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Bristol Stampede was lots of fun—for a good cause

The 21st Annual Three-Day Stampede toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis appears to be one for the record book this year. The summer event appears to have mounted breaking yard sale donations, according to the event’s operators.

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Middlebury author receives National Medal of Arts

Novelist, poet, and essayist Julia Alvarez of Middlebury has won a 2013 National Medal of Arts award and will join fellow recipients and the Obama family at a White House ceremony on Monday, July 28. The event will be live streamed on the Middlebury College campus today.

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Brandon driver to make Adirondack debut

Inaugural NMCS champion Vince Quenneville, Jr., is among the drivers excited to head to Airborne on Saturday. The Brandon veteran finished fifth in a recent weekly event at the 4/10-mile, progressively banked oval, and has momentum on his side after a victory at his home track at Devil’s Bowl Speedway earlier this month.

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From the Editor: Did they die with their boots on?

Perhaps one of the weirdest—dare I say down right ghoulish—things I’ve seen in recent months is a web-based real estate-related service known as DiedInHouse.com.

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Whaleboat race brings locals to Boston

During her thirty-eighth voyage, the Charles W. Morgan visited the National Historical Park at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston, Mass., on July 18-20.

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Library now offers rural, drop-box service

A new drop box for the Charlotte Public Library debuted this month and is gaining rave reviews from local library patrons.

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Green tower sculpture featured in Middlebury garden

A piece of contemporary outdoor sculpture is shaking things up in the Sheldon Museum’s period garden in downtown Middlebury this season.

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Welch wins higher-ed union award

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vermont), was chosen as the recipient of the American Association of University Professors’ 2014 Henry T. Yost Congressional Recognition Award, given annually to a member of Congress who has championed the causes of higher education.

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Construction: Washington Street Ext. closed through July 23

Washington Street Extension will be closed to traffic between the east entrance to Peterson Terrace and Road 18 through Wednesday, July 23, while the Highway Department replaces two culverts along that section of roadway. Call the Public Works Department at 802-388-4045 with questions or concerns.

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Vermont Lake Monsters 7, Lowell 5

Seong-min Kim had a two-out, two-run pinch hit double and Yairo Munoz followed with an RBI tripleduring a three-run sixth inning for a 5-3 Vermont lead as the Lake Monsters rallied for a 7-5 victory over the Lowell Spinners Tuesday night at LeLeceur Park in the opener of an eight-game New York-Penn League roadtrip.

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Hand mowing tradition to continue at Fair & Field Days

Local residents can be proud that the annual Addison County Fair & Field Days Hand Mowing Contest is the oldest in the nation, and undoubtedly the most famous.

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Orwell F.D. benefit auction was a community event

Vermont auctioneer John Nopp ran the show at the Orwell Volunteer Fire Department’s recent fund-raising auction. The event was held on the village green and the gazebo was the focus of the day’s activities. This summer’s outdoor event helped support the efforts of Orwell’s small volunteer force of skilled fire and rescue personnel.

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Hubbardton walking tour will visit historic cemetery

On Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m., a Hubbardton resident from the late 1700s comes to life to guide a tour to and around the East Hubbardton Cemetery.

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Guest Viewpoint: School consolidation, charters, and choice

Vermonters moan about their steadily rising education property taxes, especially as the number of students continually decreases. Rarely do citizens focus clearly on the causes of rising school taxes, and the possible solutions. That is, in part, because the “education stakeholders” are ever alert to control the agenda for “reform”.

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Lake Monsters beat Hudson Valley

The Vermont Lake Monsters scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to snap a 1-1 tie and got strong outings from four different pitchers in a 3-1 New York-Penn League victory over the Hudson Valley Renegades on Sunday evening at historic Centennial Field.

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NASCAR: Proctor ends winless streak

Ron Proctor waited nearly two years to carry a checkered flag at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, but the wait became worth it as the veteran driver won the double-points Rutland Herald Mid-Season Championship in dominant fashion on Friday, July 18.

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Searching Lake Champlain for a lost 1971 jet

New search efforts will begin this month for the missing private jet that disappeared into Lake Champlain in the winter of 1971 that was carrying two crew members and three passengers. A new high-tech search using modern techniques, sophisticated side-scanning sonars, underwater vehicles and a submarine will take place.

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Guided tours to crisscross Lake Champlain Bridge

On Sunday, July 27, at 1 p.m. the public will have a unique opportunity to explore the history and views from the new Lake Champlain Bridge during the first of three guided walks. The activities are jointly presented offered by the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont and Crown Point State Historic Site New York. Site managers Tom Hughes and Elsa Gilbertson will lead the unusual walking tour.

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UPDATE: Accident victim identified, investigation ongoing

One person is dead and 55 have been taken to area hospitals after a tour bus overturned on Interstate 87 early Friday morning.

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From the Editor: Life as the Great Escape

Back in the 1980s, I attended a workshop about how to deal with people, personal challenges, and even career politics. I’ve forgotten the name of the individual who delivered the workshop, but the gist of it will always stay with me: essentially, the office—and life for that matter—always comes down to “The Great Escape”.

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