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Platform tennis: Dark, cold and a whole lot of fun

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Christy Lynn



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Platform tennis is an unusual sport because it seems that those who have been exposed to it quickly become obsessed; everyone else has never heard of it.

The rules of the game are much like doubles tennis and the court looks very similar, albeit about a third the size of a tennis court and built on a platform (hence the name) with 12-foot-tall walls that come up on all sides made out of chicken wire fencing that is held in high tension so that players can hit the ball as it bounces off the wire (similar to racquetball or squash).

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Ski in, ski-out — going inn to inn in Vermont's backcountry

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



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VERMONT — This winter, take a break from your normal routine and make some time for a foray into the backcountry. From short outings to weekend getaways, there are plenty of adventures to be had beyond the ski trails at area resorts.

The following three tours, located on Vermont’s 300-mile long Catamount Trail, run two to three days and involve spending nights at a number of inns and bed-and-breakfasts in close proximity to the trailhead.

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Christy Lynn: in praise of cold weather

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Christy Lynn



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I love cold weather. Maybe it’s because I was born in January, or maybe it’s the part of me that kind of likes it when things are a little hard, but either way, it makes me feel alive.

I admit that there are times when it’s hard to leave a cozy perch with a blanket on the couch in pursuit of a venture outside when temperatures are in the single digits and the wind is whipping through the trees.

Enter Trudy, my energetic border collie, who provides the nudge to get me in motion on even the coldest days.

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New leaders named in Brandon

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — After a sudden reorganization less than two months before Town Meeting Day, the Brandon selectboard has a new chairman, a new member, and at least one race for a seat come the first Tuesday in March.

Monday, Jan. 26, was a busy day for selectboard business, as 5 p.m. was the deadline for petitions to run for town office, followed by a regular selectboard meeting that evening.

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Backers see solar as money maker

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — Last year, the Public Service Board approved 26 projects in Addison County larger than 15 kilowatts, the largest of which were a 2.2-megawatt array in Middlebury and a 2.0-megawatt array in Bridport.

As workers proceed with construction of these arrays, soon to be among the largest in the state, many Addison County residents are wondering who’s making money from these large arrays. Landowners get revenue from leases, municipalities get tax revenue, construction firms get business — but how do investors in solar projects benefit?

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Students of the Week - February 2, 2015

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend.

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Group questions Vergennes snow dumping methods

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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VERGENNES — Piles of snow, packed together in rows like moguls, occupy the parking lot of Falls Park on the south bank of the Otter Creek below Vergennes’ majestic falls.

That’s where the city stores excess snow cleared from downtown sidewalks and roadways. When the snow melts, it flows into the Otter Creek and then into Lake Champlain.

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$46 million field house caps Middlebury College's athletic complex

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College recently dedicated its new field house, a spectacular, 110,000-square-foot facility off South Main Street that will host sporting events from the intramural level all the way through varsity contests and NCAA championships.

The $46 million Virtue Field House completes a state-of-the-art athletics complex that includes Pepin Gymnasium, Kenyon Arena, the Natatorium and the Squash Center, all under the umbrella of the Peterson Family Athletics Complex.

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Ilsley Library rolls out tools to digitize music, photographs

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Patrons of Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library now have an extra reason to go into their respective attics to dust off their old slides, photos and LP records. That’s because the Ilsley, in tandem with Middlebury Community Television (MCTV), will soon unveil its new digital media lab, a facility that will, among other things, allow folks to bring their favorite memorabilia, music and entertainment into the 21st century.

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Face Off Against Breast Cancer raised hopes, money

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the annual Face Off Against Breast Cancer were happy both with the results of their hockey tournament on the Memorial Sports Center ice on Jan. 24 and 25 and in the event’s success in achieving its larger fundraising goal.

Eleven women’s hockey teams in all competed on that Saturday and Sunday, three “competitive level” and two “novice level” groups on the first day, and a half-dozen “recreational level” squads on Sunday,

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