KATE SELBY, COORDINATOR of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects’ (HOPE) Holiday Shop, displays some of the Christmas gifts that will be distributed free to area low-income families. The Holiday Shop has been accepting online contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Montross
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MIDDLEBURY — Just when it appeared that COVID-19 might play the role of the Grinch that stole Christmas from low-income families, Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has creatively ensured that its Holiday Shop will stay in business to distribute free toys, games and clothing.

While the organization isn’t allowing families to browse in its Holiday Shop at 282 Boardman St. this year, it’s taking the operation online to give donors and recipients the opportunity to do their parts...

MIDDLEBURY — Two members of the Mary Hogan School community have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but both tests came over the recent nine-...

JESS HORNER, JGHS’s clinical service coordinator, has seen first-hand the impacts COVID is having on homeless people entering the shelter.
VERGENNES — Vergennes-based John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS) is busy preparing itself, and its clients, for an arduous Vermont winter during...
MIDDLEBURY — For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has served up a heaping helping of fear. The fear of catching a virus that has thus far infected more...
MIDDLEBURY — Two members of the Mary Hogan School community have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but both tests came over the recent nine-day Thanksgiving break and neither patient has returned to the school since, according to Principal Jennifer Kravitz. “They all became infectious over...
December 3, 2020

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  • December 3, 2020
    As all Americans wish fervently for a return to normal times, we are faced with twin crises that have shaken the country to its core: a meteoric rise in COVID cases and an erosion of trust in the truth — a casualty of four years of lies and misinformation spewed by a president and his party...
  • December 3, 2020
    Vermont’s recent spike in COVID-19 cases, and subsequent restrictions are scary and sad. It’s Thanksgiving week, and I’m proud of all my friends who are choosing to stay home with immediate family only, instead of risking larger gatherings that we know will lead to more COVID...
  • December 3, 2020
    On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case about the Trump Administration’s plan to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census population counts used to determine the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House among the states. The origins of this case go back to the...

Arts & Leisure


  • LOCAL ARTIST DOUG Lazarus completed his most recent project “Middlebury’s Own,” which celebrates seven remarkable individuals, and installed the 4- by 6-foot banners in the new park in front of Twilight Hall in mid-November. The exhibit will be on view through December. Independent photo/Steve James
    December 3, 2020
    These days it’s all too easy to get a little depressed when you think about the trajectory of the pandemic. We’re missing friends and family. We’re yearning to get out of the house and mingle, to be free of restrictions, to enjoy the theater and the arts.  We’re all...

  • A SCENE FROM "Coded Bias."
    December 3, 2020
    Shalini Kantayya’s newest film, “Coded Bias,” will screen for free across Vermont in a virtual format from Dec. 7-13. Modern society sits at the intersection of two crucial questions: What does it mean when artificial intelligence (AI) increasingly governs our liberties? And what...
  • December 3, 2020
    (Harper) On the surface, this small serious novel, droll in moments, concerns the individual experiences of three young people who, having been witness to and actors in a tragic occurrence, find themselves no longer comfortable in their ordinary lives as they existed up until this point. The three...

Sports


  • MARK BEDELL SMILES for good reason: This nice 141-pound, 7-point buck he shot in Bristol was his first deer. He weighed it at Green Mountain Trails End in Bristol. Photo courtesy of Green Mountain Trails End
    December 3, 2020
    ADDISON COUNTY — For the second straight year the region’s deer hunters have broken the post-2005 record for most bucks taken during Vermont’s 16-day November rifle season. And this time they smashed the mark for deer weighed in Addison County since Department of Fish and...

  • MUHS SENIOR STRIKER Alex Bleich, seen here celebrating one of his goals in the Tigers' playoff win over Woodstock, was one of several local boys' soccer players named as a Division II or III All-State players. Independent photo/Steve James
    November 30, 2020
    ADDISON COUNTY — Boys’ soccer players from Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools have received Division II or III All-State honors and have been recognized by either the Lake Division or Southern Vermont League B Division for their efforts this fall....

  • VUHS SENIOR MIDFIELDER Hannah Kelly, left, making a play in the D-III final, was among the girls' soccer players who earned D-II or D-III All-State honors. Also shown are teammates Sydney Weber (#8) and Allie Croke, who received league recognition. Photo courtesy of Holly Weber
    November 30, 2020
    ADDISON COUNTY — Athletes from the Middlebury, Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high school girls’ soccer team have received All-State honors from Division II or III or earned First or Second Team All-Star recognition from either the Lake Division or the Southern Vermont...

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