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Doctors slow to join program to treat addicts

burlingtonfreepress.com — Vermont's medical community remains reluctant to join the effort to combat heroin and opioid addiction, despite a call for action from Gov. Peter Shumlin and a spike in the number of people seeking treatment at five regional hubs around the state.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @samuelhemingway: Could treating opiate/heroin addicts with Suboxone become too expensive a solution for Vt. to afford. Check it out. bfpne.ws/1tGQamu

Oct 31, 2014

Could treating opiate/heroin addicts with Suboxone become too expensive a solution for Vt. to afford. Check it out. bfpne.ws/1tGQamu

Snow geese have landed in Addison

burlingtonfreepress.com — At least 7,000 migrating snow geese are convening in the corn fields here, putting on their annual show for bird lovers. The large white birds from the Arctic began swooping down in mid-October. They typically stay for three to six weeks before heading to Eastern wintering grounds in mid-Atlantic states such as Maryland and Delaware.

Baker: Chocolate and beer, a wonderful pair

burlingtonfreepress.com — Since today is Halloween, it feels apropos to write about how the worlds of candy and craft beer intersect in glorious ways when chocolate ends up in the brew. Chocolate seems to have been finding its way into rich, luscious stouts for decades. It seems like the no-brainer, right?

‘It’s this amazing process, this alchemy’

burlingtonfreepress.com — Bestselling author Michael Pollan told University of Vermont students Thursday evening the issue that confronts their generation is unambiguous and singular. "Look on the bright side," Pollan said. "You've got one big, scary issue. Climate change." Pollan was speaking to a packed Ira Allen Chapel, where he answered questions presented by Amy Trubek, a professor in UVM's nutrition and food science department.
Oct 31, 2014

Michael Pollan at @UVM: ‘It’s this amazing process, this alchemy’ bfpne.ws/1wKAsqt via @bfp_news #btv

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Police say elderly Vermont couple drown in pond

burlingtonfreepress.com — State police say an elderly Vermont couple has drowned in a small pond in the town of Peru. Police say the bodies of Lawrence Daley, 81, and Ruth Daley, 80, were found Thursday after neighbors became concerned that they hadn't been seen in a few days.

'They need repair, bad:' Sidewalk fixes planned

burlingtonfreepress.com — Disjointed concrete, stumble-causing holes and bumpy curbs: Everyone knows of at least one well-traveled Burlington sidewalk that needs some love. "Deep enough to break your ankle in!" wrote one person on SeeClickFix, a website where Burlington residents can sound the alarm for street repairs and cleanup.

N.Y. man sentenced in Rutland heroin case

Racing world says goodbye to Joey Laquerre

burlingtonfreepress.com — Seventeen year-old Joey M. Laquerre was not a big winner in Late Model stock car racing. He didn't have decades of experience to glean from. He was not the leading voice of his group. What he was, though, is everything that racing needs, everything that a rural community in central Vermont needs, everything that every parent wants in a kid.

Catamounts set to face Notre Dame

burlingtonfreepress.com — Statistically, it's the clash of the unstoppable force against the immovable object. On one side is Notre Dame and its six-goals-per-game offense. On the other side stands Vermont's one-goal-per-game defense. Which is stronger will be determined this weekend when the No. 13/14 Catamounts invade the No.

S. Burlington refuses to ID City Council candidates

burlingtonfreepress.com — South Burlington is declining to disclose the names of the candidate or candidates being considered to fill Pam Mackenzie's seat on the City Council. The council is scheduled to discuss the appointment and might make its final decision Thursday night.
Oct 31, 2014

From last night: South Burlington's new city councilor is John Simson bfpne.ws/1wJqqG3 #SoBu

Oct 30, 2014

BREAKING: #SoBu appoints new city councilor after hiding candidate names. bfpne.ws/1wJqqG3 via @bfp_news #vt #btv

Oct 30, 2014

Transparency? #SoBu refuses to ID candidates for vacant City Council seat. bfpne.ws/1wJqqG3 via @bfp_news #btv #vt

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If GOP wins Senate, Leahy's power would fall

burlingtonfreepress.com — Progressive priorities such as voting rights and campaign finance reform likely would be shelved by the next Congress if Republicans take control of the Senate, and Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy loses his chairmanship of the Senate Judiciary Committee. A switch in the Senate's majority party would give chairmanship of the panel to conservative Sen.

Forget Twinkies, these teens make their own butter

burlingtonfreepress.com — Last Thursday in the small kitchen of a Goddard College dorm, Enoch Marshall, 16, was using a food processor to churn heavy Vermont cream into butter. "Look how yellow that butter is," pointed out Crystal Maderia, chef-owner of Kismet restaurant in Montpelier, as she worked with Enoch and two of his Central Vermont High School Initiative classmates to prepare the school's weekly community lunch.

Interim president tapped to lead Vermont Tech

burlingtonfreepress.com — RANDOLPH - The Vermont State Board of Trustees is tapping Vermont Tech interim president Dan Smith to be the college's next president. Smith is a lawyer and Middlesex native who was head of community relations and public policy at the state colleges for four years.

Bristol 1875: Murder or drunken quarrel

burlingtonfreepress.com — A murder growing out of a quarrel between two Bristol men was reported in Bristol on Saturday night April 15, 1871. The victim was Noah Thompson. Thompson, about 33, was born in Starksboro. He had been a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil war.
Oct 31, 2014

In this week's History Space - Bristol 1875: Murder or drunken quarrel bfpne.ws/1wMcSJI via @bfp_news #btv

Catamounts set to face Notre Dame

burlingtonfreepress.com — Statistically, it's the clash of the unstoppable force against the immovable object. On one side is Notre Dame and its six-goals-per-game offense. On the other side stands Vermont's one-goal-per-game defense. Which is stronger will be determined this weekend when the No. 13/14 Catamounts invade the No.

Rematches aplenty in D-II, D-III football semifinals

burlingtonfreepress.com — Familiar foes are set to square off in the Division II and III high school football semifinals this weekend. Both games in Division II are rematches from regular-season contests while, in Division III, Mount Abraham and BFA-Fairfax play again following their Week 3 showdown in Bristol.

D-I football: Unbeatens on collision course

burlingtonfreepress.com — Colchester and Essex stand in the way of an undefeated showdown for the Division I high school football state title. The Lakers pay defending-champion Middlebury a visit tonight - a rematch from the Tigers' Week 3 triumph - while the Hornets head to St. Johnsbury for a Saturday afternoon tilt.

Localvore defines daily deals in local terms

burlingtonfreepress.com — In retrospect, it seems inevitable that Dan White would end up in Burlington, starting a company based on buying local. He cut his entrepreneurial teeth in Madison, Wisc. and Boulder, Colo., both known as progressive towns with a focus on green products and sustainable local economies. Just like Burlington.
Oct 30, 2014

Cool local #btv company! RT @PhilipTortora: #BTV biz profile: Localvore defines daily deals in local terms bfpne.ws/1tErWt7

Oct 30, 2014

RT @DanDambrosioVT: Check out this Burlington start-up: Localvore defines daily deals in local terms bfpne.ws/1tErWt7 via @bfp_news

Oct 30, 2014

RT @DanDambrosioVT: Check out this Burlington start-up: Localvore defines daily deals in local terms bfpne.ws/1tErWt7 via @bfp_news

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Two new businesses on the way for Church Street