BETHANIE FARRELL IS on pace to give out 1,000 free meals to hungry Addison County folks by the end of this month. Her charitable effort is called the Giving Fridge, which sells donated plants, flowers, honey and other items to raise money for meals that are prepared by local restaurants, using a lot of local ingredients. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Bethanie Farrell has always felt a call to help others. It’s in her DNA, a ritual she learned as a young girl growing up in the Midwest. She’d accompany her mom while she made the rounds delivering meals to men who couldn’t find room in shelters in Cleveland, Ohio.

So when Farrell learned about an increase in the ranks of the county’s hungry and homeless, she knew she wanted to become involved. Her idea of opening a community refrigerator in downtown Middlebury has taken...

BRISTOL — After a special meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District board last week, it appears unlikely that Superintendent Patrick Reen’...
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District board on Monday, Jan. 11, looked at a $21.6 million final 2021-2022 budget draft that comes in at...

RIPTON RESIDENT ANZA Armstrong was accompanied to the polls on Tuesday by her dog, Bailey. She and scores of other Ripton residents were asked if their town should withdraw from the Addison Central School District. The referendum passed, 163-107. Now residents in the six other ACSD communities will decide whether to affirm Ripton’s vote. Independent photo/Steve James
RIPTON — Ripton residents on Tuesday voted, 163-107, in favor of withdrawing from the Addison Central School District, while Weybridge residents...
BRISTOL — After a special meeting of the Mount Abraham Unified School District board last week, it appears unlikely that Superintendent Patrick Reen’s long-range facilities plan, which includes consolidating elementary schools and merging with a neighboring school district, will get an up-or-down...
January 19, 2021

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • These past seven days have changed the face, and fate, of our country in ways that are dangerous and troubling, and yet could set the stage for corrective steps to build a stronger union. A week ago, on Jan. 6, the nation’s Capitol was attached by a pro-Trump mob. Five people died, including...
  • This past week, the Vermont General Assembly began the new 2021-22 biennial session. The Senate met in person the first day, with 19 of 30 of us carefully gathering in the Senate chamber to be sworn in and approve rules for our work this year, including the ability to again legislate remotely, at...
  • In 1989 I was hired to teach a multiage 4th-6th grade class at Lincoln Community School. Though I live in Bristol, Lincoln became my community for the next twenty-five years. A number of us were new to LCS when I came on board. Over time, our evolving staff formed a cohesive working relationship...

Arts & Leisure


  • JIM ANDREWS OF the Salisbury Conservation Commission is one of the leading volunteers behind the creation of the new Pitch Pine recreation trail off Plains Road in Salisbury. Independent photo/Steve James
    SALISBURY — What’s your go-to walking path? Most of us have at least one, whether it be around your neighborhood — checking out new home renovations and gardens — or a walk in your favorite woods. Addison County is chock full of beautiful trails that we can choose from, and...
  • The Bread Loaf Section of the Green Mountain Club (GMC) will hold its 46th Annual Meeting on the evening of Thursday, Jan. 21. This will be an online Zoom meeting and is open to the public. The business portion of the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m. with local section reports and a report by GMC...
  • CORNWALL — Romy Munkres from Cornwall, was selected as the 2019/2020 Young Tradition Vermont Youth Commission artist for the year. Romy, a 2020 graduate of Middlebury Union High School, was the winner of the Young Tradition Vermont annual contest and was the 2019/2020 Youth Artist Leader for...

Sports

  • MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott is easing some restrictions on school and recreational sports practices, effective today, Jan. 18. Among the changes, outdoor ski teams will be allowed to compete this winter, Scott said in his Jan. 15 news conference. Nordic skiers from Middlebury and Otter...

  • LIAM QUINN MARRIED fellow Middlebury College graduate Dana Isaac in 2014. Like Quinn, Isaac was an athlete at Middlebury — she played for the school’s women’s rugby club. The family lives in San Francisco. Photo courtesy of the Isaac Quinn family
    SAN FRANCISCO — In 2001 the Vergennes Union High School boys’ basketball team won a Division II title for the first time in 32 years, capping off a 23-1 season with a 71-56 victory over Lamoille. Among those cutting down the net after the final horn were senior co-captain Liam Quinn;...

  • CATCHER QUINCY TROUPPE, left, and pitcher Sam “Toothpick” Jones in 1952 were the first Black battery (pitcher and catcher) in Major League Baseball. Trouppe and Jones also played for the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro American League. Jones was the first Black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the Major Leagues, pitching for the Chicago Cubs in 1955. Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Memory Project
    “The Yankees cannot lose.” “But I fear the Indians of Cleveland.”                                 (“The Old Man...

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