Opioid Epidemic Sees Signs of Hope

Opioid Epidemic Sees Signs of Hope

By MARIA KAOURIS

February 21, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — With the opioid crisis continuing to erupt across the country, Vermont government officials seem to be breathing a collective sigh of relief for the first time in years. Identified in 2016 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a state with a significant increase in...

WinterFest Replaces Chili Festival

WinterFest Replaces Chili Festival

By KENZO OKAZAKI

February 14, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — Students may now dry their eyes because although chili fest will be missed, it is being replaced by a new event called WinterFest. WinterFest will be held on Feb. 24 at the Middlebury Recreation Park (located near the Mary Hogan School). WinterFest is set to be packed with events and...

Local Festival Series Empowers Women in Film

By APRIL QIAN

February 14, 2018


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MIDDLEBURY — On Sunday, Dec. 3, members of the local community and the college gathered at the Town Hall Theater for the inaugural film of the 2017/18 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) Winter Screening Series. Titled “Menashe,” the film was directed by Joshua Z. Weinstein and follows the...

Vermont Furthers Equal Pay Act

Vermont Furthers Equal Pay Act

By JOEL LYONS

February 14, 2018


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MONTPELIER — It is common knowledge that men are paid more than women over their lifetimes in the United States. You might be aware of the widely reported statistic that, in 2016, women working full time in the United States typically made only 82 cents for every dollar earned by men. Why does a national...

Carol’s Nears Closing

Carol’s Nears Closing

By AMELIA POLLARD

January 24, 2018


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In a college town like Middlebury, a local coffeehouse is a staple for study sessions, reunions, first dates and interviews. For the past 12 years, Carol’s Hungry Mind Café has served as a hub for students and professors alike to share ideas away from campus. Three weeks ago, though, owner John Melans...

Midd Alumna Discusses Success of Nordic Skiwear Company

Midd Alumna Discusses Success of Nordic Skiwear Company

By BECCA BERLIND

January 24, 2018


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BURLINGTON-- For high school nordic skiers across Vermont, race day brings giddy excitement as skis are waxed and hot gatorade is prepared. The warm up tracks and gear tents ll with racers, each sporting a different skin-tight racing suit—emblazoned with the name of their school. One color...

VT Guard Proposes Waived College Tuition

VT Guard Proposes Waived College Tuition

By KENSHIN CHO

January 24, 2018


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MONTPELIER — State legislators are discussing a proposal that would provide free tuition to members of the Vermont National Guard. Supporters of the bill are hoping that the measure will increase enlistment and attract more working-age people to the state. Vermont is one of few states in t...

VT Executive Branch Self-Mandates Sexual Violence Training

VT Executive Branch Self-Mandates Sexual Violence Training

By KENZO OKAZAKI

January 24, 2018


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MONTPELIER-- After the revelations of sexual misconduct by such public figures as Al Franken, Harvey Weinstein, and Matt Lauer, the #metoo movement continues to carry momentum, prompting action to prevent sexual harassment. On Dec. 22, Vt. Gov. Phil Scott, updated his office’s ethics poli...

Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

Vermont Lawmakers Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

By AMELIA POLLARD and ANDRES VELAZQUEZ

January 22, 2018


Filed under Local, Showcase

Following threats of a federal crackdown on marijuana, Republican Gov. Phil Scott signed recreational marijuana use into law today, making Vermont the first state to legalize marijuana through an elected body rather than through a ballot initiative or voter referendum. On Jan. 4, just hours after U.S. Attorney Ge...

Natural Foods Co-op Celebrates Expansion

Natural Foods Co-op Celebrates Expansion

By NINA CALLAHAN

January 17, 2018


Filed under Local

The phrase “grocery store” does not encapsulate the dynamic environment of the Co-op. Founded in the 1970s, the space has been a pillar of the Middlebury town for both college students and locals. For members, there are constant deals on ever changing products, and for all shoppers the selection...

Vermont Sugarmakers Reflect on New Challenges

Vermont Sugarmakers Reflect on New Challenges

By SADIE HOUSBERG

January 17, 2018


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Steve Willsey of Shaker Maple Farm in Addison County tapped his first tree in 1988. For Willsey and many other Vermonters, maple syrup production, or sugarmaking, now represents a primary source of income. Donna Hutchinson (Mt. Pleasant Sugarworks) explained that it was not always like this. “The i...

Severe Weather Impedes Winter Activities

Severe Weather Impedes Winter Activities

By ALLY MURPHY

January 17, 2018


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Over winter break and into New Year’s, the country as a whole and New England in particular experienced severely cold temperatures. Vermont saw many days of below zero degree weather with temperatures in Burlington dipping to 28 below during the day and as low as 40 below at night. The cold weather eve...

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