LEADERS OF ST. STEPHEN’S Episcopal Church on the green will likely soon install a fence and perimeter lighting to deter people from relieving themselves in the building alcove that fronts the town park.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Increasing numbers of homeless folks seeking services in Middlebury are putting a strain on local police, who said they’re spending many hours responding to trespassing, assaults, disturbances and a variety of behavioral problems associated with some of those availing themselves of shelter and food in Addison County’s shire town.
Time spent sorting out complaints with transients — many of whom are from out-of-state and who are dealing with myriad mental health and substance addiction problems — is precluding police from devoting adequate time to regular patrol activities,...
WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN Middlebury on Wednesday continue to prepare the rail bed and surrounding property for a tunnel that will make the track suitable for passenger rail service, which is slated to start in 2021 if all goes well with the tunnel project.
Independent photo/ John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury — is likely to commence in 2021, barring any unforeseen delays in construction of the downtown Middlebury rail tunnel.
That’s the word from Dan Delabruere of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans). During a recent phone interview with the Independent, Delabruere discussed current planning for the expansion of the Ethan Allen Express from its current terminus in Rutland, all the way to the Queen City.
The Ethan Allen currently runs from New...
MIDDLEBURY — A 14-member committee has begun the search for a new Middlebury Union High School principal whom they hope to appoint this coming January.
The new administrative leader will succeed longtime MUHS Principal Bill Lawson. Lawson, who took the helm of MUHS in 1995, announced his retirement plans this past August in order to give Addison Central School District officials ample time to recruit his replacement.
MUHS, and indeed all schools in the Addison Central School District, are transitioning to the International Baccalaureate program. That switchover is slated to be done by next...
MIDDLEBURY — RiseVT has awarded The Blueprint for Health, in partnership with Porter Hospital, a $1000 grant to offer free cooking classes as part of the Blueprint’s Diabetes Prevention Program. The cooking classes will take place once per month for 12 months immediately following the one-hour-long Diabetes Prevention class. The cooking class will be led by Hannaford Career Center’s Culinary Arts Instructor Woody Danforth.
More than 1 in 3 people have a condition called prediabetes. This means their blood sugar levels are too high, but not yet high enough for a diagnosis of type 2 diabetes....
THE YAA! SAMAR Dance Theater will be coming to Middlebury for a residency Oct. 23-25. A master class will be held on Wednesday, a lecture demonstration on Thursday, and a final performance on Friday. All free and open to the public.
Photo / Samar King
MIDDLEBURY — The mission of Yaa! Samar Dance Theatre (YSDT), based in New York City and Palestine, is to create invigorating performance and education programs that expand access to — and promote understanding through — the arts. YSDT believes art should be liberating, transformative, and accessible to all. The company is committed to uniting diverse artists and audiences in the creative process.
On Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 4:30 p.m., company founder Samar Haddad King and Addison County native Zoe Rabinowitz will lead a Movement Matters master class designed to meet and challenge students...
RUTLAND — The Middlebury Union High School football team took a major and decisive step toward an undefeated regular season and the No. 2 seed for the Division I playoffs on Friday, when the Tigers ran over host Rutland, 42-7.
The Tigers improved to 7-0 heading into their regular-season finale, a home game this Friday at 7 p.m. vs. BFA St. Albans (4-3). A win will nail down the No. 2 seed behind also undefeated St. Johnsbury, which has earned more quality points and will earn the top seed with a win vs. Lyndon on Saturday.
Rutland dropped to 5-2 and can hold onto the No. 4 seed with a win at...
ADDISON COUNTY — In recent boys’ soccer action — mostly late last week, as Wednesday games were played after deadline — Middlebury and Vergennes earned wins, Otter Valley split two games, and Mount Abraham came up short.
Teams are in their final week of play, and the Vermont Principals’ Association will announce playoff pairings on Monday morning.
On Friday the 11th the Tigers blanked visiting Spaulding, 5-0, as Owen Palcsik scored twice and Eben Jackson and David Peters each set up two goals. Oliver Poduschnick, Andy Giorgio and Frank Wolff also found the net for MUHS, and Middlebury...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Aman Deol, 22, of Middlebury for driving under the influence, following a traffic stop at the intersection of Court Street and Mary Hogan Drive on Oct. 12.
Police said they measured Deol’s blood-alcohol content at 0.184 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
• Searched in vain for a driver who had sped away from the Willow Drive neighborhood after an alleged theft on Oct. 7. Police continue to investigate the incident.
• Cited Kurt F. Johnson, 26, of Leicester for retail theft, following an incident at...
MIDDLEBURY — The Massachusetts firm that is proposing to build a plant off Exchange Street to convert organic wastewater into electric power has reached an agreement with the Middlebury selectboard that will lower its fees to connect to the town’s wastewater system.
PurposeEnergy Inc. of Woburn, Mass., plans to use an anaerobic digester to extract energy from organic wastewater. Green Mountain Power would then distribute the electricity through the power grid. The technology is similar to GMP’s Cow Power program, but the PurposeEnergy plant would process waste byproducts from beverage and...
A DOROTHY PUTS some touches on her gourd creature at last year’s Page One Literacy Project Halloween party at the Swift House Inn. This year’s party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Inn.
Photo courtesy Samantha Scharf
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy Project is inviting families to come to its annual Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon-2 p.m. at the Swift House Inn. Page One Literacy Project is a program that visits elementary schools in Addison County weekly to read books and do crafts with the students there, promoting an overall love of literacy.
Each year, Page One hosts a Halloween event where they play Halloween games, do Halloween-themed crafts, decorate cookies and pumpkins, and read some thematic books. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the Halloween...