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Arts Beat for June 27: Pops Concert, picnics and fireworks on tap for the 4th

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



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The Sheldon Museum’s annual outdoor Pops Concert and fireworks are a Vermont summer tradition for Lake Champlain area families and tourists. Celebrate the anniversary of Independence Day with a concert of Broadway standards, pops and patriotic music on Friday, performed by the Vermont Philharmonic in the meadow behind the Mahaney Center for the Arts at Middlebury College with commanding views of the Green Mountains, followed by a glorious fireworks display.

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Schools out, but kids can still get free lunches

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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ADDISON COUNTY — With the first signs of summer come expectations of sun, lemonade, popsicles and, here in Vermont, fresh fruit and vegetables. 

However, for those children who qualify for free or reduced-price meals during the school year, summer is potentially a two-and-a-half-month stretch without stable, nutritious meals. 

Last May, 38 percent of students in Addison County qualified for subsidized school meals, and 42 percent throughout Vermont qualified.

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Folk concert kicks off concert series on Middlebury green

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
By Charmaine Lam



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MIDDLEBURY — Gentle folk music overlaid with the chatter and laughter of families and children drifted through downtown Middlebury this past Wednesday evening.

This mini-concert on the green marked the inaugural Summer Music Series in Middlebury, which will bring a free concert to the green each month of the summer.

Musician Molly McEachen, who performed original folk pieces with musical partner Ashley Storrow, was please with the way the inaugural concert came off.

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Trip to Vermont becomes permanent for mobile restaurateur

Posted on June 27, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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MIDDLEBURY — Six years after a quick trip from her native Thailand to Vermont to visit a friend, Wanna Phasuk is still here. You’ll often find her parked outside of Vermont Sun Sports and Fitness in Middlebury serving up authentic Thai and fusion dishes from the comfort of her bright yellow and red food cart. 

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Orwell nixes ARSU school unification for a second time

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.

The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.

Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.

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Vermont's early voting to begin this Friday

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



MONTPELIER — Early voting for Vermont’s upcoming primaries will officially open on Friday, June 24.

Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail or online and cast their vote for the Aug. 9 election. The elections staff at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open their early voting before Friday.

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Council eyes police spending, tax rate

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Police spending — especially $110,000 for two new cruisers — dominated a Tuesday Vergennes City Council meeting devoted to the next city budget and municipal tax rate, both of which must be adopted by July 1.

The council is working from a $2.3 million draft budget submitted by Vergennes City Manager Mel Hawley that he calculated, if adopted, would require a 9-cent hike in the municipal tax rate from 75 to 84 cents.

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Brandon summer concert series on tap

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — Bette Moffett would be proud.

A community effort has been under way to help stabilize the Brandon Town Band and offer a consistent venue for weekly musical offerings in Brandon this summer.

Enter the Brandon Summer Concert Series, every Wednesday at 7 p.m. through July and August in Central Park.

Bette Moffett died in 2013, having had a hand in creating the Brandon Town Band, among so many other local institutions. She formed the town band with Sally Hutchison in 2007.

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Food for All helps make healthy food accessible

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



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MIDDLEBURY — As part of its broader mission to make healthy food more accessible to people in Addison County, the Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op (MNFC) is running two programs — Food for All and Co-op Basics — that help people in the community struggling to overcome a number of barriers.

Food for All offers a free membership to the Co-op, a 10 percent discount, and free access to food-related classes offered by the Co-op.

Co-op Basics offers discounted prices on grocery staples, and it is offered to all customers.

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Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op works to ease local food insecurity

Posted on June 23, 2016 |
By Ellie Reinhardt



MIDDLEBURY — Nearly one in eight Vermont households and one in five Vermont children are food insecure, as of May 2015, according to Hunger Free Vermont. In Addison County, one in five children struggle with food insecurity, says the statewide advocacy and education organization that works to end hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition in Vermont.

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