MIDDLEBURY — In what has become an annual tradition, a group of local volunteers will host a free dinner for area residents on Christmas Day, Wednesday, Dec. 25. The dinner will be held at 4 p.m. in the dining area of the Middlebury Commons, across from the Memorial Sports Center on Buttolph Drive.  All are welcome for a free turkey dinner and holiday fellowship. The dinner is free, but organizers ask that people bring a smile to share. Reservations are encouraged and arrangements can be made for those needing transportation. Anyone wishing to attend and to make transportation arrangements...

THE NEW VERMONT Farm Bureau officers are, from left, First Vice President Roy Folsom, Secretary Mary White, Treasurer Bob Sherwin, President Joe Tisbert and Second Vice President Ray Duquette.
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Farm Bureau held its 104th annual meeting at the Middlebury Inn last month. The Nov. 1-2 event included granting awards to Vermont’s top farmers, panel discussions by top agricultural experts on the future of farming and land management, and a review of the top issues facing Vermont’s farming community in the coming year. “It was amazing to see such a large turn out despite additional struggles from the Halloween storm. Farm members know how important it is to set our annual policies that guide our advocacy efforts to support all farmers in Vermont,” noted Joseph...

SARAH ASHE MAKES light sculptures using reed and thin paper from her home studio in Middlebury. She is also a painter and sculptor. See her work at Edgewater Gallery in town. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Welcome to the darkest week of the year. For some the solstice is a time of celebration; the time when we turn the corner and every day gets a little brighter until the summer solstice rolls around. For others, this week is just, well, dark. Yeah, “dark” is definitely accurate. Here in Addison County we’ll only get 8 hours and 53 minutes of daylight on Dec. 21. So let’s brighten things up a bit, shall we? Meet Sarah Ashe. She’s a Middlebury artist who creates light sculptures, as well as other paintings, sculptures, masks and more. “I got into lights a long time ago,” said the...

ASHLEY WOLFF ILLUSTRATED a book version of the classic Raffi song, "Baby Beluga."
MIDDLEBURY — This past Friday afternoon, author and illustrator Ashley Wolff gave a talk to a group at the Lodge at Otter Creek in Middlebury about the “Tale of Two Books.” With over 70 children’s books to her name, Wolff wanted to talk about the “one book that got away” and how that led to her later success. “The book was called ‘Poncho Claus,’” Wolff said, remembering back to the early 1980s when Penguin Books asked her to illustrate the book. “It was a Tex-Mex version of ‘The Night Before Christmas.’” She took the assignment and got to researching. “I had some questions about the usage...
I normally read Greg Dennis’s opinion pieces with a wry smile, impressed by his ability to poke fun both at himself and others in a light manner. But not this time. Yes, partly it was because Greg in the guest editorial in Monday’s newspaper was skewering me and mine who oppose the development of college-owned land on South Street Extension for solar collection. But partly it was because this article was lopsided, mean-spirited ridicule of those who disagree with him. We could debate whether this is “greatly needed.” We could debate whether we are “small.” But what is not debatable is that we...
MIDDLEBURY — Visiting Division I foe Burlington-Colchester on Tuesday dealt the Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team an 8-1 setback. The SeaLakers improved to 3-0, while the D-II Tigers dropped to 1-1. Madison Chagnon scored four times to lead Burlington-Colchester, four SeaLakers added a goal apiece, and goalie Courtney Rocheleau made 20 saves. Bella Gale scored for MUHS, and goalie Abby Hodsden stopped 46 shots.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s basketball team on Monday concluded its first semester with a 72-55 victory over visiting Morrisville (N.Y.) State that pushed the Panthers’ record to 10-0. Middlebury entered the game ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division III. The Panthers are now off until Jan. 3, when they will compete in a four-team tournament hosted by Springfield College in Western Massachusetts. They will face Colby-Sawyer in the first round. On this past Monday, Morrisville (3-6) hung with the Panthers for most of the first half and took a 20-19 lead. But Middlebury ended the half...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police received a report about the alleged sexual assault of a woman by a man at a Court Street residence on Dec. 13. Police said the case is under investigation. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Were informed of the theft of cash from a wallet that had been left near the TJ Maxx store on Dec. 9. • Served a temporary no stalking order on a man in the East Main Street area on Dec. 9. • Were informed of possible “inappropriate activity” between two juveniles in the Charles Avenue area on Dec. 9. • Investigated a report of possible drug activity at 6:45 p.m...

THE SUSPECT, SEEN here on security camera footage, was wearing a white/black zip-up hoodie sweatshirt with a “Fox Racing” logo on the left chest, dark colored pants, tan shoes, dark colored gloves and possibly a light-blue bandana covering his face.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police this morning continue to look for a man who assaulted a clerk at the Champlain Farms store at 25 Court St. in Middlebury at around 10:17 p.m. this past Friday, Dec. 13, and took off with an undetermined amount of cash. Police said the suspect assaulted the store clerk with a “blunt object.” The clerk was taken to Porter Hospital, where he was treated and released. Police said the suspect was wearing a white/black zip-up hoodie sweatshirt with a “Fox Racing” logo on the left chest, dark colored pants, tan shoes, dark colored gloves and possibly a light-blue...

Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The theme of the Vermont Folklife Center’s 21st annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit is “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” The center at 88 Main St. in Middlebury smells like the holidays with several dozen all-edible pieces of art on display through Friday, Dec. 20. Check them out this week before this one-of-a-kind exhibit closes. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to vote for their favorite entry to receive the “People’s Choice” award. Independent photos/Steve James


Login for Subscriber Access

This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Addison County Independent

58 Maple Street
Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
Fax: 802.388.3100