John Flowers


WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT SUSAN Humphrey has written a book called “The Path to Fernglade,” which charts the tragic death of her son and her grieving process through 10 years of letters she wrote about the experience. Photo courtesy Susan Humphrey
MIDDLEBURY — Dan Humphrey packed a lot of living in his 26 years. Educator, teacher, musician, athlete, husband. He was an inspiration to his family, friends and many others who marveled at his ability to face a terminal illness with bravery, dignity and at times, a touch of humor. His mom, Weybridge resident Susan Humphrey, is keeping her son’s memory alive with a book that not only eulogizes and celebrates Dan, but also provides emotional nourishment for those dealing with mind-numbing loss. The book, “The Path to Fernglade,” contains reminiscences, poems and letters that Susan sent to...

ANNE SEVERY, RIGHT, poses with MUHS choral teacher Liz LeBeau and members of the Tiger marching band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in 2017. After four decades bringing out the best in young musicians, Severy will retire at the end of this school year. Photo courtesy Anne Severy
MIDDLEBURY — Legendary Middlebury Union High School music teacher Anne Severy is playing the final notes of a 40-year career symphony — but don’t be surprised if she returns to the stage for an encore in a substitute role. She’s decided to retire this June and has this to ponder: She’s been in school — as either a student or educator — every year of her life since 1964. Severy, who grew up in Connecticut, comes from a family of teachers. Both her parents were educators — her mom at the college level. Her oldest brother was an art major who became a phys ed instructor, and her sister recently...
MIDDLEBURY — A new incentive program aimed at filling Middlebury’s downtown storefront vacancies has thus far wooed five aspiring entrepreneurs, and organizers were thrilled to report on Monday that Kick Start Middlebury now has $110,000 with which to assist new business ventures. Thanks to two recent gifts, that’s more than twice the initial $50,000 in seed money provided by the town. “After a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Middlebury last week and now Table 21’s match to the town’s initial $50,000 investment, we are absolutely thrilled to offer interested businesses a sizeable...
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents thought they’d dispensed with their 2020 tax bills last October. But the taxman cometh again, this time requesting retroactive payment of taxes that were understated last fall due to what local officials are calling “incorrect education tax rates incorporated in the 2020 tax bill.” “In August 2020, the Department of Taxes changed the procedure for publishing tax rates for individual towns,” reads a notice sent to Weybridge taxpayers recently. “The town made an error in translating the information. The result of the error is that the property tax rate for...

WORKERS HAVE BEGUN to mobilize at Middlebury’s Court Square for a massive water main replacement project that will involve a sizable section of Court Street. It’s one of several projects that will take place in Addison County’s shire town this summer and will include repaving of portions of Routes 7, 30 and 125. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — While the finishing touches are about to be made to the downtown Middlebury tunnel project, other construction and paving in and around the village could pose challenges for drivers starting next month and run through the summer. Those traveling through Middlebury are already noticing work in the Court Square area. It’s a major effort to replace an antiquated, failing water main with new conduit — 12-inch ductile iron pipe. Local residents last year approved a bond of up to $2.5 million to finance the water main improvements on Court Street, between Court Square and Cross Street...
MIDDLEBURY —  Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley is recovering following a heart attack suffered during the morning of Friday, April 2. During a brief email exchange with the Independent Monday morning, the chief said he also sustained a sprained knee and three broken toes during his collapse from the cardiac event — his second since helming Middlebury PD 30 years ago. The chief said he underwent successful emergency surgery at University of Vermont Medical Center. “The folks at UVM were fabulous, as was Middlebury Regional EMS and our two officers who were first responders,” Hanley said. “...

PAUL RALSTON HAS decided to sell Vermont Coffee Company to Maine-based Stonewall Kitchen, a move that the company’s officials said will keep — and grow — local jobs and lead to a new coffee shop in downtown Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Coffee Company has been sold to Maine-based specialty food producer Stonewall Kitchen in a deal that will keep VCC in Middlebury, retain (and possibly grow) the firm’s local workforce, and expand the market for its popular coffee products. The transaction will also result in Vermont Coffee absorbing more space within the Carrara complex at 1197 Exchange St., and lead to creation of a new downtown Middlebury café as soon as this fall. “As a purpose-driven company, finding the right home for our brand and the friends I’ve made was of the utmost importance to me,” said...

CANOES WILL AGAIN launch — albeit with socially distance paddlers — at Camp Songadeewin this summer. Songadeewin for girls, Keewaydin for boys and Point CounterPoint for young musicians will all be back in session on the shores of Lake Dunmore following a year lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Ellen Flight
SALISBURY — The familiar sounds of laughing, shouting, splashing and playing — both the youthful abandon and instrumental varieties — will once again tickle the ears of those living near Lake Dunmore this summer. That’s because three popular camps — Keewaydin, Songadeewin and Point CounterPoint — will reopen to children this summer after a one-year hiatus forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Demand has been high and is coming steadily at this point,” said Camp Songadeewin Director Ellen Flight, who reported the first month at both Songadeewin and Keewaydin is already booked solid, with waiting...

UNITED WAY OF Addison County officials are working on multiple fronts to get resources to people in need — including those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Also, three anonymous donors have pledged to match, dollar for dollar, contributions made to the UWAC by April 15. Pictured, from left, are Lee Bilson, Tim O’Toole, Helena Van Voorst, Steve Wilson, Alex Larrow and Erin Reed (missing are Jesse Brooks and Jessica Hellyer).
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents and businesses are demonstrating their trademark generosity at a time when it’s most needed, according to managers of the United Way of Addison County’s (UWAC), whose latest annual fund drive continues to face the formidable headwind of a pandemic. Still, even with an unprecedented demand for services by neighbors whose incomes have been decimated by COVID-19’s economic fallout, UWAC is just $77,000 short of reaching its 2020-2021 campaign goal of $635,000. A majority of these funds will be used to support two-dozen local nonprofits that deliver food,...
MIDDLEBURY — The sale of Vermont Coffee Company to Maine-based Stonewall Kitchen should pay dividends to Addison County for years to come. Not only will the transaction preserve and grow local jobs (see related story), it will result in the creation of a what Vermont Coffee founder Paul Ralston called a “new social venture” called Little Village Enterprises that will tackle food insecurity in the county. Staffed by former Addison County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Sue Hoxie, Little Village Enterprises, according to Ralston, will do “research and planning to try to address food...

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