FARID NOORI Independent photo/Steve James

Like many bikers who could not race during the pandemic, Farid Noori planned a major mountain climb to challenge himself. A 2019 Middlebury College grad and native of Afghanistan, Noori wanted to do something other than scale the equivalent of Mount Everest on his bike, so he decided to ride up the Appalachian Gap on Route 17, and to do it 21 times in a row. That would equal the height of Afghanistan’s tallest mountain, Mt. Naw Shakh, which is 24,580 feet tall. And he would raise money...


CHEF ROBERT BARRAL and his business partner Line Barral stand outside the Brandon restaurant they founded in 2005, Café Provence. A new awning has doubled their outdoor seating area. The duo has put the popular eatery on the market for a buyer.
BRANDON — After 17 years of long days in the kitchen and seven-day work weeks, Chef Robert Barral and Line Barral have opted to list their marquee...

JEANNE MONTROSS, EXECUTIVE director of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, believes local, state and federal officials need to take a multi-faceted approach to solving the affordable housing problem. A new national report indicates it’s virtually impossible for low- to moderate-income households to find an apartment rent that will absorb 30% or less of their income.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County remains one of the most expensive areas for rental housing in a state that a recent national report has ranked as having...

DR. PACO CORBALAN, a physician with Middlebury Pediatrics, believes the best defense against the Delta variant of COVID-19 is to get as many eligible people vaccinated as possible. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — State and local health officials urged unvaccinated Vermonters to consider the emergence of the Delta variant of the coronavirus as a...

CHEF ROBERT BARRAL and his business partner Line Barral stand outside the Brandon restaurant they founded in 2005, Café Provence. A new awning has doubled their outdoor seating area. The duo has put the popular eatery on the market for a buyer.
BRANDON — After 17 years of long days in the kitchen and seven-day work weeks, Chef Robert Barral and Line Barral have opted to list their marquee restaurant, bakery and associated building for sale. Chef Robert, who just turned 68 last week, and Line, 65, said the business is doing extremely well...
July 29, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • In a provocative column titled “Is This the End of Summer as We’ve Known It?” by New York Times columnist Shawn Hubler, she paints an apocalyptic picture of the climate future: “In the state that perfected if not invented the American summer, the smell of 17 million gallons...
  • Several friends and I quietly admitted to each other that the pandemic has been an affirming personal experience. The spaciousness of this past year was a gift. There was time to act, time to ponder, time to gaze. Technology became a tool for connection. I visited with folks in their personal...
  • The next two months could be the most consequential in Sen. Bernie Sanders’s more than 30-year career in Congress. For much of his time in the House, and then in the Senate, Sanders was a gadfly on the left, making speeches that received more attention off Capitol Hill than on it, and...

Arts & Leisure


  • MONA RICHARDSON OF Middlebury has been crocheting since she was a young girl. Her craft is reaching new heights as she breaks into large-scale crochet sculptures. She recently mounted two massive doilies on five-foot wheels, which now decorate her backyard. Independent photo/Steve James
    What do you do with “really big string,” “really big hooks” and “really big hands?” Why make really big crochet doilies, of course. Just ask Mona Richardson (a.k.a. Mona Rae Hill — that’s her artist’s name) who has made probably the biggest...

  • LINDA RADTKE
    On  Friday, July 30, the Salisbury Summer Performance Series will host a program  (that had to be postponed last year) in celebration of the centennial of Women’s Suffrage. Linda Radtke, host of the “Choral Hour” on Vermont Public Radio, will present “From the...
  • (Penguin Press) In his distinctive journalistic form, Michael Pollan, food writer and garden sage, takes a closer look at three plant “drugs” humans use to alter our consciousness: opium, caffeine, and mescaline. Given the focused scope of this book, I was amazed the wealth of...

Sports


  • Natalie Rockwell of Middlebury (left), Frances Eckels of Vergennes and Holly Staats of Middlebury get a good start in the 18-and-under butterfly race at the Vergennes city pool on Thursday. Staats won the race for Middlebury, but the Vergennes team won the meet. Photo by Josh Romond
    VERGENNES — The Vergennes Champs swim team confidently defeated the Middlebury Marlins, 302-130, Thursday evening, July 29, at a dual meet in Vergennes. It was the last regular season race for the oldest swimmers on the two Addison County teams. The Vergennes Swim Team finished their regular...

  • TYLER PELLAND, SHOWN here in a Division II championship game appearance at Centennial Field, compiled eye-popping statistics in his Mount Abe high school career. Among them were 40 straight scoreless playoff innings in his junior and senior years as the Eagles won two titles.
    CRAFTSBURY — For six years Monkton native and former Mount Abraham Union High School and Addison County American Legion standout pitcher Tyler Pelland played professional baseball. Although the Boston Red Sox drafted the left-hander in 2002, he spent most of his baseball career in the...

  • THIRD-PLACE FINISHER Tim LaDuc (left), Sportsman Modified “Legends Night” winner Justin Stone, and runner-up Todd Stone — the winner’s father — in victory lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past Saturday. Photo credit: Barry Snelling
    WEST HAVEN — “Legends Night” lived up to the hype at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday as an event that was created to bring back old memories ended up creating some new moments that will forever stand the test of time. A group of local superstars were saluted by the crowd,...

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