John Flowers

SALISBURY — Salisbury officials are reminding residents their municipal landfill will stop accepting trash on Saturday, Aug. 31, after which R&L Haulers will begin running a mini transfer station at the site off Upper Plains Road. As recently reported by the Independent, the Salisbury “dump” is ending its more than 30-year run and its status as the state’s last operating unlined landfill. While it will no longer accept garbage, it will continue to offer other amenities — such as a drop-off site for scrap metal, electronics and yard waste. It will also maintain a shed at which folks can...

MANY PEOPLE HELPED advance a plan to build an anaerobic digester facility at the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury that will extract renewable natural gas from manure and food scraps. Pictured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm on Tuesday are, from left, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman, Goodrich Farm managers Danielle Goodrich and Chase Goodrich, and Middlebury College Executive Vice President David Provost. Independent photo/Steve James
SALISBURY — Founders of Salisbury’s Goodrich Family Farm could never have imagined years ago that the financial salvation of their enterprise would be found in the manure of their dairy cows and in food waste. But those unlikely ingredients — with a large measure of technology — will write a new chapter for the farm and potentially others like it throughout the Northeast. Goodrich family members on Tuesday joined Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and leaders of Middlebury College, Vermont Gas and Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a...

MIDDLEBURY REGIONAL EMS Director Teena Betourney, left, has turned over the organization’s administrative reins to former Deputy Director Kate Rothwell. Rothwell, a paramedic, will serve as interim leader as the MREMS board searches for a permanent director. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) board has once again looked within the organization’s ranks for new leadership. The board has picked Deputy Director Kate Rothwell to guide the county’s largest ambulance service during the search for a new executive director. Rothwell, also a paramedic and MREMS’s lead trainer, is taking the reins from Teena Betourney, who recently decided to pare back her duties as she contemplates retirement. Betourney will serve as the organization’s office manager and has pledged to assist in the leadership transition. The nonprofit MREMS has 51 full- and...
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury Union High School Principal William Lawson will retire at the end of this academic year. Lawson, who took the helm of MUHS in 1995, announced his retirement plans this month in order to give Addison Central School District officials ample time to recruit his replacement. MUHS, and indeed all schools in Addison Central, are transitioning to the International Baccalaureate program. That switchover is slated to be done by next June, and Lawson realizes the importance of installing a new MUHS leader with IB experience. “We want to make (IB) a solid part of the...

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE are expected at Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival screenings this Thursday through Sunday, as well as after-show talks, like this one last year with director Anna Lueck. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — For four years, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) has showcased many outstanding movies from folks just breaking into the industry. Now instead of simply giving aspiring filmmakers applause for their great work, the MNFF will be able to give a hand up to young moviemakers seeking to take their scripts from paper to the silver screen. With MNFF5 kicking off with opening night festivities on Thursday, festival founder and Producer Lloyd Komesar this week confirmed creation of the “MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund.” The fund is designed to stimulate the making of...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Aug. 13 unanimously agreed to allocate $44,000 from the town’s conservation fund to help conserve 132 acres of the LedgEnd Farm off Painter and Munger roads. Owned by Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts, LedgEnd is currently the largest fallow deer farm in the state, according to Al Karnatz, the Vermont Land Trust’s (VLT) Champlain Valley farm director. The VLT is now raising the $510,000 purchase price for the LedgEnd conservation easement. Plans call for the VLT to conserve the remaining 140 acres of the farm at a later date, according to Karnatz. “...

PAUL SCHRADER'S WORK as a writer and director can be seen in such classic films as “Taxi Driver,” “Raging Bull” and “The Last Temptation of Christ.” Schrader’s latest film, “First Reformed,” will screen on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Town Hall Theater. Craven will conduct a Q&A with Schrader onstage from 4-5 p.m., after which he’ll be presented with MNFF’s “Sustained Excellence in Cutting Edge Filmmaking Award.”
MIDDLEBURY — The red carpet will be rolled out not only for the first- or second-time filmmakers screening their creations at the fifth annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) this week, but also for some well-established luminaries of the industry. The festival is expected to draw big crowds of cinema creators and enthusiasts from throughout the world to Addison County’s shire town for four days of screenings at multiple venues, Aug. 22 to 25. Organizers whittled down 340 film submissions to what they deemed the 75-85 best entries (to go along with around 20 curated films) that will...

MEMBERS OF THE Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer team position some sod at a Habitat for Humanity home on Seymour Street this past Thursday morning. They had picked up the sod off Main Street the night before, when it was a feature in the downtown Block Party. Photo courtesy of Ashley Cadwell
MIDDLEBURY — When we say the Middlebury Union High School boys’ soccer players took the field this past week, we mean it — literally. More than 20 members of the combined JV and varsity squads spent Wednesday evening, Aug. 14, dismantling sections of temporary sod from the downtown Middlebury Block Party (see Page 22) and then laid them back down on Thursday morning at a new Habitat for Humanity home site at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury. The repurposed sod has become “instant lawn” for a five-member family that will occupy the soon-to-be completed home by Thanksgiving, according to Addison...
MIDDLEBURY — At their Aug. 13 meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard unanimously agreed to install a combined total of 1,340 linear feet of guardrail along around a dozen sections of Creek Road to steer drivers away from the riverbank and deteriorating portions of the flood-damaged roadway.  Creek Road will become one way in the sections where guardrail is installed, along a stretch that begins near the Bingham property and extends to the vicinity of the Perrin property. A map of the guardrail locations can be found by logging on to tinyurl.com/ y58du6xr.  The selectboard made its...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard members on Aug. 13 agreed unanimously to ask the Vermont Agency of Transportation for electronic message boards to warn of height restrictions for vehicles entering the historic, double-laned Pulp Mill Bridge that links Middlebury with Weybridge across the Otter Creek at Seymour Street.  Middlebury residents Irene and Ed Barna recently alerted town officials to the potential damage the circa-1852 span could face from large vehicles — particularly during a 10- week period next summer when Merchants Row and Main Street are closed to trafffic as part of a...

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