A GROUP OF preschoolers from Mary Johnson Daycare Center took a walk to read the outside reading project sponsored by Middlebury’s Ilsley Library. A dozen or so pages are displayed on posts circumventing Middlebury’s Riverside Park in the Marbleworks. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
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ADDISON COUNTY — As elementary, middle and high schools are implementing plans for reopening this fall, childcare services and preschools are preparing as well — and in some cases are implementing creative outdoor classes to start off the fall. While childcare and preschool facilities are independent and each develops its own programs, we talked with three area programs to learn how they were preparing to kick off the school year in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Each of the...


EMILY ADAMS IS assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Unit.
VERMONT — As three and a half years of Trump administration rollbacks of various rights and protections accumulated, one group of elected officials...

ON JULY 26, while filming anti-racism protests, freelance photojournalist Trip Jennings (depicted on this sign) was shot in the face by federal agents in Portland, Ore. His father, Howard Jennings (left), and stepmother, Sarah Stott, who live in Bristol, have been speaking out about the incident. This photo shows them at last Friday’s Bristol Peace Vigil on the town green. Photo courtesy of Sarah Stott
BRISTOL — On July 26 photojournalist Trip Jennings, whose father and stepmother, Howard Jennings and Sarah Stott, live in Bristol, was shot in the...
ADDISON COUNTY — The following is a series of thumbnail sketches of the gubernatorial candidates who will square off in Primary elections on Tuesday...

EMILY ADAMS IS assistant attorney general in the Civil Rights Unit.
VERMONT — As three and a half years of Trump administration rollbacks of various rights and protections accumulated, one group of elected officials — state attorneys general — is receiving national attention for its role in holding the federal government accountable. The chief law enforcement...
August 6, 2020

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Letters - Opinion - Columns

  • August 11, 2020
    There are seven people who live in our house, and then there are the ones you can’t see. I learned long ago never to use the words “imaginary friends” to describe these beings of light and air. No; they are very REAL, so the proper term is “invisible friends....
  • August 6, 2020
    It’s normal to have several candidates vying for the two top offices in the state during every primary. But typically the two major party candidates are well known and the primary serves as a warm-up to the General Election.  For Democrats, this year is an exception. In the race for...
  • August 6, 2020
    This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, a state senator representing Addison County, Huntington and Buels Gore. She lives in East Middlebury with her husband and three children. As a citizen, I take voting very seriously. The act of voting for me is celebratory, ritualistic, an honor. I have...

Arts & Leisure

  • August 10, 2020
    August is traditionally vacation month, but many of us will not be traveling this year. The following article explores how Vermonters of the 19th and early 20th centuries traveled to places far and near and is based on the archival collections found in the Sheldon Museum’s Stewart-Swift...

  • MAYOR CHRIS LOURAS (right) is among the characters in a documentary that explores the tumultuous arrival of Syrian refugees in Rutland, Vt. “For the Love of Rutland,” created by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, is among the motion pictures featured in the sixth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival when it goes online at the end of August.
    August 6, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected...

  • HARRISON BROOKS SITS in his Lincoln home playing ElevatorUp, the card game he conceived, developed, published and recently began selling online. He calls himself CEO (Chief Elevator Officer) of PlayElevatorUp.com.
    August 6, 2020
    LINCOLN — Seventeen-year-old Harrison Brooks and his family have been visiting Addison County from their New York City home since he was a young kid. “Every chance we’d get, we would come up here to visit (my grandmother in Lincoln) and spend as much time as we could,” he...

Sports


  • BUCK O’NEIL PERSONIFIED, and brought to life, Negro league baseball when he traveled the country in his 90s. This wonderful image created by Mark Chiarello shows O’Neil when he played for the Kansas City Monarchs.
    August 6, 2020
    Editor’s note: Second in a series on the centennial of baseball’s Negro leagues. Over the years I have conjured a number of fantasy jobs for myself. None were consummated, of course — reality intruded, but it was fun to imagine myself in these roles. One of my favorite fantasies...
  • August 6, 2020
    MIDDLEBURY — Ralph Myhre Golf Course members were busy in statewide competitions last week, including at a Vermont Junior Stroke Play tournament held on their home course on July 31.  In that event two golfers with the Middlebury club earned second-place finishes, Lucas Politano in the...

  • ROOKIE GRIFF MAHONEY of Brandon was a first-time winner in the Mini Stock Division at Devil's Bowl Speedway on Saturday. Photo by Bill McGaffin
    July 30, 2020
    WEST HAVEN — Brandon rookie driver Griff Mahoney picked up his first career victory to highlight the dirt track action at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday, and on Sunday Leicester rookie Adam Piper earned his first win in a Sportsman Modified B race.  SATURDAY ACTION Mahoney...

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