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A new collaborative promotes local food


JENNIFER KENNETT, LEFT, and AnnaJo Smith have partnered to open the Vermont Food Collaborative at the corner of Route 7 and Campground Road in New Haven. In addition to offering local food and other products in their retail space, the pair hopes to strengthen relationships among local food producers, processors and buyers. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

NEW HAVEN — About a year and a half ago a pair of self-described “farmHERs,” Jennifer Kennett and AnnaJo Smith, were worrying about their future as food producers in Addison County.

When sexual assault victims and their offenders cross paths at school


SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE sometimes forced to make tough calls on whether a juvenile offender and his or her victim(s) can coexist on campus, and if so, how to make sure they are kept at a distance from one another and still receive equal access to school services.

Editor’s note: This story involves juvenile court cases, the details of which are sealed by the courts.

Middlebury officials urged to reject college's solar plan


THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS the proposed layout of a 5-megawatt solar array that would be developed by Encore Renewable Energy on land in Middlebury owned by Middlebury College. The solar panels would occupy approximately 30 acres to the south and west of South Street Extension; the Eddy Horse Farm is just to the east of the array. Graphic courtesy of Encore Renewable Energy

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Dec.

Local felines go to work to earn their keep


CHEDDAR, A BIG orange cat that hangs out at the Middlebury Animal Hospital, is one of several felines that “work” at businesses around Addison County. Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has created a program called “Paws on the Job,” which places hard-to-adopt cats in places where they can be useful. Independent photo/Megan James

MIDDLEBURY — Jackie was a feral stray cat when she arrived at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, two years ago. Severe flea dermatitis made her back almost completely furless.

Mt. Abe district seeks funds for mentoring


ABOUT 40 VOLUNTEERS from the five Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec. 5 in Starksboro to write letters to district residents seeking support for the MAUSD mentoring program. The program currently matches 94 district students with long-term, trained adult mentors from local communities.

STARKSBORO — Around 40 volunteers from Mount Abraham Unified School District towns gathered on Dec.

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