Middlebury


ALMOST TWO YEARS after floating their original request to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at Middlebury Union High School, students there will now be able to raise that banner.
MIDDLEBURY — Almost two years after floating their original request to fly the Black Lives Matter flag at Middlebury Union High School, students there will now be able to raise that banner. After many months of impassioned debate interrupted at times by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Addison Central School District board on Monday approved a policy that will allow the flying — for a limited time — of banners other than just the U.S. and Vermont flags on the primary flagpole at the entrance of any ACSD school. And the board made quick use of their new policy at the same meeting, unanimously...

AN ARCHITECTURAL SCAVENGER hunt launching this weekend will challenge locals and visitors alike to look at details on buildings and structures in downtown Middlebury, such as these, and answer questions. Those who participate before the end of November are eligible to win a prize. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Want to have some outside fun in downtown Middlebury, learn some things about Addison County’s shire town and earn the chance to win a prize? AIA Vermont, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, has launched a series of Architectural Scavenger Hunts taking place in towns throughout the state, including St. Albans, Brattleboro and Burlington. The fourth in this series will launch in Middlebury this Saturday, Oct. 16. A clues sheet will be available for download at tinyurl.com/MiddScavengerHunt, or copies can be picked up at the Ilsley Public Library. Participants will...
MIDDLEBURY — Advocates for the low-income population stressed, during a coronavirus-related surge in Addison County’s homeless population this past winter and spring, that simply leveraging hotel beds in times of crisis wouldn’t compensate for the area’s lack of affordable housing. And it’s not only the lowest rung of the economic ladder that the current housing market is failing to serve. Many workers with jobs can also have difficulty finding a home or apartment within their price range. Observers warn towns that charitable efforts to house people need to be buttressed with concrete efforts...

THE MIDDLEBURY SELECTBOARD is looking to rekindle an effort to build an economic development project on town-owned land behind the Ilsley Library. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants to rekindle efforts to develop a key, community-owned downtown parcel of land, but officials aren’t yet sure whether the town has the staffing or resources to push forward with planning for an economic development project at the site. At issue is the so-called Economic Development Initiative (EDI) property, a 1.42-acre parcel off Bakery Lane, behind the Ilsley Public Library. Around 15 years ago town and Middlebury College officials began exploring the concept of engaging a developer to erect a mixed-use building on the EDI site as a way to...
On Friday, Oct. 15, Town Hall Theater and Middlebury College professor Michole Biancosino present a play reading of “The Agitators” on the THT stage at 7 p.m. The play, written by Mat Smart, profiles the 45-year friendship of suffragette Susan B. Anthony and escaped slave turned civil rights leader Frederick Douglass. The reading, performed by actors Ro Boddie and Tara Giordano, is thematically tied to THT’s current Jackson Gallery exhibit, “Dreaming of Timbuctoo,” which explores voting rights in the context of pre-Civil War black settlements in our region. “Do you believe this can ever be a...

AMY GODINE
The Jackson Gallery, located in the lower lobby of the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury, is showing the exhibit “Dreaming of Timbuctoo” now. If you haven’t had a chance to explore the works yet, consider attending curator and writer Amy Godine’s presentation on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 6 p.m. Godine, an author and independent historian will introduce the story of a Black Adirondack farm settlement called Timbuctoo and a rich New York abolitionist’s effort to seed northern New York with Black pioneers in 1846.   She will also explore the several ways the Timbuctoo story resonated with Vermonters,...
Looking at my email history, our bridge and rail project became very real for me when I became selectboard chair in March 2016 amid a controversial plan to continue running trains throughout the project duration. For other town leaders, this dates back many years before that as they worked through the challenge of trying to improve our bridge and rail safety with no clear options or funding path. And for most our regional townspeople who traverse Main Street and Merchants Row, the project began summer of 2017, when our existing 1920-era bridges, exhibiting new failures, were replaced with...

BETH DOW HAS been a familiar face in Middlebury town government for most of the last five decades. She will soon retire from her current job as secretary to the town manager. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Beth Caul Dow has more hats than can fit in the average closet. She’s worn a half-dozen of them during a career with the town of Middlebury that began during the Nixon Administration. Dow has served stints in the town clerk, recreation, planning/zoning, assessing, town manager and listers’ offices. But she’s going to pack up most of those hats later this fall as she phases out a lengthy term of service to a community she’s called home for her entire life — 70 years. “I think I’ve put this decision off so long because this job is who I am,” Dow said of her career during a recent...

RIC KASINI KADOUR’S digital collage “Museums of the Future” sets the tone for the “Elephant in the Room” lecture series at the Sheldon Museum, which will explore the role of museums in today’s society.
MIDDLEBURY — What is “the elephant in the room” at museums? What topics do cultural heritage organizations shy away from, obscure or feel ill-equipped to address? Whose stories are told and whose are missing? Do we reflect our communities? How can institutions with historical collections make meaningful programs for 21st-century audiences? The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History next week will convene the first in a series of virtual lectures by national artists, scholars, curators and cultural visionaries to explore these questions and to open a dialogue between museum makers and goers....

A WORK BY Jeff Bye
Edgewater Gallery will open a solo exhibition of paintings by Jeff Bye on Oct. 1, called “Shenandoah.” The work will be on view through Oct. 31 at Edgewater Gallery on the Green, 6 Merchant’s Row in Middlebury. There will be a free opening reception with an artist talk on Friday, Oct. 8, from 5-7 p.m. The artist talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. and light refreshments will be served.   “Shenandoah” is a series of paintings of the interior spaces of the deserted Cooper Community Center in Shenandoah, Penn. The parallels to life during the current pandemic are striking as the community center had...

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