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Lauren Davidson http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/1492/all en Addison woman got support in cancer battle http://addisonindependent.com/201208addison-woman-got-support-cancer-battle <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12974" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201208addison-woman-got-support-cancer-battle"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/HelenK0688.thumbnail.jpg" alt="HelenK0688.jpg" title="HelenK0688.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> HELEN KAHRS OF Addison, a two-time survivor of cancer, recalls that, along with her support group, the cards and flowers people sent to her on a regular basis truly helped keep her strong and determined to win her battle against cancer. Independent photo/Andrea Warren </div> </div> </div> <p> WEST ADDISON &mdash; By definition a survivor is one who endures adverse or unusual circumstances. That is a description that Helen Kahrs, 78, of West Addison, fits perfectly.</p> <p> First diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2005, and then hit by a second cancer diagnosis five years later, today Kahrs can happily say that she is a true survivor after years of battling cancer.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12975">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208addison-woman-got-support-cancer-battle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Cancer Featured Health and well-being Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:50:01 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12975 at http://addisonindependent.com Family dog helps man in fight with cancer http://addisonindependent.com/201208family-dog-helps-man-fight-cancer <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12980" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201208family-dog-helps-man-fight-cancer"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/regan0160.thumbnail.jpg" alt="regan0160.jpg" title="regan0160.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> REGAN WEDGE AND his dog, Elvis, are best pals. Wedge said that Elvis was a big help and source of support during his fight with cancer. Independent photo/Andrea Warren </div> </div> </div> <p> STARKSBORO &mdash; What began as a part of his daily routine turned out to be a life-altering experience for Regan Wedge Sr.</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Wedge, now 55, was diagnosed withcancer in 2007 and will be cancer-free for five years in September. After experiencing all the emotions of a life-threatening situation, he now reflects on what he has learned through the process.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12966">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208family-dog-helps-man-fight-cancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Cancer diagnosis dog Elvis Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Mon, 27 Aug 2012 13:57:09 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12966 at http://addisonindependent.com Summer Escape: Stargazing http://addisonindependent.com/201208summer-escape-stargazing <p> My Vermont summer is rapidly coming to a close, and with that, I am happy that I finally made it to one of the most elusive places on my list: the roof of Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury College campus. The looming presence of the building is one that I know very well, but its top floor is another story.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/12845/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/12845">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208summer-escape-stargazing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog astronomy NASA stargazing Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:59:27 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12845 at http://addisonindependent.com Free concert aims to show kids a better way http://addisonindependent.com/201208free-concert-aims-show-kids-better-way <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Music, which is said to be the great communicator, will soon be a vehicle for social change in Vergennes.</p> <p> The first-ever Youth Awareness fundraiser concert, organized by Ferrisburgh resident Jackie Rivers, will be held in the Vergennes Opera House on Aug. 19from 4 to 8 p.m.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12829">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208free-concert-aims-show-kids-better-way" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes education Featured music Mon, 13 Aug 2012 15:03:16 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12829 at http://addisonindependent.com Commuter Challenge a success http://addisonindependent.com/201208commuter-challenge-success <p> VERMONT &mdash; The results are in. In an attempt to find more economical and environmentally friendly alternatives for getting to work, the 2012 Way to Go Commuter Challenge was a success and saw growth in participation across the state. And one Addison County municipality was singled out for its extraordinary efforts to save gasoline.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12825">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208commuter-challenge-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont energy environment transportation Mon, 13 Aug 2012 14:55:26 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12825 at http://addisonindependent.com Gospel choir entertains and inspires at annual concert http://addisonindependent.com/201208gospel-choir-entertains-and-inspires-annual-concert <p> NEW HAVEN &mdash; As the Addison County Gospel Choir performed before its biggest audience of the year on Tuesday night at Addison County Fair and Field Days, the singers sensed it was an important moment when they sang their rendition of &ldquo;I&rsquo;ll Fly Away.