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Pandemic feeds a real estate surge


ONE OF THE hotter segments in Addison County’s real estate sector is new construction, such as this in-progress home on Commodore Drive in Vergennes. That For Sale sign is rare right now, as inventory is tight in a market that favors sellers. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy

ADDISON COUNTY — When veteran real estate appraiser Bill Benton left his Vergennes office one recent morning, one of his stops was to appraise a Weybridge home that had been placed on the market fo

Donor gives $350K to Middlebury businesses


THE REV. ANDY Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, is an architect of “Table 21,” a nonprofit created to evaluate applications from businesses seeking a portion of the donated money to mop up red ink and make payroll.

MIDDLEBURY — The unofficial guardian angel of small, struggling Middlebury-area businesses has made another huge donation — this time for  $350,000 — to help those that have taken a financial hit f

A mother's letters lead to healing after loss


WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT SUSAN Humphrey has written a book called “The Path to Fernglade,” which charts the tragic death of her son and her grieving process through 10 years of letters she wrote about the experience. Photo courtesy Susan Humphrey

MIDDLEBURY — Dan Humphrey packed a lot of living in his 26 years. Educator, teacher, musician, athlete, husband.

Irrepressible MUHS music teacher leaving on a high note


ANNE SEVERY, RIGHT, poses with MUHS choral teacher Liz LeBeau and members of the Tiger marching band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in 2017. After four decades bringing out the best in young musicians, Severy will retire at the end of this school year. Photo courtesy Anne Severy

MIDDLEBURY — Legendary Middlebury Union High School music teacher Anne Severy is playing the final notes of a 40-year career symphony — but don’t be surprised if she returns to the stage for an enc

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