John Flowers


TOWN HALL THEATER’S Jackson Gallery is hosting a new exhibit called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” providing a fascinating look at a mid-10th-century land-grant effort in the Adirondacks that sought to give Black New Yorkers the right to vote, in addition to farming opportunities. Photo courtesy John Brown Lives
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Galley has for many years showcased works of art that have stirred diverse emotions in those who have seen them. Beginning this past Sunday, Aug. 22, the gallery is the temporary home to a different kind of exhibit — one that primarily uses words to touch the heart and fill the mind with information about one of the region’s least-known attempts to deliver voting rights to people of color during the 19th century. It’s called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” and it unearths the fascinating story of Black land ownership in New York and Vermont. It will be on...

TOWN HALL THEATER’S Jackson Gallery is hosting a new exhibit called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” providing a fascinating look at a mid-10th-century land-grant effort in the Adirondacks that sought to give Black New Yorkers the right to vote, in addition to farming opportunities. Photo courtesy John Brown Lives
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Jackson Galley has for many years showcased works of art that have stirred diverse emotions in those who have seen them. On Sunday, Aug. 22, the gallery will be temporary home to a different kind of exhibit — one that will primarily use words to touch the heart and fill the mind with information about one of the region’s least-known attempts to deliver voting rights to people of color during the 19th century. It’s called “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” and it unearths the fascinating story of Black land ownership in New York and Vermont. It will be on display at the...

LINCOLN RESIDENT JEANNE Albert, a longtime educator and mathematician, is a member of the Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board, which will play a key role in reimagining legislative districts based on the 2020 Census results. Independent photo/John Flowers
LINCOLN —  With the goal of adhering to a “one-person, one vote” standard, the decennial reapportionment of legislative districts is “largely a mathematical exercise,” according to the Vermont Secretary of State’s website. If that’s the case, Lincoln’s Jeanne Albert — a lifelong mathematician — is indeed at home on the Vermont Legislative Apportionment Board (LAB), the seven-member panel charged with taking the most recent U.S. Census numbers to potentially reshape the Green Mountain State’s Vermont House and Senate districts based on population changes during the past 10 years. “I have an...

NEW MIDDLEBURY UNION Middle School Principal Michael Dudek is making ready for a student body that this fall will, for the first time, include the Addison Central School District’s sixth-graders. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — “Back to school day.” Exciting and a little scary for students, even under normal circumstances. But Middlebury Union Middle School on Aug. 25 will add an additional, unprecedented wrinkle or two to the beginning of this new academic year when it greets an incoming class that will include sixth-graders from the Addison Central School District member towns of Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. Oh, and if adding a new grade weren’t enough, MUMS is embarking on its 2021-2022 journey with a new principal, and a new curriculum based on the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District Board on Aug. 23 will decide whether to entertain requests to fly flags on district property that impart private messaging — such as the Black Lives Matter banner. It’s a topic that touches upon free speech, equity and patriotism, and it’s eliciting emotionally charged debate throughout the country — including the ACSD community. The board’s upcoming discussion and decision will be watched with particular interest by members of the Student Coalition On Human Rights (SCOHR), which last year requested that a BLM flag be flown at Middlebury Union...

DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY WILL host a big celebration on Saturday, Aug. 21, to mark the end of a massive, four-year rail tunnel project. The event will include dedication of Lazarus Park, featuring trees, grass and a fascinating labyrinth. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Last September, hundreds of mask-wearing people witnessed the grand opening of Middlebury’s new downtown railroad tunnel, a watershed moment during the four-year, $72 million project. On Saturday, Aug. 21, folks are again invited to flock to Middlebury village — this time to mark the long-awaited completion of a project that has tried the collective patience of people who live, work, shop and travel through downtown. While final project touch-ups will extend until the Tuesday after Labor Day, the heavy lifting will be over, and will have produced — among many other things — a 360...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District community will be expected to wear masks indoors for at least the first 10 days of classes this fall, in order to give officials a chance to calculate the percentage of eligible students who have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Addison Central officials are busy drafting a complete list of COVID-19 protocols that will be sent to school families next week. Superintendent Peter Burrows, ACSD lead nurse Kelly Landwehr, and the district’s recovery team are at the forefront of the planning. They’ll be taking into consideration (among...

A COMPANY CALLED Bird Rides Inc. is looking to offer a fleet of e-scooters in Middlebury, perhaps as soon as next spring.
MIDDLEBURY — A national company is seeking permission to establish a “stand-up electric scooter sharing system” in the town of Middlebury, beginning with a one-year trial that would likely begin next spring. The idea is that anyone with a smart phone app could grab one of the scooters at any time of day and rent it for a short period of time to zoom to appointments and errands around town. When the errand is done, the user would just leave the scooter for the next person. The proposal comes from Bird Rides Inc., which has created e-scooter sharing systems in more than 200 cities throughout...

WORKERS ARE BUSY installing a new septic system to serve the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s transfer station off Route 7 South in Middlebury. The district will also be improving its capacity to receive recyclables and food waste, as new statistics indicate the county is preventing almost 60% of its waste from ending up in landfills. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents are preventing almost 60% of their waste from ending up in landfills, as they continue to embrace reusing, recycling and composting. That’s one of the major takeaways from the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s 2021 “Solid Waste Implementation (SWIP)” report, submitted to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources last month. Updated every five years, a SWIP documents solid waste facilities and services offered in the trash district’s jurisdiction, and explains how solid waste will be managed and reduced to meet regional and state goals....

MIDDLEBURY NEW FILMMAKERS Festival Producer Lloyd Komesar, left, and Artistic Director Jay Craven are pleased to return to an in-person experience for movie enthusiasts Aug. 25-29, after having presented last year’s festival online due to COVID-19. Still, organizers are requiring that MNFF7 attendees show up vaccinated. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The co-star of one of cinema’s most iconic adventure films will help the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) return to an in-person event following a one-year, COVID-related break as a virtual offering. Karen Allen, who played Marion Ravenwood in 1981’s blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark,” will attend a 40th-anniversary screening of the film on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. and receive an MNFF award for “Sustained Excellence in Acting.” Festival organizers noted MNFF has in recent years screened “A Year by the Sea” and “Colewell,” two films that...

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