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Ensemble travels back in time

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Heliand Consort presents “Distant Mirrors — Music between the wars, 1918-1939,” a program of music for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn, piano and vocal selections, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Mahaney Center for the Arts. A pre-concert talk is at 2:30. The Vermont chamber music ensemble is known for its musically diverse programs that blend classical instrumental music with song.

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Weybridge woman to share her experiences fighting mafia in Sicily

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Weybridge resident Grace Weber will give a slide show and talk titled “Olives and Oranges: Growing a Mafia-free Sicily” on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury.

Weber traveled to Sicily in August 2015 to volunteer for the second time for the anti-Mafia organization Libera Terra, which was mentioned in the Jan. 3 airing of “60 Minutes.” The show’s piece on “agromafia” reported that adulterated olive oil is three times more profitable for the Mafia than is cocaine.

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Nurse layoffs added to list of Porter staff cuts

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center (PMC) officials on Tuesday confirmed the organization’s workforce will be trimmed by 17.5 full-time equivalent positions, as opposed to the nine jobs originally disclosed this past Friday.

Officials said the updated, higher number reflects an additional 8.5 Registered Nurse positions that PMC could not publicly divulge on Friday due to the collective bargaining process that management and the nurses’ union follow when considering a reduction in force.

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Exhibit of Eastern art at Jackson Gallery celebrates Spring

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury is currently showing “Return of the Spring,” an exhibition featuring the work of Middlebury artist Yinglei Zhang; her mentor, Mr. Li Xubai from China, currently living in Canada; and her teacher Mr. Guo Ziyu of Hong Kong. Both Li and Guo have work collected by private owners and museums around the world.

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Middlebury budget plan calls for no tax increase

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury voters at their town meeting will decide a proposed 2016-2017 municipal spending plan that will not require an increase in property taxes.

The budget — which does not reflect local education spending — will require $6,943,658 in property taxes. If OK’d by voters on Feb. 29, this would translate into the same municipal property tax rate of 98 cents per $100 in property value that residents are currently paying for town services.

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Working artists to offer their insights in a Q&A on Friday

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will moderate a panel discussion, “Three Artists in the Working Forest: Conversation on Art, Documentary, and Representation with Kathleen Kolb, Verandah Porche, and George Bellerose,” on Friday, Feb. 5, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Vision & Voice Gallery in Middlebury.

The panel conversation and Q&A session will seek to illuminate how these three working artists approach the representation of their subjects from the vantage point of artistic creators, storytellers and ethnographers.

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Porter Medical Center restructures, cuts jobs

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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Vt. Folklife Center to host chocolate Valentine event

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury announces its third annual “Love Chocolate, Love Stories” event, which will take place at the center’s headquarters at 88 Main St. in Middlebury on Friday, Feb. 12.

“Love Chocolate, Love Stories” will include a day-long competition/showcase of chocolate confections, baked goods and desserts — modeled on our annual gingerbread competition — beginning at 10 a.m., with a Valentine’s Day program at 4 p.m. followed by a tasting session from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Seasoned recycling handler befriends eager college students

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By JULIA JOHN



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Editor’s note: The author just completed her education at Middlebury College and a months-long internship at the Independent.

“I’m gonna miss you, Kiddo,” Billy murmured one day this past summer, wrapping his weathered ebony arms around me.

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Porter Medical Center cuts nine employees

Posted on January 29, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center late Friday announced a series of staff changes and management restructuring that eliminated a total of nine employees, mostly in the 12 physician practices owned and operated by Porter.

Management, clinical and clerical positions were affected by these changes, including seven at the doctors’ offices and two in the hospital proper. No jobs at the Helen Porter nursing home were cut.

Porter Medical Center employs a total of 780 people.

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