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Students of the Week - December 15, 2014

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
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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Bristol board changes how ticket revenue is divided

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



BRISTOL — At the request of Bristol Police Chief Kevin Gibbs, the Bristol selectboard has changed the way traffic citation revenue is distributed between the town and police department.

Since the Bristol Police District is only about one square mile, about the size of the former Bristol village, the town of Bristol contracts with the department to patrol town roads outside the district. According to the department’s November activity log, officers conducted five patrols near Route 116, Monkton Road and other areas.

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City nets $40,500 planning grant

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — The Agency of Transportation on Dec. 9 awarded Vergennes a $40,500 “Strong Communities, Better Connections Grant” that city officials said would be used to plan how to achieve some of the priorities identified earlier this year in the Vermont Council on Rural Development “Community Visit” process in Vergennes.

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WhistlePig announces new whiskey, 'The Boss Hog'

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



SHOREHAM — WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey, a Shoreham-based business, has announced the arrival of The Boss Hog: Spirit of Mortimer, the brand’s follow-up to last year’s Double Gold Medal winner at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

This 100 percent rye whiskey is bottled at full barrel strength; and at approximately 117 to 124 proof. Spirit of Mortimer continues The Boss Hog legacy as WhistlePig’s most premium products.

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Lt. governor outlines his priorities for 2015

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday warned that the 2015 legislative session will be dominated by tough financial decisions and he sees little opportunity for debate on such issues as the legalization of marijuana.

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Ferrisburgh selling land, town officials upset by Act 250 process

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — After a second potential buyer pulled out, the Ferrisburgh selectboard has put the town’s 34.91-acre parcel next to Vergennes back on the market, four years after the board originally sought a buyer.

Town officials remain upset with the Act 250 process and a new law that prompted auto dealer Tom Denecker to walk away from a $350,000 deal to buy the land.

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Middlebury College students stage 'die-in'

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — About 40 Middlebury College students on this past Wednesday evening took part in a “die-in” to raise awareness about police oppression of minority groups.

The event was organized by freshmen Kizzy Joseph and Elizabeth Dunn, and senior Molly Stuart. The trio said the impetuses for the die-in were the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner — black men who died at the hands of police in Missouri and New York, respectively.

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Middlebury Garden Club decks out the Ilsley Library

Posted on December 15, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — After having decorated the Middlebury Community House for the holidays for many years, this year the Middlebury Garden Club decorated the Ilsley Library with the thought that more people would get to enjoy the decorations.

The Better Middlebury Partnership donated the two beautiful wreaths hung on the two large pillars in front of the library. Doug Sinclair of the Sinclair Family Tree Farm donated an enormous tree, which is decorated in red and gold with the theme “The Holidays Take Flight.”

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Second major storm of season wallops Addison County

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson and Zach Despart



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MIDDLEBURY — After a pre-Thanksgiving storm brought heavy snowfall on the busiest travel day of the year, Addison County was again smacked by a two-day storm. This past Tuesday and Wednesday saw more than a foot of freezing rain and heavy snow fall on Vermont, knocking out power for thousands, impeding travel and prompting cancelation of schools for two or three days.

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Frigid sleepout yields $30k for homeless

Posted on December 11, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Around 40 brave souls endured bone-chilling temperatures and some wind-driven icy rain during a sleep-out at Middlebury’s Otter Creek Falls this past Saturday night in a fundraiser that collected around $30,000 to help homeless people in Addison County.

Officials at the John W. Graham Emergency Shelter in Vergennes spearheaded the sleep-out, which attracted a variety of people ranging in age from 6 to mid-60s, according to shelter Executive Director Elizabeth Ready.

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