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TODD STONE, OWNER of G. Stone Motors, is finalizing a deal to acquire Foster Motors, thereby ensuring both Middlebury dealerships will continue to be owned by a local family. Pictured here, left to right, are G. Stone Motors General Manager Travis Romano, Todd Stone, and Foster Motor co-owners Scott and Dave Foster. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Todd Stone of G. Stone Motors will soon close on a deal to buy Foster Motors, thus ensuring two of Middlebury’s largest vehicle dealerships will remain under local family ownership. While the transaction is huge, the changes — from a consumer’s standpoint — will be relatively small, according to the Stone and Foster families. G. Stone Motors, at 36 Boardman St., will continue to be a Ford dealership, under the same name. Foster, at 2149 Route 7 South, will be renamed “Stone Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram,” featuring the same four automotive brands that the Fosters have offered for...
01/16/2020
VERGENNES — Opponents of school closure in the Addison Northwest School District suffered two defeats at Monday night’s board meeting. First, the board rejected, on legal grounds, a pair of petitions seeking a vote to amend the ANWSD’s articles of unification, which would have prevented school closure or reconfiguration without permission of the voters residing in the school’s town. Then the board adopted a fiscal year 2021 budget proposal that would close Addison Central School for use as an elementary school and repurpose it for alternative education. LACKING AUTHORITY The petitions were...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents this March will be asked to authorize $2.5 million in water main replacement work in the Court Square area during the next few years. The town selectboard on Jan. 28 will finalize a payment plan for those project costs that will have the least impact on property taxpayers and water rates. The work is slated to start this fall after the new downtown railroad tunnel is installed, and will dovetail with the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s 2021 repaving of Class 1 highways in Middlebury, including Routes 30, 125 and 7, according to Middlebury Public Works...

ADDISON COUNTY MAPLE Sugarmakers Association President Moe Rheaume of Salisbury, standing in his booth at the association’s annual conference on Saturday, worries about global warming affecting Vermont’s maple industry. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This past Saturday, over 100 sugarmakers gathered at Middlebury Union High School to hear presentations about the state of the maple industry, talk shop and enjoy some delicious maple doughnuts at the annual Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association (ACMSMA) Maple Seminar. Although presenters noted in the opening address that the maple industry is pretty stable at the moment, some audience members had one serious concern: climate change. “Global warming has definitely affected (the sugaring season),” said ACMSMA President Moe Rheaume. The future of maple in the Green Mountain...
01/16/2020
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday adopted a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that — assuming voters back nonprofits’ funding requests on Town Meeting Day — would raise town spending by about $51,300, or 2.45 percent, and boost the tax rate by less than a cent. The face value of the spending plan the board adopted on Tuesday for residents’ consideration at town meeting stands at $2,116,148. That figure does not include $32,195 of donations, the same amount of money residents approved easily in 2019. If those donations are supported again and residents OK the...
01/16/2020
Come honor Martin Luther King Jr. by dancing with each other, feeding each other and singing your favorite freedom song or spiritual at a Free Community Potluck, Dance and Sing at Bristol’s Holley Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 6-8 p.m. The event will include West African drumming. Bring extra food to share with others, as well as your own utensils and plates. Email pattyheatherlea@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions for songs. The Bristol Recreation Department is sponsoring this family friendly event. Speaking of Martin Luther King Jr., a group of local AmeriCorps volunteers will take...
01/16/2020
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board will host a public forum on the status of the district-wide budget on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The MAUSD board plans to adopt a budget proposal on the following Tuesday, Jan. 28. On Town Meeting Day, March 3, 5-Yown residents will vote on a board spending plan to fund Mount Abraham Union high and middle schools and elementary schools in Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven. Wednesday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Mount Abe’s large cafeteria and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes. According to MAUSD business manager Floyd...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This year’s Middlebury town meeting warning will include funding requests for major infrastructure projects, including a new passenger rail platform, water main replacements, flood mitigation work in the Middlebury River, and the repurposing of some of the former wastewater treatment plant buildings for storage. The good news for Middlebury taxpayers is that town officials are seeking to substantially fund these projects using surplus from the local option tax (LOT) fund. It was on March 20, 2008, that Middlebury voters endorsed a 30-year local option tax of 1 percent on sales,...

JEAN STONE
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A new executive director has taken over at Addison County Restorative Justice Services (ACRJS) in Middlebury. The organization will introduce her and itself to the public at an open house on Thursday, Jan. 16. Jean A. Stone started her job early last month at ACRJS, a nonprofit dedicated to providing restorative justice programs to the residents of Addison County. Its goals are to provide opportunities for program participants to fully appreciate the impact their offense has had on the affected party and the community. Participants are also given the opportunity to repair the...

TRENT CAMPBELL
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Independent and two local bands are teaming up to assist a colleague as he recovers from a medical crisis — and throw a mid-winter dance party at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury for everyone to enjoy. Award-winning photographer Trent Campbell and his wife Nikki Juvan have been hit with big medical bills after Campbell suffered a series of strokes in late 2018 and early 2019. Those bills, coupled with the loss of Campbell’s income for more than a year, have created a financial crisis for the couple. To lend a hand, Campbell’s colleagues at the Addison County...

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