ADDISON COUNTY — After closing their doors to outside visitors more than a month ago, local municipal clerks have been slowly opening up to more an more services. But restrictions still apply, and clerks urge everyone to call before coming to their town offices. And don’t forget your mask. In Vergennes, City Clerk Morgan Kittredge is ready to handle title searches, notarize documents, and provide marriage licenses, but as of late this week only by appointment and with at least a day’s notice. “It’s just call and find a time,” Kittredge said. City office workers can provide most or all of the...

Middlebury Memorial Day parade 2019
MIDDLEBURY — On Memorial Day this year, how Americans honor the more than 1 million men and women who have lost their lives defending America since the Revolutionary War will look different in many places due to safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. With social distancing efforts in place to slow down the pandemic, the town of Middlebury and Middlebury American Legion Post 27 have announced the cancellation of the annual Memorial Day Parade. The post-parade ceremony at the Soldiers Monument also will not be held. Tom Scanlon, Vermont American Legion - Northern Area Commander and...

Caleb Rick / File photo by Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is supporting EcoGlobal’s application for a $30,000 grant that will help determine whether the company can build its North American headquarters in Addison County’s shire town, where it would recycle a type of plastic called low-density polyethylene (LDPE) into a wide range of utilitarian products ranging from curbing to beach-access mats. Addison County Economic Development Corporation (ACEDC) is applying for the USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant that would fund EcoGlobal’s feasibility study. As previously reported by the Independent, EcoGlobal is...

COUNSELING SERVICE OF Addison County school-based clinician Joelle Francis has set up technology and space to effectively offer services from her home.
MIDDLEBURY — Counseling Service of Addison County (CSAC) officials are seeing a surge in calls from people who are becoming increasingly anxious about the isolation and economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The organization is encouraging people to call the 388-7641, at any time, for emotional support to help carry them through these difficult times. And CSAC is also creating a “warm line” for people who may not be in crisis, but who simply need to talk things out with a receptive, empathetic person. “People are frightened,” Greg Mairs, CSAC’s director of the developmental services,...
MIDDLEBURY — The coronavirus has sadly claimed another major event: Middlebury’s much-loved Festival on-the-Green, which was to have taken place as usual this July. It will mark the first time in its more-than-40-year history that the festival will go silent, and it’s due to factors no one could have imagined. “It’s with very heavy hearts — and after much discussion — we must let you know that this year’s Festival on-the-Green is canceled,” organizers wrote in a message to the community this week. “We had hoped to embrace the spirit of ‘the show must go on,’ but circumstances beyond our...
MIDDLEBURY — Arts and entertainment venues have been closed nationwide due to coronavirus-related shutdowns, and just this week word came that Festival on-the-Green has been canceled for this July.  Organizers of one Middlebury arts institution are still planning on hosting their multi-day event late this summer. The 6th Annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival, slated for Aug. 27-30, as of now, is still on the calendar.  “Seeing the many film festivals that have postponed their events into the fall or beyond because of the spread of COVID-19, we are carefully evaluating what our next steps...

THIS TENT OUTSIDE Middlebury Primary Care off Exchange Street houses Porter’s recently opened “Acute Respiratory Clinic,” which allows clinicians to see pediatric and adult patients with COVID, ear infections, pneumonia, flu, asthma, COPD, and cardiac conditions in a space that can keep patient and caregiver safer from respiratory disease.
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to its telemedicine efforts, Porter Medical Center has taken a number of other steps to ensure it is handing the growing cases of COVID-19 in the safest and most efficient manner. Among those steps, Porter has: •  Firmly established an incident command system for COVID-19. Porter leaders meet regularly at 8:30 a.m. and in 3:30 p.m., sharing all relevant information so each person knows what’s going on in the different areas of the organization. This ensures no overlap in assignments or mission. •  Opened an Acute Respiratory Clinic (ARC), stationed at the Porter...

Some women drive change, others survive it. Moving with her family from Connecticut to Addison in 1770 at the age of 3, Sally Kellogg was part of the wave of migrants from southern New England who settled on Abenaki lands after the French and Indian war and were driven out during the Revolutionary War. She left an account of their struggles in a pension application. When they saw Benedict Arnold’s defeated fleet coming up Lake Champlain in 1777, the family gathered what they could carry and made their way to Bennington, where 10-year-old Sally saw General Stark’s men trotting by on the eve of...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard has asked state officials to designate the currently suspended downtown Middlebury rail bridges project as a “critical infrastructure” job, which would allow construction to resume without further delay. Plans originally called for a March 30 start for replacement of the Main Street and Merchants Row rail bridges with a 360-foot-long concrete tunnel. But that date was pushed back to April 15 as a result of Gov. Phil Scott’s coronavirus-related “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that took effect on March 25. Project boosters have been hoping to...

LONGTIME MIDDLEBURY UNION High School Principal Bill Lawson will be retiring this June. While it’s been strange presiding over an empty school building during the coronavirus pandemic, Lawson leaves with many fond memories after 25 years of service. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — William Lawson has spent the last quarter-century leading Middlebury Union High School. He’s done it through changes to the state’s education funding formula, the transition to an International Baccalaureate curriculum, a substantial student enrollment decline and discussions about possible school closures in the Addison Central School District. Now add this: A coronavirus pandemic that’s emptied MUHS and all other schools statewide for the rest of the academic year. As a result, Lawson, 70, will mark another first in this, his last year as MUHS principal: Governing a school from...


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