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ADDISON COUNTY RESTAURANTS are having to pare back operating hours in light of an ongoing shortage of workers, made worse by the return of summer workers to schools and colleges. Cubber’s Restaurant in Bristol has posted this sign in an attempt to woo job applicants. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — An ongoing labor shortage is forcing an increasing number of area food-service businesses to either reduce their operating hours, transition to takeout only, or temporarily replace some of their in-house hours with a food truck option requiring less staff to manage. In related news, Middlebury College and Better Middlebury Partnership officials are organizing a job fair that would pair college student workers with local businesses in dire need of employees. A specific date and time for the job fair had yet to be finalized as the Independent went to press on Wednesday, but it...
RIPTON — With the town of Ripton essentially home-free in its bid to separate from the Addison Central School District (see vote story), the tiny town now faces the huge task of finding an entity that could help it secure special education, transportation, central office and other crucial services for its students. The newly elected Ripton School Board has been counting on the town being paired with a supervisory union in the region that could provide the aforementioned services. But officials recently received discouraging news from two sources that could make their quest even harder: • ...
MIDDLEBURY — Small numbers of voters in six Addison County towns showed up at the polls on Tuesday to approve Middlebury’s $323,000 investment in a solar project in Bristol’s former landfill, and to endorse a financial separation agreement between the town of Ripton and the Addison Central School District. Middlebury residents voted 530-109 to buy into the 500-kilowatt Bristol Community Solar (BCS) project through a 25-year bond. The Acorn Energy Co-op is the local nonprofit spearheading the solar array, which will be built at the site of the former Bristol landfill off Pine Street....

BILL CUNNINGHAM, PAST president of the Middlebury Union High School Alumni Association, said the fate of the organization will likely be decided at its annual meeting on Sept. 25. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury High School/Middlebury Union High School Alumni Association (MUHSAA) was born in 1985 over a couple of beers at the American Legion Post 27’s former meeting hall off Creek Road. Things got off to a grand start. At one point, the association counted more than 650 members, with an active board of directors that coordinated an alumni magazine, the annual homecoming celebration, the selection of inductees into the MUHS Hall of Fame, and a super-successful scholarship fund to assist new graduates headed for higher education. But 36 years after its founding, MUHSAA finds...

LONGTIME ADDISON COUNTY auctioneer Tom Broughton will be retiring this weekend after 54 years in the business. Independent photo/Steve James
BRIDPORT — When Tom Broughton’s on a roll, you won’t hear a lot of pauses, inflection or punctuation in his discourse. It’s more stream-of-consciousness, embellished with hand gestures, glances and nods. “Who’ll give me $110 for this desk?” “OK, I’ve got $110 here, who’ll give me $120, right there, how about one-and a-quarter, anyone, anyone, OK, $120, am I all done, going once, twice, sold for $120.” It’s the familiar, staccato patter of an auctioneer, a language in which Broughton has become fluent during his more than half-century helping area residents liquidate estates, sell off personal...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will go to the polls on Tuesday, Aug. 31, to cast ballots on a proposal to invest in a Bristol-based solar project to the tune of $323,000. On the same ballot Middlebury voters will be asked to endorse the financial terms of the town of Ripton’s exit from the Addison Central School District. The shire town joins five other ACSD towns in casting ballots on a proposed deal that will ensure Ripton can leave the district not owing, or being owed, any money (See separate story here). SOLAR BOND VOTE Middlebury Energy Committee last month recommended the town buy...

GOVERNOR PHIL SCOTT in the labyrinth in Middlebury's new Lazarus Park. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — It is, comparatively speaking, a virtual postage stamp within the context of the town of Middlebury’s overall 39.2 square miles. Though tiny in size, Lazarus Park on Saturday, Aug. 21, drew a legion of dignitaries — including Gov. Phil Scott and State Transportation Secretary Joe Flynn — to celebrate the newly created public space as an emblem of a legendary family’s generosity. It was also the symbolic end to a four-year rail tunnel construction project that tested the collective mettle and patience of those living, working and traveling through downtown Middlebury. Around 60...
MIDDLEBURY — The searing national debate over what kinds of flags should be permitted to fly on government flagpoles continues to play out in Middlebury, where the Addison Central School District board on Monday evening couldn’t agree on a policy direction after 80 minutes of impassioned discussion. The board finished deadlocked, 6-6, on a proposed policy that would have given school officials the power to vet individual flag proposals for the main flagpole that fronts Middlebury Union High School’s main entrance off Charles Avenue. A tie vote meant the motion failed; board member Lindsey...
MIDDLEBURY — Saturday was indeed a day of giving thanks and congratulations in Middlebury, as residents and visitors alike hailed the newly minted Lazarus Park and a downtown transformed by a just-completed tunnel project. Gov. Phil Scott praised those responsible for the improvements, but also asked Vermonters in general to take a bow for their collective actions in battling the COVID-19 pandemic. During a brief speech at Lazarus Park amid oppressive heat and humidity, Scott acknowledged a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, largely associated with the aggressive Delta variant of the virus. But...

VOTERS IN SIX Middlebury-area towns will be asked to endorse a financial agreement for Ripton’s separation from the Addison Central School District. Gov. Phil Scott weighed in on the subject of fractured school districts during a swing through Addison County on Saturday. Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Residents in six Addison Central School District (ACSD) towns will vote on Tuesday, Aug. 31, on whether they endorse the financial terms of the town of Ripton’s exit from the district. The proposed deal would ensure Ripton can leave the district not owing, or being owed, any money. The financial separation agreement — which will be fielded by voters in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge — essentially calls for Ripton to take over the approximately $150,000 in debt remaining on a solar energy project installed at its local school back in 2013....

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