THE VERMONT AGENCY of Transportation recently agreed to pay owners of the Battell Block on Merchants Row $532,000 for a series of easements that are needed to move forward with replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges. VTrans has agreed to pay a combined total of around $5 million for easements on 27 downtown properties. Independent photo/Steve James
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MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has agreed to pay a combined total of $5 million for easements on 27 separate downtown Middlebury properties within the footprint of the massive railroad bridges replacement project that will last into 2021.

Some of those payments range into the six figures — including a recent $532,000 settlement with owners of the Battell Block, the downtown’s anchor retail/office/apartment building at the intersection of Main Street and...


Peter Welch
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has concluded that President Donald Trump should be impeached. “I do not arrive at this conclusion...
PANTON — As manure runoff from a Panton dairy farm mixed with snowmelt and found its way into Lake Champlain this past March, a wrinkled brown crust...
MIDDLEBURY — Investors representing Connor Mill-Built Homes (CMBH) have purchased the Good Point Recycling headquarters at 227 Pond Lane for $1.84...

Peter Welch
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) has concluded that President Donald Trump should be impeached. “I do not arrive at this conclusion lightly,” he wrote in a statement released Thursday morning. “The power of impeachment granted to Congress by our Founding Fathers should not be...
July 18, 2019

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  • July 18, 2019
    As Vermont Democrats regain their footing in the upcoming session and promise to pass legislation addressing a livable minimum wage and affordable family leave policies, they could benefit from studying what the Massachusetts Legislature passed in 2018.  In a measure dubbed the “grand...
  • July 18, 2019
    The goldfinch hung on my window screen, its bold yellow back with black stripe shone in the light as it held on casually, confidently, pecking every few seconds on something I could not see. Bugs? Seeds blown from the trees to lodge in the grating of the screen? No matter. I hear birds every day...
  • July 18, 2019
    The moderators of the next Democratic presidential debates, to be broadcast by CNN on July 30 and 31, should ask the candidates the following question: “If you were elected president next year, and the Democrats maintained control of the House and won a small majority in the Senate, would you...

Arts & Leisure


  • AUTHOR JEREMY HOLT poses among the shelves at Monroe Street Books in Middlebury. ELISABETH WALLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
    July 18, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Comics are for kids. They should be light-hearted, fun and simple. Um, nope. Sure, some comics are geared toward the young at heart, but the graphic novel genre is vast and covers topics that are anything but juvenile. “Tell me what you like to read, and I can find it...

  • A CLAY POT by Stacey Stanhope Dundon
    July 18, 2019
    BRISTOL — Bristol’s Art on Main gallery presents “HomeThrown,” an exhibit featuring Bristol area potters: Judith Bryant, Robert Compton, Ken Martin, Matlak Mayforth, Stacey Stanhope and Liz Saslaw.  The exhibit opens on Friday, July 19 with an artist’s...

  • FOUNTAIN PLACE, DALLAS, Texas. Photo / Alan Ward, 2013, courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation
    July 18, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Landscape architect Peter Ker Walker will discuss the highlights of his landscape projects on Saturday, July 20, at 2 p.m., in the conference room of the Middlebury Town Offices. The presentation is in conjunction with the Henry Sheldon Museum’s summer exhibit “...

Sports


  • OLIVER PODUSCHNICK, OF the Middlebury Marlins, gets a flying start in the U-18 boys’ backstroke race against Vergennes on Tuesday. Poduschnick won three races, but the Champs won the meet. Independent photo/Steve James
    July 18, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Tuesday’s scoresheets show the visiting Vergennes Champs defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 275-203, in the annual duel between the friendly Champlain Valley Swim League rivals. Many swimmers had big days. Under-10 Champs swimmer Will Clark won another three races, as did U-...

  • ROTH BERNSTEIN OF Burlington was the men’s winner on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park. Photo courtesy of Vermont Sun
    July 18, 2019
    SALISBURY — Roth Bernstein of Burlington and Julia Schofield of Charlotte were the winners on Sunday of the Vermont State Triathlon Championships, hosted by Vermont Sun Fitness at Branbury State Park on Sunday. Conditions for the race were almost perfect with sunny skies, light wind and a...

  • DESPITE THE DRAMA, drivers Adam Pierson (in car No. 15) and Kenny Tremont Jr. (in No. 115) were unhurt in this wreck at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Sunday, and both actually returned to finish the race after repairs. Tremont and Pierson ranked 1-2 in the track’s championship standings entering the event. Photo by Alan Ward
    July 18, 2019
    WEST HAVEN – The full moon hovering over Devil’s Bowl Speedway seemed to influence just about every lap of the dirt track action on Sunday, when Frank Hoard III and Floyd Billington ended long victory droughts and four drivers found themselves upside down. No local racers won, but...

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