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August is Immunization Awareness Month in Vermont

To celebrate the importance of immunizations for a healthy start and throughout our lives, and to make sure children are protected with all the vaccines they need, the Vermont Department of Health is joining with partners nationwide in recognizing August as National Immunization Awareness Month. The week of Aug. 3-9 will focus specifically on babies from birth through age 2.

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Vermont independent motion picture to screen in Rutland

Award-winning director Jay Craven will present his most recent Vermont film, “Northern Borders,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 14, at the Paramount Theater in Rutland. The screening will include an introduction and post-film discussion led by director Craven.

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Ecole Champlain: A touch of class on Lake Champlain

Before there was Kingsland Bay State Park there was Ecole Champlain. The secluded 264-acre park along Lake Champlain occupies the site of what was one of the nation’s most exclusive girls summer camp, a camp which in its prime rivaled the nearby Basin Harbor Resort in amenities.

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Middlebury Arts Walk to feature new studio, artists

The 2014 Middlebury Arts Walk season continues with the season’s fourth event taking place on Friday, Aug. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m. Middlebury Arts Walk is a free event (for artists, venues, and attendees) and is held the second Friday of the month from May to October. In many cases the art is on display all month long—not just that evening.

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Lake Champlain reenactment will include 1700s amphibious landing

Crown Point State Historic Site will host its annual French and Indian War Encampment on the weekend of Aug. 9–10. Nearby Chimney Point State Historic Site in Vermont is also participating in the event this year.

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Exploring Vermont’s covered bridges

The Eagle's summer road trip series

If Vermont is best known for fresh maple syrup and vibrant autumn foliage it’s equally well known for its ubiquitous covered bridges.

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The new seal of quality: "Made in Vermont"

Big Lenny’s Hot Dogs have been an essentially staple in the Rutland lunch scene for over 25 years now. Local legend Lenny Montuori has been serving hot dogs at his roadside cart since he and friend Reggie Groeneweld purchased the cart in 1988 with his homemade toppings as well.

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Flowers for Field Days

Beauty for all to see

If you haven’t ever entered flowers at Addison County Fair and Field Days, or even considered doing so, you should. It is easy, you often have a good chance at some ribbons and perhaps even monetary awards, and you will be adding to the beauty for all to see.

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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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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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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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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.