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09/19/2019
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
09/19/2019
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...

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
09/19/2019
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 week, Jocelyn Foran’s eighth-grade ecology students leapt into action, chasing after their classmate who chased after the butterfly with a white net. The swirling, weaving group looked like nothing so much as a murmuration of starlings. After they recaptured the monarch and calm was restored, Foran applied a special tracking tag to its wings. If all goes well, a few months from now someone in Mexico will scan the tag and note that the butterfly had...
09/19/2019
ADDSON COUNTY — On Friday students and workers in thousands of places around the world will press pause on their everyday lives and gather together to protest climate injustice. In Vermont dozens of events are scheduled tomorrow and subsequent days as part of a week of activism. “On September 20, just ahead of the UN Global Climate Action Summit in New York City, we will be walking out of our schools, our workplaces and our homes to show our leaders that we will accept nothing less than an immediate transition to clean energy, green jobs and a just and healthy planet,” wrote state organizers...
09/19/2019
As part of the ongoing downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, Kubricky Construction workers expect to close Merchants Row to through traffic this Friday, Sept. 20, so that Maine Drilling & Blasting can complete installation of mini-piles in the area around the Merchants Row Bridge. Parking on Merchants Row in front of the Battell Block will remain open throughout the week. In the 2019 Addison County Rescue special section in this past Monday’s edition we had hoped to include all of the medical first responders in the area, but there was one whose roster didn’t arrive in time for...
09/19/2019
BURLINGTON — Monkton resident and five-time convicted felon Kory Lee George, 31, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of firearms violations, including possession of the Beretta pistol that police say was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair. Auclair, 45, a longtime Monkton resident, was shot to death in the parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, off Gilman Road in Hinesburg, at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 11, police say. No one has been charged with killing Auclair, and police have yet to name a suspect in that case. On Sept. 5 George was charged in U.S. District Court...
09/19/2019
VERGENNES — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has created a separate nonprofit organization to focus on fundraising to support landscaping the lawn on the church’s west side. The parish envisions that lawn as a welcoming public park space that will serve as an extension of the adjacent city green and include a stone sitting circle. The church introduced its nonprofit, called the “Park Street Community Project,” at a Vergennes Day booth in late August and raised $650 in pledges that day toward what project committee member Sarah Stroup said is a projected $15,000 cost.  The founding of the church’s...

VERGENNES WILL USE a $267,000 state grant, along with $80,000 of city money, to build a new structure to replace this salt shed behind the city’s East Street recycling center. The new shed, which will prevent the elements from washing salt into nearby Otter Creek, won’t be built for three or four years. Independent file photo/Andy Kirkaldy
09/19/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes will get a new salt and sand shed, largely courtesy of a $267,000 Agency of Transportation grant the city received in the spring, but it will cost a little more than expected and take longer to arrive than city officials had hoped. The Vergennes Public Works Department’s existing shed can charitably be called dilapidated. Sitting behind the city’s East Street recycling center, it has an open side and see-through walls of varying materials. The structure allows salt to run into nearby Otter Creek during rainstorms.  According to Vergennes City Council minutes, the one bid...

IN THE BOOK “Good Husbandry,” Kristin Kimball sketches out the first five years on a farm in Essex, N.Y., after she and her family moved there from New York City. She will read from the book in Middlebury next month. Photo by Deborah Feingold
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Organic farmer and writer Kristin Kimball will read from and discuss her new memoir, “Good Husbandry,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Vermont Book Shop in downtown Middlebury. The talk is free and open to the public. From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller “The Dirty Life,” “Good Husbandry” is a “beguiling memoir about the simple life” (Elle), in which Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm — a 500-acre farm across Lake Champlain that produces a full diet for a community of 250 people. “The Dirty...
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Research has shown that three billionaires today own as much wealth as the bottom half of U.S. households combined.  The Middlebury College Economics Department next week will sponsor a talk by an expert who will give an in-depth analysis of the root causes of inequalities of wealth and power across our society. Chuck Collins, director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies/Co-editor of Inequality.org, will focus on tax and other public policies that would effectively reverse four decades of inequality.  Collins will deliver the D. K. Smith ‘42 Fall 2019...

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