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ERIC LAROSE
11/21/2019
STARKSBORO — Bristol resident Eric LaRose, 29, has been charged with several counts of assault and reckless endangerment after allegedly firing a gun toward three people on Bluebird Lane in Starksboro Monday evening. LaRose had been involved in a physical altercation with Starksboro residents Gary LaRose, 41, and Melissa Preston, 40, according to a press release issued by state police Wednesday morning. During that altercation LaRose assaulted the couple and “recklessly discharged a firearm in the direction of three individuals,” police said. State troopers from the New Haven barracks...
11/21/2019
The Lincoln Library is hosting a donation box for winter work clothing for Addison County farm workers during the month of November. The box is on the library porch. In particular need are vests and jackets of sturdy insulated fabric (such as Carhartt or Dickies type), hooded sweatshirts (especially thick or insulated type), thermal shirts or underwear, down vests or jackets, warm hats, gloves and socks. No scarves please. Donations in men's sizes medium, small or extra small are especially needed and some large boys sizes would also be helpful. Attention to those driving in Middlebury: The...

JIM COSSAART, CENTER, recently sold Bristol Park Dental to Drs. Charlotte Church and Farid Hamidzadeh. The incoming dentists plan to expand services to include specialty treatments. Photo by Buzz Kuhns
11/21/2019
BRISTOL — A pair of dentists, Farid Hamidzadeh and Charlotte Church, has purchased Bristol Park Dental from Jim and Deb Cossaart, and will begin offering expanded services. The soon-to-be husband-and-wife team already have experience practicing in town. Church, who has worked as an associate at Bristol Park since January, practices general dentistry, and Hamidzadeh, former dental director for Mountain Health Center, has trained in a number of more complex procedures. “We’ve invested almost as much in new technology as in the practice itself,” Hamidzadeh said. The new state-of-the-art services...
11/21/2019
VERMONT — The recent spate of arctic temperatures brought winter home early. Such conditions can be dangerous. With that in mind The American Red Cross has steps to take to stay safe for those in the path of winter weather. WEATHERIZATION Keeping the home warm can be improved by doing the following: •  Caulk and weather-strip doors and windowsills to keep cold air out. Install storm windows or cover windows with plastic from the inside to provide an extra layer of insulation to keep cold air out. •  Make sure heating fuel tank is full. •  When it’s frigid, stay indoors and wear warm clothes....
11/21/2019
VERMONT — The 2020 Vermont Watershed Grants Program is now accepting applications for projects that protect, restore and enhance the state’s lakes, streams, rivers and ponds, including projects to help Vermonters understand and enjoy these treasures. Applications are due no later than Friday, Feb. 7, 2020.  Program grants are available to municipalities, local and regional government agencies, sporting clubs, non-profit organizations, and water-related citizen groups. Projects that seek to directly protect or restore fish and aquatic wildlife habitat are strongly encouraged. Examples of past...
11/21/2019
BRANDON — With diverse auction items arriving from town artisans, local businesses and talented neighbors, the Brandon Library is gearing up for what they say should be a banner year for its 28th annual auction. The auction is set a bit earlier this year, according to Elizabeth Forman, and will be held Sunday, Nov. 24. The auction offers a warm and welcoming opportunity to mingle with neighbors and friends while enjoying refreshments provided by The Friends of the Library, Forman says. Doors open early for folks to preview the goods, and the auction begins at 2 p.m.  
11/21/2019
BRISTOL/BRANDON — MENTOR Vermont recently awarded 25 grants, totaling $348,735, to support youth mentoring programs throughout the state, including grants to an Addison County school and a Brandon-based organization that serves Addison County. The 2019- 2020 Vermont Mentoring Grants will support more than 100 new and existing program sites, and more than 1,800 adult-to-youth mentor pairs in communities across Vermont.  MENTOR Vermont awarded two grants to agencies and school districts that affect Addison County residents. Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) got a $28,500 grant to...

A RED CARDINAL gains some sustenance on icicle-encrusted bird feeder in Middlebury Tuesday. This feeder is up a little earlier than the Dec. 1 date advised in order to ensure that bears are in their winter dens and won’t be foraging for food. Independent photo/Steve James
11/21/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont are urging Vermonters to prepare their bird feeders to put up around Dec. 1, the date recommended by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department to avoid attracting bears. “Winter feeding is an opportunity to witness first-hand the array of bird life found near our homes,” said Doug Morin, Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s bird project leader. “But, in doing so, we need to wait until early December when most of Vermont’s black bears are normally in their dens.” “With the first snowfall of the year blanketing the Green Mountain...
11/21/2019
ORWELL — The GFWC Orwell Fortnightly Club will have a table at the St. Paul’s Bazaar in Orwell on Saturday, Dec. 7. The group is pleased to offer its Christmas Pet Stockings again for your family and friends to give to their special furry creatures on Christmas morning. Filled with American made snacks and toys they are $15 each. “We are looking forward to seeing you at the bazaar,” said Fortnightly member Linda Oaks.

SCORES OF PEOPLE GATHERED at the Hannaford supermarket in Middlebury on Nov. 2 as part of a statewide and nationwide action at some of the nation’s largest supermarkets. The goal is to get grocers like Hannaford to pay competitive prices for wholesale milk that supports migrant farmworkers that help produce it. Independent photo/Megan James
11/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY / BRANDON — Activists gathered at the Hannaford grocery stores around the region, including around 20 in Brandon and many more in Middlebury — on Saturday, Nov. 2 to campaign for farm workers’ human rights. The event was organized by Migrant Justice and the Milk with Dignity campaign. There were at least 15 others throughout the state that day, all at Hannaford’s grocery stores. Migrant Justice initiated what they called a “national day of action” at Hannaford stores because Hannaford has so far not joined their Milk with Dignity program, which promotes farm workers’ rights. With...

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