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ELIZA LA ROCCA, co-owner at Farmhouse Chocolates + Ice Cream of Bristol, discusses opportunities of growing her business through the New York markets with others at the annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum on Oct. 16 at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Hall. Courtesy photo
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MIDDLEBURY — The 4th Annual Producer, Buyer and Distributor Forum took place Oct. 16 at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Hall. The theme of this year’s sold-out event covered the rewards and risks of growing food businesses and connected buyers, producers across all food categories, distributors and food systems thinkers.  Keynote speaker Dan Horan from New York’s Five Acre Farms discussed their “Positively Local!” campaign and the realistic rises and pitfalls of scaling a local foods business.  Panelists from Skinny Pancake, FinAllie Ferments, Potlicker Kitchen, Sweet Clover Market,...

RIPTON RIDGE RUN Women’s 5K winner Beth McIntosh, far left, took to the road with many of her fellow Ripton Elementary School students, including Mary Harrington, Matthew McIntosh, Colt Bagnulo (Goshen), Teagan Flinner, Jack Hoyler, Sawyer Malzac, Jorgen Pirrung and Kjell Pirrung. Photo/Joanna Doria
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RIPTON — The Ripton Ridge Run attracted a large turnout this year. More than 180 participants came from all over Addison County, Vermont and New England. New faces mingled with familiar ones as everyone came together to celebrate Ripton’s natural beauty, running in the crisp autumn air with warm sun on faces. More than 60 volunteers helped the day proceed without a hitch and deepen sense of community. Ripton residents and supporters, the Ripton Volunteer Fire and First Response Department, and Addison County Home Health and Hospice helped with prerace preparation, in the kitchen, at the...
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SALISBURY — Seth Gibson of Middlebury received a lifetime achievement award from the Vermont Camps Association (VCA) at a recent ceremony. Gibson has been working at Keewaydin Camp for Boys on Lake Dunmore since 1967. During that first summer he and long-time Middlebury resident Abbott Fenn led a seven-week, 500-mile canoe trip with 15 people and seven canoes. Gibson continued to lead Keewaydin’s summer wilderness trips until 1992 when, at age 56, he had gone on a total of 24 trips, accumulating 7,800 miles, largely in the northern reaches of Canada and in Maine. He served as coordinator of...

RIPTON ELEMENTARY 1ST- through 4th-graders explored biomimicry with the help of a live snake, a turtle and an owl from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Photo by Wendy Leeds
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ADDISON COUNTY — Otter Creek Audubon Society (OCAS) is offering Environmental Education Grants to Addison County educators. Teachers of all age levels are encouraged to develop proposals of up to $800 to support the OCAS mission of encouraging a culture of conservation. The deadline for application submission is Monday, Nov. 4. Funds will become available Jan. 1 for use during 2020. Last year Environmental Education Grants supported outdoor learning for students in 13 schools. Both Addison Central and Bristol Elementary students traveled to Huntington to participate in outdoor hands-on...
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MONKTON — On Thursday, Oct, 24, the Russell Memorial Library will host ‘Book Share’ at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will gather to share a book with the group that was enjoyable, exciting, moving, inspiring or in some way compelling enough to share with other readers. You are invited to bring your own book or use one from the library that you have read. Light refreshments will be shared.  All are welcome! On Saturday, Oct. 26, the library is featuring a fun hour of Halloween Story Time from 10 to 11 a.m. There will be stories and songs along with simple crafts.  Wear a costume if you want but they are...
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LINCOLN — Fifth and sixth graders at LCS will honor veterans with a special Veteran’s Day assembly on Friday, Nov. 8, at 8:15 a.m. in the multipurpose room. All are welcome to attend. The Lincoln selectboard is again sponsoring the Walter S. Burnham Community Award in response to the Burnham Legacy set out in the 1919 will of Lincoln resident Walter Burnham “for rewards of merit for school children of said town of Lincoln.” The award is for service and is not based on academic achievement.  The $500 award is based on an essay of no more than 500 words written by the applicant in answer to the...
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MIDDLEBURY — The American Association of University Women is sponsoring a presentation at Ilsley Library on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., by Middlebury pediatrician Jody Brakeley, M.D. Brakeley will speak on “The Brain-Body-Behavior Connection: The Foundations of Health.”  Ample scientific research demonstrates that earliest childhood experiences not only help form the adults we become but can affect all aspects of our health, too. Dr. Brakeley will address the science on early brain development and various types of stress. She will explore the effect that life experiences have on the physical...
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EAST MIDDLEBURY — The East Middlebury Historical Society has developed a self-guided historical “Walking Tour” of the town. The brochure contains photographs, descriptions, and a map that together outlines the development of East Middlebury from the earliest days of English settlement through the early 20th Century. The tour guide contains information about the early industrial development of the Middlebury River Gorge; the religious, economic, and social conditions in the town; and the inventive entrepreneurs, inventors, and political leaders who have lived there. The guide was developed...
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MIDDLEBURY — According to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 13,000 older Vermonters are diagnosed with dementia. Families are hungry for information and help. With that in mind, Elderly Services will host a panel of four experienced caregivers on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. The program will take place at the Elderly Services headquarters at 112 Exchange Street in Middlebury. “We’re offering our program on ‘Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia’ to help local families,” says social worker Eileen Lawson. “Our panelists will share their first-hand experiences of living with their relatives’ day...
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BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church is looking for craftspeople and vendors to rent tables for a craft sale to be held in Fellowship Hall during Brandon’s Moonlight Madness on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. Moonlight Madness is a well-attended town-wide sales event and stores will be open late for holiday shoppers. Fellowship Hall is a large, heated building next to the church with a bathroom. Tables are 6 by 2.5 feet and cost $25. Organizers are seeking arts and handcrafts, homemade food items, soaps, candles, etc. Also vendors such as Avon or Pampered Chef are welcome. No yard...

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