MANY PEOPLE HELPED advance a plan to build an anaerobic digester facility at the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury that will extract renewable natural gas from manure and food scraps. Pictured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm on Tuesday are, from left, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman, Goodrich Farm managers Danielle Goodrich and Chase Goodrich, and Middlebury College Executive Vice President David Provost. Independent photo/Steve James
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SALISBURY — Founders of Salisbury’s Goodrich Family Farm could never have imagined years ago that the financial salvation of their enterprise would be found in the manure of their dairy cows and in food waste.

But those unlikely ingredients — with a large measure of technology — will write a new chapter for the farm and potentially others like it throughout the Northeast.

Goodrich family members on Tuesday joined Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and leaders of...

SHOREHAM — In the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 22, officers from four law enforcement agencies went to the home of a Shoreham man and...

MIDDLEBURY REGIONAL EMS Director Teena Betourney, left, has turned over the organization’s administrative reins to former Deputy Director Kate Rothwell. Rothwell, a paramedic, will serve as interim leader as the MREMS board searches for a permanent director. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) board has once again looked within the organization’s ranks for new leadership. The board has picked...
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury Union High School Principal William Lawson will retire at the end of this academic year. Lawson, who took the helm...
SHOREHAM — In the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 22, officers from four law enforcement agencies went to the home of a Shoreham man and arrested him for his involvement in a 2013 armed robbery of a pharmacy in Middlebury. The U.S. Marshals Service, Middlebury police, Vermont State Police and...
August 23, 2019

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  • August 22, 2019
    On the issue of school consolidation, here’s how the Addison Central School District may have unintentionally created a problem that has become detrimental to the district’s smaller towns and to the greater district: Simply put, in crafting the district’s charter, they created a...
  • August 22, 2019
    Ah, the simple pleasures of summer: a cup of coffee, salt air, a sunny deck and the best vegan oatmeal raspberry bar I have ever tasted. Why sun and coffee? That needs no explanation. Why the salt air? Because while summer in Vermont is indeed a gift from the gods, it is imperfect — Neptune...
  • August 22, 2019
    Confession: I now own three spinning wheels. Mark isn’t thrilled. He says it would be like if he bought three table saws. But it’s not the same; I have an emotional attachment to my wheels. And anyway, what do I care how many tables saws he has? Unlike him, I don’t judge. I...

Arts & Leisure


  • FOUR OF THE Robinsons were artists. Ann Stevens Robinson did landscapes and still-life paintings, and her husband, Rowland Evans Robinson, was a successful illustrator for agriculture and sporting periodicals. Their two daughters, Rachael Robinson Elmer and Mary Robinson Perkins, were also both artists; Rachael's work is pictured here.
    August 22, 2019
    FERRISBURGH — Did you come out to the Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh for the annual Pie and Ice Cream social last Sunday? Not only were guests treated to fanciful, homemade sweets, but they also enjoyed perusing the history museum’s exhibits. Chances are, folks were surprised to see so...

  • MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS Festival starts today with guest actors and director Paul Schrader.
    August 22, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival starts today (Aug. 22) and runs through Sunday, Aug. 25.  The festival features first- and second-time filmmakers. We show their work and host them on stage and at events where they mingle with audience members, celebrate each other...

  • LEO RONDEAU WILL play with Lowell Thompson and “Big Night” Friends at Hatch 31 in Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m.
    August 22, 2019
    BRISTOL — Leo Rondeau deals in stories — candid, honest and plainspoken. And like all great story tellers, he examines life in all its twinges, sorrows, victories and joys. Here him tell his tales at Hatch 31 in Bristol on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m., where he’ll play with...

Sports


  • JEFFREY STEIN BRINGS an impressive football resume to his new role as head coach of the Mount Abraham-Vergennes high school football team. After a career as an all-state linebacker at his North Carolina high school and a four-year starter on a Virginia college team, Stein coached linebackers at Champlain Valley Union, which included a stint as a Shrine Bowl coach. Independent photo/Steve James
    August 22, 2019
    BRISTOL — When administrators needed to find a new leader for the cooperative Mount Abraham-Vergennes high school football program they did not have to cast a wide net. Mount Abraham Union High and Bristol Elementary school physical education teacher Jeffrey Stein stepped forward. And...

  • KJELL DAHLEN’S ODINN heads downwind during the 2019 Diamond Island this past Saturday. The 37-foot-long Odinn finished the 15 nautical-mile course in less than two hours and was the first boat to finish and won the Spinnaker A fleet. Photo by Ramsey Hazbun
    August 22, 2019
    FERRISBURGH/CHARLOTTE — Over the past seven years, the Diamond Island Regatta, co-sponsored by Royal Savage Yacht Club and Point Bay Marina, has become a weekend-long celebration of sailing and lake-wide camaraderie unlike any other event on the Lake Champlain Championship Series schedule....
  • August 22, 2019
    CORRECTION: Our Aug. 8 article on the Vermont Swim Association state championship meet in White River Junction omitted a championship swimmer from the Vergennes Champs. Adrienne Smits, 10, prevailed in the 25-yard freestyle race for 9- and 10-year-old girls with a winning time of 13.87. We...

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