Angelo Lynn


ADDISON INDEPENDENT EDITOR/Publisher Angelo Lynn (left, circa 1986) and longtime reporter John Flowers (right, circa 1995) were among those honored at the Oct. 10 New England Newspaper & Press Association conference in Worcester, Mass. The Independent also received an award for general excellence.
10/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent and two of its staff were honored with major, regional awards at the New England Newspaper & Press Association conference in Worcester, Mass., this past Thursday, Oct. 10. Angelo Lynn — editor and publisher of the Addison Independent and publisher of the Brandon Reporter and Mountain Times of Killington — received a Yankee Quill award, one of the most prestigious awards that can be earned by a New England journalist. Addison Independent Senior Reporter John Flowers won the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award. Named in honor of longtime New England...
10/10/2019
If the story in Thursday’s Independent about the Porter Medical Center president’s resignation falls short of helping the community understand why he resigned, chalk it up to a culture that has diminished the importance of context and nuance. In this instance, Porter’s President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post feeling, according to a press release sent out by the UMV Health Network, that the integrity of his leadership had been so comprised he could no longer lead the team. What was the infraction? In eight weekly inner-staff emails, during the five months he had been there,...
09/26/2019
Early this week, VTDigger, the online news nonprofit based in Montpelier, stretched its tentacles to report a salacious and juicy tidbit of news about Porter Hospital President Dr. Seleem Choudhury being under investigation for plagiarizing parts of his weekly blog. The blog is meant to be an uplifting message from the new president. It is sent out to hospital staff and a few folks from outside the hospital community, including a reporter here at the Addison Independent. The thrust of the blog is inspirational and its intent, Porter spokesman Ron Hallman says, is to keep staff and a few...
09/19/2019
In the third of a three-part series examining the historic and current role of the Otter Creek in Addison County, and its current status as the heaviest conveyor of phosphorus pollution into Lake Champlain, we turn a sympathetic ear to the burden placed on farmers by Act 64.  In previous installments, we’ve been reminded that the deteriorating quality of the water in Lake Champlain has been a long time coming. From the early days of commercial, industrial and agricultural development, the Otter Creek has been a conduit for groundwater pollution as have almost all rivers and streams in...
09/12/2019
In this era of misinformation of national news, it’s no small comfort to have representation in the nation’s capital whom Vermonters can trust and believe. Along with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Vermont has been well served by Rep. Peter Welch in the House. The Addison Independent will host Rep. Welch next Monday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in a community forum that will feature opening comments by the Congressman, followed by 30-45 minutes of questions from the audience. The community forum will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and is graciously co...
09/12/2019
As we continue our series on the Otter Creek and its role in commerce, farming and communities in Addison County — and the consequent impact to water quality in Lake Champlain — we focus this week on Act 64, the state’s clean water act, and the painstaking planning and meticulous details involved. Supporters and detractors alike have to agree that the effort to achieve a plan that can accurately measure progress in terms of the amount of phosphorus reduced in any given basin is a worthy outcome. This story explains that effort and the process basin planners will be pursuing in their effort to...
09/05/2019
Thirty years ago, the Addison Independent reported and published a multi-part series on Lake Champlain water quality and how it was being negatively impacted by phosphorous run-off from agricultural and non-farm pollution. The story, which was written by Steven Rosenfeld, reported that if the state took immediate action to remedy the problem the lake might avoid serious consequences, but if no action were taken, such neglect would contribute towards its demise. Thirty years later, the state is finally pursuing a quantifiable plan to reduce what has been a growing amount of phosphorus...
08/26/2019
The wonder of the Trump presidency is how he has been able to screw up so many things so quickly and still maintain the core of his party’s support. The aftermath of his presidency, we wager, will be the party faithful reflecting on why they didn’t speak up more forcefully against his ruinous policies and that they gave credence to the idiocy of his whacked-out ideas. Buying Greenland is just the latest example. It’s not that buying Greenland would be a bad investment, it’s that the very idea is repugnant in today’s world. In the 21st Century, one nation doesn’t just buy another’s land and...
08/22/2019
On the issue of school consolidation, here’s how the Addison Central School District may have unintentionally created a problem that has become detrimental to the district’s smaller towns and to the greater district: Simply put, in crafting the district’s charter, they created a structure that favored a district bias over the bias of individual towns. The board’s intent, understandably, was to create a stronger district across all schools — to create better pay equity from school to school among teachers and administrators, and better student outcomes by providing equitable opportunities to...
08/19/2019
If you’ve never been to the festival, do yourself a favor — buy at least one ticket for a single movie, or better yet, pick one of the four days and buy a day pass just this one year to see what it’s all about. The films are scheduled in four venues in town and, for the most part, show at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.  If you go to just one film, and maybe catch a panel discussion or one of the special Q&As with the producers or directors, you’ll pick up on the excitement of the crowd; you’ll marvel at the power of independent filmmakers telling stories that don’t hone to a...

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