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Vermont State Police Log: Police Investigate Starksboro town office burglary

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Vermont State Police troopers working out of the New Haven barracks reported few incidents between May 12 and 19. The most notable may have come on May 12, when troopers received a report from the Starksboro Town Office of a burglary.

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Common Ground Center marks two decades

Posted on May 8, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — Tucked away in the rolling hills and babbling brooks of Starksboro is one of Addison County’s better-kept secrets — but Jim Mendell doesn’t want it to stay that way.

Mendell and his wife, Peg Kamens, are co-founders of the Common Ground Center, a family recreation retreat on a sprawling 700-acre parcel that straddles the towns of Starksboro and Monkton. Since 1994, the nonprofit has hosted children’s camps, family retreats, private parties and school groups.

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Starksboro woman cited in Bristol theft

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



BRISTOL — Police arrested a Starksboro woman on Feb. 23 and cited her for larceny in connection with a theft that occurred a week earlier.

Police allege Chastity A. Pecor, 29, stole a wallet from a vehicle parked at the First Baptist Church in Bristol on Feb. 16. Police said that after taking the wallet, Pecor took $72 in cash from it, and then left the wallet next to the front door of the police station.

Pecor is due to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, criminal division, on April 7.

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Local man still struggles with Vt. Health Connect

Posted on January 20, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



STARKSBORO — Jeff Keeney’s patience for Vermont Health Connect, the state’s incarnation of the Affordable Care Act, has run out.

“I don’t believe anything from Vermont Health Connect,” Keeney said late last week. “They’ve been wrong every step of the way.”

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Gallery: Mt. Abe counselor hikes Appalachian Trail

Posted on November 18, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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Mount Abraham Union High School counselor Deb Van Schaack hiked the 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail this spring and summer. She began her journey in Georgia on March 8 and completed the trek in Maine on July 31. Van Schaack shared with the Independent some of the photos she took along the way.

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Beloved lunch lady hangs up her spatula

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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STARKSBORO — In 1965, Lyndon Johnson was president, Apollo 11 had yet to land on the moon, a first-class stamp cost a nickel and a gallon of gas 31 cents.

It was also the year Joyce Shepard started working as a cook at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary School. She retired in this past summer, after 48 years.

“I just liked working with the kids,” Shepard said. “It kept me young.”

Principal Patrick Hartnett likened Shepard’s tenure to that of a baseball Hall of Famer.

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Bristol-area food fundraiser a huge success

Posted on October 24, 2013 |
By Zach Despart



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BRISTOL — Volunteers packed more than a quarter-million meals last weekend in Bristol and Essex at the culmination of a drive to send aid to starving children. With Love From Vermont, a Christian charity that operates in Chittenden, Addison and Rutland counties, had been raising money for food packets specifically designed for the bodies of malnourished children.

The charity buys the supplies, organizes volunteers to put them into individual serving packets, and WLFV’s partner, the international Christian charity Feed My Starving Children, distributes them.

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Sept. 21 BBQ and dance to benefit youth project in Starksboro

Posted on September 19, 2013 |
By Addison Independent



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STARKSBORO — Unbound Grace, a Starksboro-based nonprofit, will host a community benefit on Saturday, Sept. 21. Its fourth annual Community Big Barn Dance will include a country potluck with chicken BBQ, family field days, a silent auction, and all-ages square and contra dancing with a little bit of rock-and-roll. Music is provided by talented local band Gumbo YaYa. The event will be held at Sentinel Farms, 4118 VT Route 116 in Starksboro, from 3 to 9:30 p.m. Attendees may want to bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

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Starksboro gardener’s artistic talent blooms

Posted on July 25, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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STARKSBORO — Twelve years ago the property on Robert Young Road purchased by Price and Marijke Niles for their retirement was full of grass, brambles and brush.

“It was so bad, the real estate agent told us not to buy it,” Marijke Niles, 67, recalled. “But we fell in love with the big rock, the view and the pond, and I wanted a big open space where I could garden.”

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