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In early May, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History invited people to share their personal stories, pictures, and video clips of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from Brandon answered the call. Neshobe Elementary School art teacher John Brodowski reached out to the Sheldon and provide some background and some student work. What follows is some of the students' work.

During the spring of 2020 students at Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon participated...

MIDDLEBURY — Marissel Hernández-Romero, a Black professor from Puerto Rico, began a three-year appointment at Middlebury College in the Department of...

BASHIRU ABDULAZIZ RECENTLY shared his concerns about being the focus of a June 22 police investigation in Middlebury. The Brandon resident believes the color of his skin might have played a role in how the case was reported and investigated. Photo courtesy of Bashiru Abdulaziz
BRANDON — A Black man who was ordered by Middlebury police to “raise his hands” after an erroneous report that he had been detaining a woman at...

BRIDPORT DEMOCRAT JUBILEE MCGILL is challenging incumbent Rep. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, for the Addison-5 House seat that represents Bridport, New Haven and Weybridge. Photo courtesy of Jubilee McGill
BRIDPORT — Jubilee McGill knows what it’s like to struggle. It wasn’t that long ago that McGill, now a 36-year-old Bridport resident, was a single...
MIDDLEBURY — Marissel Hernández-Romero, a Black professor from Puerto Rico, began a three-year appointment at Middlebury College in the Department of Luso-Hispanic Studies in 2017. She arrived with a “positive attitude,” she has said, but at the end of her stint she is leaving campus with the...
July 2, 2020

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • July 2, 2020
    As a grateful user of Vermont’s health care system (UVM hip replacement last year), an observer of its growth (the house I grew up in in Morrisville was next to a pasture in which the current Copley Hospital was built in 1958), and a participant in its growth (I chaired Fletcher Allen in 2003...
  • July 2, 2020
    This week’s writer is Kemi Fuentes-George, a professor of political science at Middlebury College. This piece originally appeared in The Middlebury Campus newspaper. The most recent time I was stopped and harassed by police was shortly after I moved into the house that my wife and...
  • July 2, 2020
    In early June, a group of friends and I organized a vigil on the Bristol green to honor the life of George Floyd and raise awareness about police brutality. The aim was to connect people with resources for antiracist self-education and action, and encourage involvement in the Black Lives Matter...

Arts & Leisure


  • MEMBERS OF THE trio Pete’s Posse, Pete Sutherland strumming a banjo and Oliver Scanlon bowing a violin, have become much more active on social media since live gigs dried up with the arrival of coronavirus. Other bands have also shifted their performance venues.
    July 6, 2020
    In all the ways that COVID-19 has halted life, musicians have had the especially challenging task of reaching audiences in a world in which people can no longer gather in person to enjoy and support the sounds they love. Five Vermont-based musicians share their unique strategies for staying active...

  • CLINT BIERMAN
    July 6, 2020
    If you are from Vermont, and particularly Addison County, it is likely you’re familiar with The Grift and the members of this homegrown band: Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Jeff Vallone and Andrew Moroz.  Bierman and Day, leaders of the band, told the Independent they’ve been...
  • July 2, 2020
    In early May, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History invited people to share their personal stories, pictures, and video clips of how they are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Students from Brandon answered the call. Neshobe Elementary School art teacher John Brodowski reached out to the...

Sports

  • July 2, 2020
    A week or so ago, I met Mike, and he asked me (behind his mask) what I thought of the most recent plan to begin the Major League Baseball season. “I haven’t given it much thought,” I told him. “I don’t really care.” He was taken aback. After all, with the ...

  • JUSTIN COMES OF Middlebury dominated the Pepsi Sportsman Modified main event at Devil's Bowl Speedway. His brother, Austin Comes of Middlebury, made it a sibling sweep by winning the Limited Sportsman feature. Photo by Bill McGaffin
    July 2, 2020
    WEST HAVEN — Brothers and Middlebury residents Justin and Austin Comes cruised to big wins in the top two featured races at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday, June 28, in front of the first grandstand crowd of the season.  The Comes’ sweep was the first at Devil’s Bowl...

  • Tammi Blanchard will coach girls’ soccer at Otter Valley Union High School this fall.
    July 2, 2020
    BRANDON — Otter Valley Union High School has hired new coaches to lead two varsity girls’ programs this fall, both with coaching experience at the school, according to Athletic Director Steven Keith. Jodie Keith will lead the OV field hockey team, and Tammi Blanchard is taking over the...

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