PORTER MEDICAL CENTER surgeon Dr. Elya Vasiliou is spearheading the use of a new protocol that Porter physicians say will help patients bounce back more quickly from major surgery. Independent photo/John Flowers
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MIDDLEBURY — Tiny Porter Hospital is making giant strides in adopting new patient-care techniques that are allowing patients to better prepare for, and recover from, major surgery.

The Middlebury medical center is practicing a new health care protocol dubbed Enhanced Recovery After Surgery, or ERAS, which is primarily being applied to those undergoing colorectal surgery. Piloted with great effect at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, ERAS represents a departure from such traditional...


KAREN DUGUAY
MIDDLEBURY — For the first time in its history, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is asking for out-of-town donations to help subsidize the...

SANDRA MURPHY CHATS with Elnu Abenaki Tribe citizen Melody Walker Brook, who appeared via videoconferencing at the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abe on Nov. 2. Brook, who spoke from her home in Virginia, emphasized the importance of helping people understand their connection to “place.” Photo by Jonathan Blake
BRISTOL — Melody Walker Brook, a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, never thought she would move away from Vermont and the land of her ancestors. But...

REP. AMY SHELDON (D-Middlebury) and five other members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus convened a climate policy forum at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. The Climate Caucus has been working since last May to develop legislative solutions to the climate crisis and are traveling the state to report on their progress. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to...

KAREN DUGUAY
MIDDLEBURY — For the first time in its history, the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) is asking for out-of-town donations to help subsidize the special holiday and recreational events — like the annual Spooktacular and WinterFest — that county residents have come to enjoy through the years. The...
November 11, 2019

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • November 11, 2019
    The latest round of flagellation of dead horse flesh has been provoked by the release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. After 20 years of overall progress, many of the scores went down. While all groups improved over the long haul, the gaps between white and other...
  • November 11, 2019
    As we enter the budget building season, it has become clear that the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) is facing significant financial challenges that will impact us in the next year and beyond. Our school board remains focused on student outcomes, community values and fiscally...
  • November 11, 2019
    Your editorial “Let small schools prove themselves” and the article written by Mr. Ross “Addison gears up for school closure fight” (both published in the Independent on Oct. 24) made me sick to my stomach, due to both the lack of investigative reporting on the issue and the...

Arts & Leisure


  • THE LEGENDARY TOM Rush will take to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater stage on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
    November 11, 2019
    Tom Rush will hit the stage at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Thursday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m. He will be accompanied by Matt Nakoa. Now celebrating more than 52 years of touring, Rush has been thrilling audiences here and abroad with hits like “No Regrets,” “Circle Game...

  • “DAVID CROSBY: REMEMBER My Name” will screen at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. This film is presented by the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival’s Selects film screening series.
    November 11, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Friday, Nov. 15, with the compelling documentary “David Crosby: Remember My Name.” The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Offering a robust schedule...

  • NICHOLAS HOULT PLAYS Nikola Tesla in “The Current War” (2017/2019)
    November 11, 2019
    The Current War: Director’s Cut — Running Time: 1:47 — Rating: PG-13 Here’s how the studio describes “The Current War: Director’s Cut:” “The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to...

Sports


  • PANTHER TEAMMATES CELEBRATE after Danielle Brown tallies the third Middlebury goal against Hamilton on Saturday in the NESCAC semifinal. Independent photo/Steve James
    November 11, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — In Sunday’s NESCAC championship game on its own turf, the Middlebury College field hockey team found itself trailing in the fourth quarter. The top-seeded Panthers had only trailed twice in the fourth quarter all season, including in their only loss, 1-0 on the road to No...

  • THE PANTHER FOOTBALL team and Coach Bob Ritter celebrate their 9-0 season and sole possession of the NESCAC title after defeating host Tufts on Saturday. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College
    November 11, 2019
    MEDFORD, Mass. – The Middlebury College football team on Saturday defeated host Tufts, 31-24, to win the NESCAC championship and become the first program in NESCAC history to finish with a 9-0 record. The landmark victory came in a season during which Coach Bob Ritter also earned his 100th...
  • November 11, 2019
    Here's what happened in Addison County high school and college sports this past week. See below for this week's schedule of games and events. ***  SCOREBOARD COLLEGE SPORTS Field Hockey NESCAC Final Four at Midd. 11/9 Midd. vs. Hamilton...................... 3-0 11/10 Midd. vs....

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