May 2021

College graduates 481 seniors in unprecedented socially distanced commencement


Middlebury College President Laurie Patton presents the first Middlebury Medal to Chief Health Officer and College Physician Mark Peluso at commencement on Saturday. Photo by Brett Simison

MIDDLEBURY — On a cool, sunny Saturday afternoon, the Middlebury College community gathered to celebrate a historic Comm

Mary's Restaurant owners pass the torch


As children Laura Mack, center, and her sister Martha (not pictured in this 2013 photo) figured prominently in the life of Mary’s Restaurant, first as troublemakers, then as helpers. Their parents, Linda Harmon (left) and Doug Mack recently announced they will be retiring from Mary’s and selling the property. Photo courtesy Laura Mack

BRISTOL — This past Sunday night, after a 38-year run, Mary’s at Baldwin Creek served its last meal.

Seniors unite on the road — at last


VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors Ema Gernander, left, Bekah Duprey and Jordan Kimball lead some of their classmates up Comfort Hill Monday during a Class of 2021 fundraising walk that not only gathered money for two charities but gave the class a chance to be together after a year of social distancing. Independent photo/Steve James

VERGENNES — It came half a year after originally scheduled, but the Vergennes Union High School Class of 2021 upheld a cherished tradition on Monday — its annual senior fundraising walkathon and vi

Former St. Mary’s School eyed as recovery center


THE TURNING POINT Center of Addison County is hoping to use the former St. Mary’s School building at 86 Shannon St. in Middlebury as a venue to deliver programming — and perhaps someday transitional housing — for people recovering from substance use disorder and other addictions. Independent photo/John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County (TPC) is in talks with St. Mary’s Catholic Church parish for potential long-term use of the former St.

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