A COUPLE OF Lauren Ringey's dolls
Being stuck at home all day has probably inspired more than a few of us to revisit our passion projects and hobbies that have just been collecting dust in the basement for months. For Lauren Ringey of Cornwall the isolation of COVID-19 has reignited a creative flame for her handmade doll company.  “I’m home all day with my machine,” said the 30-year-old Middlebury Union High School grad who started sewing just four short years ago for her son. “I’ve been making a lot. Recently I advertised some stock that I had on Instagram and sold it really quickly. Then, because everyone is stuck at home...
The Friends of Cornwall School (FOCS) would like to thank a number of members of our community for their assistance. We held a fundraising dinner on Town Meeting Day, Monday, March 2. The success of this event relied on the generosity of member families of our school and several area businesses. Thanks to all your generous efforts FOCS raised over $300 to benefit the student body of the Anna Stowell Sunderland Bingham Memorial School in Cornwall, Vermont. These funds will help enrich the educational experience both during and after school for approximately 80 Cornwall students. In particular...

SHAWN O’NEIL AND his beloved dog My Lady
What do you get when you cross a dog and a calculator? A friend you can count on.   Cats are smarter than dogs. You can’t get eight cats to pull a sled through snow.   Every family had a favorite pet, be it a dog, cat, bird or lizard. I had several pets throughout my life. However, the pet that is the dearest to my heart is My Lady. I had My Lady as a boy. She was gorgeous. She had one blue eye and one brown eye. She had long soft brown hair. Lady was the runt of a litter of a dozen pups. Generally, runts were harassed. She was no exception at first. She was the smartest pup, however. Lady...

CHRIS KRAMER, OF Friends of Cornwall School, brought his 7-year-old son, Ethan, and 4-year-old daughter, Anna, to town meeting in the school that his kids attend. Independent photo/Steve James
CORNWALL — Cornwall residents passed all the money items on their ballot, but defeated two advisory referenda related to how Addison Central School District directors should be elected and the process for closing ACSD schools. Cornwall was one of four Addison Central School District communities that permitted a public vote on two petitioned items that the ACSD board had declined to place on the district ballot. The first article, which recommended that each ACSD board member be elected only by the voters of his or her hometown, was defeated by voice vote on Monday. Candidates are currently...
CORNWALL — Cornwall residents are in store for a fairly basic 2020 town meeting, with no contested elections and not a lot of business beyond the usual town, highway and school budget requests. But local residents will help decide two contested elections for the Addison Central School District board. One of them involves Ellie Bishop challenging Jennifer Nuceder for a three-year term representing Salisbury on the 13-member panel. The other features newcomer Christin Gardner and incumbents Mary Gill and Victoria Jette vying for two available slots representing Middlebury. Residents in all ACSD...

HONEY IN THE Hive is a family band including: Romy on fiddle, viola, flute, whistle, small pipes and feet; Ben on piano, mandolin and accordion; Andrew Munkres on five-string banjo, guitar and accordion; and Kristin Bolton on upright bass and feet.
CORNWALL — The Bolton/Munkres family band, Honey in the Hive, will offer a concert at the Cornwall Town Hall on Sunday, Jan. 26, from 2-3:30 p.m. They will perform music that’s inspired them from a wide variety of musical traditions including Appalachia, Cape Breton, French, Irish, Scottish and Scandinavia. Admission is by freewill donation. The concert is a fundraiser for Ben and Romy Munkres’ musical tour with Young Tradition Vermont (YTV) to Vermont’s Sister State: Tottori, Japan. There will be a variety of fundraising items for sale including CDs, honey products and raffle tickets for a V...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Mathew Billings, 36, of Cornwall for aggravated assault following an investigation of a reported knife-wielding man in a Jayne Court apartment on Dec. 30. Police said no one was injured in the incident. Billings was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of $10,000 bail, according to police. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted Middlebury Regional EMS with a medical call at a Wilmar Road home on Dec. 30. • Investigated a report on Dec. 30 of someone placing an unwanted political sticker on the outdoor bulletin board at...
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...


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