VERNON N. RILEY JR.
EAST MIDDLEBUTY — Vernon N. Riley Jr., of East Middlebury, Vt., born on Dec. 9, 1946. in Lebanon, Pa., to the late Mary and Vernon Riley Sr., passed away on March 12 after a long cancer illness. Vern was the oldest of three; sister Carolyn (Danyow) Riley, 16 months younger, and five-years-younger brother David.
Vern was married to his wife Yvonne Mary (Quesnel) for 38 years.
Vern graduated from MUHS Class of 1964, then joined the U.S. Navy that fall. After basic training at Great Lakes, Ill., he attended Naval School Training and served as a photographic interpreter of aerial photography...
COAST GUARD VETERAN Henry Haskell, left, and East Middlebury resident Toby Welch hang a replica of the East Middlebury Veterans Flag above the entrance to the Sarah Partridge Community House & Library Wednesday morning — Veterans Day — while Peggy Peabody looks on. Peabody sewed this replica (the original is at the Sheldon Museum), which features a blue star for every East Middlebury resident who served in World War II.
Independent photo/Steve James
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Early Wednesday morning, a trio of East Middlebury residents gathered at their village’s Sarah Partridge Community House and Library to raise a special flag on a special day.
Henry Haskell (who technically resides in Salisbury but really is only a stone’s throw from East Middlebury), Toby Welch and Peggy Peabody met at the library to hang the East Middlebury Veterans Flag on the front of the charming old East Main Street edifice. It’s a job they do twice a year — on Veterans Day and Memorial Day — to honor those men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces.
MONA ROGERS (LEFT) will retire this month as head of the Sarah Partridge Library, and pass the leadership baton to Laura Fetterolf.
Independent photo/John Flowers
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Mona Rogers had an impressive resume to show off when she interviewed to lead the Sarah Partridge Library in East Middlebury back in 2003.
Educator. Business owner. World traveler. And, back in her teen years, experience as an assistant at the library in Massapequa, N.Y., where she grew up.
But she believes it was a humorous-but-frank revelation she offered during her interview with then-Ilsley Library Executive Director David Clark that clinched the East Middlebury job.
“I explained very logically to Dave that my whole house was arranged by the Dewey Decimal System,” Rogers...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on March 3 authorized bonding for a combined total of up to $5.35 million for projects aimed at replacing an aging water main in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to avert future flooding in East Middlebury, and repurposing former sewer plant buildings into storage space for the municipal police department.
At stake were:
• A bond of up to $2.5 million to finance water main improvements to Court Square (the green across from the Middlebury Inn), including the intersection of Main Street/North Pleasant Street, Court Street (...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are investigating a Jan. 6 armed robbery at Mac’s Convenience Store on East Main Street. The same business was later the target of a burglar only three days later.
As previously reported by the Independent, a handgun-wielding man dressed in a green “hoodie” sweatshirt, dark-colored pants, and black mask walked into the store on Monday, Jan. 6, at around 8:50 p.m. and fired a shot into the floor, according to police. He then allegedly confronted the store clerk and removed cash from the register before firing the gun into the ceiling and leaving the store, police...
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are searching for an armed bandit who fired his gun — twice — while robbing Mac’s Convenience Store in East Middlebury on Monday night.
At about 10 minutes before 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, a man wearing a green coat, gloves, and dark-colored pants and shoes entered Mac’s displaying a handgun and discharged a round into the floor, according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher. The man then confronted the clerk and removed cash from a register drawer.
Upon leaving the store, the man fired another round from the handgun into the interior ceiling prior to...
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The East Middlebury Historical Society has developed a self-guided historical “Walking Tour” of the town. The brochure contains photographs, descriptions, and a map that together outlines the development of East Middlebury from the earliest days of English settlement through the early 20th Century.
The tour guide contains information about the early industrial development of the Middlebury River Gorge; the religious, economic, and social conditions in the town; and the inventive entrepreneurs, inventors, and political leaders who have lived there.
The guide was developed...
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will require a study of the potential environmental impacts of a $2 million plan to keep the Middlebury River from jumping its banks in East Middlebury village. This environmental assessment is expected to be one of the final hurdles before a scheduled start to construction next summer.
The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to cover the town’s 25-percent share of the estimated $5,274 assessment. FEMA will cover the rest.
The so-called East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project has been in the planning stages for...
REV. GEORGE KLOHCK, shown here in front Middlebury’s United Methodist Church, will serve as interim pastor at the East Middlebury United Methodist Church until a new permanent pastor is found.
Independent file photo/John S. McCright
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The members of the East Middlebury United Methodist Church will welcome the Rev. George Klohck on Sunday, Aug. 11, as their interim pastor. Pastor Rev. Bob Bushman, who has served the church for the past six years, gave his final sermon on Sunday, July 28.
Rev. Klohck will serve in August and September until a new pastor is appointed.
This church is not new to the Rev. George and Margaret Klohck, since Rev. Klohck served the United Methodist churches in Middlebury, East Middlebury and Ripton from 1984 to 1989. The Klohcks are happy about this opportunity.
On Aug. 11 the...
Several area organizations lent their support at last Monday’s Middlebury selectboard meeting to a proposal to build a multi-use gravel pathway from the Middlebury Union Middle School to East Middlebury. The pathway would depart the existing Trail Around Middlebury just south of the high school lacrosse field on Creek Road heading south on that existing gravel road, eventually cutting across to the east side of Route 7 and continuing to Route 125 and East Middlebury sidewalks.
Because it is relatively flat, and the path would be 4-feet wide or so, it would be ideal for family bike outings...