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Early earns 2nd in state bee

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — When it comes time for you to stand on a stage in front of a large audience under bright lights and spell words on demand, nine-year-old Alice Early of Middlebury has some advice.

“Keep calm and try to remember,” the St. Mary’s School fourth-grader told an interlocutor last Friday. “If it’s a tough word, sound it out, think of it and take a stab.”

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Hundreds of top-notch skiers race at Rikert Center

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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RIPTON — More than 400 skiers took part in races on the first day of the two-day New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener at the Rikert Nordic Center in Ripton just before Christmas, and that many again competed the following day.

Indeed, the event not only drew large numbers of people to the area, but the racing was of a high caliber.

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500 expected at Ripton Nordic event

Posted on December 18, 2014 |
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RIPTON — Some Nordic skiing aficionados are getting an early start this season in their efforts to make Addison County more of tourist draw for winter sports enthusiasts.

The Frost Mountain Nordic Ski Club and Rikert Nordic Center expect to draw more than 500 racers to Rikert in Ripton this weekend for the 2014 New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Eastern Cup Opener. This highly competitive race weekend kicks off the 2014-2015 Nordic ski season and is expected to attract participants from around the region.

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Clippings: Stop worrying and learn to love solar arrays

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



I don’t get it. Why are there all these complaints about the fields of solar arrays being so ugly? Eye of the beholder, I say.

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Shumlin tops Milne in Addison County — barely

Posted on November 5, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



ADDISON COUNTY — In Tuesday’s polling Gov. Peter Shumlin didn’t do any better vs. GOP challenger Scott Milne in Addison County than he did elsewhere in the state as he made a bid for a third term in Vermont’s top constitutional office.

With only the results for Lincoln still unreported at 1:20 a.m. Wednesday, Shumlin appeared to be on track to win the popular vote in Addison County and in the state — but just barely.  We had him leading Milne, 5,675-5,524.

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Slideshow: Spooktacular 2014

Posted on October 31, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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Happy Halloween! News editor John McCright snapped these photos of this year's Spooktacular in Middlebury.

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Last hurrah

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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SOME TREES IN a Middlebury neighborhood hold on to their leaves last Friday morning as late fall descends on the county.

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In class

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS from Japan listen intently to lessons about Champlain Valley trapping boats at the Hannaford Career Center this past Thursday. Shown from left are Kanon Sumi, Saki Sugamoto, Kohei Takahashi, Shiho Itagaki and Saki Sugimoto.

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What will become of Case Street schoolhouse?

Posted on October 16, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — Officials of the Case Street Community Club this weekend are beginning a serious discussion about the future of the historic one-room schoolhouse at the intersection of Route 116 and Quarry Road in Middlebury, and for the first time they are asking for help from members of the general public.

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Foundation given tennis facility as a gift

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — One of the state’s premier philanthropic foundations on Wednesday announced that it will take ownership of the Middlebury Indoor Tennis facility.

Officials at the Vermont Community Foundation in Middlebury said the gift by MIT founders David and Eleanor Ignat will enable the VCF to further its goal of serving the community — in particular by expanding efforts to improve the physical health of individuals in the community.

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