KEVIN RUSSELL OF Waitsfield gets ready to hit the trail in Goshen last week for his last day of hiking on the North Country Trail in Addison County. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
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EAST MIDDLEBURY — As the sun was coming up on Oct. 1, Kevin Russell embarked on a journey by foot and bike across Addison County.

He aimed to hike the 44.3-mile stretch of the North Country Trail, which winds its way on a proposed route through the Champlain Valley, up and over the spine of the Green Mountains to the Appalachian Trail’s junction with the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail in Bridgewater, Vt.

Russell’s goal was to bolster support and awareness about efforts to...


THE OWNER OF the historic Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes and its Annex along West Main Street hopes to rehabilitate the two buildings and create 23 apartments. The city has given its approval for the proposal, and it has earned $330,000 from the state in tax credits to support what could be a $3.45 million project. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — Longstanding efforts by the owner of the long-vacant Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes could...
VERGENNES — It’s official. The Addison Northwest School District has scheduled school-closure votes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Addison and...

'LIGHT RING' BY Bruce White (foreground) acts both as a work of art and a window onto its surroundings. In the middle distance John Clement’s “Hot Tamale” coils into itself, while Peter Lundberg’s 30-foot, 60,000-pound “Leap of Faith” seems to hold up the sky. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
SHOREHAM — Every July, when the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park in Shoreham opens for public use, the fine summer light seems to clarify every detail of...

THE OWNER OF the historic Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes and its Annex along West Main Street hopes to rehabilitate the two buildings and create 23 apartments. The city has given its approval for the proposal, and it has earned $330,000 from the state in tax credits to support what could be a $3.45 million project. Photo by Holly Weber
VERGENNES — Longstanding efforts by the owner of the long-vacant Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes could finally be paying off. Shenandoah LLC, of which Ferrisburgh resident and prominent Vergennes property owner David Shlansky is a principal, has its local...
October 14, 2019

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • October 14, 2019
    In accusing the intelligence community whistleblower of partisanship and treason, President Trump has redefined whistleblowing to serve his private interests rather than the rule of law. In the American tradition, whistleblowers expose illegal or unconstitutional acts that the powerful want to keep...
  • October 14, 2019
    Editor’s note: This is a letter to Sue Rakowski, chair of the Addison Northwest School Board, in response to a letter she submitted on behalf of the board that ran in the Independent’s letters forum on Oct. 10. I am a Ferrisburgh resident and parent of two children. On Aug. 22, the...
  • October 14, 2019
    Back in August, WomenSafe marked Advocacy Week by celebrating our fabulous advocates who do so much to support people in our community who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. WomenSafe dreams of a world where violence against vulnerable people is practically unknown. We...

Arts & Leisure


  • WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR DOUG Wilhelm stands with a local man in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2007. The fort behind them was built by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and is known as the Citadel of Alexander. Wilhelm will give a talk and reading of his latest book, “Street of Storytellers” at the CVUUS in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo
    October 14, 2019
    WEYBRIDGE — As a young adult novelist, Doug Wilhelm knows that if you don’t pull the reader in right away, “your done.” Nothing is different about the way he starts his 17th and newest book, “Street of Storytellers,” which he’ll share in a discussion and...

  • PIANIST NICO BRAYTON will join the Champlain Philharmonic to perform Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
    October 14, 2019
    The Champlain Philharmonic will be presenting its Fall Concert Series on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m., at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury and Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m., at Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court Street, in Rutland. The orchestra will perform some of the best-loved works...

  • HELEN LYONS, MARY Bonhag, Ivy Walz, Ali Dawson Gibson, Francois Clemmons and Sarah Cullins, all singers in the second annual Middlebury Song Fest, celebrating women composers, Oct. 18-20.
    October 14, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Song Fest, in conjunction with Middlebury Community Music Center, presents the second annual festival and concert series celebrating art song, on Oct. 18-20. With three concerts over three days, Middlebury Song Fest brings together singers and pianists from the...

Sports


  • MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
    October 14, 2019
    ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests. Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early...
  • October 14, 2019
    FAIR HAVEN — On this past Wednesday host Fair Haven defeated the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team in double overtime, 3-2. Slater Tyler McClure netted the game-winner on a cross from Kaylo Stevenson. The Slaters took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jake Hochberg and...
  • October 14, 2019
    JERICHO — On this past Wednesday, host Mount Mansfield defeated the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, 1-0, in overtime. The 6-5-1 Cougars got a goal with 2:20 left in overtime from Jenna Simon to come away with the victory and avenge an earlier overtime loss to the Eagles....

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