Addison County

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...

THE TOUR DE Farms rolls out of Vergennes on Saturday, Sept. 21. While passing through the pastoral landscape cyclists will visit four to eight farms for a taste of local food and end their ride at the Eat on the Green Festival back in Vergennes. Photo courtesy ACORN
Thursday, Sept 19 Age Well senior luncheon in Vergennes. Thursday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m., Vergennes Area Seniors Armory Lane Senior Housing, 50 Armory Ln. Doors open at 10am for coffee hour and bingo. Gospel and hymn singers Ron and Karen King perform 11:15-11:45 a.m. Meal served at noon of stuffed chicken breast, mashed potatoes, diced glazed beets, wheat roll and vanilla fluff with pineapples and mandarin oranges. Bring your own place setting. $5 suggested donation. 72 hours advanced notice required. Call Michelle to reserve 802-377-1419. Open to anyone age 60 and up and their spouse of any age...
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...

OUTFIELDER VAUGHN MCAULIFFE leans into a throw from rightfield during Addison County’s Little League state tournament game vs. Essex town in Bennington this past Friday. Photo courtesy of Michael McAuliffe
BENNINGTON — A successful season came to an end for the Addison County 8-to-10-year-old all star baseball team on Friday evening when they lost to the Essex Town all stars, 4-3, in the Little League state tournament. The game, played in Bennington, saw AC fall behind 4-0 early. First baseman Abe Ready hit a bases loaded shot in the 4th inning to drive in two runs and cut the deficit in half. Coach Randy Barnes said AC mounted a comeback in the bottom of the 6th, scoring a run, but came up short with the bases loaded to end the game. Michael McAuliffe described it as “one of the team’s best...

COURTESY OF THE USDA Census for Agriculture
ADDISON COUNTY — One need only look around to see that the rural landscape in Vermont is changing as the number and type of farms changes. A recently released big-picture look at our farm economy shows that agricultural production appears to be changing faster in Addison County than it is in Vermont as a whole. More giant and tiny farms but fewer mid-size ones, less cropland in production, fewer cows but more milk — all these trends are shown in the latest USDA Census for Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the census every five years and compiles statistics at the...
ADDISON COUNTY — Following the release of a database that detailed how many opioid pills were distributed per county across the United States last week, records show that more than 5.8 million pills flooded Addison County between 2006-2012. The news came late last week when the Washington Post publicized a database from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that has recorded all oxycodone and hydrocodone pill transactions in the United States during those six years. The records are from the DEA’s Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS), an automated recording system...


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