Christopher Ross


JENNIFER KENNETT, LEFT, and AnnaJo Smith have partnered to open the Vermont Food Collaborative at the corner of Route 7 and Campground Road in New Haven. In addition to offering local food and other products in their retail space, the pair hopes to strengthen relationships among local food producers, processors and buyers. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
12/12/2019
NEW HAVEN — About a year and a half ago a pair of self-described “farmHERs,” Jennifer Kennett and AnnaJo Smith, were worrying about their future as food producers in Addison County. Now they’re doing something about it. On Nov. 30 Kennett and Smith opened the Vermont Food Collaborative at 16 Campground Road, just off Route 7, in New Haven — the former home of Green Pasture Meats. Their mission is to market Vermont-raised livestock, foods and goods; educate the community; and work with producers, butchers and educators to provide a full-circle program of farm-to-plate training for the next...

ANGELA AUCLAIR
12/12/2019
MONKTON — Vermont State Police on Tuesday afternoon arrested Angela Auclair, 47, of Monkton in connection with the murder of her late husband, David Auclair, who was shot to death in Hinesburg near their Monkton home on July 11. On Wednesday morning, Angela Auclair pleaded innocent in Chittenden Superior Court, Criminal Division, to charges of aiding in the commission of a felony (that felony being first-degree murder) and obstruction of justice arising from the July 11 slaying. “The investigation revealed a pre-planned and coordinated effort to burglarize a Colchester residence where a...
12/12/2019
VERGENNES — Faced with rising costs that would result in a tax penalty imposed by the state if nothing is done, the Addison Northwest School District board on Monday discussed three budget options for next year. One would make no substantial changes in the configuration of the three elementary and one high school (“Do Nothing”), one would repurpose Addison Central School and send Addison kids to another building, and one would make cuts to the “Do Nothing” budget. At the Dec. 9 meeting the board ended by asking if a fourth path might be possible — a hybrid of two existing proposals. The...

MORE THAN 200 Middlebury College students gathered in Mead Chapel Thursday afternoon to express solidarity with facilities, dining services and other campus staff, who they say are not being paid a living wage. College administrators say they are studying the issue. Independent photo/Steve James
12/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College junior Connor Wertz did not mince words in Mead Chapel on Thursday afternoon. “This morning, the Trump administration cut access to food stamps for 700,000 people, and the first metric that The New York Times gave was how much money that would save the government,” he told a crowd of more than 200 students, plus a handful of faculty and staff. “The same values that are behind Trump cutting hundreds of thousands of food stamps are the same values that let Middlebury (College) employees be on food stamps in the first place.” Wertz delivered his remarks as part of...
12/09/2019
VERGENNES — The Rural School Alliance, which seeks to prevent the closure or reconfiguration of any Addison Northwest School District school without voter approval, has begun circulating petitions throughout the district, with clarified language and a new deadline. “We’ve updated the petitions to make the wording clearer and to bring it more in line with the petitions other Vermont school districts are using to achieve similar goals,” said Addison resident and RSA member Caetlin Harwood. The RSA is calling for a district-wide vote on Town Meeting Day and plans to collect signatures from at...
12/05/2019
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police called to a domestic disturbance at a home on Lower Notch Road in Bristol Tuesday night shot a resident of that home who police say was armed. VSP and a Bristol Police Department officer immediately rendered first aid to the man, identified as 28-year-old Greg West, and he was eventually transported by helicopter to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where he underwent surgery for his wounds. As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday West was listed in “critical but stable condition.” At about 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday a relative of West made a 911 call and...

IAN ALBINSON
12/05/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard will soon have five members again. In a special election held on Tuesday to fill an open seat on the board, Ian Albinson defeated Eric Carter, 332–320. “I am humbled by the support of Bristol’s voters and thank all those who have encouraged me this year,” Albinson told the Independent. “It’s an honor to be able to represent our community at this level, and I welcome citizens to engage me with their thoughts, questions or concerns.” This was Albinson’s second selectboard race of the year. He ran against then-incumbent Ted Lylis for the same seat on Town...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Capt. Scott Dunlap, head of the Major Crimes Unit, at the New Haven state police barracks on Tuesday updates the press on the investigation into the Bristol murder-suicide. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
12/05/2019
BRISTOL — An investigation by Vermont State Police has determined that the recent deaths of a Bristol couple were the result of a murder-suicide. Sometime between Saturday evening and Monday afternoon, 71-year-old Gary Guilmette shot and killed his wife, Candace Guilmette, 70, in their home at 2188 Upper Notch Road, and then turned the gun on himself, according to state police. The timing of the incident is still under investigation, and police are still searching for a motive. Neither of the Guilmettes was suffering from a terminal illness, and so far there is no evidence to suggest that the...
12/05/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has approved a severance agreement between the town and Bristol police officer George “Randy” Crowe. Town officials said they could not comment on the details of the agreement or say if Crowe had been fired. At this time it is unclear whether or not he is still employed by the Bristol Police Department. “Because the matter is still pending under confidential proceedings and nothing has been finalized, we continue to be advised to provide no comment at this time,” said Bristol Town Administrator Valerie Capels in an email to the Independent. Bristol Police...

CAROL HARDEN (LEFT), Joy Pile, Thomas Dunne and Emily Sunderman are celebrating 15 years together as the Addison String Quartet. On Dec. 12 the quartet will debut a new work by local composter Jorge Martin as part of the Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of the Addison String Quartet
12/03/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Advent is observed by Christian churches as a season of waiting and preparation for the celebration of Christmas. Churches often hold special musical events during the season that stretches across the four Sundays leading up to Christmas. In Middlebury this season, there will be a number of musical events that seek to capture the whole range of feelings and emotions of the holidays, with musical styles stretching across centuries and cultures. A centerpiece of the local holiday music scene is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church’s Thursday Noon Advent Concert Series, which will take...

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