MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Mathew Billings, 36, of Cornwall for driving with a criminally suspended license and with a stolen license plate, following a traffic stop on Court Street on Nov. 17. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Received a report about a vehicle allegedly “doing doughnuts” in a municipal parking lot at around midnight on Nov. 11. Police said the vehicle had left upon their arrival. • Responded to a trespassing complaint at a Court Street residence on Nov. 11. • Helped find a child who had walked away from a foster parent in the Court Street area on Nov...
My name is Queso! I am originally from Los Angeles, but now found a home in Vermont. I do not like the cold weather or the abundance of wildlife, the chipmunks are especially troublesome. When I am not defending the home from critters, I am found snuggling under the blankets with my family - I refuse all dog beds.  Sometimes when things go wrong in the house, it is never my fault. My feline roommate/archenemy, Nora, is to blame.  Lisa Woronzoff Cornwall

THESE NUMEROUS SMALL portraits make up Rebecca Kinkead’s “A Neighbor Project,” which will adorn the Cornwall artist’s studio and will occasionally be loaned for exhibit. Independent photo/Steve James
CORNWALL — Cornwall resident Rebecca Kinkead had imagined a solitary artistic career. It was going to be her, her art supplies, a beautiful setting and hours to toil away amid the sounds of chirping birds and the wind caressing the bushes in the meadow fronting her idyllic home. But that scene got old very fast. “I was supposed to be relishing this solitude, but I was like, ‘I need people,’” Kinkead said during a recent interview. So she came up with what she called “A Neighbor Project,” through which she invited friends, neighbors and strangers to sit on her front porch and have their...

CORNWALL’S VOLUNTEER FIRE Department will host an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m.-noon at their Route 30 station. Independent photo/John S. McCright
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department invites townspeople to an open house on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 a.m. to noon at the fire station located at 1952 Route 30.  Folks can learn more about what Cornwall’s first responders do and how the department works, whether just curious, looking for a fun thing to do with kids, or interested in how one can contribute to the work of the department. A medical helicopter will land for a visit, too. The CVFD is always in need of people interested in learning more about treating injuries and fighting fires, but there is a job for everyone in the...

CARI W., A Vermont Special Olympian, tests out a RAD RaceRunner running frame at the Middlebury College track. The frame allows individuals with balance and mobility challenges propel their bodies under their own power and, if they wish to, compete in a sport.
CORNWALL — RAD-Innovations LLC, which custom builds adaptive bikes for people with disabilities, recently announced availability of its RAD RaceRunner running frame. The RAD RaceRunner running frame is designed for use by individuals challenged with balance, range of motion and mobility resulting from cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, spina bifida, stroke, or amputation, for example.  Athletes use running frames to compete in the sport of RaceRunning, which is an internationally recognized disability sport. While RaceRunning is established in Europe and gaining interest in other parts of...
CORNWALL — Vermont State Police are investigating a fatal, one-vehicle crash in which a Middlebury man is believed to have deliberately driven into the Otter Creek near the temporary bridge that connects Swamp Road in Salisbury and Creek Road in Cornwall during the early afternoon of Tuesday. At 12:54 p.m. on Aug. 20, troopers were called to the site where a historic covered bridge stood until it burned down three years ago. They found the victim — 67-year-old Joseph H. LaRocque — inside his submerged vehicle. Emergency responders tried in vain to revive LaRocque, who was later pronounced...
Amy Oxford invented an ergonomic rug-hooking needle in 1995. Since then, she's been running her business and teaching rug hooking from an old farmhouse in Cornwall, Vermont. But recently, business has been booming — ever since #oxfordpunchneedle started trending on Instagram.

THE WETLAND RESERVE Easement program has been especially popular with landowners in Addison and Rutland counties, with more than 3,000 acres of farmland enrolled in the program along Otter Creek. That land accounts for 68 percent of the total land enrolled in WREs statewide. Image courtesy NRCS
CORNWALL — Farmers and other landowners who are worried that an effort to reclassify the Otter Creek Wetland Complex as a Class I wetland would affect their current eligibility for federal conservation funds needn’t worry, according to representatives of the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. “Based on our current understanding of a Class I Wetland, if someone is allowed to keep farming (within the buffer), it shouldn’t impact the value of their land for the purposes of our program,” said James Eikenberry, a wetland specialist for NRCS who overseas the WRE program in Vermont....

CRAIG ZONDAG, THE Lemon Fair Insect Control District’s field coordinator/biologist, looks through a microscope at an example of one of the more that 25 varieties of mosquitos known to buzz around the member towns of Bridport, Cornwall and Weybridge. Independent photo/John Flowers
WEYBRIDGE — Lemon Fair Insect Control District officials received more than 20 mosquito complaints last week from residents in the LFICD’s three member communities, and they are ramping up education efforts to reduce spawning grounds for the pesky, blood sucking vectors. The LFICD,  made up of Bridport, Cornwall and Weybridge, was created in 2006 to battle seasonal mosquito infestation in the lands along the Lemon Fair River. The district, with support from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, spreads mosquito larvicide in floodplain areas where mosquitos are likely to breed following heavy...

GARY MARGOLIS, A poet from Cornwall, has recently published a book of poems inspired in part by his time volunteering in a maximum security prison, where he facilitated poetry and writing workshops for inmates. Independent photo/Steve James
CORNWALL — When’s the last time you wrote a poem? For some of us, it was a long time ago… like, before Facebook, OMG — back when journals served as outlets for inward, emotional tweens. For others, like Gary Margolis, poetry is a daily practice. Every morning when this poet wakes up in his Cornwall home, he gets up and heads out for an hour’s walk down Sperry and Bordeau roads. “It’s a way for me to get into my body easily,” Margolis said. “It’s meditative. I go out with no expectations of writing.” He opens himself up to what he sees, hears and feels. “It’s about being open to whatever it is...


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