WORKERS WILL BE busy well into November making $2.5 million in repairs aimed at strengthening the banks of the Middlebury River off Route 125 in Ripton. They are shown here installing river diversion devices this summer. Photo courtesy of VTrans

MIDDLEBURY — Those traveling along Route 125 in Ripton have been getting a firsthand look at a $2.5 million effort to stabilize key sections of the Middlebury River stream bank, which has been periodically breached during heavy rains.

The work, according to Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) officials, is scheduled to proceed into November and involves a total of 1,654 feet in six distinct areas of the river bank, spread out from about a mile south of Ripton village  to a mile...


WILLIAM MATHIS
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series about the growing pains of Addison County schools in 1965-66 and the Vermont Commissioner of Education...
MIDDLEBURY — Individuals and families who rely on 3SquaresVT — the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Vermont — will get...

WOMENSAFE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED key leadership changes and the successful, early track record of its first-ever transitional apartments for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Pictured here are new WomenSafe interim Director Christina Grier, left, and exiting Executive Director Kerri Duquette-Hoffman, who’s leaving the nonprofit after 19 years. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is marking this fall with a change in leadership, the first success stories emerging from the agency’s first-ever transitional...

WILLIAM MATHIS
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series about the growing pains of Addison County schools in 1965-66 and the Vermont Commissioner of Education’s ambitious plan to address them. Read the entire series here. ADDISON COUNTY — Upon completion of a recent series about the challenges faced by...
September 16, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • As Congress grills the Biden administration on its troubled withdrawal from Afghanistan, as small businesses throughout Vermont and many parts of the nation struggle to hire enough employees to keep their businesses open, as housing prices rise and millions of Americans can’t find affordable...
  • One recent summer evening, a group of friends gathered on our front porch. As we caught up with each other’s lives, one of us posed the question, “Given the present global challenges, how do you maintain hope?” I immediately knew my answer: I switch dimensions. These past two...
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Arts & Leisure


  • SCOTT COOK WILL perform for the Ripton Community Coffee House on Oct. 2. Photo by Steven Teeuwsen
    Summer COVID-style has been — shall we say it? — almost bearable. Masks have gotten cuter and more comfortable, vaccinations are widely available and six feet feels just fine. Yes, we’ve adapted and have enjoyed outdoor events, gatherings, live music and a restorative sense of...

  • 'OUTSIDE MULLINGAR' RUNS Sept. 23-26, at 7:30 p.m., under the tent at the Swift House Inn in Middlebury. In order to provide a safe and secure experience, Middlebury Acting Company is requiring all patrons to show proof of vaccination and to be masked while under the tent. Tickets are available at 802-388-1436 or at townhalltheatre.org.
    After a wonderful production of “Constellations” under the tent at the Swift House Inn, Middlebury Acting Company returns with its second selection of the season with Irish American playwright, John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” Shanley, who wrote the...

  • François Clemmons will read from his memoir on Sept. 22 at the Mahaney Arts Center.
    Hear Middlebury singer, author, and celebrity François Clemmons read from his debut memoir “Officer Clemmons,” now out in paperback, on Wednesday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., at the Mahaney Arts Center’s Robison Hall. Clemmons will offer remarks, readings and song, followed by a...

Sports


  • Mount Abraham Union High School senior Txuxa Konczal holds off Cougar midfield Fiona Stotz to spark another attack in the second half of the Eagles’ 3-0 home win over Mt. Mansfield on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
    BRISTOL — Monday saw another game and another shutout win for the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team, which improved to 3-0. This time the opponent for the three-time defending champion Eagles was visiting Metro Conference foe Mount Mansfield. They were not gracious hosts,...
  • ADDISON COUNTY — In recent high school boys’ soccer action, Division II Middlebury opened by knocking off two D-I sides, Mount Abraham split a pair of games, Vergennes won over the weekend to move to 2-0, and OV settled for a road tie. TIGERS On Sept. 8, the Tigers made new coach...
  • MIDDLEBURY — In Middlebury College sports action during the past week, the top-ranked field hockey team kept up its winning ways, men’s soccer picked up two victories, and women’s soccer split a pair of games. The football team will open at Williams on Saturday, when the field...

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