EMMY ALFORD, LEFT, Julie Coons, Carolyn Constantine, Beverly Megyesi, Alison Metcalfe and Margaret Klohck are just some of the volunteers who collected and gave away warm winter clothing at the Middlebury United Methodist Church last month. Photo courtesy Margaret Klohck
MIDDLEBURY — On two November weekends (Nov 22-23 and 29-30) people have been coming to the Middlebury United Methodist Church to find clothes to keep warm this winter. Coats, sweaters, scarves, hats, boots, and more for children, women, and men were collected this past summer and fall to be ready for this event, now in its sixth year. It is good to see the smiles on people’s faces when they find things that please them. Hundreds of people are served. Sometimes recipients of clothes come back to say thank you and tell how much this means to them. The plan to gather and give away coats and...
Has any consideration been given to siting the prospective solar array on the Middlebury College golf course? Think about the benefits for the environment — no more constant mowing, which pollutes our air half of the year, and no more pesticide and fertilizer damage to Mother Earth. South Street Extension residents will be happier because only the college, which benefits from this solar farm, would be able to see it. Then Middlebury College can purchase Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Combining the two clubs there could make a money-making venture while cutting the environmental impact almost...

MICHAEL McAULIFFE, PRESIDENT OF Friends of Middlebury Hockey, stands in the facility’s new, heated second-floor space that provides a wonderful view of the rink below. The new space, which includes restrooms, a multi-purpose room and an elevator, opened to spectators two weeks ago. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Visitors to Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center have developed a new perspective of the blossoming, community-driven recreation facility at 296 Buttolph Drive. That new perspective comes from now being able to view the hockey action from a warm space some 20 feet above the ice rink. Workers on Monday were putting the finishing touches on the center’s new second floor space, made possible through the generosity of local businesses, civic groups and individual donors. “The amount of love this community has for Memorial Sports Center and for the families who use this facility year-...
MIDDLEBURY — Professional arena football at Middlebury’s Memorial Sports Center moved closer to reality on Wednesday with confirmation that its home team — the “Vermont Brew” — has been admitted to the Elite Indoor Football League, known as EIF. The Independent first reported the nascent Vermont Brew’s interest in the Memorial Sports Center back in January of 2018. Brew Assistant General Manager Mike Mazzella at the time confirmed an agreement in principle to use the sports center for its home games. With a venue secured, Brew officials began sorting out other issues — including filling out a...

EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays. PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL
ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays. “I had always thought of essays as boring, nature stories… that just didn’t appeal to me,” she said in a conversation last week. “But when I was in college other people were really pushing the boundaries of what an essay could be… Braided essays really spoke to me — with a theme weaving through thoughts.” Casey, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, didn’t always like telling the truth either. “The publishing of my book ‘Made Holy’ coincided with the truth of telling about my own recovery,” she said. “The day the book...

MATTHEW DELIA-LOBO works on a coffee creation at Royal Oak Coffee on Seymour Street in Middlebury. Photo by Hope Allison
MIDDLEBURY — On the wall in Royal Oak Coffee, alongside the hanging plants and stylish geometric artwork, is a brightly-colored print entitled “The New Taster’s Flavor Wheel.” With more than fifty flavor and aroma possibilities, it’s clear that our collective understanding of coffee isn’t what it used to be. The wheel — and Royal Oak Coffee itself — represents the new kind of cafe experience that’s come to Middlebury. In a cozy one-room house, next to Fire and Ice on Seymour Street, co-owners Alessandra and Matthew Delia-Lobo have created a haven for the caffeine-addicted and coffee-obsessed...

LIVINGSTON TAYLOR WILL perform at Town Hall Theatre in Middlebury on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m., in celebration of over 50 years of making music.
MIDDLEBURY — Livingston Taylor’s career as a professional musician has spanned 52 years. He maintains a performance schedule of more than 100 shows a year, delighting audiences with his unique brand of popular music which includes mostly original repertory from his 13 albums. He’s bringing his show to Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. Taylor picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. Born in Boston and raised in North Carolina, Taylor is the fourth child in a very musical family that includes Alex, James, Kate and Hugh. Taylor recorded his first record at the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Community Wind Ensemble will present its winter concerts on Friday, Dec. 6, 7 p.m., at Mount Abraham Union High School, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., at Middlebury Union High School. Admission is free. Conductor Jerome Shedd has chosen a program that includes the premiere of a work of his own. “Winter Song” is a short piece for solo euphonium and band, and will feature soloist Alice Weston. Another solo on the program will be “Oblivion,” a tango for flute and band by Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla, with flutist Susan English. The concerts will present other...

ORIGINALLY DIRECTED AND shot by the great Sydney Pollack over two days at Los Angeles’ New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in 1972, "Amazing Grace" was conceived as “the two-day concert recording of what remains Aretha Franklin’s (and live gospel music’s) best and biggest-selling album,” relates Wesley Morris in the New York Times.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival continues its MNFF Selects film screening series on Sunday, Dec. 8, with the rousing and long-awaited documentary “Amazing Grace.” Featuring an utterly incandescent gospel music performance by the great Aretha Franklin, the film will screen at 2 p.m. at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury as a special holiday matinee. Offering a robust schedule of one film per month over eight months from October 2019 through May 2020, MNFF Selects will take its audiences on an entertaining ride in the months ahead. All the films will screen at Town Hall Theater...
What are the bright colors in the Ilsley Library garden? The leaves are fallen and the flowers gone, but there are bright shiny colors all around. Walking in I see them — shining bright painted rocks in every color everywhere; on the benches, paths, stepping stones, stumps and birdbath, in among the plants and tress and shrubs, around the big tree and in secret corners. There are hearts and stars, circles and rainbows and suns, moons and fireworks. They say “You are Awesome!” “Love the Earth,” “Be Happy,” “Thank You!” “We Love you!” I am delighted. I tell others who tell others who tell me...


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