Addison County

KEVIN RUSSELL OF Waitsfield gets ready to hit the trail in Goshen last week for his last day of hiking on the North Country Trail in Addison County. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
EAST MIDDLEBURY — As the sun was coming up on Oct. 1, Kevin Russell embarked on a journey by foot and bike across Addison County. He aimed to hike the 44.3-mile stretch of the North Country Trail, which winds its way on a proposed route through the Champlain Valley, up and over the spine of the Green Mountains to the Appalachian Trail’s junction with the Green Mountain Club’s Long Trail in Bridgewater, Vt. Russell’s goal was to bolster support and awareness about efforts to officially complete the trail in Vermont and beyond. Like the Appalachian Trail, the North Country Trail is a National...

A TREE SHOWS off its colors at the Breadloaf campus in Ripton. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
Ripton/Lincoln Tour — 1 Hour: From Middlebury, travel south on Route 7, then east on Route 125, passing the Waybury Inn. Travel up the mountain, turn left at the Ripton Country Store and follow this road north to Lincoln (take your time, part of this stretch is a dirt road). Lincoln Road turns into Ripton Road. When you get to River Road in Lincoln Village, turn left and head west out of Lincoln down the mountain to Route 17. Travel Route 17 west through the quaint village of Bristol (where you may like to stop for lunch at a variety of dining establishments) and on to Route 7. Turn left on...
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is hosting a Knights in Italy spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward assisting those affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Dorian. The menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 for a family. If you’re unable to make the dinner but would still like to contribute to the Knights’ efforts, checks can be mailed to the St. Ambrose Rectory at...

CHIMNEY POINT STATE Historic Site hosts a day-long, multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the 2009 closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain bridge on Saturday, Oct. 19, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. The event explores the findings, consequences and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. Space is limited. See calendar for more info.
Monday, Oct. 14 Bixby Book Club in Vergennes. Monday, Oct. 14, 7-8 p.m., Bixby Memorial Library. 258 Main St. Just in time for Halloween, come discuss “Frankenstein” by Mary Shelley.   Tuesday, Oct. 15 Rise and Walk in Middlebury. Tuesday, Oct. 15 4:15 p.m. meet at Mary Hogan Elementary School parking lot near the kiosk and ball field. Topic is “Setting Goals to Help You Succeed” with Sumra Harper-Deas, Registered Dietician. “Let’s Talk” about our schools in Starksboro. Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6-8 p.m., Robinson School multipurpose room. The Community Engagement Committee of the Mount Abraham...
As part of the ongoing downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, Kubricky Construction workers expect to close Merchants Row to through traffic this Friday, Sept. 20, so that Maine Drilling & Blasting can complete installation of mini-piles in the area around the Merchants Row Bridge. Parking on Merchants Row in front of the Battell Block will remain open throughout the week. In the 2019 Addison County Rescue special section in this past Monday’s edition we had hoped to include all of the medical first responders in the area, but there was one whose roster didn’t arrive in time for...

MARK STEPHENSON SPENDS five months a year at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, where he picks fruit and works the cider presses. On Nov. 1 he’ll return home to Mandeville, Jamaica, where he has four children. This year’s apple season in Addison County is expected to be about average. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — This year’s apple crop so far is looking fairly average. That’s a good thing, suggests Eric Boire, president of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. “Non-headline-making crops provide stability,” Boire told the Independent in an email. “Bumper crops are almost always followed by down years.” Because of a slow, late start to spring, Boire added, some orchards opened a week after their typical Labor Day start, but overall the crop around the region looks good. “Apples are maturing and ready for picking,” he said. DOUGLAS ORCHARD Down in Shoreham, Bob Douglas is...
Some children can unfortunately go hungry on weekends when they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches. The “Bites in a Bag” program aims satiate that hunger. Bites in a Bag provides healthy snacks for elementary school children, based on income eligibility. Snack bags (which include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt and whole grain snacks) go home with students at the end of each week during the school year. About 45 students at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary benefited from Bites in a Bag during the 2018-2019 school year. The program was funded by Have a Heart...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) is seeking feedback from riders and other community members on proposed schedule changes for its in-county services. There will be a public meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Transportation Center located at 297 Creek Road, in Middlebury. If transportation is needed to attend the meeting, rides can be provided.  Please call ACTR at least 48 hours in advance at 388-2287 to arrange. Proposed changes were cited by riders and supported by Efficiency Studies that looked at under-performing areas and unmet community...

Are we on yet? Colin Foster, 15, of Middlebury, anxiously waits with his brown Swiss cow before the 4-H dairy conformation class at the Addison County Fair and Field Days in New Haven on Tuesday. Independent photo/Steve James
Last week’s Addison County Fair and Field Days was filled with a thousand little stories — more than can be recounted in one newspaper. We present here a few snapshots from the New Haven fairgrounds to give you a taste of our annual agricultural fair. Click on the links to read some stories from the fairgrounds. Hair spray on a cow and other Field Days grooming tips Field Days barbecue couple brings a backstory Little cow handler carries on a family tradition at Field Days Farmers-to-be learn the value of work during Field Days prep Maple in every form is a family specialty at Field Days...

THE NEW “WALGREENS” sign appears prominently on the drug store in Brandon, but the outlines of the former “Rite Aid” sign that it replaced last week still shows through. Middlebury and Bristol Rite Aid stores also got new Walgreens signs. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — The effects of a $4 billion business deal announced in 2017 are just now rippling through our part of Vermont. Rite Aid stores in Brandon, Bristol and Middlebury last week hung signs or banners announcing the new name of the retail drug store — Walgreens. Under the agreement made between Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid, Walgreens last year purchased 1,932 stores and three distribution centers from Rite Aid for an all-cash purchase price of $4.3 billion on a cash-free, debt-free basis. Though this was a large merger, with plenty of cash on the table, it...


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