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Students petition for Holocaust curriculum


MOUNT ABE EIGHTH-GRADERS Hazel Guillmette, left, and Whitney Dykstra of Monkton were so affected by learning about the Holocaust — and so shocked to discover that Vermont students are not required to learn about this dark period of world history — that they embarked on a campaign to make Holocaust learning a part of the state curriculum. Photo courtesy Whitney Dykstra

MONKTON — In January 1945, just months before the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated by American forces, 16-year-old Jewish prisoner Elie Wiesel lay silently, fearfully in his bunk as his

After a year lost to COVID, summer camps will reopen


CANOES WILL AGAIN launch — albeit with socially distance paddlers — at Camp Songadeewin this summer. Songadeewin for girls, Keewaydin for boys and Point CounterPoint for young musicians will all be back in session on the shores of Lake Dunmore following a year lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Ellen Flight

SALISBURY — The familiar sounds of laughing, shouting, splashing and playing — both the youthful abandon and instrumental varieties — will once again tickle the ears of those living near Lake Dunmo

Nordic trails saw a surge during pandemic


NORDIC SKIERS AT Blueberry Hill’s Outdoor Center make their way across abundant snow on a flat stretch on a trail. Inn co-owner Shari Brown said good conditions was one of several reasons more than twice as many visitors used the outdoor center this winter than the previous season. Photo by Daniel Schechner

RIPTON/GOSHEN — There has been at least one arguably positive side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic: Operators of Addison County’s two Nordic skiing centers report a surge of interest in cross-count

River Watchers face challenges in 2021


ADDISON COUNTY RIVER Watch Collaborative volunteer Beth Eliason checks the level of a test sample during a 2017 water-sampling project. River Watch is starting a complex season of testing six local watersheds plus other water quality projects. Photo by Craig Zondag

ADDISON COUNTY — Snow is melting and the rivers are flowing, which means it’s time for the Addison County River Watch Collaborative to launch its water-monitoring season.

United Way campaign just shy of goal


UNITED WAY OF Addison County officials are working on multiple fronts to get resources to people in need — including those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, three anonymous donors have pledged to match, dollar for dollar, contributions made to the UWAC by April 15. Pictured, from left, are Lee Bilson, Tim O’Toole, Helena Van Voorst, Steve Wilson, Alex Larrow and Erin Reed (missing are Jesse Brooks and Jessica Hellyer).

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents and businesses are demonstrating their trademark generosity at a time when it’s most needed, according to managers of the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC)

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