COWS MEANDER THROUGH a pasture next to Otter Creek on the 410-acre Kayhart-Chalker Farm, home of Kayhart’s Homegrown Meats, in New Haven. Independent photo/Steve James
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This is Part III in a three-part series. Alongside pressures like falling milk prices and increasing production costs, farmers are charged with the financial, physical and emotional task of remediating Otter Creek’s water quality. What does this mean for Addison County farmers, and is their burden a fair one?

On Route 17 in New Haven, about a dozen miles upstream from where the Otter Creek empties into Lake Champlain, a small farm sits on a hillside. Cows graze in its grassy fields...


Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The former Blue Spruce Motel property at 2428 Route 7 South in Middlebury has new owners who said the site will be cleared of debris by...

U.S. REP PETER Welch discussed legislative gridlock, President Donald Trump and a variety of other issues during an appearance at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meetinghouse in Middlebury on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on Monday in Middlebury urged Vermonters to uphold the tenets of democracy and community service in face...

MONKTON EIGHTH-GRADER ANNA BELLE Hunt, left, and her Starksboro classmate Makayla Emmons carefully handle a monarch butterfly that was discovered during a field trip to the Bristol Peace Garden last week. Their class at Mount Abraham Union Middle School is taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning about monarchs and other threatened species. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — When one of a pair of monarch butterflies escaped captivity and flew off toward a corner garden at Mount Abraham Union High School last...

Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The former Blue Spruce Motel property at 2428 Route 7 South in Middlebury has new owners who said the site will be cleared of debris by the end of this year in order to make way for a new headquarters for DeBisschop Excavating LLC. Matt and Courtney DeBisschop closed on Monday on a...
September 19, 2019

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • September 19, 2019
    In the third of a three-part series examining the historic and current role of the Otter Creek in Addison County, and its current status as the heaviest conveyor of phosphorus pollution into Lake Champlain, we turn a sympathetic ear to the burden placed on farmers by Act 64.  In previous...
  • September 19, 2019
    “This is so boring, Gaga!” Our three year old granddaughter looked at me with delight in her eyes. She was busily engaged rolling out dough and using her favorite cookie cutters.  I was taken aback and was about to correct her by saying something like “But Lucretia, this is...
  • September 19, 2019
    The other day at an antique shop I bought an old magazine: the May 1905 issue of Ladies’ Home Journal. What a trip. Times may have changed, but in general, people — and magazines — haven’t. Who would have thought that as far back as 114 years ago, women were...

Arts & Leisure


  • The cast of “Hands on a Hardbody” rehearse the musical, which will be performed on September 20-22 at Town Hall Theater.
    September 20, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Trey Anastasio became a legend in the world of rock & roll with his Burlington-based jam band, Phish. Not many people know, however, that he wrote the songs for a Broadway musical, “Hands on a Hardbody,” in 2013. The show received decent reviews, but it had a...

  • THE THIRD ANNUAL Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take place on the Vergennes City Green this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 3-9 p.m. Festival goers will enjoy food and drink from local vendors, local music and games. Proceeds benefit four Vergennes nonprofits.
    September 19, 2019
    VERGENNES — For the third year, the green in Vergennes will become a bustling hub of grub, games, music and more on Saturday, Sept. 21. From 3-9 p.m., the annual Eat on the Green Food and Music Festival will take over the Little City’s park with delicious dishes, desserts and brews...

  • “THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
    September 19, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY —The Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury presents “The Animals Are Innocent,”  a mixed media/ceramic exhibit of colorful, boat sculptures and paintings, both featuring animals, by Maryland artist, ceramist, author, and illustrator Dana Simson. The exhibit opens on...

Sports


  • OVUHS SENIOR FORWARD Morgan LaPorte moves the ball down the field with Tiger junior middie Kaitlyn McNamara in hot pursuit during Tuesday’s field hockey game at MUHS. LaPorte scored twice in the Otter Valley victory. Photo by Kathy Pominville
    September 19, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — For one of the two high school field hockey teams playing at Middlebury Union High School on Tuesday the game proved to be a showcase of its potential.  For the other it was just one of those days. The happier outfit was visiting Otter Valley, which erupted for six goals...

  • A SIXTH-PLACE FINISH by VUHS’s Ben Huston in the boy’s race at the Randolph High School Invitational Cross Country meet on Saturday was the high water mark among Addison County competitors. He ran 17:39.8 on a fast course run mostly on roads. Photo by Joe McVeigh
    September 19, 2019
    RANDOLPH CENTER — The Vergennes boys and Middlebury girls fared best on Saturday at the Randolph High School Invitational Cross Country Meet, hosted by Randolph at Vermont Technical College. Athletes had to contend with cool, damp and breezy conditions, with a light drizzle throughout both...
  • September 19, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The Vergennes Union High School girls’ soccer team defeated host Middlebury on Tuesday, 2-0.  The Division III Commodores improved to 3-1-1 and will visit defending D-II champion Milton on Friday. MUHS dropped to 2-2 and will host Rice on Friday.  VUHS got on...

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