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McKibben Receives Honors for Activism

On Dec. 29, the Burlington Free Press named Bill McKibben, Schumann distinguished scholar at the College and Ripton resident, Vermonter of the Year for 2012. “This was the year of growing recognition that a string of weather events, from violent storms to record-breaking droughts, was having a profound ...


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Vermont Legislature Outlines Ambitious 2013 Goals

Last Wednesday, Jan. 9 the 2013 Vermont legislation session began in Montpelier. The Speaker of the House, Shap Smith (D), opened the session with an address outlining several challenges that he would like to tackle in 2013. These include: education reform, universal health care, coping with climate ...


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Connecting with Community: Sister-to-Sister

Have you ever wished to relive the glory of your middle school years? Whether you were a confident kid or one who kept your eyes cast downward while walking in the hallway between classes, middle school was a difficult time. Sister-to-Sister (STS) mentors, however, revel in the opportunity to be 13 ...


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Three Accused in Local Meth Bust

On Wednesday, Nov. 21 two residents of Hancock, Vt., Steven Arnold and Michael Wood, appeared in court to respond to the allegations of manufacturing and distributing methamphetamines out of their home on Route 125. This is the first major meth case to be prosecuted in Addison County. Meegen Smith, ...


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Otter Creek Brewery Wins Big at International Fair

Otter Creek Brewing Co. of Middlebury has made a name for itself within the nearby community and beyond. Recently they took home four medals (gold, silver and two bronze) at the Great International Beer Fest in Providence, R.I. Jed Nelson, director of brand marketing at Otter Creek Brewing, attributes ...


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Vermonters Worried by 2013 Farm Bill

Vermont farmers have a lot at stake in the drafting of the 2012 Farm Bill, which is expected to include a record number of budget cuts due to the current state of the economy. The farm bill, which is renewed every five years, has been a recurring entity in legislation since the years of the Great Depression, ...


The Setonian

Middlebury Residents Debate Language of Town Plan

The town of Middlebury has always been known for its small, homegrown feel. This atmosphere has been cultivated over the years by the many locally owned businesses that bring quality goods to Addison County. Until 2002, however, those looking for the convenience of bulk shopping had the option of Ames, ...


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Migrant Workers Gather for Passports, Allies Push for Rights

On Nov. 17 hundreds of Mexican migrant farmers congregated at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Middlebury; some waited for passport photos to be printed, some received flu shots from the Open Door Clinic, some read flyers distributed by WomenSafe, some chatted with friends but most sat patiently ...


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Connecting With Community: Dance Marathons

This winter term, Middlebury College will once again join a national organization that hosts Dance Marathons on college campuses across the country to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by hosting the second annual Middlebury College Dance Marathon! Our 12-hour event directly supports ...


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VTGas Plans to Construct Pipeline

Vermont Gas Systems (VTGas) and International Paper, a company whose mill sits on the banks of Lake Champlain, have come to an agreement this month and plans are being presented to legislators regarding the construction of a pipeline across the lake. The proposed pipeline will run from Addison County ...


The Setonian

Lt. Governor Rides to Second Term

View Phil Scott's Bike Tour in a Larger Map. How do Vermont politicians campaign? In addition to the typical flyers, television commercials, Facebook fan pages and websites, Vermont politicians find engaging ways to infuse their campaigns with “green mountain flavor” to appeal to the sensibilities ...


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Polls Spell Re-Election for Vermont Politicians

As millions of projection-hungry Americans eagerly gathered around their television and computer screens on election night to monitor the imminent electoral flood, Vermont became the first  state to break the silence when analysts tallied the state’s three electoral votes in President of the United ...


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Irish Company Buys Woodchuck Cider

Vermont Hard Cider, a Middlebury, Vt.-based beverage company, was recently sold to the Irish beverage company C&C Group for $305 million dollars. Vermont Hard Cider, which was started in a garage in Proctorsville, Vt. in 1990, is the producer of Woodchuck Cider, the most popular hard-cider brand ...


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Snow Geese Population Booms, Migration Shifts

The splendor of autumn in Vermont is always something to look forward to, especially in a small corner of Addison County where an annual fall visitor comes to roost. Each fall around mid-October, thousands of strikingly white snow geese flock to Dead Creek, a wildlife management area in Addison County, ...


The Setonian

Sandy Dusts Vermont, Ravages the Coast

Despite the bleak forecast and closures throughout Vermont prior to Sandy, the state experienced only minor flooding and high winds in the aftermath of the storm. Meanwhile, areas along the northeast coast were not so fortunate, and like Vermont after Irene, have a long road ahead to recovery. With ...


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Connecting with Community: MAlt

A few weeks ago, I sat in front of my laptop and filled out the application form for the mini-MAlt trip in a somewhat careless fashion.  I never even looked over my responses to any of the questions, which is something that I rarely do. What this reveals about my mindset at that time is that I wasn’t ...


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New Passenger Rail Line Will Be Completed By 2017

The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) recently unveiled plans to restore the passenger rail line along the state’s western corridor. This new rail system will run from Bennington to Burlington via Middlebury and Rutland, giving residents of Middlebury direct rail access to both Rutland and ...


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Students Help Farm Prepare for Sandy

On Saturday, Oct. 27, a group of students travelled to Evening Song Farm south of Rutland in Cuttingsville, Vt. to help with the last of the harvest before Hurricane Sandy hit. The owners of the farm have been reaching out to students this growing season for help during a hectic transition after their ...


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Vermont Farmers Lead GMO Movement

Vermont is one of the leading states in organic agriculture and progressive movements; the people of this state are often trailblazers of nationwide trends. The movement of the moment is the labeling of genetically modified products (GMOs). Last year a bill was introduced to the Vermont House Committee ...


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Sparks Fly in Vermont’s Final Gubernatorial Debate

On Thursday, Oct. 18, the Vermont gubernatorial race heated up during the WPTZ-televised crossfire between democratic incumbent Peter Shumlin and republican challenger Randy Brock, which marked the final debate of the series before the polls open on Nov. 6. While the debate played out many of the trends ...




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