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A pumpkin-kayak sets out on Otter Creek


DANE VANNOSDELN CONFIDENTLY paddles a pumpkin through the Otter Creek Gorge north of Belden Falls on the New Haven/Weybridge town line. What’s that — a pumpkin? Yes, indeed. Photo Credit: Josh Hummel/AdventureWithJosh.com

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury photographer Josh Hummel teamed up with pumpkin grower Ethan Nelson of Brandon and giant pumpkin-growing support specialist Jenna Baird from Baird Farm in Chittenden to

Bristol parent speaks out about BES


BRISTOL RESIDENT KELLY Hedley, left, speaks about an experience her son had at Bristol Elementary School during the Oct. 12 meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Superintendent Patrick Reen and board chair Dawn Griswold look on. Image courtesy of Northeast Addison Television

BRISTOL — When Kelly Hedley, a parent in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, spoke at last week’s school board meeting in the high school cafeteria, she stood alone.

Swamped resale shops are limiting donations


KAY DESJADON CHECKS some of the many toys recently donated to the HOPE resale shop in Middlebury. HOPE sells the toys to raise money for poverty fighting programs. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Montross

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s two largest nonprofit resale shops are swimming in donated clothing, accessories, furniture and other items  — so much so that they’ve had to limit intake due to swell

State panel pitches major shakeup in area House districts


THE VERMONT LEGISLATIVE Apportionment Board is proposing a realignment of House districts that would result in major changes here in Addison County, with single-person distracts that sometimes cross town boundaries.

MIDDLEBURY — A proposed realignment of Vermont House districts based on new census numbers would have a substantial impact on Addison County, with the latest map showing the current two-seat Middle

T-shirt designers celebrate Bristol


SEVENTH-GRADER MADELINE Diop of Bristol was excited to see her Bristol-themed design get printed on T-shirts this past summer. Diop was one of two winners of a design contest sponsored by Vermont Marketplace in downtown Bristol. Photo courtesy of Vermont Marketplace

BRISTOL — If you could express your feelings and thoughts about Bristol for a T-shirt design, what would you come up with?

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