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Hops are climbing in Starksboro


CHAMPLAIN VALLEY HOPS in Starksboro is the largest hops operation east of Michigan. Co- founders Peter Briggs, left, and Julian Post, center, along with their new sales and marketing lead Max Licker, dream not only of reintroducing this beer-brewing ingredient back into the state, but also of a Vermont beer with 100% Vermont ingredients. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

STARKSBORO — Treasure awaits the brewers and beer enthusiasts who will be heading out to Champlain Valley Hops Saturday afternoon for the “Drive Thru Exbeerience,” but it won’t be immediately visib

Eagle Scout builds little library in Ferrisburgh


MACKENZIE AND J.P. Seeley and their children, Wyatt and Louisa, check out the new Little Library set up in their North Ferrisburgh neighborhood by Scout Shea McLaren. Photo courtesy of Jean Richardson

FERRISBURGH — Shea McLaren, Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 539 in Vergennes, recently completed his Eagle Project by developing a Little Library and two attached benches.  The benefitting organiz

TaeKwon Do school honors belt earners


ELIAS URANG OF Middlebury, age 5, breaks a board. Urang earned high red belt in TaeKwon Do this spring in preparation for his black belt assessment in December.

ADDISON COUNTY — Despite most activities being canceled due to COVID-19, students from TaeKwon Do KICKS in Middlebury, Vergennes, Orwell and Hinesburg kept on kicking.

Retired counselor offers thoughts on isolation


ELISE BLAIR USES gardening around her Middlebury home as a way to stay busy, especially during the quarantine, which is causing many seniors to experience isolation. Blair also hosts zoom classes through Elderly Services, which she finds to be just as rewarding for herself as for her peers. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner

MIDDLEBURY — The isolation of this pandemic can feel at times unmanageable. That can especially be the case for seniors who cannot leave their homes or visit with loved ones.

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