RESIDENTS OF 23 area towns (and one little city) will gather this coming Saturday, Monday or Tuesday in traditional Vermont town meetings. Here, a Middlebury resident seeks to be recognized during her 2019 town meeting at MUHS. Independent file photo/Steve James
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ADDISON COUNTY — Whether you agree with your neighbors on all issues or think they are possibly a little nuts, we all have to live together. Here's an opportunity to do your civic duty and share your views with others in your municipality at the upcoming town meetings. This Vermont tradition begins this Saturday in Ferrisburgh, Monkton, Starksboro and Salisbury and culminates when the gavel falls Tuesday night in Whiting or Granville, whichever holds the longest meeting. Prep for your town...

MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older....

OLLIE THE CAMEL, who died on Feb. 21, gets a snuggle from owner Judith Giusto in this 2017 photo. Since 2002, Oliver has lived on Giusto’s Ferrisburgh farm, where he became a fixture for motorists passing by on Route 7. Hundreds of people expressed their sadness on Facebook over the loss of the good-natured camel. Independent file photo/Christy Lynn
FERRISBURGH — Oliver the camel, 17, better known as “Ollie,” died in the early evening of Feb. 21, 2020, following an illness and well before his...

MARGARET MACMILLAN
MIDDLEBURY, VT--Margaret MacMillan, one of the most influential historians of our times, will deliver this year’s Charles S. Grant Memorial Lecture...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. The chamber, as expected, then gave final approval to the measure on Thursday, Feb. 27. The move comes a year after the Senate passed tax-and-regulate...
February 28, 2020

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • February 27, 2020
    By all measures, Vermonters should turn out in record numbers this Town Meeting Day, March 3. That’s because declining student enrollment throughout much of the state has forced schools to curb spending while taxes are up; it’s because routine costs on grand lists that aren’t...
  • February 27, 2020
    I don’t plan on writing much about electoral politics over the next months, but recent developments are prodding me to say one or two things to my fellow white Democrats. First, I would like to quote the brilliant Bishop Talbert Swan: “I’m sick of white people telling me, ‘...
  • February 27, 2020
    Next week’s Super Tuesday primaries will help answer several questions about the campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. First, can Bernie Sanders win enough delegates to have a realistic chance of being nominated on the first ballot at the convention? Sanders appears to be...

Arts & Leisure


  • KAITLIN BUERGE, A 2013 graduate of Middlebury College, worked with Rebekah Irwin, the director and curator of special collections and archives at Middlebury, to curate the exhibit “Under the Covers: The Hidden Art of Endpapers,” on view through May at the Davis Family Library. Pictured here, Irwin holds a copy of Dr Seuss’s “The Lorax” with illustrations by Seuss himself, and Buerge holds “The Republican Court” by Rufus W. Griswold, New York: 1855. Independent photo/Steve James
    February 27, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — Daylight Savings Time is only a little more than a week away — get ready to spring forward. Spring… ha! It sure doesn’t feel like springtime yet. In fact, many of us may still be hunkering down under our covers during these chilly nights. While you’re...

  • MOIRA SMILEY
    February 27, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — Coming in mid-July, enthusiastic singers will gather from all across Vermont — as well as Quebec, upstate New York, and northern New Hampshire — for a day of celebratory singing. This first-ever Vermont Big Sing event is organized by Moira Smiley in partnership with...
  • February 27, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — Want to know how to turn your clay pots into groceries? Come to the Middlebury Studio School’s new forum series for artists who want to sell their creations, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 6-8 p.m. The evening session is free and open to all. Panelists will include potters...

Sports


  • TIGER SOPHOMORE PHOEBE Hussey bursts out of the starting gates at Rikert Nordic Center on the way to her team-best fifth-place finish in the Division II championship classic race this past Thursday. The Tigers finished second behind U-32 in Division II in the two-day competition. Independent photo/Steve James
    February 27, 2020
    RIPTON/JERICHO — Defending champion U-32 overcame a first-day relay-race disqualification and rallied on Monday past the Middlebury Union High School girls’ Nordic team to top the Tigers for the Division II state title, 132-153. The Raiders and Tigers outclassed the eight-team field in...

  • MUHS SENIOR WILL Carpenter crests a rise during Division II classic racing on Feb. 20 at Rikert Nordic Center. He finished 18th and helped the Tigers win relay races at Rikert and during the second day of competition in Jericho. Independent photo/Steve James
    February 27, 2020
    RIPTON AND JERICHO — Over the two days of the Division II boys’ Nordic state championship, the margin between winner U-32 and second place Middlebury Union High School came down to less than one place per skier in the individual races — seven points. When the snow settled after...
  • February 27, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team celebrated its senior night on Tuesday by defeating visiting South Burlington, 3-2, before the season’s biggest crowd at the Memorial Sports Center. The victory moved the Tigers to 11-9 heading into the Division I...

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