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LONGTME MIDDLEBURY SELECTMAN Victor Nuovo resigned from the board this week following 12 years of services. The board’s senior statesman, Nuovo celebrates his 89th birthday this Friday and wants to devote more time to his passion: Philosophy. Independent photo/John S. McCright
11/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo has resigned from the selectboard, citing his desire to probe the philosophical mysteries of life during the balance of his golden years. Nuovo, who marks his 89th birthday on Nov. 13, is the Charles A. Dana Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at Middlebury College. He’s been a celebrated scholar, educator and writer in that field for six decades. At the same time, Nuovo has been a dedicated community volunteer. He joined the selectboard in 2006, serving until 2014. He returned to the board in 2016. He was the most tenured member of the board, serving...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS Ali DePaolo, left, Ryan Ashe and Jack Eschert recently dropped off more than 20 boxes of nonperishable food items to the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter in Middlebury to feed the local homeless population. Eschert organized the food drive, which he hopes will be the first of many. Photo courtesy of Doug Sinclair
11/12/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College sophomore Jack Eschert has been helping others for about as long as he can remember. It probably started when, at age 5, he joined the Cub Scouts in his hometown of Avon, Conn. “That experience opened my eyes to a lot of things,” Eschert, now 20, said during a recent phone interview. “Growing up in a suburban town in Connecticut, it’s very easy to lose sight of everything outside the suburban-town bubble.” He’s busted through that bubble in a big way, and Middlebury-area homeless are the beneficiaries. Eschert, with help from fellow students Ali DePaolo and...

ERIC DAVIS
11/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont’s 2020 election results are in, resulting in a little shakeup in the current roster of top state officials. Democrat Molly Gray will succeed Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, who was unsuccessful in his effort to unseat Gov. Phil Scott. But political pundits are already looking ahead to 2022, when the potential retirement of a few longtime incumbents could bring some new faces to state offices and U.S. Congress. Addison Independent columnist Eric Davis, professor emeritus of political science at Middlebury College and a nationally recognized expert on Vermont and national...

MIDDLEBURY ASSISTANT TOWN Clerk Melissa Wright helps Middlebury College first-year student Toby Graf register to vote at the Recreation Center on Election Day. Graf’s absentee ballot had not arrived from his home state of California and he really wanted to vote in his first presidential election. Independent photo/John S. McCright
11/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters turned out in record numbers on Tuesday to follow statewide trends in endorsing presidential candidate Joe Biden, Gov. Phil Scott and Lt. Gov.-elect Molly Gray. Addison County’s turnout was 78.15%, according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office. With one town left to report on Wednesday morning, Vermonters had cast 358,261 ballots on Nov. 3, which equates to a 70.1% statewide turnout. While a record in the number of votes cast, during the election of 2008 (when President Obama was elected to his first term), the state recorded 326,000 ballots cast...
11/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman breezed to victory in the race for Addison County High Bailiff, a contest that turned out to be one of Addison County’s most active and expensive clashes on Nov. 3. With the small community of Whiting yet to report its results Wednesday morning, Silberman held an insurmountable 10,425-7,464 advantage over the closest of his two competitors, Middlebury Republican Ron Holmes. Independent candidate Michael Elmore of Addison — a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department — was in third place, with 2,501 votes. “I’m proud to have run a...
11/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Incumbent Democratic state Sens. Ruth Hardy and Christopher Bray easily won re-election on Tuesday to the senatorial district that includes Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore. Hardy, a Middlebury resident, topped the five-person field with 13,061 tallies, earning her a second consecutive term in the state’s highest chamber. Bray, a Bristol resident who chairs the Senate Natural Resources & Energy Committee, placed second, with 12,526 votes. He is rounding out his fourth term in the Senate. Republican challengers Peter Briggs of Addison (8,008 votes) and Jon...
11/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Addison-1 Reps. Amy Sheldon and Robin Scheu, both Democrats, easily won re-election on Tuesday in the two-seat House district that encompasses Middlebury. Sheldon — a natural resource planner who chairs the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee — was the top vote-getter in the three-person race, earning 3,137 tallies. She’s been an Addison-1 representative since 2015. Scheu, a member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, placed second, with 2,874 votes. Scheu most recently worked as executive director of the Addison County Economic...

MUMS PRINCIPAL KRISTIN Holsman-Francoeur
11/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Students returned to classes just seven weeks ago, but Middlebury Union Middle School officials are already getting ready for next fall, which will signal a landmark event in MUMS’s 25-year history. When the curtain comes up on the 2021-2022 academic year, MUMS will — for the first time — begin absorbing sixth-graders from the Addison Central School District’s seven elementary schools in Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. It’s all part of the ACSD’s ongoing pivot to an International Baccalaureate curriculum, which includes a Middle Years...

A new report from the Middlebury Economic Health Committee suggests ways the town could attract and grow businesses.
10/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury should resume its economic development efforts through a new entity — either hired or volunteer — that would reach out to business prospects, as well as invest in better broadband infrastructure to boost nascent and growing enterprises in Addison County’s shire town. Those are but two in a series of recommendations contained in a report released this week by the Middlebury Economic Health Committee (MEHC). The Middlebury selectboard created the committee in 2018 to recommend economic development tools, policies, strategies and actions the community could employ to...

JUST AS THE harvest season is wrapping up, a crop of lawn signs endorsing political candidates has popped up around Addison County, including a batch in Middlebury supporting Democrats. Independent photo/John S. McCright
10/29/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — All eyes on Nov. 3 will be squarely fixed on the tumultuous race for U.S. president featuring Democrat Joe Biden versus incumbent Republican Donald Trump. But the 2020 General Election is giving Addison County residents many additional reasons to vote, with contested races in all six of the local House districts, for state Senate, and even for the countywide position of high bailiff. The Independent here provides a quick overview of those running in each race, along with info on what local candidates had raised and spent as of the Oct. 15 campaign finance filing deadline. The...

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