WEYBRIDGE RESIDENTS FRAN and Spence Putnam have driven all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles for years and enthusiastically recommend them to others because they pollute less, are quieter, and require less maintenance than their gas- and diesel-powered counterparts. Independent photo/Megan James

ADDISON COUNTY — If you took the $174 billion President Joe Biden has proposed spending on electric vehicles (EVs) over the next decade and split it evenly according to population, Vermont’s share would come to something like $330 million.

Of course, that’s not how it works, and for now President Biden’s proposal is just that — a proposal. But it’s not hard to imagine the impact significant federal funding for EVs could have in Vermont, which already boasts more EV charging stations...

WHITING — Vermont State Police are asking members of the public to come forth with information they have on a shooting incident in Whiting Thursday...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area secondary school-age students on Monday, May 3, will begin attending in-person classes four days a week, instead of the...
I opted for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against COVID-19 because I wanted to get the whole vaccination process over with as quickly as possible...
WHITING — Vermont State Police are asking members of the public to come forth with information they have on a shooting incident in Whiting Thursday morning. At approximately 5:15 a.m. on April 15 troopers from the New Haven state police barracks responded to a report of gunshots fired into a home...
April 16, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • In any normal year, the task facing the Legislature and the governor’s administration is how to accomplish too many objectives without enough money. The legislative and administrative process is to analyze the known needs, prioritize them and allocate funding according to how much tax revenue...
  • Yesterday I had my second Pfizer vaccine. Visions of traveling again bubble up, and I think back to my last adventure… I meet up with my old friend Jane in Manhattan on my way home from a trip to Oxfordshire, England. After breakfast at a bakery cafe, she suggests a walk around Central Park...

  • THIS U.S. GEOLOGICAL Service map created around 1920 shows how the ancient clayplain forest and the Middlebury Swamp reached through a section of southern Middlebury that is being considered for a solar farm by Middlebury College.
    Jeff Howarth is Associate Professor of Geography at Middlebury College. I am a geographer who enjoys looking at maps and air photos to see how places have changed in the past as a way of thinking about how they could change in the future. One of the maps I have been looking at lately shows the...

Arts & Leisure


  • MOIRA SMILEY WILL perform for The Walter Sessions April show on Friday, April 23, at 7 p.m. This monthly online music series is recorded live from the Burnham Hall in Lincoln and broadcast through NEATV. All shows are free, with any donations benefiting the performers. PHOTO / MICHAEL WILSON
    Take two: the Walter Sessions are on! This may sound familiar… because it is. The new online music series broadcast from Burnham Hall in Lincoln was slated to kick-off in late March, but had to call a Mulligan after one-too-many technical difficulties. All the glitches are fixed — co-...

  • GARY MARGOLIS
    How Difficult is It?   I wouldn’t have guessed you’d love this form. And take it back into a cell’s darkness. Even the super moon can’t reach you. Unless you dream that light is meant for you. I mean   it’s hard for me to think of so many men, green...

  • THE MIDDLEBURY PERFORMING Arts Series presents the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s complete Brandenburg Concertos starting Friday, April 23 in a free virtual broadcast. Photo Tristan Cook Photo / Tristan Cook.
    The Middlebury Performing Arts Series will finish its all-free, all-virtual 20–21 season with a flourish by presenting the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center performing the complete Bach Brandenburg Concertos. This extraordinary HD virtual concert will be broadcast on Friday, April 23 at...

Sports


  • JUNIOR ELENA BRONSON sees her shot saved by Lamoille goalie Kayla Turner in the second half of Tuesday’s game in Vergennes. Independent photo/Steve James
    VERGENNES — The coaches and players of the Vergennes-Mount Abraham girls’ high school lacrosse team say the group has a lot to work on, and they’re probably right. For example, Coach Marikate Kelley and senior center mid Hannah Kelly said after Tuesday’s home win vs....

  • COMMODORE BATTER KARRIE Ayer takes her cuts at the plate in the second inning of the 13-1 home win over Poultney on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
    ADDISON COUNTY — The Vergennes and Middlebury union high school softball teams won their openers on Tuesday, but Otter Valley dropped its debut on the road to rival Fair Haven. Defending Division II champion Mount Abraham was set to open on Saturday by hosting Missisquoi, but that game was...
  • ADDISON COUNTY — As the high school lacrosse season opened, both the Middlebury boys’ and girls’ teams rolled to big victories, but the Otter Valley boys came up short away from home. TIGER BOYS The MUHS boys opened strong on Saturday, thumping host Burlington, 15-2. Bode...

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