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Organizer of county events leaves chamber

Posted on April 14, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ADDISON COUNTY — Despite the departure from the Addison County Chamber of Commerce of organizer and promoter Marguerite Senecal this month, the signature events she coordinated — including the Vergennes Day celebration — will still go on.

Chamber President Andrew Mayer said French Heritage Day, the Bristol Harvest Festival and the Better L8 Than Never Car Show, all of which Senecal had a hand in, are still on the calendar as well.

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City club picks active teen as 'Youth of the Year'

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERGENNES — Fifteen-year-old Kira Johnson of Vergennes, having logged some 100 hours and been an almost constant presence at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes since grade school, was not a surprising selection for the club’s 2014 Youth of the Year.

When asked about her community service hours through the club, Johnson’s explanation was simple:

“I like to stay busy,” she said. “I can’t sit at home and do nothing.”

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Bernie rallies Vermonters agains economic inequality

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — “Of all the issues facing our country, the issue of wealth inequality is the most profound,” U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told an audience of more than a hundred people at the Middlebury Union High School auditorium, and many more around the state via teleconference on March 30.

The crowds of Vermonters had come out on a Sunday morning to hear the second-term Independent senator deliver some memorable messages regarding economic disparity in this country that, though familiar, still found a receptive audience.

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Kunin and Musick: The politician & the artist share the stage

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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MIDDLEBURY — Environmental artist Pat Musick and Vermont stateswoman Madeleine Kunin come from fairly different worlds.

Musick of Manchester has a successful career that spans 40 years, in which she has created installations and exhibits all over the United States. Kunin served as lieutenant governor of Vermont from 1978 to 1982, governor from 1985 to 1991, and ambassador to Switzerland in the ’90s; she is now a professor at large at the University of Vermont.

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Cold weather slows start of sugaring season

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ADDISON COUNTY — After working up to 40 hours a week since the start of winter getting his taps in the maple trees, tubing cleaned and hung and sap boiling and syrup bottling system ready to go, Don Gale of Lincoln described the sugaring season so far in three words:

“Nothing, nada, zero.”

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Deb Brisson and the Hay Burners perform original music on their first CD

Posted on March 20, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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Middlebury — After finishing recording her first album, local singer and songwriter Deb Brisson says she’s so proud of the result that it brings her to tears.

“I’m really happy with it,” she said. “It’s been a long time coming and we’ve been playing other people’s music for so long. I just can’t help it.”

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Upcoming expo to help us think about sustainability

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents will be able to discuss new sustainable approaches to everyday life at the Sustainable Living Expo scheduled for March 29 at the Middlebury Union High School. The event, organized by the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN), will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature 100 exhibitors and 35 workshops, including student presentations, off-site tours, live music and local food samplings.

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County residents OK most school budgets

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — Voters on Town Meeting Day gave their approval to four out of the five local high school spending plans.

While residents of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns rejected the Vergennes Union High School budget (see story, Page 1A), proposed budgets in the rest of Addison County and northern Rutland County met with approval.

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Clippings by Evan Johnson: Energy companies just don't get it

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



Here’s a story for you:

Early in the morning on Feb. 11, either by human error or technical malfunction, a spark at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania caused a massive explosion. One man living in the area described the sound of the explosion as loud as a jet engine five feet overhead. One worker was injured; state police discovered the remains of another missing man a week later. The well was capped on Feb. 23.  

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Farm Show hints at things to come in agriculture landscape

Posted on January 30, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



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ESSEX JUNCTION — Francis Bronson of Bridport has been a regular at the annual Vermont Farm Show for 30 years, and this week attended the 82nd annual fair at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction even though he has left dairy farming.

While looking over some of the show’s more than 150 agricultural exhibits, Bronson said he was impressed by some of the technological advances on display.

“There’s some innovative thought processes on some of this stuff,” he said. “I wish some of it was around when I was still going.”

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