn Coale harkened back to late 2001, when he applied — almost as a lark — to become director of the Patricia Hannaford Career Center (PHCC). He was finishing his Ph.D. studies and checking out career opportunities in school administration.

But neither Coale nor his family truly thought they would consider leaving their native Wyoming, where they had accumulated great friends and business contacts.

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