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Lincoln's Dustin Apgar died on March 27 while paramotoring in the sky near his home in Arizona. He was 41. Christopher Ross made this video of the celebration of Apgar's life organized and hosted by his best friend growing up, Randy Russell. 
MONKTON — David Brynn, executive director of Vermont Family Forests, recently gave the Addison Independent a guided tour of a section of Little Hogback Community Forest that is particularly inundated with Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), also known by the unfortunate moniker “gypsy moth.” Learn more in Christopher Ross' story.
The kids at Lincoln Cooperative Preschool performed their biennial circus earlier this month on the deck of their building — and in their new outdoor classroom, which they used for 163 school days this pandemic year. Read more in Christopher Ross' article.
MIDDLEBURY — The newly crowned Miss Vermont, 22-year-old Danielle Morse, grew up in New Haven and now lives in Whiting. She has been a firefighter since she was 15 and just graduated from Castleton University's nursing program. She talked to Addison Independent reporter Christopher Ross about how her own experience as a patient at the University of Vermont Children's Hospital inspired her to become a nurse — and to give back in her role as Miss Vermont. Read the full article here.
MIDDLEBURY — A very large bee was hoisted up to the top of Town Hall Theater in downtown Middlebury earlier this week. It represents the theater's theme for its inaugural outdoor season: pollination.
MIDDLEBURY — On a sunny day in early May, folks emerged from the pandemic winter to enjoy the first of two outdoor markets in downtown Middlebury hosted by Bundle and Town Hall Theater. There was a food truck, local vendors and art-making stations led by the artists of Find Your Wings, a public art project happening in downtown this summer.
As part of our spring auto feature on electric vehicles in Vermont, Fran Putnam shows what it looks like to charge up her Nissan Leaf. 
WEYBRIDGE — Every March, Duclos & Thompson Farm holds an open barn event for the community, and thousands show up to mingle with the new lambs. The event was cancelled this year because of the pandemic, but the lambs are as cute as ever.
VERMONT — Folks 75 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Vermont. Not sure how to make your appointment online? This video from the Vermont Department of Health will guide you through the process.        
Twenty-two-year-old poet Amanda Gorman read her poem, "The Hill We Climb" at the inauguration of President Joe Biden on January 20, 2021.  

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