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Breakfast and a politician

MIDDLEBURY - The Bridport Grange No. 303 and the Addison County Farm Bureau will once again sponsor a fresh round of legislative breakfasts for 2011.

This year's discussions will focus on jobs, the state economy, the environment and other issues of interest to voters and government officials in Montpelier.

These annual morning public events - a tradition in Addison County - are held in several county locations; this year's meeting schedule includes one agricultural lunch (see below).

The four-month-long program offer citizens an opportunity to meet their legislators and voice concerns about issues important to them - from farming and guns to the environment and taxes.

While the legislators are asked to speak during the roundtables, the emphasis is on listening - that is, elected officials listening to the voice of local voters.

Breakfasts will start at 7 a.m. with the legislative programs beginning at 7:30. The sessions will end at 8:45 a.m. The March 21 lunch in Bridport starts at noon and ends at 1:45 p.m. Purchase of breakfast is not required, however, sales help defray the cost of opening and heating the various participating halls.

The following schedule was released last week by the Bridport Grange and the Addison County Farm Bureau:

Breakfasts

•Feb. 7: Bridport Grange, Route 22A, Bridport

•Feb. 14: American Legion Hall, Bristol

•Feb. 21: American Legion Hall, Middlebury

•Feb. 28: Orwell Fire House, Orwell

•March 7: American Legion Hall, Vergennes

•March 14: Whiting Town Hall, Whiting

•March 28: American Legion Hall, Bristol

•April 4: American Legion Hall, Middlebury

•April 11: Shoreham Congregational Church, Shoreham

•April 18: Weybridge Congregational Church, Weybridge

•June 6: Bridport Grange Hall: Wrapup Breakfast, Bridport

Lunch

•March 21: Agricultural Focus: Legislative Lunch at Community Hall, Bristol

The names of participating elected representatives will be announced at a later date.

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