MANY PEOPLE HELPED advance a plan to build an anaerobic digester facility at the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury that will extract renewable natural gas from manure and food scraps. Pictured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm on Tuesday are, from left, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman, Goodrich Farm managers Danielle Goodrich and Chase Goodrich, and Middlebury College Executive Vice President David Provost. Independent photo/Steve James
SALISBURY — Founders of Salisbury’s Goodrich Family Farm could never have imagined years ago that the financial salvation of their enterprise would be found in the manure of their dairy cows and in food waste. But those unlikely ingredients — with a large measure of technology — will write a new chapter for the farm and potentially others like it throughout the Northeast. Goodrich family members on Tuesday joined Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and leaders of Middlebury College, Vermont Gas and Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a...
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police are investigating a fatal, one-vehicle crash in which a Middlebury man is believed to have deliberately driven into the Otter Creek near the temporary bridge that connects Swamp Road in Salisbury and Creek Road in Cornwall during the early afternoon of Tuesday. At 12:54 p.m. on Aug. 20, troopers were called to the site where a historic covered bridge stood until it burned down three years ago. They found the victim — 67-year-old Joseph H. LaRocque — inside his submerged vehicle. Emergency responders tried in vain to revive LaRocque, who was later pronounced...
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...
SALISBURY — The Salisbury landfill will stop accepting trash on Sept. 1, thus ending its more than 30-year run and its status as the state’s last operating unlined landfill. And while closure plans are going smoothly, Salisbury still needs to find a hauler to run a mini transfer station at the landfill. Residents will then be able to bring their trash and recyclables to the there for transport to the Addison County Solid Waste Management facility in Middlebury. “All of the haulers in Addison County are so busy,” Selectwoman Pedie O’Brien said. “I think a lot of it is that so many people are...
SALISBURY — An effort to petition Vermont environmental officials to award the state’s highest protections to the Otter Creek Wetland Complex has shifted course, according to Heidi Willis, chair of the Otter Creek Reclassification Steering Committee. The committee, which assembled in early 2019, initially sought a Class I designation under Vermont Wetland Rules for the 1,500-acre complex of swamps running from Middlebury to Brandon. Approximately 500 landowners in seven towns and two counties own private property that abuts the wetland. This past week, the committee announced it would...
There have been occasional years when, for one reason or another, I didn’t make it down to the fish hatchery off Route 53 in Salisbury. This was not one of those years. The hatchery, more accurately known as a “fish culture station,” has become one of my favorite local attractions. Opened in 1931 (before my parents were born), it is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. It’s also a vital part of the state’s hatchery program. Although you might not realize it from a casual look around, the biologists and technicians who run it make innovative and continually adapting use of...
SALISBURY — On Friday, Aug. 9, at 7:30 p.m., the 40th annual Salisbury Summer Performance Series (at the Salisbury Congregational Meetinghouse) will present a chamber concert by the faculty ensemble of the Point Counterpoint Music Camp under Music Director Randy Hiller. These talented young professionals staffing the camp’s late summer session hail from leading musical programs ranging from the Manhattan School of Music and the Boston Conservatory to London’s Guildhall. Their performance venues have included Tanglewood, Carnegie Recital Hall, Miami’s New World Symphony, the Barbican, Warsaw,...
SALISBURY —A Philadelphia, Pa., man is being treated for what Vermont State Police described as “serious injuries” after he drove off Lake Dunmore Road and into a tree at around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Police believe 23-year-old Marcus Mamourian was speeding when his vehicle left the road. State police cited Mamourian for negligent operation of a vehicle in connection with the accident. He was taken to Porter Hospital for treatment of his undisclosed injuries. Police were assisted at the scene by the Salisbury and Middlebury fire and rescue squads.  

THIS IS ONE of three poles with multiple bat boxes that were erected near the old covered bridge on Swamp Road between Salisbury and Cornwall after the bridge burned. The number of bats living in the area has risen since the boxes went up. Independent photo/Helen Anderson
SALISBURY — After a tremendous fire destroyed the Swamp Road covered bridge over Otter Creek on the Salisbury-Cornwall line on Sept. 10, 2016, naturalists feared that the large colony of little brown bats that made their home in the structure would disperse to the four points of the compass. But recent reports from the scene say that quite the opposite is the case. “When the bridge burned down, everyone thought the bats in the area were just ‘gonzo,’” said Dylan O’Leary, an AmeriCorps land steward and outreach coordinator for the Nature Conservancy. Now O’Leary and his fellow volunteers’ work...

OSCAR SCHROEDER AND his steamboat, ca. 1900.
SALISBURY — Bill Powers will bring to life a photographic steamboat tour of Lake Dunmore at the next meeting of the Salisbury Historical Society on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Powers’ presentation is based on the adventures of Oscar Schroeder who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, operated a steamboat on the lake. It includes more than 200 pictures, along with commentary on many of the views. Some of the photos include the glass factory, Loyal Kelsey’s farm (now Branbury Beach), Cove Point Pavilion, former hotels and tea houses, Satan’s Kingdom, and...


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