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John Irving reads at Mead Chapel

Posted on October 21, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



MIDDLEBURY — After years of wondering and surmising along with her husband, one Monkton resident was finally able to ask John Irving last week if he had, in fact, named his main character of the novel “Cider House Rules” after her husband and his father, both also Homer Wells.

Her husband’s father grew up in an orphanage in Maine, she said into the microphone in the center aisle of Middlebury College’s Mead Chapel on Oct. 13, and she was wondering if Irving had stumbled across the name during his research.

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Schools bring ag into the classroom

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on changes in teaching about food and agriculture in area schools.

ADDISON COUNTY — In Steve Colangeli’s classroom, students learn biology, chemistry, environmental science and economics, plus job skills like teamwork.

But Colangeli’s classroom doesn’t have four walls. Instead, it’s rows of raised beds, 10 in all. And despite the looming winter, his students are already working to get the beds ready for next year’s growing season.

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House, Senate candidates talk issues at forum

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County candidates for the Vermont House and Senate shared their views on issues ranging from health care to the future of Vermont Yankee at an Oct. 15 political forum at the Middlebury Inn.

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Symposium to take look at Vt. poverty

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College this Thursday will kick off a week-long fall symposium that student organizers hope will shine a light on poverty that exists in our own backyard.

The symposium, “American Poverty in Context,” will run Oct. 21 to 29 and bring a series of speakers to campus who have been involved in important work related to domestic poverty.

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Sidewalk repairs won't dip into city taxpayers' pockets

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley last week said the project to repair the sidewalk and provide handicap access to businesses at the intersection of Main and Green streets should be complete by mid-November, at no direct cost to city taxpayers.

The project, which will also improve a bus stop and a sidewalk bulb-out at the intersection’s southeast corner, carries a total starting price tag of about $84,500, which Hawley said will be inflated by a few change orders.

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Architect influenced by native landscape

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



MIDDLEBURY — Brian Mackay-Lyons likened his native Nova Scotia to an “ocean-coated Vermont,” in a talk he delivered at Middlebury College’s Dana Auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 8.

“It’s a real treat to see the beautiful Vermont landscape,” the internationally recognized architect said. “It’s a world-quality place. You know that.”

And a sense of place is exactly what draws Mackay-Lyons to Vermont, along with the additional two Cameron Visiting Architects, who are to take up a brief residency on campus this fall.

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Gleaners comb the fields for leftovers

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



MIDDLEBURY — For the second year running, the Addison Gleaners can be found out in the fields, picking peppers, root vegetables, Swiss chard and anything else that happens to be left over.

This produce will never see a table at the farmers’ market or a wholesale bin — everything that the gleaners pick goes to the food shelf at Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, or HOPE, in Middlebury.

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Reporter negotiates danger, ethical questions

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Tamara Hilmes



MIDDLEBURY — Classified documents, CIA ghosts, torture crimes and campaign fund funneling — these all sound like a far cry from life in Vermont. And yet, Jane Mayer, who got her start in journalism writing for the Rutland Herald, has found herself investigating and writing about each of these topics and more in her time as a staff writer for The New Yorker magazine.

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Those hurt by closure of bridge take stock

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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ADDISON, Vt./CROWN POINT, N.Y. — At 1 p.m. this Saturday afternoon, two ferries on Lake Champlain will sound their horns for a crowd of people gathered at the Crown Point Historical Site.

The horn blasts will mark the one-year anniversary of the emergency closure of the Champlain Bridge, an event that plunged area businesses into months of struggle and wreaked havoc for the hundreds of people who daily commute across the lake.

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Swept away: Couple weds at 10 on 10/10/10

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



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EAST MIDDLEBURY — An ideal pairing of partners is often referred to as a “match made in heaven.”

Jaclynne Reed and Frank Wootten can truly lay claim to that maxim in light of an airborne exchange of vows this past Sunday, in a celestial ceremony that was also heavily steeped in numerology. The couple has the interesting distinction of having been married on the 10th day of the 10th month in the 10th year of this century at 10 a.m. at 10,000 feet.

Neither bride nor groom is likely to forget her or his anniversary date anytime soon.

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