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Opera house backers seeing renewed energy and vision

Posted on August 15, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — In 1993, a couple feet above the Vergennes city offices a mixture of fallen plaster and pigeon droppings blanketed the abandoned Vergennes Opera House floor.

New Friends of the Vergennes Opera House (FVOH) interim president Gerianne Smart, then a volunteer and later a longtime FVOH head, remembers well the days when hard labor mixed with a distant vision for the future of the city’s theater, now well more than 100 years old.

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Town Hall Theater eyes big moves; new acting co. is first up

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Town Hall Theater (THT) Executive Director Douglas Anderson metaphorically looks upon entertainment ideas as tiny flames that should be fanned to burn brightly on the community’s stage. And Anderson has been doing a lot of fanning these days on some new ventures that could soon ignite a veritable blaze of visual and auditory pyrotechnics at the THT.

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Homeless shelter in Vergennes uses slower time for key projects

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Residents of the John Graham Emergency Homeless Shelter’s main building this week are staying in other Vergennes properties owned by the nonprofit agency — or in the case of at least one family, camping at Button Bay State Park — while heating improvements are made and other maintenance is performed at the Graham Shelter’s 69 Monkton Road home.

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State's first malt house set to open in Monkton

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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MONKTON — Vermont’s plethora of craft breweries are about to get the opportunity to source their malt locally. Andrew Peterson, 44, of Monkton is launching Vermont’s first commercial malt house this fall.

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Field Days Vignettes: Fair offers fun times in farm country

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By Addison Independent Staff



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Editor’s note: Addison County Fair and Field Days offers so much to look at, smell, hear, touch and taste that to put it all into one story would be impossible. Our reporters and photographers brought home the following vignettes and pictures from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you some sense of the scope of the 65th annual fair last week.

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Bike markings on Middlebury Main Street intended to improve safety

Posted on August 12, 2013 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Motorists traveling through downtown Middlebury are used to seeing cyclists. They are now also seeing bikes of the two-dimensional variety.

Travelers might have noticed some of the 10 “sharrows” recently stenciled at various locations on Main Street. The 9-foot-by-3.5-foot sharrows are designed to encourage motorists and bikers to safely share the road.

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Rescuers work through the night to pull injured man from cave

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By John Flowers



WEYBRIDGE — Local and statewide rescue organizations went into the proverbial belly of the beast — a Weybridge cave — during a 12-hour operation to save a man who had injured himself during a fall while doing some underground climbing with a companion on Tuesday night, Aug. 6.

It was a complicated rescue from a cave off Cave Road, led by Weybridge Fire Chief Bill Sinks, who marshaled more than 50 people to help out — including members of the Vermont Cavers’ Association.

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Unitarian congregation offers money for guns

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Every month the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) congregation invests a portion of its Sunday offerings in humanity, whether it be feeding people or helping them get access to transportation.

This month the CVUUS community has decided to invest in guns — specifically, to put unwanted firearms out of circulation so that they don’t wind up in the hands of people who might use them in an act of violence or to do themselves harm.

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Forestry Pavillion carves out a niche at Field Days

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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NEW HAVEN — While many Vermonters would tell you that the forestry and agriculture sectors of the state go hand-in-hand, it wasn’t until 1992 that the Addison County Fair & Field Days, the state’s largest agricultural fair, had a forestry section.

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Gateway Players to stage Shakespeare on Bristol green

Posted on August 8, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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BRISTOL — On several recent evenings a rabble of afro-sporting, fairy-wing-toting players of ages ranging from seven to 70 have been making a scene on the Bristol town green.

The Bristol Gateway Players, the community theater troupe that launched three years ago, is back for their third summer with a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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