Addison County

MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society, has just launched a new program called Paws on the Job, which aims to match some of the shelter’s less adoptable cats with local businesses looking for rodent control — and a morale boost. They’re calling these kitties “Working Cats.” Learn more about the program and meet some of the fine felines already "working" at some Addison County businesses. Click here to read our story.

HEIDI VINCENT SHOWS off the impressive eight-point rack on this 169-pound deer she shot in Starksboro. County weigh stations saw a record number of deer during the recently completed rifle hunting season.
ADDISON COUNTY — The 2019 deer rifle season in Addison County finished Sunday as the most successful for local hunters since 2005, when Vermont wildlife officials banned shooting spikehorn bucks during the 16-day season. Hunters during this rifle season brought 594 bucks to be weighed at one of the county’s seven wildlife reporting stations, breaking the record of 571 set just a year ago. Plentiful feed contributed to a large and healthy deer herd, which gave hunters more targets, experts said. Also, weather conditions generally helped hunters during rifle season. A few inches of snow and...
The Lincoln Library is hosting a donation box for winter work clothing for Addison County farm workers during the month of November. The box is on the library porch. In particular need are vests and jackets of sturdy insulated fabric (such as Carhartt or Dickies type), hooded sweatshirts (especially thick or insulated type), thermal shirts or underwear, down vests or jackets, warm hats, gloves and socks. No scarves please. Donations in men's sizes medium, small or extra small are especially needed and some large boys sizes would also be helpful. Attention to those driving in Middlebury: The...
MIDDLEBURY – Four Addison County businesses will benefit from a combined total of $59,600 in grants through the state’s “Building Community” program, money that will be used for such projects as creating a meat processing facility off Middlebury’s Exchange Street and upgrading a donut-making operation in Shoreham.  The Addison County Economic Development Corp (ACEDC) applied for, was awarded, and will administer the grants, which come through the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services. The Building Community program requires that the funds be essential to each project’s success...

LOCAL TEENS WILL compete for the title of Mr. Christmas Tree in a fun contest at the Mt. Abe Auditorium in Bristol on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Come participate in the fun and frolic.
Thursday, Dec. 12 Age Well community luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Lane. Doors open at 10 a.m. for coffee hour and bingo. Meal served at noon of roast pork with warm applesauce, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, wheat roll and chocolate pudding. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve at 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age. Free ride may be provided. Call ACTR at 802-388-2287 to inquire. Addison String...
With Vermont’s youth deer hunting weekend coming this Saturday and Sunday, young hunters are encouraged to help Vermont Fish and Wildlife biologists by reporting their deer at one of 23 biological reporting stations. Addison County reporting stations include Buxton’s Country Store at in Orwell and Rack ’N’ Reel near the intersection of Route 7 and 17 in New Haven. The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department will have personnel at 23 reporting stations around the state between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. (unless the store closes earlier) through youth weekend. Along with having their deer examined and aged...

ACCORDING TO THE Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, Vermont produces around 1 million bushels (40,000 pounds) of apples each year. Statewide, pick-your-own orchards sell about 200,000 bushels and grocery stores sell another 300,000. Of the more than 150 varieties grown in Vermont, the McIntosh is the most important, accounting for about half of the state’s entire crop. These apples grew in Addison County this year. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Kent Ridge Orchards in Cornwall did not have its best apple season this year, but it could have been worse. “We had an odd bloom pattern this spring,” said orchard manager Blake Harrison in an email to the Independent. “The orchard is located across an east-facing ridge, and I saw a distinct stripe running from north to south across the ridge, where the (McIntosh) trees had a really low bloom count.” Roughly eight trees out of each row at a particular elevation had a poor bloom, he explained. “Whether that was due to the drought and heat of the summer of 2018 or some micro-...

STUDENTS FROM THE Champlain Valley Christian School helped fix bikes and prepare them for donation during this year’s Days of Caring event. Pictured here with Timothy Mathewson, founder and director of the Green Mountain Foster Bikes program (and owner of Little City Cycles).
ADDISON COUNTY — At United Way, volunteering is a way of life. United Way of Addison County (UWAC) connects people to volunteer opportunities all year long, but for two days in September, they bring it to the next level. Days of Caring is an annual event where UWAC matches hundreds of volunteers with dozens of nonprofits for two days of hard work, laughter, and making change in our community. This year marked the 25th anniversary of Days of Caring in Addison County! On Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, 491 volunteers of all ages worked on 36 different projects across Addison County. “The variety of...

THIS YEAR'S STUFF the Bus initiative was record-breaking, with the United Way organizing and giving out almost 400 backpacks stuffed with new school supplies to students in need.
ADDISON COUNTY — Preparing for school at the end of summer break by purchasing backpacks and school supplies is an annual event for some, filled with excitement and anticipation for new beginnings. But it’s not a realistic expectation for many kids in Addison County. The cost of school supplies is not affordable for many families who are struggling financially.  United Way’s mission is to make sure the entire community is set up for success in every area that determines Addison County residents’ overall well-being, and that includes alleviating the financial strain of preparing the county’s...

EMERGING LEADERS OF Addison County is a new initiative run collaboratively by the United Way of and the Chamber of Commerce that will launch on November 14, 2019. The program aims to bring young residents together to connect, serve and lead their community.
ADDISON COUNTY — United Way of Addison County envision a community in which young leaders are informed and empowered to create lasting change.  How do we accomplish this?  We’re on the search for people who want to connect with friends and colleagues, make a difference in the community, and have fun doing both! Emerging Leaders of Addison County (ELAC) is the answer! WHAT IS ELAC? Emerging Leaders of Addison County (ELAC) is a partnership between United Way of Addison County and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.  Together, these two organizations are working to identify, develop and...


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