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AN ORIGINAL, 1926 poster from F.W. Murnau’s “Faust” teases a story of how a demon tempts a righteous man. It will be shown just before Halloween, on Oct. 25 at Brandon Town Hall.
10/14/2019
BRANDON — It’s been a novel, a stage play and an opera. So when movies first appeared a century ago, it was only a matter of time before they tackled “Faust,” the tale of a man who consigns his soul to the devil to obtain power in the present. At the height of the silent era, German director F.W. Murnau created a cinematic version of “Faust” filled with stunning images that maintain their power to astonish. See for yourself with “Faust” (1926), the original silent film adaptation of the classic legend, to be shown on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, in downtown...

MUHS SENIOR FORWARD Merry Kimble, foreground, waves for the ball as sophomore midfielder Ivy Doran controls it during the Tigers’ Thursday home game vs. Rutland. In the background sophomore midfielder Sophie Larocque, who scored in the Tigers’ 4-2 setback, looks on. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
10/14/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — In midweek high school girls’ soccer action last week, three local teams — Vergennes, Mount Abraham and Otter Valley — all picked up victories, while Middlebury dropped a pair of contests. Friday and Saturday games in all sports were played after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. COMMODORES The Commodores on Wednesday defeated defending Division II champion Milton, 3-1, picking up valuable points in their efforts to remain on top of the D-III standings in the process. VUHS scored the game’s first three goals before...
10/14/2019
FAIR HAVEN — On this past Wednesday host Fair Haven defeated the Otter Valley Union High School boys’ soccer team in double overtime, 3-2. Slater Tyler McClure netted the game-winner on a cross from Kaylo Stevenson. The Slaters took a 2-0 first-half lead on goals from Jake Hochberg and Nick Carrabino. Hayden Bernhardt broke the ice for OV in the second half, and Otter Jeremy Coan tied the game late in regulation. The Otters fell to 1-10. They were set to host Bellows Falls on Friday after the early deadline for this edition; the Independent’s press was closed this past weekend. The 4-8...

OVUHS JUNIOR MIA Politano won her second straight individual girls’ Division II championship on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club. Her round of 84 was the best of all competitors in all divisions by four strokes. Photo by Austin Danforth/Burlington Free Press
10/10/2019
PITTSFORD — Otter Valley Union High School junior Mia Politano fired an 84 on Tuesday at the Proctor-Pittsford Country Club to become the Division II girls’ medalist for the second straight year. Her total was four strokes clear of the second-place finisher in D-II, Lake Region’s Tia Martinez, and five strokes better than the D-I medalist, Rutland’s Jillian Miles. Politano has not played golf full-time this fall because she is a member of Coach John White’s Otter Valley girls’ soccer team, and she said she was happy with her game considering that factor. “I am pleased with the results from...
10/10/2019
BRANDON — The host Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team crunched winless Fair Haven on Tuesday, 14-0, to improve to 7-2. The Otters remained in second place in Division II, but face tougher competition down the stretch, with games vs. Windsor, D-III’s top team; D-I Rutland; and a scrappy Woodstock squad. On Tuesday Alia Edmunds led the Otters with six goals, Brittney Jackson contributed four, Riley Keith scored two, and Ryleigh LaPorte and Isabella Falco each added one. OV starting goalie Ellie Ross was untested, and backup Madison Colburn made one stop for the Otters. Goalie...
10/10/2019
NORTH CLARENDON — The Otter Valley Union High School football team edged host Mill River on Saturday, 36-35, in a Division III matchup when quarterback OV Alex Polli hit Brady Diaz with a two-point conversion with 1:23 left. The Otters then had to survive Mill River’s missed 19-yard field goal as time expired, an attempt set up by the Minutemen’s 36-yard hook-and-ladder play. OV boosted their hopes for a home playoff game by improving to 4-2 heading into a Saturday home game with Windsor. The Otters conclude their regular season with a visit to Fairfax on Oct. 19. MRU fell to 1-5. Polli...

THE REV. RACHEL FIELD processes at St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church in Brandon, where she recently took the position of Priest-in-Partnership.
10/06/2019
BRANDON — St. Thomas and Grace Episcopal Church on Aug. 29 welcomed the Rev. Rachel Field as its Priest-in- Partnership. The position is a quarter-time role at the 19 Conant Square church; it will enable Field to pursue her call as both a sacramental minister and an environmental educator and activist.  Field is part of the parish’s Core Ministry Team, the group charged by the parish’s leadership to address the spiritual needs of the parish. She is in Brandon for Sunday worship two or three times each month; on other Sundays, worship is led by visiting priests or lay people. This arrangement...
10/06/2019
BRISTOL/BRANDON — Homeowners are invited to several local meetings where they will learn to prepare their abodes for winter to lower energy bills, make living spaces more comfortable, and reduce carbon emissions. Heating buildings is the second-largest source of carbon emissions in Vermont behind transportation. More than 50 towns across Vermont are participating in this year’s Button Up Vermont campaign.  Ready to stop burning money? Weatherizing your home is often one of the best financial investments you can make. These workshops will help get you started. Meeting leaders will answer these...
10/06/2019
WOODSTOCK — The Otter Valley Union High School field hockey team defeated host Woodstock on Friday, 4-3 in overtime. The win moved the Otters to 7-2 and into second place in Division II.  Brittney Jackson rapped home the game-winner on a penalty corner awarded to the Otters as time expired in overtime. With the clock at 0:00, Alia Edmunds crossed to Jackson at the far post, and Jackson converted for the game-winner.  Edmunds had forced overtime with a blast on another penalty corner with 90 seconds to go in regulation, capping an OV comeback from a 3-1 second-half deficit.  Jackson, from...

PATTY CANDON, WHO won 347 games and four state titles over 33 years as head coach of the Otter Valley varsity softball program, accepts a plaque showing her induction into the Otter Valley Hall of Fame this past Saturday during halftime of the OV football game. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
10/03/2019
BRANDON — The Otter Valley Hall of Fame introduced 12 new members during halftime of Saturday’s Otter Valley Union High School homecoming football game. The newbies included eight athletes, a coach, two teachers and an administrator. Honorees were selected because they demonstrated exemplary scholarship and citizenship, demonstrated character by conducting themself as an exemplary role model, and demonstrated superior commitment and successful accomplishments in their role toward students, staff and the OV community. The new members of the Otter Valley Hall of Fame are: Nancy Robinson —...

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