Addison County

MEMBERS OF THE Dance Company of Middlebury College will follow the maxim “Radical engagement requires radical attentiveness” in their presentation “Presence as Performance,” which will be staged Jan. 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo by Jonathan Hsu
Thursday, Jan. 16 Mid-Winter Hot Stove Baseball Potpourri: Family Matters” in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 16, 3-4 p.m., Community Room, EastView at Middlebury, 100 EastView Ter. Doctor Baseball (Karl Lindholm) will discourse on the “family of baseball,” black and white, while also inviting baseball commentary and observations, then and now. Free and open to the public. (Rescheduled to this date from Nov. 7, 2019). “The 2020 Election: Early Primaries and Caucuses” in Middlebury. Thursday, Jan. 16, 4 p.m., The Residence at Otter Creek, 350 Lodge Rd. Professor Eric Davis will focus on the...
ADDISON COUNTY — A group that collected homemade Christmas cookies for homeless kids in Chittenden County last year has expanded its efforts into Addison County this year. Did you love mom’s Christmas cookies when you were just little? What if you had spent Christmas in a shelter instead? This cookie drive requests that people making homemade cookies double their batch, and the extra cookies will be delivered to local shelters housing families in crisis on Christmas The only rule is they have to be homemade cookies (no raisin!). It’s an effort to give kids and parents spending Christmas in...
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...
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...


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