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Public invited to interact with Vermont watershed groups at virtual meeting


THE COLOR OF the water flowing out of the mouth of Otter Creek highlights the importance farmers play in managing our watershed. Three farmer organizations working on our watershed will hold a joint annual meeting online Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. on Zoom. All are invited to see what they are up to. Photo by Addison County River Watch Collaborative

Vermont’s three farmer watershed organizations invite their members, legislators, and the general public to attend their joint annual meeting this Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6 p.m. on Zoom.

Brandon milliners craft a hat for Vice President Kamala Harris


HAT MAKERS NORA SWAN, left, and Samantha Stone, right in blue hat, touch a hat-in-the making with Priya, Amara and Zora Byrom, the daughters of Stone’s partner Jed Byrom. The girls, along with Stone’s 14-year-old daughter Clara, helped design the hat for Vice president Harris, right down to picking out peacock feathers.

BRANDON — Two local hat makers, and the little girls in their lives, have a gift for America’s new vice president. Now they just have to get it to her.

Mt. Abe still refining hybrid learning model


ANGELITA PENA, A 10th-grader at Mount Abe, told Governor Phil Scott and other state officials at a briefing last November, “A majority (of students) feel like (hybrid/online) learning this fall is worse or much worse than last fall’s learning.”

BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School student Isadora Beck doesn’t miss anything from the spring 2020 semester, when schools were shut down because of the pandemic and students went fully remot

Distressing case in Middlebury reveals cracks in system


A HOMELESS WOMAN camped out next to the Middlebury Police Department from Jan. 12-13 in an episode that local officials say epitomizes a local gap in services for homeless, mentally ill individuals. Photo courtesy of Middlebury Police

MIDDLEBURY — Folks walking past the Middlebury police station off Seymour Street during the night of Jan. 12-13 caught an unusual and disturbing sight.

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