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Rep. Willem Jewett picked as House majority leader

Posted on December 13, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, will have an even higher leadership profile in the Vermont House of Representatives during the next two years. The five-term incumbent lawmaker representing Addison-2 was unanimously elected by his fellow Democrats at their Dec. 8 caucus to serve as House majority leader when the Legislature reconvenes this January.

Jewett, 49, takes over from former House Majority Leader Lucy Leriche of Hardwick, who did not run for re-election. Jewett served the last two years as House majority whip.

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Ripton first responder staffs night shift in Hurricane Sandy relief

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Like many Addison County residents, Ceredwyn Alexander spent some tense moments in front of her television during the past few weeks tracking the potential path of “super storm” Sandy and wondering if it would do to Vermont what Tropical Storm Irene did to the state last year.

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Previous owners return to their roots at Ripton's Chipman Inn

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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RIPTON — Joan and Chris Bullock thought they had bid adieu to the Chipman Inn in 1986 following a successful, 8-year stint owning and operating the historic lodging facility off  Route 125 in Ripton. They had a nice run, but the long hours of cooking and cleaning had taken their toll.

Joan Bullock recalled often serving “last call” at the inn’s small pouring station in the wee hours, then grabbing a few hours of sleep before descending the stairs to the kitchen by 6 a.m. to get breakfast ready for her lodgers.

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After winning re-election, Rep. Jewett plans run for majority leader

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, comfortably won his contest for a fifth consecutive term representing the Addison-2 House district, defeating independent challenger Tim Ryan by a 1,400-882 margin in voting on Tuesday.

And after the ballots were counted, Jewett confirmed to the Addison Independent that he will run for the post of House Majority Leader when his party caucuses on Dec. 8. Jewett currently serves as House Majority Whip. Democrats maintained their sizable majority in the Vermont House amid heavy voter turnout in the Nov. 6 General Election.

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Record number of runners drawn to 25th annual Ripton race

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
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RIPTON — A huge crowd turned out to celebrate the 25th annual Ripton Ridge Run on Oct. 7. A record 230 people took part in the 5K run, fun walk and 10K run. Fifteen children participated in the “Kids’ Race” and dozens of volunteers and friends were also on hand.

The Bud Leeds Ensemble provided music, giving the day a particularly festive atmosphere and, since the weather also cooperated, it was a banner day.

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Warming climate is changing everything

Posted on September 20, 2012 |
By Lee Kahrs



RIPTON — After 20 years of warnings from climate scientists, environmentalists and Al Gore, many would argue that the predicted consequences of global warming are being realized.

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Ripton cabins offer vacationers a country getaway

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — When Marty and Carol Kulczyk bought 112 acres off 2430 North Branch Road in Ripton six years ago, they knew they weren’t going to be the only ones enjoying the serenity, wildlife, panoramic mountain views and starry nights that can be experienced in abundance on the wooded property.

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Ripton, Lincoln ready for winter

Posted on August 6, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Residents in the climes of Ripton and Lincoln have not had to touch their thermostats for several months, but they are already beginning to think about the cold winter ahead — and particularly about their neighbors who might not have the resources to stay warm.

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Ripton's Wagner to highlight tax reform in second senate run

Posted on July 26, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Robert Wagner, an independent candidate from Ripton, likens his second run for one of Addison County and Huntington’s two state Senate seats to going for a job interview.

Only in this case, he must be evaluated by around 36,000 “bosses” who will determine this November whether to hire him for a two-year stint in Montpelier.

He might not make it to every household in Addison County, but Wagner, 48, vowed to do his best.

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Ripton preparing for PACE

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By John Flowers



RIPTON — Ripton officials are getting their town ready to participate in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which provides renewable energy incentives for local residents. With that in mind, the Ripton selectboard recently adopted a PACE program description and guidelines for the program. Efficiency Vermont will administer the program for the town.

The selectboard is considering having the Addison County Sheriff’s Department periodically monitor the town shed in wake of unauthorized dumping of trash at that location between recycling dates.

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