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01/02/2020
Jan. 2: Children’s story hour 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bixby Memorial Library. Jan. 3: First Friday movie, “Downton Abbey,” 6:30 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library.  Jan. 4 and 18: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 and 21: Ferrisburgh selectboard meetings, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 14: Vergennes Booster Club, 7:00 p.m., VUHS. Jan. 15: Plan Your Future Night for VUHS Juniors, 6 p.m., VUHS. Jan. 16: Circus student performance for FCS families: 6 p.m., VUHS. Jan. 27: Commodore Parent Teacher Group, 6:30 p.m., VUHS Library. FERRISBURGH — The new year is beginning with lots of action at...
01/02/2020
LINCOLN — Happy 2020 to all! Here is some town meeting news from Sally Ober, Lincoln Town Clerk: If you intend to circulate a petition to get something on the agenda for our town meeting on Monday, March 2, now is the time to get to work. Agenda petitions require signatures from at least 5% of Lincoln’s registered voters (56 signatures). Agenda item petitions need 56 signatures and are due by Wednesday, Jan. 15. Blank agenda petitions are available on the town website or at the town office. Even if you are not done collecting signatures, it helps to let the Selectboard know that you are...
01/02/2020
VERMONT — Vermont’s electric utilities are letting customers across Vermont know they can now save up to $15,000 when they buy or lease new all electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) thanks to new Vermont state rebates that can be combined with utility rebates and federal tax credits. One of the biggest barriers to making the switch to cleaner driving is the upfront cost of a new vehicle, and new state rebates of up to $5,000 aim to help middle- and low-income Vermonters switch to cleaner driving with electric vehicles. Transportation is the number one source of carbon...
01/02/2020
VERMONT — Some education officials believe a recent, hotly debated reform effort skipped over a key part of Vermont’s public school system — career and technical centers. “They said, well, we’re not trying to get to that right now. We’ll get to it eventually. And now’s the time,” said Penny Chamberlin, the director at the Central Vermont Career Center in Barre. In a bid to address workforce shortages and fast-track Vermonters into well-paid jobs, state officials increasingly tout the state’s tech centers. But efforts to destigmatize the trades and encourage students to explore technical...
01/02/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Neat Repeats directors Linda Waterman and Diane Howlett have released the list of fall 2019 grantees from their resale shop. Grants for that period totaled $33,831 and included the following: Elderly Services (food), $5,000; — Housing Solutions, $4,695; End of Life Services (pledge), $3,250; Scholarships — MAUHS, MUHS, VUHS, $2,700; Family Assistance (9), $2,462; Dental Assistance (4), $2,050; Charter House Coalition (pledge), $2,000; HOPE — Food Shelf, $2,000; Vermont Symphony Orchestra — School programs, $1,500; CVOEO — Food Shelf, $1,500; Vergennes Food Shelf, $1,300;...
01/02/2020
WILLISTON — Along with hitting the gym more often and starting a diet, quitting smoking tops many New Year’s resolution lists. There are currently 67,400 smokers in Vermont and 57% of them tried to quit last year. New ads from e-cigarette companies would have those smokers falsely believe that switching to vaping is quitting smoking. The American Lung Association is reminding Vermont residents that the Food and Drug Administration has not found any e-cigarette to be safe and effective in helping smokers quit. Alex Crimmin, Health Promotions Specialist for the American Lung Association in...

ELISE SHANBACKER, ADDISON County Community Trust, receives a $500 matching donation from Lion President Kathy Dorman.
01/02/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Lions have been busy building accessible ramps, holding an open house, selling 50/50 Cash for Christmas raffle tickets, donating funds to area organizations, and collecting Toys for Kids. Ramps were built on two homes this fall, making it possible for the residents to leave their homes when needed. In some cases, the residents provided the materials, but in other cases the Lions provided materials and labor. The open house, held Nov. 13 at the Vergennes Opera House, helped gain a few new members to help the club serve the area needs. An induction of new members will...
01/02/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s loons are thriving, with a record 101 nesting pairs recorded statewide in 2019, the highest since loon monitoring began in 1978, according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Vermont Center for Ecostudies (VCE). “Seventy-five of the loon nests successfully produced 115 chicks this year,” said wildlife biologist Eric Hanson with VCE. “Although there were losses, 87 chicks survived through August which exceeded the past five-year average survival of 73 percent.” VCE leads the Vermont Loon Conservation Project in partnership with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife...

FRANKIE AND DORA Soberal and their three daughters moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury on Dec. 21, just in time to make it the centerpiece of their Christmas celebration. Photo courtesy of John McLeod
12/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Tearing open packages. It’s a Christmas tradition. But the Soberal family didn’t need to unwrap their biggest Christmas gift this week. They’re living in it. Frankie and Dora Soberal and their three young daughters continue to pinch themselves to make sure they aren’t caught up in Yuletide reverie. Yes, it’s true. On Saturday, Dec. 21, they moved from an apartment into their first-ever permanent home at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury, thanks to a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Addison County. “It is our ultimate Christmas present; we couldn’t have asked for anything...

DAN BROWN
12/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Swift House Inn co-owner Dan Brown is no stranger to serving his country. Prior to becoming an innkeeper, the U.S. Naval Academy graduate spent 27 years piloting ships, P-3 airplanes and a segment of the Navy’s acquisition management division. Now he’d like to serve his community as a member of the Middlebury selectboard. Brown is one of two candidates to have thus far announced for two spots up for grabs this coming March on the town’s chief governing board. The other is incumbent selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter, whose current three-year term is expiring. Board incumbent...

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