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Shoreham land eyed for affordable housing


THIS IMAGE SHOWS the concept of an affordable/workforce housing development on Shoreham’s town-owned land off Main Street (at the bottom of the image) and Route 22A (to the right). A local ad hoc committee and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission are exploring the housing concepts, which will be showcased for public feedback at the Sept. 19 Shoreham Apple Festival. Graphic courtesy of Addison County Regional Planning Commission

SHOREHAM — This year’s Shoreham Apple Festival will boast more than the usual celebration of fruit, families and fun.

Tree-killing beetle spreads to Middlebury


TWO MAPS, ONE from June 2019 and one from August 2021, show the spread of the emerald ash borer in Vermont. In recent weeks the voracious invasive species, which feeds on and eventually decimates ash trees, has been detected in Berlin, Highgate, Rupert, St. Albans, Swanton, Wilmington — and Middlebury. Courtesy of vtinvasives.org

MIDDLEBURY — A second Addison County town has confirmed the presence of the emerald ash borer.

New report details local housing challenges


KATIE RAYCROFT-MEYER, a community planner with the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, was the architect of a new housing and population report that reveals a lot about the current challenges of finding a place to live in our area. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County’s population continues to gray as its school-age population declines, and the ability of this region to get younger is hampered by its the lack of housing stock for low-

Film festival gave thrills, nostalgia


ACCLAIMED ACTOR KAREN ALLEN acknowledges applause and holds a VTeddy Award on the closing night of the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, which wrapped up after a successful five-day run. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Organizers of the seventh annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, dubbed MNFF7, estimated around 600 people took in one or more of the 120 films screened at four venues in the count

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