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Help count birds this winter


CROWS IN THIS Middlebury tree will be an easy target for the annual Christmas Bird Count, which will take place in several Addison County locations in mid-December. Independent file photo/John S. McCright

ADDISON COUNTY — Every year dozens of birders head into the fields and woods of Addison County, while dozens more bird enthusiasts watch at their birdfeeders in December to spot and identify the nu

Cut your own tree in the National Forest


ANYONE CAN GO out into the Green Mountain National Forest and cut a Christmas tree like this one in Lincoln if they get a $5 permit from the U.S. Forest Service and follow a few rules. Photo by Ethan Ready

RUTLAND — U.S. Forest Service officials in Vermont are encouraging the public to purchase Christmas tree removal permits should they be interested in a $5 tree for the holidays.

An Orwell writer enlists local artists in her exploration of alcoholism, recovery


EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays. PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL

ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays.

MNFF Selects continues with Aretha Franklin film


ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND shot by the great Sydney Pollack over two days at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, "Amazing Grace" was conceived as “the two-day concert recording of what remains Aretha Franklin’s (and live gospel music’s) best and biggest-selling album,” relates Wesley Morris in the New York Times.

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Dec.

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