John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday got its first look at a proposed development playbook for the community’s downtown, a 138-page document that suggests areas where housing, artistic endeavors and a thriving retail/restaurant scene could flourish with the right investment and foresight. The “2020 Downtown Middlebury Master Plan” has been three years in the making, a product of many hours of public testimony and the collective efforts of the town’s planning commission, Director of Planning & Zoning Jen Murray, and a consulting team that included Town Planning & Urban...

MIDDLEBURY — After a six-year hiatus, Middlebury Republican Tom Hughes is back on the ballot in his attempt to win one of two seats representing Addison County’s shire town in the Vermont House. Hughes, 64, is the lone challenger on the 2020 ballot for the Addison-1 race, which also features incumbent Democratic Reps. Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon. He realizes Middlebury is about as “blue” as a Vermont legislative district can get, and acknowledges he hasn’t been actively campaigning. But Hughes believes every race should be contested for the good of democracy. “I want to give the voters an...

MIDDLEBURY BUSINESS OWNER Matthew Delia-Lobo was one of three members of the group IDEAL (Invest, Divest, Educate, Abolish, Liberate) who gave the Middlebury selectboard a presentation on the history of systematic racism and its continuing impact today. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The members of the Middlebury selectboard asked for a tutorial on white supremacy and the root causes of racism. And that’s just what they got on Oct. 13 — a thorough primer that left town officials moved and searching for more information in the quest for racial justice in Addison County’s shire town and beyond. The presentation, titled “Racism in Vermont,” was delivered by members of Middlebury IDEAL, which stands for “Invest, Divest, Educate, Abolish, Liberate.” The group is a collective of Middlebury-area residents working to “reduce systemic harm by creating new policies,...

ADDISON CENTRAL SCHOOL District lead Nurse Kelly Landwehr, RN, shown in the stands at the Middlebury Union High School football field, is the districts COVID-19 coordinator. She’s among a long list of district health care workers and custodial staff who are working hard to ensure no one contracts the coronavirus on campus. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Being a school nurse carries huge responsibilities. Tending to cuts, bruises, headaches, hamstring pulls and upset stomachs are but a fraction of the job. There’s also following up on student medical records, ensuring everyone is up to date on vaccinations, and being a medical sounding board for school educators, staff, children and parents. Well, you can multiply those responsibilities times two these days, with the COVID-19 pandemic. And Kelly Landwehr — the lead nurse for the entire Addison Central School District — is in the thick of the new protocols, precautions and...

ADDISON COUNTY SHERIFF’S Department Sgt. Mike Elmore is one of three candidates vying for the post of high bailiff on Nov. 3.
ADDISON — Addison County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Mike Elmore has always loved law enforcement. Politics? Not so much. But he’s nonetheless thrust himself into the local political arena this fall to compete for the position of Addison County high bailiff. Elmore, an independent, is in a three-way race that includes Middlebury Republican (and former high bailiff) Ron Holmes and Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman. Silberman beat Holmes 3,962 to 2,298 in a Democrat primary runoff on Aug. 11. But Holmes won the most write-in votes in the Republican primary and is repesenting the GOP in the Nov....

SHOREHAM — Shoreham Democrat Ruth Shattuck Bernstein always knew she’d eventually run for the Vermont House. But the timing never seemed right. Three young children to raise, bills to pay. She filed her political quest under “some day.” Well, “some day” is here, and it arrived based on several unanticipated events, according to Bernstein. They include the potential closure of Shoreham Elementary School, ongoing erosion of the state’s farming industry, and, most recently, a decision by fellow Shoreham Democrat Barb Wilson to withdraw from the race to represent the Addison-Rutland district,...

BENSON — At age 76, Richard “Sensei” Lenchus could probably still flatten most men half his age. He’s earned more martial arts awards and titles than just about anyone. But Lenchus, who these days is a professional architect, is now involved in a different kind of clash — in the political arena. And this time he won’t be scored on the number of blows or takedowns he lands. His judges on Nov. 3 will be voters in the Addison-Rutland House district, which Lenchus hopes to represent in Montpelier for the next two years. He’s in a three-person race that includes incumbent Rep. Terry Norris, I-...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Cory Lozier, former leader of the VSP’s Tactical Services Unit, is the new commander of the New Haven barracks.
NEW HAVEN — The former commander of the Vermont State Police’s Tactical Services Unit has taken command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks. Lt. Cory Lozier succeeds former New Haven barracks leader Capt. Matthew Daley, recently named the new head of the VSP’s Troop A. Troop A encompasses the VSP barracks in Williston, St. Albans, Middlesex, St. Johnsbury and Derby. Lozier takes the helm of a barracks that, when fully staffed, has 16 uniformed personnel, including 11 troopers, four sergeants, and the lieutenant. The New Haven barracks is currently carrying a few vacancies because of some injuries...

RONNIE ROMANO PLAYS a keyboard in the “Cathedral Studio” at the bottom of the Elderly Services stairway with a group of seniors watching and enjoying the music via a Zoom connection. Photo courtesy of Ken Schoen
MIDDLEBURY — If there was one silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was that arrived at the beginning of spring, when people of all ages could at least congregate outdoors with appropriate face attire and social distancing. But a Vermont winter is nipping at our collective heels, prompting concerns about how seniors will be able to interact with other people and access diversions when their universe becomes distilled to just a few rooms at home. “It’s not a happy picture,” said Joanne Corbett, executive director at Elderly Services Inc., known as ESI. “We, at ESI, feel like what you’re...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury officials are considering a series of steps for reducing carbon emissions created by municipal operations by 80% during the next 10 years, a game plan that would include converting building heating systems to cold-climate electric heat pumps, and transitioning to electric for town vehicles. The ideas being considered in Middlebury could be replicated or modified for use in other Vermont towns. The idea was recently pitched to the selectboard by the Middlebury Energy Committee, led by Howard Widelitz. He and fellow committee member Richard Hopkins outlined a plan...


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