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...
CORRECTION: In a June 24 story regarding this topic, it was incorrectly stated that land within the buffer of a Class II or Class I wetland that is allowed to lay fallow for “a year or more might not be able to be returned to its fullest use, when in fact it is “five years or more.” CORNWALL/SALISBURY — Meetings in Cornwall and Salisbury aimed at providing information on a proposal to strengthen protections of wetlands along the Otter Creek south of Middlebury brought out a lot of people and a lot of questions last week. Conservation officials offered some answers and promised to come back...
Last year the Addison Independent published an article about the Cornwall Church and the community looking into their future. Much has happened in the ensuing year. Not big and noticeable events, more like the exploration or contemplation within. Now is time to update that article. It has been a surprising and exciting year for our congregation. We spent much time during the past year or two discussing what we want as a congregation and the future of our church. We had a part-time minister who had been our pastor for several years to lead us through these discussions. The time came for Mary...

BINGHAM MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY School students Morgan Jenne, left, Jackson Jacobs, Shawn Woodhouse, Lachlan Sears, Aven Frankovic and Ronan Young work together last Thursday to identify valuable assets on a map of Cornwall for a community mapping project at the school last week. Below right, Jens Hilke, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, checks in with Cornwall School students. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
CORNWALL — Being a kid is great, but it can also be a bummer. Grown-ups are always telling you what to do. “Do your homework.” “Eat your Brussels sprouts.” Yuck. But children at the Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall this past Thursday got a chance to tell adults what to do — specifically as it relates to the future development of their town. The students participated in a state-sanctioned “community values mapping project” — the first school in Vermont to do so — that will give them input into how Cornwall identifies, protects and nurtures its most valued resources, ranging from...

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