February 2020

County mourns the loss of Ollie the camel

OLLIE THE CAMEL, who died on Feb. 21, gets a snuggle from owner Judith Giusto in this 2017 photo. Since 2002, Oliver has lived on Giusto’s Ferrisburgh farm, where he became a fixture for motorists passing by on Route 7. Hundreds of people expressed their sadness on Facebook over the loss of the good-natured camel. Independent file photo/Christy Lynn

FERRISBURGH — Oliver the camel, 17, better known as “Ollie,” died in the early evening of Feb. 21, 2020, following an illness and well before his typical life expectancy of 40 or 50 years.

Ballots, bonds and budgets: Residents to gather for town meeting

RESIDENTS OF 23 area towns (and one little city) will gather this coming Saturday, Monday or Tuesday in traditional Vermont town meetings. Here, a Middlebury resident seeks to be recognized during her 2019 town meeting at MUHS. Independent file photo/Steve James

ADDISON COUNTY — Whether you agree with your neighbors on all issues or think they are possibly a little nuts, we all have to live together.

N.H. principal is lone finalist for MUHS post

JUSTIN CAMPBELL, CURRENTLY principal of Hanover (N.H.) High School, is the lone finalist remaining for the top administrative job at Middlebury Union High School. He interviewed at MUHS on Tuesday and a hiring committee was scheduled to visit Hanover High this Thursday, Feb. 27. He could be offered the job as soon as this Friday. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Justin Campbell received an extra surprise upon interviewing for the impending Middlebury Union High School principal vacancy on Tuesday: He’s now the only person still in the running


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