John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Recently hired Porter Medical Center President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the aftermath of a PMC board investigation into allegations he plagiarized material for a series of weekly messages to the hospital community. Dr. Choudhury started at Porter as chief operating officer on April 29 and took the mantle as president on June 1, when previous Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin returned to his full-time responsibility as an Emergency Department physician. However, Choudhury faced some criticism late in the summer that his weekly emails...

ANNE SCHULZE, LEFT, and Janet Schulze Swain search through the Addison Independent archives for scraps of news about their sister, Lynne Schulze, a Middlebury College student who disappeared from town on Dec. 10, 1971. Almost 48 years later, investigators continue to seek answers into what happened to Schulze. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Schulze family puts together an annual calendar matching photos with the birthdates of the many members of the Connecticut-based clan. Individuals play a recurring, starring role on the day they came into the world. Lynne Schulze’s face is featured twice in her family’s calendar. Once on Feb. 9, when she was born in 1953. And again on Dec. 10, the date on which she disappeared from Middlebury, in 1971. Lynne’s sisters, Anne Schulze and Janet Schulze Swain, are still hoping to clear up the mystery surrounding their sibling’s fate. They were in town last week for two days to...

THE JUNEBUG MOTHER and Child shop in Middlebury is again running its “Cozy Kids” program that will provide free winter clothing to Middlebury-area kids in need. Pictured, left to right, are Junebug stalwarts Janet Lapiner, Lynn Kiel, Salinn Ranney, Jenna Sonneborn and Maria Graham. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — As the thermometer drops en route to another frigid Vermont winter, a local nonprofit is raising money to make sure children from area low-income households have access to warm clothing. It’s called “Cozy Kids,” a program of Middlebury’s Junebug Mother and Child shop at 211 Maple St. The program uses financial donations to buy high-quality, waterproof winter clothing for children attending Middlebury-area schools. Established in 2009 in the Starr Mill building, Junebug bills itself as “a funky little non-profit resale shop” that offers “carefully curated, affordable clothing for...

FALL OFFERS PRIME hiking conditions in Addison County, and Roxie the goldendoodle wants to get in on the act.
ADDISON COUNTY —  The fall, for my family, has always been synonymous with hiking. With its blazing foliage, rustic trails and scenic mountain vistas, Addison County is a hub for autumn outdoor activities. We like to take full advantage. My wife Dottie and I used to simply don sturdy shoes, pack a water bottle and a snack, and head to the hills. Now it’s a little more complicated. Our backpack now includes a harness, kibble and poop bags. Yes, a 5-month-old miniature goldendoodle has joined our hiking expeditions. And let’s just say that can make things more interesting. Roxie is what you...

PEGGY FISCHEL IS one of six volunteers who staff Homeward Bound’s new HUB program that offers supplemental food, parasite preventatives and medical-care subsidies for the pets of qualifying low-income families. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s humane society, has launched a new program that will help low-income residents having a tough time affording their beloved pets. It’s called the HUB, and it provides supplemental food, parasite preventatives and subsidies for qualifying folks to get medical care for their pet dogs and cats. Client households must have an income no greater than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline, which is currently $51,500 for a family of four. The HUB owes its existence to generous donations, grant support, volunteers and hard work by Homeward Bound...

NURSE PRACTIONER LAURA Wilkinson, left, and Dr. Jessica Rouse have joined forces to form a new family health practice called Village Health, which will soon open in downtown Middlebury’s Star Mill building. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Nurse Practitioner Laura Wilkinson and Dr. Jessica Rouse have been good friends for years. Now the pair will be professional colleagues in a new private family health practice office called Village Health, to open later this month in the former Junebug location at 5 Park St. in the Star Mill building. Village Health will be a membership-based family care practice, caring for patients from infancy to their senior years. Services will include preventative care, treatment for common illnesses, care for chronic conditions, health screening, and laboratory services.  And starting in...

JAMIE MONTAGUE AND Caleb Basa, executive director and programs coordinator, respectively, of the Middlebury Area Land Trust, display an example of the 17 new informational signs that will adorn the Trail Around Middlebury. The community will celebrate the popular 18-mile footpath’s 30th birthday at WhistlePig Farm in Shoreham on Oct. 10. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) has added new staff, new education programming and new signs to celebrated its Trail Around Middlebury (TAM), which this year is marking its 30th birthday. Established in 1987 as the “Middlebury Land Trust,” the small nonprofit has had great success conserving environmentally significant farmland and forestland in and around Addison County’s shire town. But the organization’s crowing achievement has been the TAM, a more than 18-mile footpath that encircles Middlebury village and links several hundred acres of municipal land, conserved...

THIS “SPIRIT PHOTO” from 1886 shows Weybridge “mesmeric physician” Soloman W. Jewett surrounded by apparitions. This photo is part of a Sheldon Museum exhibit titled “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Photo courtesy Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — Solomon Jewett (1808-94) of Weybridge kept a very impressive guest list. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Prince Albert of England. The Virgin Mary. Oh, and since they were all deceased, Jewett didn’t even need to open his door; as spirits, they all drifted in through the walls and hovered above his head. And he had the photos to prove it. Jewett’s “spirit photos” and other otherworldly keepsakes are now on display at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. They’re part of an exhibit titled, “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical...

WORKERS LATE LAST week frame a new outdoor deck at the Stone Mill building in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow, which by the end of October will host retail, restaurant, office and lodging services for locals and visitors. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Extensive interior renovations to Middlebury’s Stone Mill building are nearing completion, with current plans calling for the historic Mill Street structure to open its menu of businesses, workspaces and lodging — and the Mad Taco Restaurant — by the end of October. Business partners Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey of Community Barn Ventures sat down with the Independent on Thursday to discuss the latest news on the Stone Mill, which they acquired late last year from Middlebury College. They’re investing considerable time and expense in making the building a downtown hub for...
CORNWALL — Eleven months after Bridport, Cornwall and Middlebury leaders urged the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to “immediately” make major safety improvements to a notorious stretch of Route 125 near Cider Mill Road the road remains untouched. On Nov. 7, 2018, local officials made the plea to fix the road where a Shoreham man was killed following a collision with a fire truck on Sept. 13 of that year. While VTrans officials are promising installation of some short-term safety measures by next summer — including rumble stripes along the centerline of the road and more signs — no...


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