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4-H group to send cards to thousands of troops

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



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NEW HAVEN –– Paper, stickers, foam, glue, string, ribbon, buttons, markers, pens and pencils covered the table located in the entrance of the 4-H Exhibit Hall at Addison County Fair and Field Days last week. A few kids sat at the table, making greeting cards and neatening up, always on the lookout for people willing to stop by.

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Free concert aims to show kids a better way

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



VERGENNES — Music, which is said to be the great communicator, will soon be a vehicle for social change in Vergennes.

The first-ever Youth Awareness fundraiser concert, organized by Ferrisburgh resident Jackie Rivers, will be held in the Vergennes Opera House on Aug. 19from 4 to 8 p.m.

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RetailVision to close; 25 Middlebury jobs to be lost

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Magazine sales promotion company RetailVision will close its doors in Middlebury’s industrial park at the end of October, a move that will eliminate around 25 local jobs.

“We did announce last week to our employees in Vermont that we will be shutting down that office by end of October,” Stephanie Justice, chief administrative officer of RetailVision’s Florida-based corporate owner, Source Interlink Companies (SIM), said in an Aug. 9 e-mail response to the Addison Independent.

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Unitarian Universalists greet new minister

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — During his almost three decades as a reporter with The New York Times, Barnaby J. Feder strived to give his readers the essential ingredients of a story without including his personal opinions or biases.

Now, in his new career as the Rev. Feder of the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) in Middlebury, it’s all about getting personal.

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Commuter Challenge a success

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Lauren Davidson



VERMONT — The results are in. In an attempt to find more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives for getting to work, the 2012 Way to Go Commuter Challenge was a success and saw growth in participation across the state. And one Addison County municipality was singled out for its extraordinary efforts to save gasoline.

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Pitts teams up with her pet

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By John S. McCright



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NEW HAVEN — Fourteen-year-old Amy Pitts likes animals. She has a horse and a three-year-old Sheltie named Ginger.

The New Haven teen recently began sharing that love for animals with folks at the Eastview retirement community in Middlebury. She put her dog and herself through a therapy dog training, and now visits residents there and gives them the opportunity to stroke Ginger and reminisce about the pets they’d owned over the years.

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Field Days judges face tough task in ribbon decision-making

Posted on August 13, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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NEW HAVEN — The paths and boulevards of the county fairgrounds were empty last Monday; Addison County Fair and Field Days didn’t open to the public until Tuesday.

But the Home and Garden Building was bustling with activity.

With display shelves full of produce, knitwear and baked goods to taste or examine, judging in the annual fair competitions started shortly after noon and continued into the evening.

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Errant bullet rips into Bridport home

Posted on August 10, 2012 |
By John Flowers



BRIDPORT — Vermont State Police are investigating another firearm-related incident in the Swinton Road neighborhood of Bridport, though fortunately this time no one was injured.

In this latest case, reported on Aug. 8, Swinton Road resident Rick Scott found a bullet lodged in the second-floor office of his home. Scott told police he suspected the bullet might have come from a coyote hunter who witnesses said drove into the area that day in a green Subaru station wagon and allegedly fired several shots in the direction of the residence.

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Police jail Bristol woman for 60-plus bags of heroin

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



BRISTOL — The Vermont State Police’s drug task force arrested Katherine Heffernan, 27, of Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 7, for knowingly possessing heroin with the intent to distribute it, U.S. District Court documents show.

Drug task force officials say they found more than 60 bags of heroin and more than $9,000 in Heffernan’s Mountain Street home, in her car and on her person. U.S. District Judge John M. Conroy sent Heffernan to jail on Aug. 8. She is due to appear before him again on Aug. 22 for a preliminary hearing in Burlington.

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Rescue horses find new life at Field Days

Posted on August 9, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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NEW HAVEN — Trotting through the horse-show ring at Addison County Fair and Field Days, Oliver and Zeb held their heads up high in the summer sun, far from the harsh conditions in which Anna Willenbaker found them more than two years ago.

Willenbaker, 15, was riding Zeb in the Gymkhana show, in which horses and riders compete on how quickly they can complete patterns.

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