December 2020

2020: Challenges from every possible direction


IT’S NOT UNHEARD of to see a group of cows walking along a road in Vermont, but this mob was spotted on Route 7/North Pleasant Street, a main thoroughfare through Middlebury, at a little after noon on New Year’s Eve. A customer at Randy’s Garage had the presence of mind to capture this scene with a camera; he also helped corral the bovines behind a restaurant a few blocks away. The photos we posted of this event were — by far — the most popular thing we posted on Facebook all year. Photo by Andrew L'Roe

Editor's note: 2020 was unlike most years. Wow. A global pandemic reached even this small part of the world to turn our lives upside down, and you read about it in the Addison Independent.

Pollinators inspire local designer


JESSE WULFMAN, LEFT, and Brynn Kent are part of the creative team helping to promote the “FlossOFur” neck warmer, a product designed by fellow Emily Kiernan and the folks at Bee the Change. For every neck warmer they sell, Bee the Change will create 180 square feet of pollinator habitat. Photo courtesy of Bee the Change

WEYBRIDGE — This fall, after Vermont’s monarch butterflies began their dangerous migration to Mexico and Florida, leaving behind hundreds of acres of fields bursting with seed, Emily Kiernan and he

MALT seeks photo submissions for calendar


NAOMI CUTLER, AN ECO AmeriCorps volunteer serving the Middlebury Area Land Trust, is coordinating a year-long effort to create a 2022 calendar for MALT that will include photos of six scenic locations. Participating photographers are being encouraged to shoot the same spots at different times throughout 2021.

MIDDLEBURY — Everyone is eager to turn the page from a politically divisive, pandemic-laden 2020 — including folks at the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT).

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