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Pipeline foes urge regulator to nix Phase II project

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Around 80 people took to the podium at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium on Thursday to urge the Vermont Public Service Board to reject Vermont Gas’s proposed natural gas pipeline that would extend from Middlebury to the International Paper Co. mill in Ticonderoga, N.Y.

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Author Rick Bass schools writers in environmental activism

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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RIPTON — Acclaimed writer and activist Rick Bass sparked a lively discussion about activism, the environment, and the justice system when he gave a lecture titled “The Joy of Being Arrested” at Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus this past Thursday morning.

Bass told the story of being arrested when he zip-tied himself to the gates of the White House to protest the Keystone XL pipeline the day after President Obama’s State of the Union address in February 2013.

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Cultivating scents: Gardening for the nose

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Judith Irven



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Last week an unexpected package was delivered to our doorstep. As I carefully began to unwrap it, a mesmerizing fragrance spread through the room. And there, nestled between layers of damp newspaper, I discovered a delightful gift from a gardening friend — two Star Jasmine plants (Trachelospemum jasminoides) direct from a specialty nursery in Raleigh, N.C., where she lives.

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Fall starts planned for downtown Middlebury projects

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY— The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday formally signed a resolution to float $7 million in bonding for a new municipal building, new recreation center and a community contribution toward the impending replacement of the Merchants Row and Main Street railroad overpasses.

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New Haven's Smiley enters race for Addison-5 House seat

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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NEW HAVEN — Susan Smiley has always been keenly interested in agricultural and food supply issues as a dedicated farmer and consumer.

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Principal Kepes, Mount Abe graduates bid a fond farewell

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School graduation not only signaled the beginning of a new chapter in the lives of 123 seniors who received their diplomas on Saturday; it also marked a major transition for this year’s commencement speaker — none other than MAUHS Principal Andy Kepes, who will be moving on after five years as the school’s top administrator, cheerleader and comedian.

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Students earn diplomas after suspending their studies

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury resident Jesse Euber started high school in Fair Haven and transferred to Middlebury Union High School. It proved to be a difficult period for her.

“I was having a really hard time with the transition and I wasn’t getting pushed to go to school,” Euber, 21, recalled in an interview last week.

She dropped out of high school when she was 16 and moved in with her son’s father. Without a high school diploma, Euber’s job prospects were limited, and her transition into adulthood was daunting.

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Middlebury College graduate returns for her 80th reunion

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRISTOL/MIDDLEBURY — As a student at Middlebury College, Gertrude Lathrop helped pay tuition by working as a waitress and house cleaner.

“Jobs were scarce,” she recalled in a recent interview at her home in Bristol.

The state of the job market should not be surprising, since Lathrop attended the college from 1930 to 1934, the height of the Great Depression.

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Races shaping up as filing deadline for campaign nears

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



ADDISON COUNTY — The 2014 election picture will become a lot clearer after Thursday, June 12, the deadline by which candidates must file nomination papers to run for statewide office as well as for the Vermont House, Senate and a variety of county positions.

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Cornwall site hosts jamboree to honor and help veterans

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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CORNWALL — Morrie Jones was hanging out with a bunch of friends several months ago, wondering if there would be a parade for Vermont’s returning military veterans.

“We decided we were tired of waiting for the parade and decided we would have it ourselves,” Jones said.

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