&rdquo;</p> <p> The song was dedicated to Alice Quesnel, a fan of the choir who died in the summer of 2007. The night of the annual Field Days concert five years ago, Quesnel told her husband, Victor, that she would fly away. She passed away later that night.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12791">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208gospel-choir-entertains-and-inspires-annual-concert" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Haven arts Field Days 2012 music Thu, 09 Aug 2012 15:05:23 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12791 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Lessons learned from the bubble http://addisonindependent.com/201208clippings-lessons-learned-bubble <p> I tend to get caught in bubbles. Metaphorical bubbles, that is.</p> <p> Growing up in a suburban town in central Ohio and moving to Middlebury after high school, I am attracted to the sense of comfort that small towns provide. The familiar faces, streets and foods are among the many things that contribute to this feeling of ease.</p> <p> More often than not, these small towns that I have grown to love are protection for many. Consistency and reliability allow us to rest within our comfort zones.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12783">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208clippings-lessons-learned-bubble" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Clippings Thu, 09 Aug 2012 14:49:35 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12783 at http://addisonindependent.com Local girls plan dance benefit http://addisonindependent.com/201208local-girls-plan-dance-benefit <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12741" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201208local-girls-plan-dance-benefit"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/justdancekids7118.thumbnail.jpg" alt="justdancekids7118.jpg" title="justdancekids7118.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SISTERS KAYLEY, LEFT, and Emily Tardie of New Haven have organized “Just Dance,” a fundraiser event for the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. The event will be held at the New Haven Town Hall on Aug. 25. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> NEW HAVEN &mdash; For most children, typical summer activities include playing outside and trips to the town pool. But for two New Haven girls, summer vacation includes organizing a community fundraiser.</p> <p> Sisters Emily and Kayley Tardie, age 11 and 7, respectively, have been hard at work planning a fundraiser scheduled to be held in the New Haven Town Hall on Aug. 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. The event, called &ldquo;Just Dance,&rdquo; will feature a night of dancing, food and prizes for the whole family. All proceeds will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12740">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208local-girls-plan-dance-benefit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> New Haven arts dance fundraiser Mon, 06 Aug 2012 15:27:45 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12740 at http://addisonindependent.com Three locals finish grueling Ironman competition http://addisonindependent.com/201208three-locals-finish-grueling-ironman-competition <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12735" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201208three-locals-finish-grueling-ironman-competition"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Ironman Donahue Wootten_1831.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Ironman Donahue Wootten_1831.jpg" title="Ironman Donahue Wootten_1831.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> DAVE DONAHUE, LEFT, and Matt Wootten, both of Cornwall, run together during the 26.2-mile leg of the Ironman Lake Placid race in New York late last month. Both men, along with East Middlebury’s Chas Lyons, completed the grueling swim-bike-run event. </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Considered by many to be the ultimate test of strength and endurance, the Ironman competition is not for the average athlete. It starts with a 2.4-mile swim that is followed by a 112-mile bike ride and wraps up with a marathon (26.2 miles) on foot. It is common for many to drop out during the course of the race</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12736">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208three-locals-finish-grueling-ironman-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports ironman Mon, 06 Aug 2012 14:45:38 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12736 at http://addisonindependent.com Summer Escape: Berry picking http://addisonindependent.com/201208summer-escape-berry-picking <p> &ldquo;No sprays or chemicals used.&rdquo; That&rsquo;s what was posted on Lower Notch Berry Farm&rsquo;s FaceBook page, consequently intriguing me to visit the farm in Bristol this past Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p> Currently on the health food kick myself, I am attempting to eat more local and organic produce, which is sometimes a challenge considering I still eat all of my meals in the Middlebury College dining hall.