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Midd police struggle with homelessness surge


LEADERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S Episcopal Church on the green will likely soon install a fence and perimeter lighting to deter people from relieving themselves in the building alcove that fronts the town park. Independent photo/John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY — Increasing numbers of homeless folks seeking services in Middlebury are putting a strain on local police, who said they’re spending many hours responding to trespassing, assaults, dist

Midd, Vergennes prepare for passenger rail


WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN Middlebury on Wednesday continue to prepare the rail bed and surrounding property for a tunnel that will make the track suitable for passenger rail service, which is slated to start in 2021 if all goes well with the tunnel project. Independent photo/ John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury — is likely to commence in 2021, barring any unfor

A local farm gives animals a 'Second Chance'


LIZ HURLBURT OF Second Chance Farm gets a hug from Stan and Dorothy Zbornak, two mini donkeys named after characters from the TV show “Golden Girls.” Since launching Second Chance Farm in Addison this summer, Liz and her husband, Noah, have acquired more than 100 animals, many of which are considered endangered. Every animal on the farm has a name and a story. Photo courtesy of Second Chance Farm

ADDISON — A lot has happened in the six months since Liz and Noah Hurlburt first entertained the idea of having a farm.

New travel website aims to aid area nonprofits


MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT ANDY Dosmann has founded TripHeroes.org, a nonprofit travel website. Dosmann said it functions like other well-known travel-booking websites and trips can be arranged at a low cost, with the added bonus that local charities will be kicked back funds every time a customer uses the site. Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Waller Photography

MIDDLEBURY — One Middlebury resident has figured out a way to make flying the skies friendly to charities.

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