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11/11/2019
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.   Please don’t   Please don’t run over that butterfly. I know it’s already dead and out of its misery, and nothing can hurt it now...

Illustration by Adelaide Tyrol
11/11/2019
Woolly bear caterpillars seem to be everywhere these days — creeping across the lawn, along the road when I’m walking the dog, hidden in the wilted cut-back of the perennial garden. Last week I found a woolly bear curled up in a shoe I’d left on the front porch. These fuzzy, black-and-brown-banded caterpillars seem intent these days to get somewhere. Where that is — and how they know — is a mystery. “The purpose for their wanderings is not clear,” said Jack Layne, a biology professor and woolly bear researcher at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania. “It starts well before they hibernate...
11/11/2019
By now most people are aware of the serious health dangers of smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke in humans. What you may not realize is that cigarette and cigar smoke can cause severe disease in pets, too.  The harmful cancer-causing ingredients from cigarettes can be found in high concentrations on furniture, carpeting and flooring in the homes of smokers. Studies show that dogs, whose noses are close to the ground, breathe in these toxins and are at a higher risk for developing nasal cancer and may have an increased risk for lung cancer as well.  Cats are at an even higher risk of...

IN AN APPRECIATION ceremony at the Middlebury Inn last month, Judy Bourbeau from the Department of Labor congratulates Nichol Wolfe for successfully completing the childcare apprenticeship program. Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson and Jan Walker
11/11/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Early childhood professionals came with their families to the Middlebury Inn last month to celebrate completing Vermont’s rigorous two-year registered childcare apprenticeship program. People came from throughout the state as well as Addison County on Oct. 5 for this annual event. This was also an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the 20 years that the Vermont Child Care Industry and Careers Council Inc. (VCCICC) has been supporting and coordinating childcare apprenticeship in partnership with the Child Development Division and the Vermont Department of Labor. Over the years...
11/11/2019
BURLINGTON — With cases already reported in the state, flu season is upon us and Vermont health officials say now is the time for everyone six months and older to get their annual flu vaccine. It takes about two weeks for full protection from the vaccine to kick in, making it a just-in-time step as people prepare for holiday travel and family gatherings. “Getting a flu shot is the best protection we have against the serious risks of flu illness,” said Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “The vaccine markedly lowers the risk of illness, hospitalizations and deaths related to the flu....
11/11/2019
MADISON, Wis. — Two Addison County teens and two local adults were among the 13 Vermont 4-H dairy members who experienced a whirlwind week of educational seminars, visits to farms and agribusinesses and other fun activities at the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis. The Sept. 29-Oct. 2 conference, held on the University of Wisconsin campus took place in conjunction with the World Dairy Exposition, an international dairy cattle show and industry trade show. More than 200 youths, ages 15-18, from throughout the U.S. and Canada attended this year.  Vermont 4-H’ers who participated...

ORGANIZERS OPPOSED TO closing Addison Central School put up this sign not far from the Addison Town Clerk’s Office on Tuesday. Voters overwhelmingly defeated elementary school closure proposals in Addison and Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Steve James
11/07/2019
ADDISON & FERRISBURGH — On Tuesday voters in Addison and Ferrisburgh, by large margins, rejected the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Addison Central School (ACS) and Ferrisburgh Central School (FCS) on June 30, 2020. In Addison the tally was 373 opposed and 123 in favor. In Ferrisburgh: 884 opposed–160 in favor. Voter turnout was 46 percent in Addison and 45 percent in Ferrisburgh. “Our towns have spoken through (this) vote — both strongly opposed to closing Addison’s and Ferrisburgh’s schools,” wrote Addison resident Ashley Paquette in an email on behalf of Addison’...
11/07/2019
Editor’s note: This story is second in a series. The first, "Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup," was published on October 31, 2019. VERMONT — Members of the bear-hound hunting community, along with state officials, have expressed shock over an Oct. 19 incident on the Catamount Trail in Ripton, in which five bear-hounds attacked a couple and their puppy. Such an incident has never happened before, say supporters, who characterize their sport as having a positive culture with strict practices and high standards. Brandon resident Wayne Newton, whose bear-hounds were involved with the...

DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY HAS been a beehive of construction activity this week as workers prepare the rail corridor for a tunnel that will replace the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges. Independent photo/Steve James
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor to Main Street. Main Street traffic was relegated to one lane beginning on Monday as two Kubricky Construction crews excavated several feet below the blacktop to install two new sewer manholes, one directly in front of the National Bank of Middlebury’s Duclos Building and the other at the top of Printer’s Alley, according to Jim Gish, Middlebury’s community liaison for the rail bridges project....

PORTER PEDIATRIC PRIMARY Care staffers Dr. Paco Corbalan and Nurse Practitioner Monica Benjamin, shown with her daughter Winter, are spearheading a new in-school clinic that will serve Middlebury Union High School students beginning Dec. 5. The clinic will be open for around four hours each Thursday and will be based in the Hannaford Career Center. Independent photo/John Flowers
11/07/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Pediatric Primary Care and Middlebury Union High School have teamed up to launch a new health center that will serve students in a school setting. The new clinic — which will be open for around four hours on Thursdays, beginning Dec. 5 — will dispense care that currently can’t be offered by the school nurse and would thus require a student to leave campus for treatment at Porter or through their family physician. It will be located in the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center, which is attached by a hallway to the MUHS building off Charles Avenue. The clinic will provide...

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