After hitting rock bottom, a woman gives back

MARY CHAPMAN WAS homeless just four months ago. Now she’s a board member of the organization that helped her secure a home, and she will be among those participating in a Dec. 7 sleep-out at the Otter Creek Falls to raise money for the homeless in Addison County. Independent photo/Steve James

Editor’s note: This is the most recent in an ongoing series of stories on homelessness in Addison County, including "

Lawmakers get up-close look at local pre-K

LEGISLATORS FROM THE area recently visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell to see Vermont Universal Pre-K Program in action. Pictured, left to right, are: Meg Baker, pre-k coordinator for Addison County, Rep. Caleb Elder of Bristol, Sarah Kenney of Let’s Grow Kids, Linda January, director of Otter Creek Child Care Center in Middlebury, Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne, Rep. Peter Conlon of Cornwall, Sen. Ruth Hardy of Middlebury and Rep. Jessica Brumsted of Shelburne.

MIDDLEBURY/ORWELL — A group of legislators from several committees last week visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell as they explored the current status of universal pre-k in Ver


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