LEADERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S Episcopal Church on the green will likely soon install a fence and perimeter lighting to deter people from relieving themselves in the building alcove that fronts the town park. Independent photo/John S. McCright
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MIDDLEBURY — Increasing numbers of homeless folks seeking services in Middlebury are putting a strain on local police, who said they’re spending many hours responding to trespassing, assaults, disturbances and a variety of behavioral problems associated with some of those availing themselves of shelter and food in Addison County’s shire town.

Time spent sorting out complaints with transients — many of whom are from out-of-state and who are dealing with myriad mental health and...


WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN Middlebury on Wednesday continue to prepare the rail bed and surrounding property for a tunnel that will make the track suitable for passenger rail service, which is slated to start in 2021 if all goes well with the tunnel project. Independent photo/ John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury —...

LIZ HURLBURT OF Second Chance Farm gets a hug from Stan and Dorothy Zbornak, two mini donkeys named after characters from the TV show “Golden Girls.” Since launching Second Chance Farm in Addison this summer, Liz and her husband, Noah, have acquired more than 100 animals, many of which are considered endangered. Every animal on the farm has a name and a story. Photo courtesy of Second Chance Farm
ADDISON — A lot has happened in the six months since Liz and Noah Hurlburt first entertained the idea of having a farm. They got married, purchased...

MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT ANDY Dosmann has founded TripHeroes.org, a nonprofit travel website. Dosmann said it functions like other well-known travel-booking websites and trips can be arranged at a low cost, with the added bonus that local charities will be kicked back funds every time a customer uses the site. Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Waller Photography
MIDDLEBURY — One Middlebury resident has figured out a way to make flying the skies friendly to charities. Andy Dosmann, an evolutionary biology...

WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN Middlebury on Wednesday continue to prepare the rail bed and surrounding property for a tunnel that will make the track suitable for passenger rail service, which is slated to start in 2021 if all goes well with the tunnel project. Independent photo/ John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury — is likely to commence in 2021, barring any unforeseen delays in construction of the downtown Middlebury rail tunnel. That’s the word from Dan...
October 17, 2019

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • October 17, 2019
    Trump’s decision to withdraw American troops in northern Syria — which allowed Turkey to execute a planned invasion across the Turkey-Syria border into an area protected in part by Kurdish rebels who have fought with American forces to contain ISIS — has led to another crisis of...
  • October 17, 2019
    Vermonters shouldn’t have to pay for access to their government’s public records. Government transparency is far too important to be revoked by government agencies when they feel inconvenienced. Generous access to public records is rooted in the Vermont Constitution, and comes from...
  • October 17, 2019
    In September of 2018, a 30-year-old, off-duty police officer in Dallas, Texas, named Amber Guyger mistakenly entered her neighbor’s apartment, instead of her own. Guyger’s apartment was on the third floor, but she entered the apartment of her neighbor, Botham Jean, who lived one floor...

Arts & Leisure


  • CRAIG MARAVICH AND Chris Caswell, star as Benedick and Beatrice, in the Middlebury Actors Workshop’s take on the classic “Much Ado About Nothing,” which runs at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury October 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. and October 27 at 2 p.m. Photo by Peter Lourie
    October 17, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — Since Shakespeare’s perky rom-com “Much Ado About Nothing” opened in London 400 years ago, you might think that by now it had been staged in every conceivable way, and the good news is, you’d be wrong. Next week Middlebury Actors Workshop offers a truly...

  • THE YAA! SAMAR Dance Theater will be coming to Middlebury for a residency Oct. 23-25. A master class will be held on Wednesday, a lecture demonstration on Thursday, and a final performance on Friday. All free and open to the public. Photo / Samar King
    October 17, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The mission of Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre (YSDT), based in New York City and Palestine, is to create invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to — and promote understanding through — the arts.  YSDT believes art should be liberating,...

  • A SCENE FROM F.W. Murnau's ‘Faust,' to be shown on Friday, Oct. 25, at 7 p.m., at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Route 7, Brandon, Vt. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. All proceeds support ongoing restoration of the Town Hall.
    October 17, 2019
    BRANDON — When movies first appeared a century ago, it was only a matter of time before they tackled “Faust,” the tale of a man who consigns his soul to the Devil to obtain power in the present. At the height of the silent era, German director F.W. Murnau created a cinematic...

Sports


  • GOALIE KATE GOSLIGA and the rest of the Vergennes defense scramble to clear a corner kick as Eagles Juliette Snell (2) and Lucy Guy (8) wait to swoop in the first half of Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to Mount Abe in Bristol. Independent photo/Steve James
    October 17, 2019
    BRISTOL — It almost felt like Tuesday’s high school girls’ soccer game between host Mount Abraham and Vergennes was over before it started. The host Division II Eagles, smarting from a rough stretch the week before, jumped on the Commodores quickly. They launched three shots in...

  • PANTHER SOPHOMORE MIDFIELDER Ellie Bavier makes a full-speed course correction to track down a long ball sent to her down the right side. Bavier controlled the ball and fed junior striker Eliza Van Voorhis for the first goal in the Middlebury College women’s soccer team’s 4-0 win over Colby on Saturday. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
    October 17, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — A year after a NESCAC playoff championship followed by a run to the NCAA Division III final, the Middlebury College women’s soccer team is right back at it this fall. This past Saturday’s 4-0 victory over league rival Colby moved the Panthers to 10-0-1 and allowed...

  • TIGER JUNIOR THOMAS Nevins stalks Commodore junior Gabe Praamsma in the 32nd annual Harwood Invitational in South Duxbury this past Saturday. Praamsma (6th place) held off Nevins (seventh). Photo by Joe McVeigh
    October 17, 2019
    SOUTH DUXBURY — The Vergennes Union High School boys’ cross-country team won a close duel with the host school in Saturday’s Harwood Invitational over a hilly course on a sunny, seasonally warm day. With Ben Huston taking fourth place to lead five VUHS runners among the top 14...

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