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08/22/2019
SALISBURY — A Salisbury man on Wednesday was scheduled to answer to a charge of “excessive speed” in Addison Superior Court after Vermont State Police alleged they clocked him traveling 92 miles per hour in a 40-mph zone on Shard Villa Road on Tuesday. It was at around 8:50 p.m. on Tuesday that some Shard Villa Road residents called VSP about “motorists speeding” in their neighborhood, according to authorities. Police stopped 24-year-old Brandon Ciaramitaro in connection with the complaint. In addition to the excessive speed charge, Ciaramitaro was issued two tickets totaling $870 and he was...
08/22/2019
BRANDON — Finally, in July, the weather turned and the rain subsided to a more normal level and the Otter Creek went back in its banks. For the month of July, the BLSG pursued the area mosquitoes both as larvae and adults. The larvae sampling continued for seven days in July collecting samples from 85 sites. The “dip counts” were low to zero in many sites, which was encouraging.  However, there were counts of 50 or more larvae, per dip, in two locations in Brandon and 20 or more larvae were found in Mud Pond in Leicester and Spring Pond in Brandon. Pomanville in Pittsford also had a larvae...

RNESU SUPERINTENDENT JEANNE Collins is concerned about a Trump administration proposal that would tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — know as SNAP. That program provides food support systems to low-income families, and participants with children in schools are automatically enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program.
08/19/2019
BRANDON — A snapshot from the state of how local schools performed on state tests show a sharp disparity in performances between those on free and reduced-price lunches and those who are not on the program. Now, a new change in federal law could compound that issue further. A Trump administration proposal would tighten eligibility requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — know as SNAP. That program provides food support systems to low-income families, and participants with children in schools are automatically enrolled in the free and reduced lunch program. The new...
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Aug. 13 unanimously agreed to allocate $44,000 from the town’s conservation fund to help conserve 132 acres of the LedgEnd Farm off Painter and Munger roads. Owned by Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts, LedgEnd is currently the largest fallow deer farm in the state, according to Al Karnatz, the Vermont Land Trust’s (VLT) Champlain Valley farm director. The VLT is now raising the $510,000 purchase price for the LedgEnd conservation easement. Plans call for the VLT to conserve the remaining 140 acres of the farm at a later date, according to Karnatz. “...

PAUL SCHRADER'S WORK as a writer and director can be seen in such classic films as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Schrader’s latest film, “First Reformed,” will screen on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater. Craven will conduct a Q&A with Schrader onstage from 4-5 p.m., after which he’ll be presented with MNFF’s “Sustained Excellence in Cutting Edge Filmmaking Award.”
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The red carpet will be rolled out not only for the first- or second-time filmmakers screening their creations at the fifth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) this week, but also for some well-established luminaries of the industry. The festival is expected to draw big crowds of cinema creators and enthusiasts from throughout the world to Addison County’s shire town for four days of screenings at multiple venues, Aug. 22 to 25. Organizers whittled down 340 film submissions to what they deemed the 75-85 best entries (to go along with around 20 curated films) that will...

MEMBERS OF THE Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team position some sod at a Habitat for Humanity home on Seymour Street this past Thursday morning. They had picked up the sod off Main Street the night before, when it was a feature in the downtown Block Party. Photo courtesy of Ashley Cadwell
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — When we say the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer players took the field this past week, we mean it — literally. More than 20 members of the combined JV and varsity squads spent Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, dismantling sections of temporary sod from the downtown Middlebury Block Party (see Page 22) and then laid them back down on Thursday morning at a new Habitat for Humanity home site at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury. The repurposed sod has become “instant lawn” for a five-member family that will occupy the soon-to-be completed home by Thanksgiving, according to Addison...

COW WHISPERER SAMUEL Wilbur, 11, of Whiting gets an earful from his Brown Swiss cow, Destiny, waiting for the 4-H dairy conformation class during the 2019 Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven. Independent photo/Steve James
08/19/2019
NEW HAVEN — With a wink and a nod, anyone who’s lived around these parts for a while will acknowledge that our beloved Addison County Fair & Field Days is engaged in an epic annual struggle with the weather gods. On one hand — the positive one — heavy rains might scatter crowds into nearby tents and buildings, where perhaps they’ll get to experience magical moments they hadn’t known to look for. Less helpful is when such weather prompts, among other things, the deployment of tractors to help visitors extract their cars from the muddy parking lot. But as they say in show biz, “The show...
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — At their Aug. 13 meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard unanimously agreed to install a combined total of 1,340 linear feet of guardrail along around a dozen sections of Creek Road to steer drivers away from the riverbank and deteriorating portions of the flood-damaged roadway.  Creek Road will become one way in the sections where guardrail is installed, along a stretch that begins near the Bingham property and extends to the vicinity of the Perrin property. A map of the guardrail locations can be found by logging on to tinyurl.com/ y58du6xr.  The selectboard made its...
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Aug. 13 agreed unanimously to ask the Vermont Agency of Transportation for electronic message boards to warn of height restrictions for vehicles entering the historic, double-laned Pulp Mill Bridge that links Middlebury with Weybridge across the Otter Creek at Seymour Street.  Middlebury residents Irene and Ed Barna recently alerted town officials to the potential damage the circa-1852 span could face from large vehicles — particularly during a 10- week period next summer when Merchants Row and Main Street are closed to trafffic as part of a...

Students at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury welcome the new Hass mini mill to the Middlebury campus earlier this spring
08/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center this fall will continue its recent pattern of expanding opportunities for the greater Addison County community to use its state-of-the-art facilities. Dana Peterson, Career Center superintendent, confirmed the vocational-technical center at 51 Charles Ave. in Middlebury will make equipment in its graphic design, welding and industrial design/fabrication labs open to members of the Makery. Based in the Career Center, the Makery currently offers its members access (and expert guidance) to the center’s Engineering/3-D Printing Lab, its...

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