Addison County

The Vermont Department of Health today, Monday, Sept. 20, is reporting zero new cases of COVID-19 in Addison County since yesterday, for a total of 1,318 cases since the pandemic began in March of 2020. Addison County has logged 68 positive COVID-19 tests during the past two weeks, underscoring an ongoing surge in virus activity since the Delta variant surfaced early this summer. Officials with the DOH and CDC are urging the unvaccinated to get a shot, as the Delta variant has shown itself to be more contagious than the regular strain of the disease and, in many cases, less lethal when it...

ADDISON COUNTY RESTAURANTS are having to pare back operating hours in light of an ongoing shortage of workers, made worse by the return of summer workers to schools and colleges. Cubber’s Restaurant in Bristol has posted this sign in an attempt to woo job applicants. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — An ongoing labor shortage is forcing an increasing number of area food-service businesses to either reduce their operating hours, transition to takeout only, or temporarily replace some of their in-house hours with a food truck option requiring less staff to manage. In related news, Middlebury College and Better Middlebury Partnership officials are organizing a job fair that would pair college student workers with local businesses in dire need of employees. A specific date and time for the job fair had yet to be finalized as the Independent went to press on Wednesday, but it...

Elise Shanbacker
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) will soon launch a $2 million effort to install a communal septic system at Middlebury’s Lindale Mobile Home Park in Middlebury. And that’s just a start. The nonprofit ACCT is preparing to make $10 million in improvements over the next nine years to aging infrastructure within several of the nine mobile home parks the organization owns and operates in Addison County. These nine parks together host 340 home sites that make homeownership a reality for many low- and middle-income families who can’t afford market-rate mortgages or apartment...

Henry Sheldon
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to join in the festivities at the Sheldon Museum to celebrate the 200th birthday of museum founder Henry Sheldon on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Henry’s Birthday Bash will be fun for all ages and will take place both outside — the Sheldon’s garden and Cannon Park — and inside — in the museum at 1 Park St. across from Ilsley Library. Park Street will be closed to allow for lots of open space. The event is free and open to the public. Middlebury portrait painter Katie Runde will demonstrate her exquisite sidewalk chalk drawing skills and encourage...
ADDISON COUNTY — A road rage incident that began in Addison County last Saturday evening ended with Vermont State Police taking a Colchester man into custody in Rutland County. On Aug. 7 at around 7 p.m. troopers were notified of a road rage incident that began on Route 22A in Addison County and continued into Benson. Police allege that Matthew Haunte, 26, attempted to run other vehicles off the roadway and used his vehicle to deliberately strike another vehicle, almost causing that vehicle to crash into oncoming traffic. Ultimately, police stopped Haunte while driving in Fair Haven. Police...

SHERIFF PETER NEWTON
MIDDLEBURY — At a press conference Wednesday morning called by Addison County Sheriff Peter Newton to provide his own “spin” on events relating to an “unprofessional conduct” complaint against him filed by the Brandon selectboard, and a separate complaint filed by Brandon Town Manager David Atherton, Newton tried to make the case that he and his department fulfilled their duties on time and according to standard procedure. Newton focused his comments on events surrounding a traffic stop on July 9, 2021, of Atherton’s son, who is a minor. Deputy Sheriff River Payne cited the younger Atherton...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Monday, June 14, is reporting Addison County has again registered zero new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, and only one during the past two weeks. The county has recorded a total of 1,062 confirmed cases since the pandemic began more than 15 months ago. In other COVID news, the Vermont Department of Health announced today that the state has now vaccinated 80% of its residents who are aged 12 and older, this triggering a “fully open” state as described in Gov. Phil Scott’s “Vermont Forward Plan.” Given the paucity of...

Vermont Adult Learning's new home in the Marble Works in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County branch of Vermont Adult Learning (VAL) is re-opening its center at 99 Maple St. in the Marble Works Historical District in Middlebury. In-person, hybrid and fully online services will be soon available, the latter via VAL’s Online Learning Center. The organization will move into its new offices June 12 and expects to be fully operational by July 12. The new office is the former location of the Marble Works Pharmacy, which closed last September. VAL has served tens of thousands adult learners, ages 16 years and older, since its founding in 1980. Its programs...

Addison Independent photographer Steve James claimed third place in the General News Photo category in the recently announced NENPA Better Newspaper Competition.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Independent and its sister publications Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine and Vermont Sports, have won 10 first place honors among 22 top three finishes at the annual New England Newspaper Press Association convention last week. The Addison Independent took home three first place awards in advertising and four in news reporting, while Vermont Ski + Ride Magazine earned three first places, including first in General Excellence among all specialty publications in New England and first in best niche publication. The Addison Independent took second place in General...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENTS FRAN and Spence Putnam have driven all-electric or hybrid-electric vehicles for years and enthusiastically recommend them to others because they pollute less, are quieter, and require less maintenance than their gas- and diesel-powered counterparts. Independent photo/Megan James
ADDISON COUNTY — If you took the $174 billion President Joe Biden has proposed spending on electric vehicles (EVs) over the next decade and split it evenly according to population, Vermont’s share would come to something like $330 million. Of course, that’s not how it works, and for now President Biden’s proposal is just that — a proposal. But it’s not hard to imagine the impact significant federal funding for EVs could have in Vermont, which already boasts more EV charging stations per capita than any other state, ranks seventh in the nation for electric vehicle policy and has gotten this...

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