</p> <h4 class="meta2">View: <a href="/?q=node/12727/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/12727">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208summer-escape-berry-picking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Summer Escape Fri, 03 Aug 2012 20:49:32 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12727 at http://addisonindependent.com ToDo hosts international conference http://addisonindependent.com/201208todo-hosts-international-conference <p> MONKTON &mdash; Eastern philosophy and spiritual healing may be foreign concepts to most, but they have been the central practice for many years at the ToDo Institute in Monkton.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12679">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208todo-hosts-international-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Monkton health Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:59:55 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12679 at http://addisonindependent.com Stampede raises more than $100,000 http://addisonindependent.com/201208stampede-raises-more-100000 <p> BRISTOL &mdash; Rainy weather on July 26 threatened the success of this year&rsquo;s Three Day Stampede, Bristol&rsquo;s annual major event to raise money to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but the rain cleared up for the start of Friday&rsquo;s lawn sale and stayed clear through the weekend, allowing organizers to raise more than $100,000 to fight the disease.</p> <p> Organizer Bonita Bedard said that amount was on par with 2011, and she was thrilled with this year&rsquo;s turnout, despite the worries about the weather.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12678">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201208stampede-raises-more-100000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Bristol Bristol Stampede fundraiser Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:58:13 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12678 at http://addisonindependent.com Irene recovery awaits decisions from FEMA http://addisonindependent.com/201207irene-recovery-awaits-decisions-fema <p> ADDISON COUNTY &mdash; Nearly one year after tropical storm Irene hit the state of Vermont local residents are still recovering from the damage. Disaster relief funds and volunteer efforts have dramatically improved conditions, but Irene&rsquo;s aftermath is still a problem for many Vermonters and those working to help them.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12626">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207irene-recovery-awaits-decisions-fema" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Featured federal funding FEMA Irene Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:25:10 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12626 at http://addisonindependent.com Bikers promote efficient energy sources http://addisonindependent.com/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12631" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/bikers4723.thumbnail.jpg" alt="bikers4723.jpg" title="bikers4723.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> CLIMATE SUMMER, A nonprofit dedicated to promoting sustainable energy sources, is spending the summer biking through seven Vermont towns and cities to spread their message. The group arrived in Vergennes last Thursday. Pictured are, left to right, Shea Riester, Anna Kruserman, Monique Gallant, Emma John and Lily Gutterman. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> VERGENNES &mdash; Efforts to increase awareness of climate change have taken to the open road. A group of young environmentalists are biking through the state, acting as partners with the organization Climate Summer, a program aimed at connecting with local leaders to address issues pertaining to efficient energy sources.</p> <p> Climate Summer is a internship program for college-age students run by Better Future Project, a nonprofit organization founded in January 2011 that promotes leadership development and heads initiatives in environmental issues.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12616">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207bikers-promote-efficient-energy-sources" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vergennes green energy Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:11:25 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12616 at http://addisonindependent.com Swim teams round out final dual meets http://addisonindependent.com/201207swim-teams-round-out-final-dual-meets <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-12628" style="width: 156px;"><a href="/201207swim-teams-round-out-final-dual-meets"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/swim5318.thumbnail.jpg" alt="swim5318.jpg" title="swim5318.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="156" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> MIDDLEBURY AQUATIC CLUB swimmers leap off the starting blocks during Tuesday’s meet against Winooski. Independent photo/Trent Campbell </div> </div> </div> <p> MIDDLEBURY &mdash; The Middlebury Panthers and Vergennes Champs both wrapped up the regular season Tuesday night as they look forward to the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships, which will be held in Vergennes this Friday and Saturday.</p> <p> Visiting Winooski swim team fell to Middlebury, 358 to 78. Highlights of the night included Nora Wootten, Isabel Rosenberg, Brianna Foley, Thomas Denton, Burke Weeks and Nick Merrill winning three races a piece for the Panthers.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/12604">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201207swim-teams-round-out-final-dual-meets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Sports swimming Thu, 26 Jul 2012 14:42:18 +0000 Lauren Davidson 12604 at http://addisonindependent.com