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County to feature four House races and one primary

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — A primary runoff will be required to whittle down the Democrat candidates vying in the Addison-1 House district this November, while the county’s two incumbent state senators face no challengers in their re-election bids.

That’s just part of the 2014 election picture, which became clearer this week following the June 12 filing deadline for candidates vying for statewide offices as well as Vermont House and Senate seat and county offices.

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Vergennes officials eyeing 9-cent hike in tax rate

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen are leaning toward a adopting a city budget that will call for a 9-cent increase in the municipal tax rate, of which 7 cents will pay for the Vergennes police station.

The new rate aldermen discussed on Tuesday and at their June 10 budget workshop is 72.5 cents, up from the current 63.5-cent rate that pays solely for city services, not for schools.

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MUHS seniors celebrate community at graduation

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — Jonah Lefkoe, president of Middlebury Union High School’s class of 2014, set the tone for the school’s graduation ceremony this past Saturday morning with his booming voice and infectious enthusiasm.

“In typical Vermont form,” he told his class, “we celebrate graduation on a dreary, overcast morning.”

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Role models fight gender stereotype

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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VERMONT — For Lucy Edwards, earning the title of Miss Vermont 2014 meant more than wearing a tiara and sash. Edwards, a first-time contestant and a sophomore at the University of Vermont, was drawn to the Miss Vermont competition for its history of giving women a platform from which to champion the causes they were most passionate about.

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First Vermont Gran Fondo seen as a success

Posted on June 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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ADDISON COUNTY — Organizers of the first annual Vermont Gran Fondo bicycling event this past Saturday say the event was a success and they plan to hold an even better event next year. The event drew 181 registrants. Of those, 160 starters pedaled their way through various cycling distances in and around Addison County on June 14, leaving organizers optimistic the event will have some staying power.

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Higher milk prices help dairy farmers play catch-up

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



ADDISON COUNTY — Local dairy farmers are riding a wave of high wholesale prices that some say will finally pull them out from the dairy crash of 2009.

“The prices we’re receiving now are much stronger,” said Bob Foster of Foster Brothers Farm in Middlebury.

Foster said much of the surge is due to high overseas demand.

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VUHS  begins  search  for  interim  principal

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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VERGENNES — A search committee is working already to find an interim principal to replace departing Vergennes Union High School Co-principal Ed Webbley, who resigned his post in mid-May after eight years at VUHS to take a similar position at The Danville School in Caledonia County.

At its regular meeting on Monday, its first since Webbley’s resignation, the VUHS board affirmed the decision to seek an interim rather than a full-time replacement.

Vice chairman Neil Kamman said it’s late in the school-hiring season to find a permanent replacement.

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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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