A HELICOPTER OPERATED by Kritter Cropdusting last Wednesday picks up a load of cover crop seed to broadcast over several Addison County cornfields before the corn is harvested. Independent photo/Steve James
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County farmers have seen a rainy and consistently wet spring and summer result in a late corn harvest. Now some of those farmers are looking to the skies again — this time for help in planting a cover crop this fall.

This past Tuesday and Wednesday a crop-dusting helicopter dropped nearly 40,000 pounds of a variety of cover crop seeds on several hundred acres of floodplain farmland — primarily cornfields — across the county.

“It was just so consistently wet...


RIPTON CURRENTLY STORES municipal salt and sand in this pile next to a branch of the Middlebury River off Peddler’s Bridge Road. The town wants to build a new structure off Lincoln Road where it will be able to safely house its salt/sand reserves. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — Ripton officials hope to soon begin negotiations for a 2.63-acre parcel off Lincoln Road that would host a shed to contain the town’s road...

A VANDAL STRUCK Addison’s former — and possibly future — town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Town officials were unnerved because an arsonist set fire to the Grange Hall in Ferrisburgh in 2005 as planning was under way to renovate it into a town office building and community center. Vermont State Police are investigating the graffiti applied to the Addison building along Route 22A in Addison Four Corners that similarly could be eventually restored for use as a town office and community center. Anyone with knowledge of the Addison incident may reach VSP at 388-4919. Photo courtesy of John Spencer
ADDISON — Addison residents will vote on Sept. 24 on a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town...

PHOTOS TAKEN FROM security camera footage at the Maplefields on West Street in Bristol show the suspect in a burglary that occurred there in the early morning hours of Sept. 4. Photo courtesy of the Bristol Police Department
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department and the Vermont State Police are investigating a number of recent break-ins and thefts in and around Bristol...

RIPTON CURRENTLY STORES municipal salt and sand in this pile next to a branch of the Middlebury River off Peddler’s Bridge Road. The town wants to build a new structure off Lincoln Road where it will be able to safely house its salt/sand reserves. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — Ripton officials hope to soon begin negotiations for a 2.63-acre parcel off Lincoln Road that would host a shed to contain the town’s road salt and sand reserves, which are currently tarped outdoors at a spot next to a branch of the Middlebury River. The town hopes to purchase land located...
September 16, 2019

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • September 16, 2019
    In a recent conversation with Governor Scott, one of his principle economic concerns was the gap between job openings and applicants. With Vermont’s population either slightly shrinking or growing, depending on the most recent data, it’s fair to say our population growth is essentially...

  • JOHN HANSELMAN, CEO of Vanguard Renewables, refers to a map showing the layout of a future anaerobic digester at Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm. It will convert manure and food scraps into renewable natural gas for Middlebury College and other clients. Those involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm in August. Independent file photo/Steve James
    September 16, 2019
    I’ve read the article regarding the installation of the digesters that will soon begin construction on the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury. I also understand how this may be a solution to some problems, such as green algae in our lakes, etc. Recently a friend told me that when he and his buddy...
  • September 16, 2019
    Recycling is in a crisis. China has stopped taking our mixed recyclables, which are often contaminated or contain trash that was put in the wrong bin. With the market shrinking, it’s hard to find a use for recycled items and many are ending up in landfills. We are pretty good recyclers here...

Arts & Leisure


  • CELLIST SOPHIE SHAO and her chamber ensemble kick off the 100th year of Middlebury College’s Performing Arts Series on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., at Mahaney Arts Center, 72 Porter Field Rd., in Middlebury.
    September 16, 2019
    The Middlebury Performing Arts Series’ 100th anniversary season opens on Friday, Sept. 20, at 7:30 p.m., with perennial Middlebury favorite, cellist Sophie Shao. Applauded by the New York Times for her “eloquent, powerful” interpretations, Shao has a gift for assembling impromptu...

  • BURLINGTON ARTIST KEVIN Ruelle paints his Vermont travel posters en plein air. See Ruelle’s work in “Vermont Art Deco” on view at Art on Main in Bristol now through Columbus Day.
    September 16, 2019
    BRISTOL — Art on Main in Bristol has a new exhibit on view, featuring work from Burlington-artist Kevin Ruelle. Ruelle has created a series of faux vintage travel posters inspired by Vermont's unique tourist past: nostalgic, not only in theme but also in the way they were painted,...

  • JILLIAN BELL STARS in “Brittany Runs a Marathon” (2019).
    September 16, 2019
    Brittany Runs a Marathon — Running Time: 1:44 — Rating: R At some moment when you need a touch of cheer, try “Brittany Runs a Marathon.” This comedy is rooted in more than competition. It’s the story of the moment when Brittany begins to recognize that her social/...

Sports


  • OTTER VALLEY'S NATHANIEL Blake (7) and Aiden Blier (51) combine to bring down Mt Abe junior Joey Hemingway in the first quarter of Friday’s game between the high school rivals. The Otters defeated the Eagles 27-18. Independent photo/Steve James
    September 16, 2019
    BRISTOL — In a Friday game not decided until the final horn the Division III Otter Valley Union High School football team left Bristol with a 27-18 victory over D-II Mount Abraham-Vergennes. In the fourth quarter Eagles twice stopped the Otters, who were up by 21-18 and threatening to ice a...
  • September 16, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Otter Valley fairly earned a 2-1 halftime lead over the Middlebury Union High School girls’ soccer team on Saturday, but the Tigers took the game over in the second half to roll to a 4-2 victory. OV senior striker Julia Eastman buried two feeds from senior...
  • September 16, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School football team rolled over visiting Rice on Friday night, 48-8, after taking leads of 28-0 in the first quarter and 42-0 at the half. The Tigers improved to 3-0 and along with St. Johnsbury and Burr & Burton are the remaining undefeated teams...

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