John Flowers


MUMS Principal Kris Francoeur
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union Middle School is poised to absorb sixth-graders from the Addison Central School District-member towns, starting in the 2021-2022 academic year. The ACSD board on Monday took a major step in that direction when it voted unanimously to include a sixth-grade-to-MUMS transition as part of a new facilities master plan. That master plan, to be completed before the end of this fall, will serve as a “long-term blueprint and plan for meeting the changing facility needs of the district to support ACSD’s vision and mission,” according to Superintendent Peter Burrows....

THE TUDHOPE SISTERS, Amelia and Olivia, hold edible potato heads they made last weekend as part of the new Power of Produce (PoP) Club at the Middlebury Farmers’ Market. The PoP Club and the Teen Enterprise Zone are both calculated to introduce a new generation of young people to healthy eating and entrepreneurship at the farmers’ market.
MIDDLEBURY — The next generation of Middlebury Farmers’ Market enthusiasts is being nurtured this summer, one token at a time. The tokens are part of a new, grant-funded Power of Produce (PoP) Club that’s encouraging area children ages 4 to 12 to get more fruits and vegetables into their diet. Young farmers’ market visitors who sign up for PoP learn nutrition information in fun ways and are also handed two $1 tokens to spend on fruits or veggies at the market each Saturday they come and check in. “It’s about health and connecting kids to the source of their food, farmers and encouraging them...

LONGTIME ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC Church organist Kevin Parizo next month will receive a medal and citation — signed by Pope Francis — for his contributions to music and his parish. Photo courtesy of the Parizo family
MIDDLEBURY — Kevin Parizo is a soft-spoken man. But put a keyboard beneath his fingers and a congregation in the pews and he can unleash a swirl of shimmering notes that can touch the soul and inspire good works. Parizo’s musical talents have been on display at Middlebury’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church for more than a half century. His dedication and prowess have now gained attention from the highest rank of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, who recently approved Parizo for a Benemerenti Medal. The very exclusive citation is awarded to clergy and laity for outstanding service to the Catholic...
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to voting to expand Middlebury Union Middle School to include sixth grade, Addison Central School District board members at Monday’s meeting also: • Voted unanimously to include, as part of the facilities master plan, a study of the current capacity and use of ACSD buildings. This will help flag which facilities are, and aren’t, being used to their full potential. • Agreed to create a “frequently asked questions” column on the district’s acsdvt.org website that will explain the current master planning process and proposed middle school expansion. District residents...

CONSULTANTS ARE DEVELOPING maps — like this one — of a potential “Triangle Bike Loop” that would connect Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. Area residents will be able to share their views at a public meeting in New Haven this Thursday, Aug. 15. Plans call for a final route to be solidified by next February. Then advocates will look for funding to make the route a reality. Map courtesy of SE Group
NEW HAVEN — County residents on Aug. 15 will be able to shape a newly proposed bike route that would link Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. The public meeting, to begin at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Hall, will be led by consultants from SE Group of Burlington. The company was selected to design the proposed tri-town route that, when completed, “will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource,” according to Mike Winslow,...
SALISBURY — The Salisbury landfill will stop accepting trash on Sept. 1, thus ending its more than 30-year run and its status as the state’s last operating unlined landfill. And while closure plans are going smoothly, Salisbury still needs to find a hauler to run a mini transfer station at the landfill. Residents will then be able to bring their trash and recyclables to the there for transport to the Addison County Solid Waste Management facility in Middlebury. “All of the haulers in Addison County are so busy,” Selectwoman Pedie O’Brien said. “I think a lot of it is that so many people are...
MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County investigator of sex crimes against children is now back at work after a two-week hiatus, which began late last month after Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton decided to drop the state-funded post from his department due to its cost and what he said was a decline in cases. But local advocates for the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations (ACUSI) detective’s position took issue with Newton’s statistics and said there’s plenty of work to keep the position busy. The investigator in question, Det. Lt. Ruth Whitney, will now fall under the jurisdiction of...

ANN LAFIANDRA
MIDDLEBURY — As construction workers prepared to resume work on a massive rail bridges project that will usher in a new chapter for downtown Middlebury, some of the community’s most seasoned citizens gathered on Monday to reminisce about yesteryear’s Main Street and the characters who helped shape it. The event was called “Back in the Day,” co-sponsored by the Ilsley Public Library and a local storytelling group called “Story Matters.” Anyone with recollections of downtown Middlebury between the 1940s and 1980s was invited to join the storytelling exchange held at the Bundle pop-up space at...

A PORTION OF Main Street in Middlebury was closed last August for the town’s second annual Block Party, during which kids of all ages played lawn games on sod that was rolled out across the Battell Bridge. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Main Street will temporarily transform from a busy asphalt artery to a verdant sod playground for a three-hour period on Wednesday, Aug. 14, during which visitors will be able to play with giant dice, take a flying leap at a Velcro wall, eat good food, take advantage of discounts at local stores, and even submerge their favorite public official in a tankful of water. We’re talking about the third annual Downtown Summer Block Party, designed as both a three-hour showcase of what downtown Middlebury has to offer, as well as a community building event while construction...

A NEW ASSISTED Living program for adults with special needs, called the Yellow House, is taking shape in Middlebury at 29 Seminary St. Pictured here are (top row, left to right) Jodi James, Pierce Murray, Elise Haydon, Sam DeMatties and Joel Pyfrom. Seated at Andrea Murray and Elizabeth Brown. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Most parents nurture their children in hopes they will, some day, make the jump to self-sufficiency — or will be able to find the supports they need to live independently. But that can be an impossible dream for the parents of special needs children. “We lie awake at night asking ourselves, ‘How will our children live healthy, happy and meaningful lives when we are not here to navigate and advocate for them?’” said Andrea Murray, whose 18-year-old son Pierce has special needs. In an effort to get some peace of mind for themselves and other families sharing the same concerns,...

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