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BRISTOL — All are welcome to New Leaf Organic farm in Bristol this Saturday and Sunday for a weekend full of Klezmer music, puppet shows, storytelling, spirituality, mindfulness and art workshops, adventure play, homesteading skills and earth-based art installations. This festival uniquely showcases the abundance, culture and skills of the farm-to-table culture of the New England homestead and offers people of all faiths and backgrounds to experience the seasonal depth of the cyclical Jewish calendar. Sukkot on the Farm Harvest Festival offers a medley of workshops for all ages and encourages...
MIDDLEBURY — The second half of October will be an exciting and busy time at the United Methodist Church of Middlebury, located at the corner of Route 7 and Seminary Street. On Sunday, Oct. 16, the popular chicken and biscuit dinner will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. In addition to the main entree, many homemade side dishes will be available as well as delicious desserts. The cost is $8. Please note this is in place of the usual last Sunday supper. The popular and helpful Bake and Rummage Sale will be held Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22. The Bake Sale hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Transportation Board will host seven public forums — including on in Vergennes — for the purpose of gathering public comment about state transportation policy associated with trains, both passenger and freight. The only Addison County stop will be in Vergennes on Monday, Oct. 17, at Bixby Library, 258 Main St., 6:30 p.m. Working with the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) and the state’s 11 Regional Planning Commissions, the board identified rail as a topic of growing importance to many Vermonters. The board wants to discuss railroad issues with the public to...
ADDISON — Over the past year, as Vermont farmers and industry supporters have been preparing to meet the state’s new water quality regulations, the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program, a program of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, awarded a total of $65,000 in Dairy Improvement Grants to five dairy farmers for water quality improvement projects. All five farms that received Dairy Improvements Grants are located in the Lake Champlain Basin, and one is in Addison County. Jonathan and Mary Ann Connor of Providence Dairy in Addison received an $8,500 grant to build new...
BRISTOL/MIDDLEBURY — Avi J. Springer has joined the law firm of Langrock Sperry & Wool LLP as an associate, working primarily in the areas of criminal defense, family law, and other litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Springer, who lives in Bristol with his wife, worked as a public defender in New York City. In New York he represented clients in the appeals of their felony convictions and other post-conviction matters. He then worked as a trial attorney representing parents in child welfare proceedings in family court. The full text of this article is only available to online...
MIDDLEBURY — Bread Loaf Corporation, a Vermont firm ofarchitects, planners and builders, recently announced that Justin Wright has been promoted from foreman to superintendent. Wright began working at Bread Loaf Corporation as a tradesperson in 2005. He has worked on a variety of projects, most recently atHyperthermin Hanover, N.H.; the Brooks House in Brattleboro; and Preston’s Bar & Restaurant at the Killington Grand Resort Hotel.  He is currently working at the Shelburne Community School renovation project in Shelburne. The full text of this article is only available to online...
MIDDLEBURY — The Porter Medical Center Board of Directors and the University of Vermont Health Network Board of Trustees have voted unanimously to sign a non-binding “letter of intent” to formally negotiate terms under which PMC would join the University of Vermont Health Network (UVMHN) as an affiliate. The Oct. 5 action by both boards follows an in-depth exploration by the PMC community on the pros and cons of affiliation with UVMHN. The partnership would end Porter’s 91 years of operational autonomy, but net the hospital long-term financial stability, shared resources and some major...

THE REVEREND YVON Royer stands outside the St. Peter’s Catholic Church parish hall in Vergennes where 87 solar panels, set to be installed later this month, will offset the parish’s power bill. Independent photo/Trent Campbell
VERGENNES — St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Vergennes will soon be getting a direct connection to the heavens — through 87 solar panels that Bristol Electronics will start installing on the south-facing roof of St. Peter’s Parish Hall this month. After The Rev. Yvon Royer, who serves both St. Peter’s and the St. Ambrose Parish in Bristol, learned that Rutland’s St. Peter’s Parish earlier this year had such an array installed, in early August he proposed the idea for the rooftop array to the Vergennes Parish. The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an...

COLIN SMITH, LEFT, races in the 2011 Mobility Cup on Lake Ontario. Smith competes in sailing events on both the East and West coasts. Photo courtesy Colin Smith
MIDDLEBURY — There are times when Colin Smith feels like a prisoner in his own body. Myotonic muscular dystrophy has made him feel constantly fatigued and has weakened his muscles to the point where he must limp along with a cane. But in his own mind, the 39-year-old can still see himself juggling a soccer ball, wielding a lacrosse stick and schussing down a ski slope. He is on permanent disability and at one point had resigned himself to a sedentary future of television, naps and living sports vicariously through the many colorful picture books that adorn the coffee table in his one-room...

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