Area restaurants still struggling, but surviving

LIKE MANY RESTAURANTS operating in the COVID-19 pandemic, Cubbers in Bristol has had to limit its services to takeout, which requires fewer staff and staff hours. Still, with the help of federal and state relief grants, the cherished downtown eatery — like many in Addison County — has been able to cut fewer employees than it otherwise would have. Photo courtesy of Cubbers

ADDISON COUNTY — In this season of COVID-19, many businesses have been hamstrung by social distancing, fear of people they don’t know and, for many, less disposable income.

VTrans: New Haven train depot must go

TRANSPORTATION OFFICIALS INSIST this historic depot on Route 7 near Route 17 in New Haven be moved or demolished because it could produce a potential deadly line-of-sight obstruction when Amtrak trains come whizzing through the junction beginning late this year. Independent photo/Steve James

NEW HAVEN — If all goes well this year, and COVID-19 doesn’t slow things down even more, Amtrak passenger train service could be extended from Rutland through Addison County to Burlington by the en

College eyes safety as students return

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE HAS erected a winterized tent on the lawn next to the McCullough Student Center on campus where students arriving this weekend will be able to do such things as eat meals, reserve space for student-organized uses and pick up skates and helmets for use on a new outdoor ice skating rink being set up nearby. The college has also set up fire pits around campus where student can hang out in the COVID-safer outdoors. Photo by Tim Parsons

MIDDLEBURY — After a three-month hiatus, Middlebury College students will return to campus this Sunday and Monday, Feb. 21 and 22, to begin the spring 2021 semester.

Casey's aim was true in field hockey — and politics

DENNISE CASEY, AN all-star field hockey midfielder at Mount Abraham Union High School, follows her shot on goal. The 1999 Mount Abe graduate, who later played key roles in Gov. Jim Douglas’s administration, also played in a Junior Olympic tournament. Photo courtesy Dennise Casey

Twin passions prompt Best to launch dog-training camp

EMMA BEST, OWNER of Mountain Ridge Dog Pack, lines up with some of her Sunday pack members — Daisy, left, Franklin, Holland and Oakley — during a session at her Salisbury home earlier this month. Photo by Brooke Rubright

SALISBURY — The snow was lightly falling as Emma Best drove from one house to the next picking up her clients for the day, her windshield coated in a fog of breath.


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