SEN. PATRICK LEAHY and his wife, Marcelle, joined Green Mountain National Forest officials, invited guests and friends of the Moosalamoo Association to dedicate the reopening of the Robert Frost Interpretive Trail in Ripton with remarks at the Bread Loaf Barn and then by hiking its length on a blustery Tuesday morning. The trail has undergone a three-year, $650,000 overhaul, which made the entire 1.2 miles of the trail universally accessible. Independent photo/Steve James

RIPTON — While walking along the newly refurbished Robert Frost Interpretative Trail in Ripton this Tuesday, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., paused at a plaque with the Frost poem “A Road Not Taken” and remarked it was one of his favorites.

“I could have chosen a comfortable career as an attorney in Vermont,” he said of his younger days working in Burlington, but instead, at 34 years old, he ran for the U.S. Senate seat in 1974 and won. And that, he said, “has made all the difference.”...

BRISTOL — By Kevin Harper’s reckoning, Bristol has lost a lot of good jobs because there’s nowhere in town for businesses to grow beyond a certain...

Developers are hoping to break ground for Bristol’s Firehouse Apartments by the end of this year. The 20-unit neighborhood of mostly affordable housing will be located just east of the fire station on land that Evernorth (formerly Housing Vermont) and the Addison County Community Trust are purchasing from Bristol-based Stoney Hill Properties LLC. Image courtesy Evernorth
BRISTOL — Someday in the not-too-distant future, a few dozen Bristol residents will likely include some version of the following phrase when...

REBECCA AND DAN HASSAN
VERGENNES — After a major hurdle cleared earlier this year and a few design changes made, groundbreaking on a $19 million downtown Vergennes...
BRISTOL — By Kevin Harper’s reckoning, Bristol has lost a lot of good jobs because there’s nowhere in town for businesses to grow beyond a certain size. In 2019, Harper reached out to a number of companies that had started out in Bristol — some in the Bristol Works business complex he co-owns — but...
May 6, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • Wow. There is good news on the horizon. Take a second look at what’s going on around Addison County. In Bristol, Stoney Hill Business Park is almost ready to break ground with a housing development of 20 affordable housing units and commercial real estate large enough to hold 200-plus...
  • First I have the sad task of saying goodbye. This will be my last column because I’m moving to the Philadelphia area. Most of my work now centers on Quaker spirituality, and Philly is known as “Quaker Central.” It has drawn me to itself. I will greatly miss sharing my thoughts...
  • Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau released official population counts as of the April 1, 2020, census date, both for the United States as a whole (331,449,281, an increase of 7.4% since 2010), and for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The census population for Vermont — 643...

Arts & Leisure


  • A MOTHER HUMPBACK Whale with her calf in the waters off of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Humpbacks in this region spend summers feeding in Antarctica, then migrate to the South Pacific to places like the Cook Islands where they have their calves and spend time in the warm, protected waters here. Calves spend approximately one year with their moms, during which time they learn many of the things they will need to survive. PHOTO / BRIAN SKERRY
    Some jobs are just cooler than others. No offense, but it’s true. Let’s look at Andy Mitchell for example. For over 20 years, this two-time Emmy Award winning cinematographer, director, producer, writer and storyteller has documented anything and everything he can. From rock stars to...

  • JOE SCHINE OF Middlebury, is one of the contributing artists for the “Find Your Wings” community-led public art installation project in downtown Middlebury. Projects will be on view by June. Photo / Henry Swan
    Last month, Lacewing Productions announced three artists that will have their work installed in town as part of the community-led public art installation project called Find Your Wings. Shirley Reid, Matt Heywood and Joe Schine will be contributing to the project. This is the third of a three-part...

  • 'TURBAT'S CREEK,' A painting by Margaret Gerding
    "Shedding Light” on view through May 31, featuring new collections from painter Kay Flierl and etched aluminum artist Homer G. Wells. As the seasons shift, the changes in light and the tones of the landscape are reflected and interpreted by both artists. Edgewater Gallery at the Falls,...

Sports


  • MOUNT ABRAHAM UNION High School pitcher Ryan Whitcomb throws to the plate in a losing outing against Enosburg Falls on Tuesday. The Eagle senior pitched five innings, giving up just two runs and striking out four Hornets. Independent photo/Steve James
    ADDISON COUNTY — In baseball play in the past week, the teams from Vergennes and Mount Abraham union high schools had mixed results, and Otter Valley lost in their only game. COMMODORES On a rainy April 29 host Spaulding scored six times in the fifth to clinch a 13-3 victory over the...
  • ADDISON COUNTY —  In local high school lacrosse action in the past week, the Tiger and Commodore teams all secured wins, but the Eagles and the Otters fell. TIGER BOYS The young Tiger boys’ lacrosse team for the second time last week went into overtime after Bode Rubright tied...
  • ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school softball action in the past week, Mount Abe won twice by lopsided scores, Vergennes and Otter Valley union high schools split their games and Middlebury got rained out and fell in the only game they played. EAGLES On Saturday, Mount Abe (2-1) shut...

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