Allegations against Smith are dropped

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Ms. Smith brings Don Nelson to the podium to discuss his concerns about wind power. Mr. Nelson is bound by a gag order imposed when he sold his farm to Green Mountain Power, and declined to speak. Photo by Joseph Gresser

Ms. Smith brings Don Nelson to the podium to discuss his concerns about wind power. Mr. Nelson is bound by a gag order imposed when he sold his farm to Green Mountain Power, and declined to speak. Photo by Joseph Gresser

copyright the Chronicle February 10, 2016

by Joseph Gresser

MONTPELIER — The 80 or so supporters of Annette Smith who filled the Cedar Creek Room at the State House here Monday arrived spoiling for a fight.

Their emotion changed from anger to jubilation when Ms. Smith’s lawyer, David Sleigh, announced that the state Attorney General’s office had found no merit to allegations that she has been practicing law without a license.

Ms. Smith, who heads Vermonters for a Clean Environment (VCE), has worked with a number of individuals and towns opposing big wind and solar projects, including some in Orleans County. Although she does not speak on their behalf in proceedings before the Public Service Board (PSB), she does provide advice on the process, and she helps with documents and… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Newport man worked on new Pixar film

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A still from The Good Dinosaur shows Arlo the dinosaur and Spot’s varmint-like aspect.

copyright the Chronicle December 2, 2015

by Joseph Gresser

When the credits start scrolling up the screen at the end of a film, most people head for the exit.

For that reason few will still be watching as Wayne Hankin’s name gets its moment of screen time at the end of The Good Dinosaur, which came out the day before Thanksgiving. During the film, audience members will hear the Newport man’s contribution to the character of Spot.

The Good Dinosaur is the latest offering from Pixar, a company specializing in computer generated animation that was bought by The Walt Disney Company in 2006.

The premise of the film is that the asteroid scientists believe hit Earth 65 million years ago, and precipitated the end of the dinosaur age, was instead a near miss. In the film a… To read the rest of this article, and all the Chronicle‘s stories, subscribe:

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Eighth fiddlers’ contest at Sheffield Field Day

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When Patrick Ross, now of Newbury, walks into a fiddler’s competition, the outcome is usually a foregone conclusion. Once again, the Canaan native took top honors at the Sheffield Field Day Fiddler’s Contest in 2014. Photo by Joseph Gresser

On Labor Day, Monday, September 7, Sheffield Field Day will host its annual Pat O’Hagan Memorial Fiddlers’ Contest in the gym at Miller’s Run School, at 3249 Vermont Route 122, at 2 p.m. Registration for fiddlers will begin at 1:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to perform three pieces: a waltz, a hoedown, and a tune of their choice, such as a jig or strathspey.

The Fiddlers’ Contest at Sheffield Field Day was founded in 2007 by Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist and composer who has spent his summers in Sheffield since the 1960s. In 2011, the Fiddlers’ Contest was renamed in honor of Pat O’Hagan, who ran the contest for several years until her death in 2010.

Since its early years, the contest has been a beloved and popular event at Sheffield Field Day, drawing participants from as far away as Maine and Stanstead, Québec.

The contest is free and open to all ages, with competitive categories for youngsters (under 12), juniors (12 to 18), adults (over 18), and seniors (over 60). The prize money for first and second place winners is $40 and $25 respectively in the youngster category, $100 and $70 respectively in the junior category, and $200 and $150 respectively in both the adult and senior categories.

For questions, call Bobbie Bristol at (802) 626-8293 or e-mail at [email protected] — submitted by Bobbie Bristol.

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