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DAVE MANDEL WILL become the executive director at Mary Johnson Children's Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center has hired Dave Mandel as its new executive director. The resident of Connecticut and New York City will succeed Barbara Saunders, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service to the Middlebury childcare center. Mandel will assume the leadership role on July 8. Dave Mandel most recently led the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn, N.Y., a program for children ages two to five. Prior experiences included helping launch an American curriculum school in Calabar, Nigeria; tutoring and mentoring first-generation college-bound high school students in...

THE ALLEYWAY NEXT to Town Hall Theater will be transformed into an outdoor dining room complete with a beer and wine garden when food truck event “Spinning Plates” rolls into Middlebury every Friday evening this summer. Photo courtesy Town Hall Theater
MIDDLEBURY — A new dining spot has come to Middlebury this summer. It’s called Spinning Plates and it’s a hub for local food trucks right outside Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Hungry folks can travel the culinary world without leaving downtown at this food truck that will serve many different things from French food to Ethiopian to Dominican and more. Beginning Friday, June 21, and in partnership with Tourterelle and Evolution Kitchen, Spinning Plates is offering a rotating set of menus from local restaurateurs and chefs throughout the summer. Tourterelle’s menu includes casual French fare...

Xusana Davis
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott has appointed Xusana Davis, who currently serves as a top official in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, to be Vermont’s first executive director of racial equity. Davis, 30, is the director of health and housing strategic initiatives in the city’s health department. She also served as the director of the New York City Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. “Xusana’s leadership and experience are a perfect fit for this position, and she will be a valuable addition to our team,” Scott said in a statement Friday. “In this role, she will be...

A COFFIN DESIGNED by members of Extinction Rebellion Vermont, which traveled for a day with the 65-mile Next Steps Climate Solutions Walk in April, served as a dire warning about the potential future of humanity if radical steps are not taken soon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — What was striking about Dan Batten’s Extinction Rebellion Vermont presentation at Ilsley Public Library recently wasn’t the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence pointing to potential climate catastrophe — it was the amount of brand-new information: •In a paper released in May titled “Existential Climate-Related Security Risk,” the Australian National Center for Climate Restoration suggested that “climate change now represents a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization.” •On May 8, Rolling Stone magazine reported that, according to the International...
RIPTON — U.S. Forest Service officials recently announced that the popular Robert Frost Interpretive Trail, located along Route 125 in Ripton, will be closed temporarily to the public beginning on July 8. The site is being closed to enable the replacement of the old boardwalk and allow for the construction of a new section of boardwalk on the inner accessible loop trail. The work is scheduled to be complete by Oct. 1, but may be completed prior to that date. The U.S. Forest Service thanks the public for their patience and asks that people stay clear of the site until improvements have been...
Now that summer is here, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. While this is generally a favorite holiday for people, it can be very stressful and dangerous for pets. Firework shows, barbeques, and high temperatures can all pose issues for our companion animals. Everyone loves the fun and festivities of July Fourth celebrations. However, our pets do not have the same appreciation for these patriotic displays. Dogs, cats, horses, and even livestock can react to fireworks in ways that could potentially cause injury and even death. During upcoming celebrations, never leave pets alone...
Dear Homeward Bound, My friend just adopted a puppy from a humane society and it wasn’t spayed yet. They gave her a special voucher to get the puppy spayed when she was six months old. I thought it was a law that animals had to be spayed or neutered before they left humane societies but she says it depends on the animal. Which one of us is right? Curious Dear Curious, In some ways you both are. While there is no law, at least in Vermont, requiring that animals being adopted from humane societies be spayed and neutered before adoption, it is commonly understood as a best practice. In almost...
MIDDLEBURY — UVM Porter Hospital is offering a Diabetes Self-Management Program beginning Thursday, July 11, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. The full workshop lasts for six separate sessions and is designed for someone who struggles with the daily tasks of managing diabetes. The program helps participants learn how to manage symptoms and be as healthy as possible by focusing on seven self-care behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks. The six-week program is free and...

WINDBOURNE, FEATURING VIRTUOSIC vocal harmony deeply rooted in American folk-singing traditions, will play Monday, July 8, at Middlebury’s Festival on-the-Green at 7 p.m.
The Middlebury Summer Festival on-the-Green, celebrates its 41st anniversary season from July 7 through 13 on the Middlebury Town Green. The festival kicks off this Sunday, July 7, at 7 p.m., with jazz pianist turned roots musician Sam Reider and the Human Hands, performing an irresistible mixture of bluegrass, gypsy jazz and mysterious sounds from around the world. The festival, again rated a “Top 10 Summer Event” by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, continues next Monday, July 8, with a “Brown Bag Special” presentation at noon by Rik Palieri. Then, at 7 p.m., the festival really gets under...
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District Board on Thursday unanimously approved a motion that will allow ANWSD administrators to make unspecified district-wide personnel cuts in order to stay within the $22,139,341 budget district voters approved on Town Meeting Day, 672-666. Board members on Thursday said the target was a reduction of two full-time equivalencies. After the meeting board members clarified that goal could be achieved by a combination of cutting full-time jobs or reducing hours of full-time teachers to part-time. The action was taken at a special meeting, which was...

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