DANE VANNOSDELN CONFIDENTLY paddles a pumpkin through the Otter Creek Gorge north of Belden Falls on the New Haven/Weybridge town line. What’s that — a pumpkin? Yes, indeed. Photo Credit: Josh Hummel/AdventureWithJosh.com

ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury photographer Josh Hummel teamed up with pumpkin grower Ethan Nelson of Brandon and giant pumpkin-growing support specialist Jenna Baird from Baird Farm in Chittenden to create an unusual nautical opportunity for Dane VanNosdeln, a Charlotte resident who teaches fifth grade at Bristol Elementary School.

On Sept. 26 they hollowed out the 600-pound winter squash, set it in the Otter Creek just a little ways north of Belden Falls, VanNosdeln stepped in, and...


BRISTOL RESIDENT KELLY Hedley, left, speaks about an experience her son had at Bristol Elementary School during the Oct. 12 meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Superintendent Patrick Reen and board chair Dawn Griswold look on. Image courtesy of Northeast Addison Television
BRISTOL — When Kelly Hedley, a parent in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, spoke at last week’s school board meeting in the high school...

KAY DESJADON CHECKS some of the many toys recently donated to the HOPE resale shop in Middlebury. HOPE sells the toys to raise money for poverty fighting programs. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Montross
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s two largest nonprofit resale shops are swimming in donated clothing, accessories, furniture and other items  — so much...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has been contending with a spike in COVID-19 cases — a total of 10, all involving students — since Oct. 14...

BRISTOL RESIDENT KELLY Hedley, left, speaks about an experience her son had at Bristol Elementary School during the Oct. 12 meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District. Superintendent Patrick Reen and board chair Dawn Griswold look on. Image courtesy of Northeast Addison Television
BRISTOL — When Kelly Hedley, a parent in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, spoke at last week’s school board meeting in the high school cafeteria, she stood alone. The staff at Bristol Elementary School had just presented statements to the board detailing safety and policy concerns after...
October 21, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • Vermont residents wouldn’t be wrong to look at the state of our schools today and surmise they are in crisis. Objectively, many of the problems are temporary, and pandemic-related. Nor is it a case where those in charge are in denial. Administrators, boards and teachers are aware of the...
  • On July 22, 2020, I entered Porter Hospital for a mammogram that was three years overdue. The possibility of cancer didn’t occur to me. I’d never had a “bad” mammogram. How could I be so sanguine? The scan revealed abnormalities. Surely, breast density was the culprit. A...
  • Leaders from more than 120 nations will gather in Glasgow, Scotland, at the end of this month for the year’s most important global conference. COP26 is the 26th meeting of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and the third meeting of the parties to the...

Arts & Leisure


  • COMPOSER JORGE MARTIN from Addison was tapped to compose a piece to commemorate the victims and survivors of the tragic 2019 shooting at the Walmart in El Paso, Texas. He headed to Texas earlier this week to prepare for the premiere this weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
    When Addison composer Jorge Martín received a phone call from El Paso, Texas, back in early 2020, he figured it was probably spam. Thankfully he picked up. The call was an offer to compose a piece of music to pay tribute to the victims and survivors of the Aug. 3, 2019, mass shooting at the...

  • D.J. KING, THE best player on the Metlakatla basketball team, is one of the central characters in “Alaskan Nets,” the film that won the Best Feature Documentary Award at the 2021 Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival.
    I remember a chance meeting with Lloyd Komesar at the Middlebury Market on a sunny summer day. Must have been in 2014, when he regaled me with his idea of a late summer film festival in Middlebury. I couldn’t help but be impressed by his passion and energy, but in truth I thought he had a...

  • NAOMI REPLANSKY
    Naomi Replansky was a finalist for the 1952 National Book Award in Poetry and the 2014 Poets’ Prize and Winner of the Poet Society of America’s 2013 William Carlos Williams Award. Now at the age of 103, she will give a virtual poetry reading on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 4:30 p.m....

Sports


  • VUHS MIDFIELDER JACK Wyman flies through the air to win this ball in front of Eagle Neil Guy. Wyman assisted both goals in the Commodores’ 2-1 home victory, while Guy set up the Eagle score. Independent photo/Steve James
    VERGENNES — In a Tuesday boys’ soccer game that ramped up in intensity as it progressed, host Vergennes Union High School did just enough to get past rival Mount Abraham, 2-1. On a surface still slippery from weekend rain that forced postponement from Monday, the Eagles had an edge in...

  • THE OTTER VALLEY boys’ golf team dominated the Division II championship match this past Thursday, winning easily. Shown, from left, are team members Jordan Beayon, Hayden Bernhardt, Lucas Politano, Matt Bryant and Thomas Politano.
    MANCHESTER — The Otter Valley boys’ golf team dominated the field at the Manchester Country Club on Thursday to win the Division II championship by a 22-stroke margin. The last time the OV boys won a team championship was 1969, OV golf coach Greg Hughes said. The Otters on Oct. 14...

  • OTTER VALLEY SOPHOMORE Luca Polli finds open running into the end zone late in the fourth period of Saturday’s game against visiting Woodstock. The Otters won, 41-35, in overtime. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
    ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury and Otter Valley union high school football teams picked up vital wins this past weekend, while Mount Abraham-Vergennes lost in overtime on the road. TIGERS On Friday night the Tigers held visiting Mount Mansfield without an offensive touchdown as they...

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