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HOPE forbids rummaging in its Dumpster


THE NONPROFIT HELPING Overcome Poverty’s Effects has put up “no trespassing” signs on the Dumpster at its Middlebury headquarters, in response to Dumpster-diving incidents that they say pose liability issues. Meanwhile, some of those who’ve been doing the diving contend that HOPE is throwing away donated stuff that could be repurposed for low-income people. Photo courtesy of Brenda Dutton

MIDDLEBURY — One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, the old saying goes.

Fred Hansen works hard to make camping fun


FRED HANSEN, CENTER, bought the Smoke Rise campground on the north edge of Brandon four years ago because of his love of camping and desire to keep working. Hansen is pictured here with his wife, Barbara, on the right and campground manager Anita LaRocque. Brandon Reporter photo/ Russell Jones

BRANDON — Fred Hansen spends his winters in Florida, but he doesn’t enjoy his time there as much as the summers in Vermont. In fact, he hates it.

Fred Putnam finds sweet success with buzzy second career


FRED PUTNAM JR., owner of Busy Bee Honey in Brandon, examines a frame from one of the 27 bee colonies he runs across three locations in the area. He says having three locations adds different characteristics to the honey and reduces the chance of catastrophic disaster if something goes wrong in one colony. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones

BRANDON — Bees must visit 2 million flowers to produce a single pound of honey.

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Middlebury, VT 05753

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