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MONTPELIER — Anyone 12 to 14 years old who wants to learn about Vermont’s wildlife and gain outdoor skills can consider attending one of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s Green Mountain Conservation Camps this summer.  The one-week camp program is held at Lake Bomoseen in Castleton and Buck Lake in Woodbury. Campers participate in hands-on learning about fish and wildlife conservation, ecology, forestry, orienteering, safe firearm and archery techniques, swimming, canoeing, fishing and more. Natural resource professionals come to the camp to share information on their programs and...

THESE WOODEN CLOGS are one of the objects Bixby Memorial Library is considering for deaccessioning in the coming months. Photo/Maddy Wilwerth
VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Free Library takes its history as an object and artifact collecting institution seriously. Since the Vergennes library opened in 1912, it has managed custody of items both relevant to the five-town community and items that come from the wider region and nation. As part of its strategic planning goal to increase library programming space, the board has decided to prioritize the lawful and ethical deaccessioning of some of the library’s object and artifact collections. Deaccessioning means that the board will choose to remove objects and artifacts from Bixby...
MIDDLEBURY — The faculty and staff of the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center Adult Education Program announce that the following students completed the Licensed Nurse Assistant certificate program during 2019 and were licensed by the Vermont State Board of Nursing: Lindsay Delisle, Sabra Edwards, Daniel Field, Bob Foley, Penney Griffin-Kimball, Robert Grimm, Kayla Hoffman, Marie Jones, Jessica Kleptz, Kayla McCoy, Lashelle Merker, Dakota Odell, and Nicole Therrien. Addition students who completed their LNA training in December will be testing in the next few weeks. Successful participants in...

HATCH 31 BARTENDER Matt Igler and Irene Lawrence developed a special bond. Lawrence was a devoted fan of the Bristol bar’s Friday night bluegrass band and the Tuesday night blues jam, and Igler would walk her home at the end of the night. On the night before she died, he arranged for her to hear the Friday night band one last time. Photo courtesy of Michelle Kilbreth
BRISTOL — Irene Lawrence acquired a few nicknames during her 33 years in Bristol. To the town residents she greeted from her porch — or from out front of the Corner Store or Main Street Diner — she was known as the “Bench Hugger.” So strong were the 87-year-old’s spirit and will to live that her doctor called her the “bounce-back kid.” Her grandchildren called her “Nana.” But for a few sweet minutes toward the end of every Friday night at Hatch 31 on Main Street she was just “Irene.” “Good night, Irene,” Hatch’s Friday bluegrass band sang to her just before she went home for the evening. “...

MEDICATION ASSISTED TREATMENT Clinician Amy Kittredge and Dr. Will Porter confer in Mountain Health Center’s mobile medical van, which offers a variety of health care services to area residents with transportation barriers. The van can accommodate six people at one time and currently sets up shop in the St. Mary’s School parking lot in Middlebury. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Mountain Health Center is based in Bristol, but its reach and care extends well into Middlebury, thanks to a mobile medical van stationed every Tuesday and Thursday in the parking lot of the former St. Mary’s Catholic School building off Shannon Street. Dr. Will Porter is in the driver’s seat of the new service, with two essential colleagues riding shotgun — medication assisted treatment Clinician Amy Kittredge and Medical Assistant Kelly O’Keefe. The trio hit the road last August and have been seeing as many as 25 patients from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on each of the two days they spend...
Editor’s note: Addison Independent reporter John Flowers contributed to this report. MONTPELIER — After climate change protesters were cleared from the Vermont House chamber at the start of Gov. Phil Scott’s annual State of the State address this past Thursday, Scott raised familiar themes in his speech: affordability and demographics. The governor said he plans to propose initiatives in his forthcoming budget to protect the environment “without making Vermont less affordable for families and businesses.” But he set the course for a clash with Democrats on their top climate initiatives, which...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE'S MATTHEW Dickinson, who has been a professor of Political Science at Middlebury since 2000, doubts the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will even call witnesses in their trial.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last month, about 150 people gathered in the snow on Cross Street Bridge in Middlebury to call for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. The U.S. House officially impeached the president on Dec. 18, but public opinion across the nation remains split over the proceedings. A Dec. 18 Gallup poll found that 51% of Americans were in favor of impeachment, while 46% were not and 3% had no opinion either way. Although not as polarized as many other corners of the country, Addison County residents have a similar range of opinions. In an online poll of our readers last week, the...
BRANDON — Facing foreclosure, Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon has found a buyer. According to Brandon town records, the course was sold to Milne Golf LLC on Jan. 7 for $550,000. That figure includes $310,000 for real estate, such as land and buildings, and $240,000 for personal property, such as equipment, inventory and merchandise. Milne Golf LLC has a Waterbury address, and Waterbury resident Jon Milne signed sale documents filed with the town of Brandon. Milne, an entrepreneur who according to the Rutland Herald has also been teaching golf at Club Kwini in Shelburne, also told the Herald he...

WORK CONTINUES on the replacement of the rail bridges in downtown Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Snow and frigid temperatures will soon give way to mud season, spring flowers and then a cacophony of construction work in downtown Middlebury. Jim Gish, the local liaison to the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, recently released new details on timing for the most disruptive phase of the $72 million construction project, which will take place this spring: installation of the 360-foot concrete tunnel that will supplant the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges. Workers spent much of the past year laying excavation-support infrastructure along the rail line. This...
BRISTOL — A Bristol man who was shot by state troopers last month during a confrontation outside his home has been cited for multiple offenses.  Greg West, 28, was cited for two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of interference with access to emergency services, according to a Jan. 10 press release issued by Vermont State Police.  West, who is still receiving treatment for his injuries at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, is scheduled to answer the charge in Addison County Superior Court, Criminal Division, on Feb. 24 at 12:...

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