March 2021

Commodore girls’ basketball season ends with loss in D-III final


Vergennes Union High School center Kate Gosliga attacks the Lake Region defense in the second quarter of Saturday’s state final loss to the Lady Rangers. Independent photo/Steve James

BARRE — After falling to Lake Region, 53-37, in the Division III championship game at the Barre Auditorium Saturday, the Vergennes Union High School girls’ basketball team finished the season with

Middlebury tunnel project nears finish


WORKERS EARLY NEXT month will begin the final phase of construction on the downtown Middlebury tunnel project. The work, to conclude Aug. 17, will include expansion of Triangle Park between Merchants Row and St. Stephen’s Church. Independent photo/John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY — After more than five years of planning and construction, Middlebury residents can finally see a light at the end of the downtown tunnel project.

Local theaters make summer plans


CLINT BIERMAN, LEFT, and Craig Maravich performed “Doc Lyle Sol’s Medicine Show” on a mobile stage in Middlebury last spring. Created by Town Hall Theater’s Courageous Stage, THT officials said the show helped the theater see how it could expand its offerings. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — The prospect of a COVID-resistant population by July is inspiring leaders of the county’s two entertainment hubs to start planning for a return to in-person entertainment later this ye

Researchers tracking local red-tailed hawks


VINS RESEARCH COORDINATOR Jim Armbruster holds Goodrich, a red-tailed hawk that has just been equipped with a GPS transmitter, before setting it free. VINS has been tracking red-tailed hawks in Addison County this winter. Photo courtesy Vermont Institute of Natural Sciences

ADDISON COUNTY — This past weekend, to the delight of its trackers, a red-tailed hawk nicknamed Obi-Wan, which had been out of range for months, passed a cell tower and transmitted GPS data showing

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