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10/10/2019
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve, and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences, and online. YWP also publishes an annual anthology and The Voice, a digital magazine with YWP’s best writing, images, and features. More info: youngwritersproject.org or contact YWP at sreid@youngwritersproject.org or 802-324-9538. This month, we present General Writing responses.   City   I. Sure, it’s gorgeous here — I have plenty of nature’s glory in these winding mountain roads, but they make me citysick, and...
10/10/2019
GRANVILLE — The Corner School Resource Center of Granville has recently been awarded both a Vermont State Tax Credit and a grant from the Walter Cerf Community Fund. These awards will help the organization, known as the CSRC, continue its renovation of Granville’s historic one-room schoolhouse and create a vibrant community space. On Oct. 2, CSRC board members Ron Millard and Diane Eramo, accompanied by Granville Selectman Bruce Hyde and part-time resident Christine Millard, attended the tax credit ceremony presided over by Gov. Phil Scott. The competitive program promotes the revitalization...
10/10/2019
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Conservation Commission, town road foreman and town tree warden are hosting a state-provided training session on Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ferrisburgh Town Center, for volunteers willing to participate in the town’s upcoming Roadside Ash Inventory. After the training, small teams will be assigned to specific town roads to identify ash trees. Teams will conduct the inventory on their own schedule using smartphones or a limited number of iPads loaned by the state. The goal is to identify all ash trees along town roads so they can then be...

CORNWALL’S VOLUNTEER FIRE Department will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.-noon at their Route 30 station. Independent photo/John S. McCright
10/10/2019
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department invites townspeople to an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the fire station located at 1952 Route 30.  Folks can learn more about what Cornwall’s first responders do and how the department works, whether just curious, looking for a fun thing to do with kids, or interested in how one can contribute to the work of the department. A medical helicopter will land for a visit, too. The CVFD is always in need of people interested in learning more about treating injuries and fighting fires, but there is a job for everyone in the...
10/10/2019
LINCOLN - The 5th- and 6th-grade students at LCS recently participated in a protest about climate change. Here’s what students Zavier Barnes and Wiley Hanf wrote about their experience: “When we got to school on Friday we watched a video on Greta Thunberg. We started a protest with posters at school for climate change. At first, we did a silent protest in which we walked around the school, then at recess, we went to the road and got very vocal, one guy praised us and another lady stopped and cheered us on, then at the end of the day when parents were picking kids up we did another protest....

THE EARLY AFTERNOON sun casts a shadow across a neatly stacked pile of wood in Cornwall. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
10/10/2019
My woodpile ain’t pretty, bent, forked, not sawn square short, long, fat and gnarly like an old wizard’s hair.   Stacked cut colors aren’t even ends dapple the rack tan, red and yellow and old cuts are black.   My firewood looks like me dry, wrinkled and crochety bad joints and old bumps and a certain obstinacy.   When the dead tree is standing and the bark gone for good that old, light, dry timber Roger called “Biscuit Wood.”   Attacking big chunks when wielding a maul Roger said yell “Wenh!” and give it your all.   Apple is crooked, but it smells so sweet Beech is smooth and clean and neat...
10/08/2019
SALISBURY — The dead body of a man was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday, and Vermont State Police said they are looking to see if it is related to an officer-involved shooting in Rutland Tuesday morning. State police are investigating the Salisbury death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a parking lot off Evelyn Street near the railroad tracks downtown. Investigators do not believe there is any danger to the public. Police did not immediately say...

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10/08/2019
MIDDLEBURY— Seleem Choudhury on Tuesday resigned his post as president and chief operating officer of UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center effective immediately. The Porter Board announced that Fred Kniffin, MD, will return in an interim role during this time of transition. In an e-mail to the Porter community, Choudhury wrote that he had concluded he could no longer lead the organization, and he offered a personal apology and expressed deep admiration for the Porter community. The resignation follows recent news stories that he had plagiarized some of the work in his weekly e-mails to...

CARI W., A Vermont Special Olympian, tests out a RAD RaceRunner running frame at the Middlebury College track. The frame allows individuals with balance and mobility challenges propel their bodies under their own power and, if they wish to, compete in a sport.
10/07/2019
CORNWALL — RAD-Innovations LLC, which custom builds adaptive bikes for people with disabilities, recently announced availability of its RAD RaceRunner running frame. The RAD RaceRunner running frame is designed for use by individuals challenged with balance, range of motion and mobility resulting from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, or amputation, for example.  Athletes use running frames to compete in the sport of RaceRunning, which is an internationally recognized disability sport. While RaceRunning is established in Europe and gaining interest in other parts of...

PEGGY FISCHEL IS one of six volunteers who staff Homeward Bound’s new HUB program that offers supplemental food, parasite preventatives and medical-care subsidies for the pets of qualifying low-income families. Independent photo/John Flowers
10/06/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, has launched a new program that will help low-income residents having a tough time affording their beloved pets. It’s called the HUB, and it provides supplemental food, parasite preventatives and subsidies for qualifying folks to get medical care for their pet dogs and cats. Client households must have an income no greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently $51,500 for a family of four. The HUB owes its existence to generous donations, grant support, volunteers and hard work by Homeward Bound...

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