John Flowers


MONA ROGERS (LEFT) will retire this month as head of the Sarah Partridge Library, and pass the leadership baton to Laura Fetterolf. Independent photo/John Flowers
08/20/2020
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Mona Rogers had an impressive resume to show off when she interviewed to lead the Sarah Partridge Library in East Middlebury back in 2003. Educator. Business owner. World traveler. And, back in her teen years, experience as an assistant at the library in Massapequa, N.Y., where she grew up. But she believes it was a humorous-but-frank revelation she offered during her interview with then-Ilsley Library Executive Director David Clark that clinched the East Middlebury job. “I explained very logically to Dave that my whole house was arranged by the Dewey Decimal System,” Rogers...
08/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-area parents have been looking ahead to the start of school on Sept. 8 with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. Returning to campus will represent a return to “normal” for many families, even if it’s only for two days each week, with the other three days involving online studies. But there’s also been some anxiety about how children will be protected from COVID-19, and what will happen if a wave of the pandemic surges through the student body. The Addison Central School District (ACSD) late last week released a document that gives parents some answers. The 66-...
08/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Downsizing from seven to three elementary schools could save Addison Central School District taxpayers an estimated $3.3 million in year one, and $41.5 million over 10 years. Downsizing to four elementary schools would reduce costs by around $33 million over a decade. That’s according to ACSD administrators and a consultant that assessed the Middlebury-area’s education infrastructure. Those estimates were among several new pieces of information reviewed by the ACSD Facilities Committee as it coordinates a master plan for the district’s myriad school buildings. The ACSD includes...
08/20/2020
RIPTON — A Ripton man is spearheading an online citizens petition aimed at convincing the Addison Central School District board to suspend its work on a facilities master plan — which will likely include recommendations on elementary school closures — until the COVID-19 pandemic is over. The petition had garnered more than 559 signatures as the Independent went to press on Wednesday. “In the current situation, the education of our students necessitates all the energy and resources the district has available,” reads the petition, which is attributed to the “ACSD VT Citizen’s Alliance.” “This...

Click the PDFs at the end of the story to see Addison County's town by town voting on the governor's race, lieutenant governor's race and high bailiff's race.
08/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters during Tuesday’s primary elections followed statewide trends in picking Democrat Dave Zuckerman and Republican Phil Scott as their nominees for governor, and Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne as the finalists for the post of lieutenant governor. In the Democrat primary for lieutenant governor, political newcomer and assistant Vermont Attorney General Molly Gray won a surprising victory over Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe by winning over 90 percent of the state’s towns and doing well in Chittenden County, where Ashe has been a state...

DAVE SILBERMAN
08/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Dave Silberman bested fellow Middlebury Democrat Ron Holmes, 3,962 to 2,298, in the only contested primary election in Addison County on Tuesday, for high bailiff. Silberman, an attorney, campaigned on a platform of using the high bailiff’s position as a civilian “check and balance” over the sheriff’s office and to gain a platform to discuss criminal justice issues and drug policy reforms. He will now go on to face independent candidate Mike Elmore, a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD), in the Nov. 3 General Election. Silberman has raised $7,245 for his...

TWO MEMBERS OF the Vermont Miles for Meals relay team are Seth Jensen, left, who grew up in Vergennes and Middlebury, and Dylan McNamara from Vergennes. They are shown together at an earlier race. Photo courtesy of Dylan McNamara
08/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Seth Jensen rediscovered his love of distance running around five years ago. The 46-year-old graduate of Middlebury Union High School and Middlebury College is constantly challenging himself to improve his speed, fitness and endurance. This coming weekend, Jensen and six companions will have a lot more riding on their run than just a “personal best.” Each stride they take will bring them closer to their collective goal of running the vertical length of the Green Mountain State. They created the challenge for themselves as a way to celebrate their joy of running and raise much...

Jennifer Bertrand
08/13/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Hospital is asking the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) to green-light a fiscal year 2021 budget of $92.3 million to cover its expenses, an increase of $2.1 million compared to this year’s spending plan. Porter, which sustained major revenue hits this year from the COVID-19 pandemic, is also seeking permission for a 2.7% increase in net revenues — around $2.3 million — in order to deliver health care to Addison County residents next year.  If approved, the budget won’t result in an increase in inpatient or outpatient fees next year, according to the Middlebury hospital’s...
08/13/2020
ORWELL — The third vote was the charm for passing a fiscal year 2021 K-12 budget for the Slate Valley Unified Union District Schools (SVUUSD), which includes Orwell. District voters on Tuesday endorsed a trimmed, $26,402,586 spending plan by a razor-thin 16-vote margin — 1,324 to 1,308. The budget is $220,455 less than a proposal district residents defeated twice during the past five months. SVUUSD serves children in the communities of Orwell, Castleton, Benson, Hubbardton, West Haven and Fair Haven. Superintendent Brooke Olsen-Farrell was pleased the budget passed, but knows not everyone is...
08/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Local candidates vying for state and county offices this fall are off to a slow start in fundraising this year, and it’s pretty obvious why.  The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically curtailed conventional campaigning — including door-to-door stumping and fundraising socials. And it’s also extended the 2020 legislative session, and several incumbents have pledged not to actively ask for cash until the final gavel falls on the state’s business in Montpelier. Candidates for statewide, legislative and local office who spend or raise $500 or more in an election cycle must...

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