“THE MESSENGER,” 2019 by Dana Simson
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 Tuesday, Sept. 20 and will remain on view through Jan. 11, 2020.  A reception will be held on Friday, Sept. 27, from 5-7 p.m., at the Sheldon Museum. Simson’s goal through her art is to show animals are losing both habitat and food sources, suffering the man-made effects of pollution and wilderness encroachment, and are...
MIDDLEBURY — The following arms-length real estate sales were recorded in Middlebury from July 1, 2018, through June 30, 2019. It should be noted that due to changes in Vermont property-transfer forms, only one buyer and seller are listed in most transactions: •July 2, 2018, Ian Johnson to Jason L. Sherry, a home at 89 Drew Lane on 5.73 acres, $334,000. •July 2, Dagan Murray to Evelyn Bushey, a home at 263 Mean Lane, $200,000 •July 2, Deborah Saporito to Jutta Miska, a condo at 46 Twin Circles, $240,000. •July 12, Jacqui Josler to David Bennett, a mobile home at 47 Parkline Place, $39,500. •...

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
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 in the second half in a 7-0 victory. The Otters improved to 3-1, with their only loss coming to 2018 Division II finalist Burr & Burton in overtime in a game in which they outshot BBA by 24-11. On Tuesday, sophomore Brittney Jackson and freshman Ryleigh LaPorte led OV with two goals each. Senior forward...

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
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 races.  The VUHS boys, led by Ben Huston’s sixth-place effort out of 174 competitors, finished fourth with 129 points. The Commodores trailed Hanover, N.H., (39), St. Albans (63) and Colchester (124) in the 14-team field. MUHS, led by Nat McVeigh in 16th, took sixth with 172 points, and Noah Engvall led the...
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 the board on an Emily Rooney goal set up when Maria Malaney picked off an errant Tiger clearance. Sydney Weber made it 2-0 in the late going on an indirect kick just outside the Tiger box, drilling a tap-back from Rooney into the lower left corner.  VUHS goalie Kate Gosliga handled the only two Tiger shots on goal for the...

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 deal to buy the property from Sam Sharma and his business partners who ran the Blue Spruce Motel, which burned in a fire back on July 12, 2017. The blaze left the burnt husk of a building that once provided inexpensive overnight stays for visitors and long-term lodging for others. Investigators linked...

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 of a White House and U.S. Senate that he believes have collectively abandoned such values. Welch discussed congressional gridlock, the U.S. House agenda and his continued support for the impeachment of President Donald Trump during an Addison Independent-sponsored appearance at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society. During his remarks and a Q&A session, Vermont’s lone U.S. representative voiced frustration with legislative...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police responded to a report of an unresponsive woman at a Woodland Park residence on Thursday, Sept. 12. Officers Casey Covey and Nicholas Stewart performed CPR on the woman until rescue officials arrived on the scene.  Police said the woman was ultimately taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center. In other action last week, Middlebury police: •Took, for detox services in Rutland, a drunken man who had allegedly been seen behaving erratically on Main Street on Sept. 9. •Helped a man who had been threatening self-harm in the Buttolph Drive neighborhood on Sept...

ART DOTY WAS diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2018. This past June, en route to Helen Porter where he was to receive hospice care, Middlebury first responders took him on a "scenic route" to experience his beloved Lake Champlain one last time.
MIDDLEBURY — Art Doty knew his time was almost up. Cancer was spreading through his 83-year-old body. He was confined to a bed at the University of Vermont Medical Center, a tantalizing two miles from his beloved Lake Champlain, where he’d spent countless hours fishing and sailing. Those two miles might as well have been 100, Doty thought, given his lack of mobility. And time. The Brandon resident yearned to see Lake Champlain one last time during a scheduled ambulance trip from UVM Medical Center to Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing in Middlebury, where he would draw his final...
MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark will be opening its doors for free tours on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Manufacturing Day. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been an opportunity for the public to learn about business and manufacturing here in the United States. In that spirit, Maple Landmark will hold tours of its 28,000-square-foot factory-store every hour, on the hour. The 45-minute tour goes through where they cut, sand, finish, detail, assemble, and package their wooden products. Tour leaders will discuss their business practices and processes, how their production is so much more than...


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