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“Oliver!” soars in downtown Middlebury

Middlebury Community Players’ priduction of “Oliver!“ is underway this week and the musical production is simply terrific. The local cast and crew shine with their dramatic and musical skills int he spotlight. This year’s “Oliver!” staging has surpassed recent productions and it’s worth an evening out to enjoy Addison County’s bubbling cauldron of top-notch amateur stage talents.

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Aurora School hosts nature trail tour

On Thursday, Nov. 13, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the students of the Aurora Middle School will be giving the first tours of the nature trail and outdoor classroom that they have designed.

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Middlebury, Rutland performers in classic horror tale turned musical

Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic allegorical work, "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde," was an instant success in 1885.

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ACORN looks at Vermonters during the Roaring '20s

Greg Sharrow, folklorist and co-executive Director of the Vermont Folklife Center, will share archival recordings in a talk about “What can we learn about local food and farming from Vermonters growing up in the 1920s and 30s?” at the Addison County Relocalization Network (ACORN) Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 12, 5:30 – 7 p.m., in the Community Room of the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury.

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‘Tis almost the season in Middlebury

The holiday season provides a wonderful opportunity for people to channel their creativity.

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Vermont PBS web series features wild mushroom gatherers, others

Vermont PBS’ web-original series, "Makin’ Friends With Ryan Miller," announces the launch of season 2 exclusively on the station’s website, vermontpbs.org.

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Boo! Energy trail connects Rutland businesses, students

Bears are hiding in downtown Rutland. Hogs are being banished. Vampires are losing their life’s blood.

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Vermont Birdland—the art of Gary Starr

Bird-decoy modeling wasn’t an established art form until the opening years of the 20th century. Prior to that time, decoys were just that—decoys—used by many sportsmen to lure, say, waterbirds to rest and thus line up in their gunsights. Even as far back as the 18th century, art connoisseurs such as George Hepplewhite recognized the artistry of these otherwise mundane hunting accessories.

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Vermont is monitoring Rutland traveler for Ebola

The Vermont Department of Health has requested a Vermonter who has just returned from West Africa to enter voluntary quarantine and active monitoring for fever or symptoms of Ebola for 21 days. This individual agreed, and began quarantine on Oct. 27.

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Volunteers help local families in crisis

The Town of Charlotte is known for its close-knit community, lush fields, rich agricultural history and storied mom and pop stores, whose operations span generations.

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Maritime Museum launches new adventure for kids

Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has just tested their newest on-water program, “Otter Creek Odyssey,” last week, with outstanding results.

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An old- fashioned, same sex Vermont marriage

Middlebury College and the Sheldon Museum present “Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early Weybridge, Vt.,” a talk by author Rachel Hope Cleves on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 4:30 pm at Twilight Hall, Middlebury College.

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Hatchery improvement to increase health of lake salmon

A significant upgrade at the Ed Weed Fish Culture Station in Grand Isle is expected to pay dividends for the health of the salmon population in Lake Champlain.

Ashley in college drama

Megan Ashley of Middlebury will perform in Colby-Sawyer College’s fall theater production...

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Midd faculty talent to be showcased on campus

GOT TALENT? — Affiliate artist faculty members will present an eclectic concert Saturday, Nov. 1, 8 p.m., in the Mahaney Center for the Arts Concert Hall.