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COLIN GRAY OF Ferrisburgh’s Good Companion Bakery makes a sale on Thursday afternoon at the Vergennes Farmers Market on the City Green. Gray estimates that daily sales are up about 75 percent this year thanks to the market being back downtown and to effective promotion by organizers Chris and Sandy Reck. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — Loaves of bread, croissants and pastry were moving steadily off Good Companion Bakery’s table not far from the monument on the Vergennes City Green this past Thursday afternoon. Manning the table was Colin Gray, who said he had been with the Ferrisburgh bakery since 2012 and working the Vergennes Farmers Market for the past several of those years. This season, with the market back in the city’s downtown park after a two-year absence, has been very successful for Good Companion, Gray said. He estimated the bakery’s take at the market is up by about 75 percent. “Since we’ve come...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Jeff Danoski, left, is retiring and is ceding the helm of the New Haven Barracks to his colleague, newly promoted Lt. Matthew Daley. Daley has served at the New Haven Barracks since 2014. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/23/2019
NEW HAVEN — A new lieutenant is taking the helm of Addison County’s contingent of the Vermont State Police. And it’s a familiar face. Lt. Matthew Daley is assuming command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks, to which he has been assigned since 2014. He replaces Lt. Jeff Danoski, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the VSP, three of those years spent heading the New Haven barracks. “It’s been the best job I’ve ever had in my career,” Danoski said of his time spent in New Haven. “We have a good group of troopers and sergeants here, good administrative staff, good detectives bureau. Just...

THE NONPROFIT HELPING Overcome Poverty’s Effects has put up “no trespassing” signs on the Dumpster at its Middlebury headquarters, in response to Dumpster-diving incidents that they say pose liability issues. Meanwhile, some of those who’ve been doing the diving contend that HOPE is throwing away donated stuff that could be repurposed for low-income people. Photo courtesy of Brenda Dutton
09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, the old saying goes. Well, a disagreement is simmering over the discarded “gold” that some folks have been trying to extract from the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) Dumpster off 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury. For more than seven years, Salisbury residents Brenda Dutton and Maria Murray said they’ve been doing some philanthropic Dumpster-diving at HOPE, harvesting what they say are some hidden jewels that just need some extra TLC. Socks, toys, backpacks, winter coats and boots are among their regular finds, they said during...

RUTLAND RESIDENT GREG Zullo, left, leads a group discussion about educating people about their rights during the Vision for Vermont summit at Bread Load on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Jon Isham
09/23/2019
BREAD LOAF — At the end of the second Vision for Vermont summit, which was held on Sept. 14 at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, co-organizer and Charlotte resident Ruah Swennerfelt asked the 71 attendees to take home a pre-addressed postage-paid card. On the blank side of each card Swennerfelt had written with a red Sharpie one simple question. “What if?” Answering that question — dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of times — may hold the key to achieving the group’s goals, which include: • justice and equal rights for all. • responsible and effective government. •...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District board has scheduled three informational meetings on potential school closures and district restructuring for the 2020-2021 school year. Two of those meetings will be held this week. The ANWSD board plans to vote on whether to call a closure vote for one or both of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools at a meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at Vergennes Union High School at 6 p.m. If the board adopts a closure plan, a town-wide vote in Addison or Ferrisburgh or both would be held this fall. According to the ANWSD Articles of Unification...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — A charging station for electric vehicles is coming to the Vergennes city green, courtesy of Green Mountain Power. The station will be installed along North Green Street, just to the left of the information booth, according to City Manager Matt Chabot, and will require a devoted parking space. Chabot said Green Mountain Power will pay to install the station, with the exception of requiring the city’s Public Works Department to run a conduit for a power line under the sidewalk to the station. The Vergennes City Council on Sept. 10 unanimously voted to accept the charging station.  ...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — The opening of Massachusetts addiction counseling firm SaVida Health’s office in Vergennes has been delayed while the Vergennes Development Review Board considers its zoning application. According to a handout provided to city officials, SaVida had planned to see one to eight patients daily at 210-214 Main St., by appointment only, with a staff of up to three. Vergennes zoning administrator Peter Garon said the board is now deciding whether SaVida’s proposal is a permitted “professional office” in the city’s Central Business District, or a medical office, which is not an allowed...
09/23/2019
Vermont Gas was out of compliance with regulations when it blasted along the route of the Addison Natural Gas Pipeline in June 2016, a regulatory panel says. In a ruling issued Sept. 12, the Public Utility Commission denied Vermont Gas’ request to dismiss a case that alleged the company failed to comply with requirements with a blast in Monkton in June 2016. The commission concluded that the company violated both its final order and certificate of public good by failing to provide adequate notice of the blast, failing to exercise the industry standard in its oversight of the blast, and...
09/23/2019
Hello my name is Mac! I am four months old and I am recently adopted. My owner just got me this Red Sox jersey, I hate when he tries to take it off. In this picture you can see me playing with my favorite toy; I chase it around all day. When I am bored I like to dig holes and play fetch! Mike French Hinesburg
09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — October 6 will mark the forty-second year that Addison County volunteers have walked to raise money to fight hunger and poverty through the annual CROP Hunger Walk. Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty (CROP) holds annual hunger walks, sponsored and supported by local communities in partnership with Church World Service, an international relief, development, and refugee resettlement agency. Twenty-five percent of funds raised goes to our own local food shelves. Vermont was the beneficiary of Church World Service supplies and expertise following flooding associated with...

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