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02/13/2020
HINESBURG/BRISTOL — Wendy Livingston, 52, of Bristol was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center on Sunday, Feb. 9, with non-life-threatening injuries she sustained when a snowmobile she was riding collided with trees in Hinesburg, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department reported. The hospital said Livingston was in fair condition on Wednesday morning. Investigation by Vermont State Game Wardens showed that Livingston was driving a snowmobile on a groomed VAST trail when her machine hit a bump and exited the trail, colliding with several trees. Livingston was thrown from the...
02/13/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday agreed to hire the city’s first recreation coordinator since 2006 The new rec coordinator is city resident Kimberly Buckley, a former Franklin Pierce University campus recreation coordinator and men’s and women’s bowling coach who is also a certified personal trainer. The city’s recreation committee, formed late in 2018, successfully lobbied the council last summer to spend $15,000 for the part-time position, money they said at a June council meeting will support a $25 per hour salary over 600 hours. Recreation Committee Chairman Tim Cook told...
02/13/2020
ORWELL — The term “Middle East” is a changing geopolitical concept. Throughout recent history, this term referred to a political, a cultural, and a geographical region with no clear boundaries. Mohamed Defaa, an Arabic instructor at Southern New Hampshire University, will give a multi-media presentation on the term at the Orwell Public Library on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., at the Orwell Public Library. The term “Middle East” serves to generate stereotypes and misunderstanding. This multimedia presentation provides an analytical framework to understand the histories, social identities, and...
02/13/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and 13 Vermont colleges and universities are announcing the 2020 Choose Vermont Scholarship Program, which will award $60,000 in scholarship money to students who commit to attend a Vermont school by June 1. Both out-of-state and Vermont students are eligible to enter.  “As we work to grow our workforce and help Vermonters in their careers, our higher education system plays a critical role,” said Governor Phil Scott. “These institutions, however, are feeling the effects of Vermont’s...
02/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to attend the annual meeting of Spirit in Nature on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m., in the community room at Ilsley Library in Middlebury (use the entrance at back of building). The event will include presentation of the Eco-Spirit award, socializing and refreshments. This year’s recipient of the Eco-Spirit award is Leif Taranta, a senior at Middlebury College. Taranta has been involved in environmental and social justice issues for many years, including fossil fuel resistance efforts in high school, fighting for trans bathroom rights, and mentoring younger...
02/13/2020
In December a coalition of 14 states sued the Environmental Protection Agency over its rollback of the Waters of the United States Rule, which was modified last month when President Trump signed the Navigable Waters Protection Rule (see related story). The states may have gotten some support from a group of scientists affiliated with the EPA. In a draft letter posted online late last month, the EPA’s 41-member Science Advisory Board found that the new rule “decreases protection for our nation’s waters and does not support the objective of restoring and maintaining ‘the chemical, physical and...
02/13/2020
Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County could buy a copy of the Addison Independent for 15 cents. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Feb. 5, 1970, edition of the Independent:  • Benjamin Brothers Dry Cleaners in Middlebury was burgled three nights in a row; thieves made off with a total of $160. These were just a few of a weeks-long spate of burglaries, which cost almost $2,000 in damages overall. Middlebury Police Chief Robert Van Ness blamed the thefts on drug addicts in need of cash, and noted that there was only one officer to patrol both...

REP. MARI CORDES, D-Lincoln, was one of three Vermont legislators to receive the Vermont Conservation Voters Environmental Rising Star Award. Cordes, center, is pictured here with Vermont Conservation Voters Executive Director Lauren Hierl, left, and Shelden Goodwin, Political Outreach Associate at VCV. Photo courtesy of Lauren Hierl
02/13/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont Conservation Voters (VCV) has presented this year’s Environmental Rising Star Award to Rep. Mari Cordes, D-Lincoln, and two other first-term legislators who have become leaders on environmental issues: Rep. Kathleen James, D-Manchester Center, and Sen. Andrew Perchlik, D/P-Montpelier. This year’s Environmental Rising Star Awards were presented at VCV’s 2020 Environmental Common Agenda Reception at the Statehouse last week, where VCV also revealed its guide to this year’s top legislative priorities for the environment. To view the agenda go to tinyurl.com/VCV-agenda. Rep....
02/13/2020
HANCOCK — Residents of Hancock, Granville and Rochester will have the opportunity to meet with their legislators on Saturday, Feb. 15, at a legislative coffee and conversation session at Hancock Town Hall from 9-10:30 a.m.  Vermont House members Peter Conlon (representing Hancock), Peter Reed and Jay Hooper (representing Granville) and Sandy Haas (representing Rochester) will be on hand to provide a brief overview of the action in the Vermont Legislature since January, their work there, and take questions and comments.  The event is meant to be informative and informal. Coffee, juice and...

TANYA LEE STONE
02/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s student organization Sister-to-Sister is bringing renowned author Tanya Lee Stone to campus on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 2-4 p.m., at Hillcrest House 103. A professor in the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College, Stone is the author of “Girl Rising,” a book that accompanies and expands upon the widely popular 2013 documentary of the same name. The documentary has spawned a whole movement. Around the world, the Girl Rising organization works with local partners. It provides customized tools and curricula to build confidence and agency in girls and to...

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