Middlebury


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...

KELLIE THOMAS OF Taekwondo KICKS believes in teaching her students about helping the community and bringing kindness, confidence, physical fitness and self defense to the practice. It looks like the student with her agrees. Photo courtesy Taekwondo KICKS
MIDDLEBURY — A local martial arts school, Taekwondo KICKS, is demonstrating that Taekwondo is much more than a martial art. Newly promoted 6th degree black belt, Kellie Thomas, says that she is trying to get her students to learn that you don’t have to be physical to be a hero. “I’m trying to get the students to understand that they do play a role in the community; that even the youngest child can do something to help out their neighbor.” To teach this lesson to her students, Thomas created a “Break-a-thon” fundraiser where her students will ask for pledges to break boards and donate the...

Eden Ginsberg and Ethan DeWitt practice one of their songs during rehearsal last week. Ten of the songs in this production are originals from members of this cast. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew” might not be an obvious choice for Town Hall Theater’s Young Company — a troupe of youthful players ages 12-26 — considering our time’s current attention to oppression and equality. But that didn’t scare off the theater’s Education Director Lindsay Pontius; she took this controversial classic and decided to make it a rock concert. Performances are Friday and Saturday, Aug. 16 and 17, 7 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. “Clint Bierman of The Grift agreed to do a class with me back in February,” she said. “The class was primarily scene study of...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police on Friday, Aug. 9, investigated the reported theft of two vehicles — each hauling a livestock trailer — from Addison County Commission Sales off East Main Street. Police recovered the vehicles in Leicester and found the trailers in Salisbury. Police continue to investigate. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Served a no-trespass order on Aug. 5 on a person who was not wanted at the Maplefields store on North Pleasant Street. • Took into protective custody a transient man who was allegedly causing a disturbance on Court Street on Aug. 6. Police said...

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,...

Barbara Kopple
The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome two more special guests at the 5th Annual Festival, Aug. 22-25: Barbara Kopple and Ricki Stern. And announces a Female Biopic Series. Barbara Kopple Returning honoree, iconic documentarian, and two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) will show her latest film, “New Homeland,” at this year’s fest on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Kopple will discuss the film following the screening in a Q&A session with film historian Kate Hearst. Beloved by MNFF...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Merchants Row Bridge is closed to drivers and pedestrians between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.  The closure is to allow Maine Drilling & Blasting to install four mini-piles across the bridge entrance as part of the effort to stabilize the rail abutment in preparation for next summer's excavation. There will be no impact on street parking in front of the Battell Block or on access to the lower Battell parking lot. Pedestrians walking between the Battell Block and Town Hall Theater during the closure period are asked to use the Town Green. For any...

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