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The firing line: Cannon use to defend crop has neighbors up in arms

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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FERRISBURGH — Those involved in the dispute over Ferrisburgh farmer Wayne Stearns’ propane cannon talk about shattered dreams — and the shattered peace in a neighborhood along Lake Champlain.

From mid-July through mid-August last summer, Stearns, 43, fired the cannon — which makes a sound his neighbors liken to a shotgun — every minute or so from dawn to dusk.

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New recycling rules take effect this week

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Lizzy Weiss



ADDISON COUNTY — Beginning this Wednesday, all residents of Vermont will be required to recycle metal, glass, plastic, paper and cardboard refuse in compliance with state’s Universal Recycling Law.

The law, also known as Act 148, is designed to greatly reduce Vermont’s levels of solid waste by phasing in bans on recyclables, leaf and yard debris, and food scraps from the landfill by the year 2020. The first phase of the law only prohibits the disposal of mandated recyclables.

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ANwSU board members get initial look at unification law

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Many members of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union boards and several residents of the five district towns gathered at Vergennes Union High School on Wednesday to hear a review of school governance and unification provisions in a new Vermont law — and how quickly ANwSU might have to take action.

Act 46 creates incentives for school districts to unify their governance structures. ANwSU has tried to unify in three separate years and voted in favor of unification in 2010 and 2011, only to see petitioned re-votes reverse the outcomes.

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Middlebury's town zoning director leaving for college job

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Ted Dunakin confirmed last week that July 2 will be his last day as Middlebury’s director of planning and zoning. His imminent departure — to serve as a maintenance project manager at Middlebury College — comes at a time when the community was already looking for a new town planner to replace Eric Blair, who left earlier this year to take a job with the Orton Family Foundation.

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Model ships bring history up close

Posted on June 29, 2015 |
By Joseph Brown



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FERRISBURGH — It just doesn’t do justice to the eminence of the naval battles that took place on Lake Champlain between the Americans and the British in the War of 1812 to simply read about them in a textbook. Captivating details are lost, and the magnitude of brave endeavors is either understated or omitted.

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Middlebury police opt for Tasers as non-lethal alternative

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday green-lighted their local police department’s proposal to acquire Tasers, a device that officials believe will better enable officers to control aggressive and assaultive suspects without having to resort to deadly force.

“Taser” is the product name for what police refer to as a “Conducted Electrical Weapon (CEW)” that uses an electrical charge to disrupt muscle control in a suspect to which it is applied.

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Brandon-area schools eye unification options

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is beginning the first phase of compliance with a state school merger mandate, with the Brandon-area school boards voting last week to use state funds and form a study group to consider its options.

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Foodaroo attracts more than 1,000 hungry folks to Middlebury

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever “Foodaroo” attracted more than 1,000 people to downtown Middlebury this past Sunday to sample unctuous edibles, hear a variety of great music and dance up a storm.

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Summer pastimes: Hobby takes Briport teen soaring into the sky

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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BRIDPORT — Before he enters his freshman year of college in the fall, Matthew Becker has a busy summer ahead of him. The recent graduate of Middlebury Union High School will spend the workdays helping out in the pro shop at the Ralph Myhre Golf Course in Middlebury, collecting balls on the driving range, maintaining and cleaning a fleet of carts and teaching golf at a camp for six- to 11-year-olds.

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Middlebury native returns with fun, homemade 'Pirate' film

Posted on June 25, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — As a kid growing up in Middlebury during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Peter Ferland would yearn for snow days and weekends when he could break out his Super 8 camera and make some fun-filled movies with his buddies.

He filmed, and occasionally starred in, some abbreviated and decidedly low-budget knock-offs of James Bond and the Swamp Monster. Ferland and his neighbor Mike Sommers filed down the blade of an axe to add realism to their own slasher movie. He also made some very good claymation movies.

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