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Monk favors mental strength over material comfort

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Polly Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — After the Dalai Lama finished his lecture at Middlebury College Saturday morning, he answered a few pre-submitted questions. One asked, “How can a person have a fulfilling spiritual life in a world of modern conveniences and materialism?”

His answer: “It has to do with mind.”

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Record number of runners drawn to 25th annual Ripton race

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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RIPTON — A huge crowd turned out to celebrate the 25th annual Ripton Ridge Run on Oct. 7. A record 230 people took part in the 5K run, fun walk and 10K run. Fifteen children participated in the “Kids’ Race” and dozens of volunteers and friends were also on hand.

The Bud Leeds Ensemble provided music, giving the day a particularly festive atmosphere and, since the weather also cooperated, it was a banner day.

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Vermont poet laureate aims to be accessible

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Tom Slayton



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Sydney Lea, Vermont’s current poet laureate, wants to use that honorary position to clear away some of the fog that he believes surrounds poetry these days.

“I would like to de-mystify poetry,” he says. “Poetry is really just another way of looking at the world.”

And so, Lea is focusing his four-year term as poet laureate on appearances around the state where he is sure of finding ordinary Vermonters who might be willing to give poetry another try: community libraries.

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Hands-on lessons at Wildlife Day build a love of nature

Posted on October 18, 2012 |
By Addison Independent



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ADDISON — A shower and some drizzle failed to dampen the spirits of the 340 people who attended the 11th Dead Creek Wildlife Day on Saturday, Oct. 6. Beginning at 7, the bird-banding demonstration at the Dead Creek Route 17 access area was popular with family groups, who got to see migrating yellow-rumped warblers, blackpoll warblers and two peregrine falcons up close. The Big Sit, taking place nearby, logged 38 bird species through the day from a 17-foot circle. A special bird walk for beginning birders and demonstrations of working retrievers were also well attended.

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UPDATE 10/18: Seizure may have caused crash at Bristol soccer field

Posted on October 16, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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Editor’s note: This story was updated on Thursday at 11:55 a.m. with a photo and State's Attorney David Fenster's input on the case. This story was updated on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 2:55 p.m. to correct Fenster's comment.

BRISTOL — Police are considering whether a medical condition was a cause behind the incident Saturday in which a driver of an SUV crashed into a group of people — sending five to the hospital — at a children’s soccer tournament in Bristol.

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Lincoln Community School wraps up $2 million makeover

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



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LINCOLN — Tory Riley cannot stop smiling.

“I love this,” the principal of the Lincoln Community School said last week during a tour of the school. “I flip a switch, and the heating works!”

After six years of planning and $2 million in budgeted renovations, Lincoln Community School has invited the community to come through its newly finished doors this Thursday to celebrate the completion of its historic facility during is annual open house.

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City mulls options for police HQ

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes aldermen met behind closed doors on Oct. 9 to discuss the final few choices for a police station site, and there also heard from City Manager Mel Hawley that a station that meets all the criteria Police Chief George Merkel gave to aldermen earlier this year would probably cost more than $2 million.

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McMullen makes drug crime, tort reform priorities

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Burlington Republican Jack McMullen has perhaps best been known in Vermont’s political circles for having been unable to identify the correct number of teats on a cow when put on the spot by his irrepressible U.S. Senate GOP primary opponent Fred Tuttle in 1998.

Fourteen years later, McMullen himself is chuckling about that legendary misstep and is touting his credentials as a candidate for Vermont attorney general, a post he hopes to wrest from longtime Democratic incumbent Bill Sorrell.

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Third Bristol crime forum set for Oct. 17 at MAUHS

Posted on October 15, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



BRISTOL — Bristol will hold its third crime forum at Mount Abraham Union High School this Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 7-9 p.m. While the last two forums, in July and September, focused on providing information to the community, the goal of the third forum is to hone in on potential steps forward. A steering committee has been formed, and met last week to plan the agenda.

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Film tells the stories of those left behind in Mexico

MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Folklife Center will show “Los Que Se Quedan” (“Those Who Remain”) on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. The documentary film by Juan Carlos Rulfo and Carlos Hagerman focuses on families left behind in Mexico by migrants to the United States.

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