Middlebury

01/23/2020
MDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board on Tuesday unanimously rejected two citizens’ petitions — based on a lawyer’s advice — that sought to give each of the seven ACSD-member towns more of a say in the election of their educational leaders and in the potential closure of their respective elementary schools. Tuesday’s vote, after approximately 30 minutes of debate, comes around a week after the Addison Northwest School District board declined a similar petition effort that would have prevented a school closure or reconfiguration without permission of voters in the town in which...
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Connor Mill-Built Homes (CMBH) is winding down operations at 227 Pond Lane in Middlebury, and that space will — for at least the next year — be rented by Silver Maple Construction. Mike Connor, founder of CMBH, said Silver Maple is also purchasing CMBH’s manufacturing equipment. Eleven workers have lost their jobs as a result of the CMBH halting manufacturing operations. Connor and his wife, Linda, will continue to be involved in designing homes, but will rely on a network of builders to take the designs from the drawing board to reality. Meanwhile, GoodPoint Recycling will...

GRAMMY-WINNING VOCAL ensemble Roomful of Teeth will perform January 30 at the Mahaney Arts Center, alongside the Dublin Guitar Quartet. Photo Bonica Ayala
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Mahaney Arts Center program features Vermont native Nico Muhly’s ‘How Little You Are’ The Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth and the world-renowned Dublin Guitar Quartet will make their Middlebury debuts in a collaborative concert at the Mahaney Arts Center on Thursday, Jan. 30. Together they will perform the East Coast premiere of a new, intimate arrangement of Vermont native Nico Muhly’s “How Little You Are.” Originally commissioned in 2015 for three guitar quartets and massed choir, the piece is based on texts written by pioneer women during the 19th century. In...

ESSEX FORWARD WILLEM Barwin wraps the puck under Tiger goalie Jeffrey Stearns in the second period of Tuesday’s game for the only goal. Essex improved to 8-1-1 by edging the 5-5 Tigers. Independent photo/Steve James
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team bit by the injury bug did almost everything it needed to do to defeat visiting Division I power Essex on Tuesday. The Tigers defended responsibly all over the ice, for the most part stayed out of the penalty box, got strong goaltending, and played hard. But what they couldn’t do — with senior captains Kam Bartlett and Devon Kearns out of the lineup due to possibly season-ending injuries and third senior forward Logan Pierson-Flagg studying abroad — was generate consistent offensive pressure or take advantage of the chances they did...
01/23/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — In local high school girls’ basketball action on Tuesday, Middlebury and Vergennes picked up home wins, but Mount Abraham saw its winning streak snapped with a setback on the road. Otter Valley’s Tuesday home game vs. Springfield was postponed until Feb. 8. TIGERS The Middlebury Tigers earned their most one-sided victory in years, topping visiting Milton, 46-13, behind a balanced attack and stingy defense. Annie Andrus scored 10 points to lead MUHS, and Ele Sellers added nine as the Tigers improved to 3-5. They will host Colchester on Friday. Mallorie Chalmers scored five...
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ basketball team broke open its Monday home game vs. Otter Valley in the third quarter on the way to a 55-40 victory. The Tigers were already up by 10 at the break and then outscored the Otters, 15-3, in the third period to assume command. Tyler Buxton (14 points) and Jeff Lokatys (11) led a balanced scoring effort as the Tigers improved to 6-4 heading into a Wednesday game at Enosburg. The Tigers’ Saturday home game vs. Missisquoi was postponed until Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The Otters received 13 points from Dylan Gaboriault and eight from Ben...
01/23/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team on Jan. 15 defeated visiting South Burlington, 102.25-96.6, with its best performance of the season, and followed that up with an even higher score in winning at Randolph on Monday, 106.7-104.95. Coach Natalia Harthman said the Tigers improved their score by seven points over their previous meets in picking up the victory at South Burlington.   In that meet Carly Burger earned two individual wins and Mary Johnson one for the Tigers. Fair Haven independent Julianna Williams tied or outpointed them and SBHS gymnasts in three events,...

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME at 48 Main St. in downtown Middlebury will soon close after almost 50 years of continuous ownership by one family. Pictured here, left to right, are store associate Jen Oberkirch, business owner Paula Israel and store associate Kitty Hall. Photo courtesy of Jen Oberkirch
01/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Wild Mountain Thyme, Main Street Middlebury’s longest running business under the same ownership, will soon close its doors. Owner Paula Israel — who since 1976 has helmed the 48 Main St. shop featuring a well-curated mix of clothing for women and children, jewelry, art, gifts and décor — said it’s time to move on. Israel playfully cited “old age” as the reason for her decision to close the shop, which in recent days has seen a lot of customers looking to take advantage of deep discounts associated with her going-out-of-business sale. Israel, 65, hasn’t set a specific date for...
01/20/2020
Hello! My name is Nieve. I am a sweet girl and 14 years old. I was a sled dog before I was adopted. My best friend was my sister Chili, but she died this past summer. I love getting treats, especially turkey! I love going on walks and being snuggled by my family. You might see me walking around town. I love seeing other dogs because I am very friendly! I am very furry and love being petted. My ears are the softest part of me. Kaisa and Maëlle Remsen Middlebury
01/20/2020
Editor’s note: When seeing a huge flock of crows off Seminary Street Extension in Middlebury recently, this correspondent was reminded of something he wrote a decade ago. I wish I knew more languages, and one of the languages I’d like most to learn is crow. Not Crow Indian, but the language used by the troupe of hundreds of crows who arrive in Middlebury en masse every spring — quite the sight if you happen to be outdoors when they arrive. After lengthy discussion, they appear to divide the town between different groups, and the spring crowtown meeting breaks up. In the fall, they regroup and...

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