Middlebury College was among the Vermont educational institutions and nonprofits whose donor databases were hit by hackers earlier this year. Donors to the college and other nonprofits have been asked to keep a close watch on their personal information after Blackbaud, the software company that some Vermont nonprofits use for fundraising, reported a ransomware attack involving donors’ personal information. In Vermont, those affected included nonprofits Vermont Foodbank and Vermont Public Radio, in addition to Middlebury College. Blackbaud, a South Carolina company that specializes in cloud-...
MIDDLEBURY — Two Green Mountain Power linemen were seriously injured Wednesday morning when the pole they were climbing in Middlebury broke and sent them plummeting as much as 50 feet to the ground. Jared Allen, 25, of Bristol and Josh McLean, 37, of Brandon were airlifted to University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington for treatment of injuries to the heads and internal injuries. Vermont State Police were called to the accident near 390 Blake Roy Road at a little before 10:30 a.m. on July 22. VSP Sgt. Steve McNamara reported that McLean and Allen were removing three-phase lines from a...
In our latest video from the Middlebury construction zone, we talk to project manager John Whitaker about the next big phase: the installation of the precast concrete tunnel pieces.

Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
Work is in full swing on the $72 million downtown Middlebury rail bridges project. We’re officially in “week two” of a 10-week closure of Main Street and Merchants Row to culminate in a new, 360-foot tunnel that will supplant two 1920s-era rail bridges that were rapidly deteriorating. As the Independent went to press on Wednesday, huge cranes were installing the first of the 422 precast-concrete sections that will form the new rail tunnel. The work really has to be seen firsthand. (See our video coverage here.) But here are some facts and figures about the project thus far, courtesy of Jim...
I would like to thank Two Brothers and all the downtown gardeners who have made Middlebury look so pretty despite the challenging hot and dry circumstances. Jean Bergesen Middlebury
In a July 9 letter to the editor, Timothy Case of Middlebury presented a strong case to prohibit Middlebury College resuming in-person classes. Some institutions of higher learning have been very successful at distance learning — online education — even prior to the COVID-19 epidemic. The decision by Middlebury College not to build such a system at a time like this is not only its failure to plan and prepare for its own future, but it constitutes an insult to the people of Addison County, who naturally have as our highest concern our own safety.  Consequently, why are not public officials at...
The Middlebury Selectboard released this statement yesterday evening in response to the graffiti found in Marble Works: The SelectBoard of the Town of Middlebury strongly condemns the heinous acts of vandalism desecrating public ways downtown with offensive Racist and Anti-Semitic graffiti. These actions are depraved and cowardly. They are hate crimes, and our town must not tolerate such behavior. Therefore, the Board commits itself to use all the powers of government under its jurisdiction to apprehend the perpetrators and prosecute them to the limit of the law. The SelectBoard also...
Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning.  See the full story by clicking here.

MIDDLEBURY — Co-operative Insurance Companies has a new president and CEO. The board of the Middlebury company appointed Lee Dowgiewicz to the top managerial spot effective July 1. He joined Co-op Insurance in September 2019, and replaces retiring CEO Marie Jewett. Dowgiewicz is a 29-year veteran of the insurance business, starting with ITT Hartford in 1991 as a commercial lines underwriter. He became an account executive with Goodwin Loomis & Britton in Hartford, Conn., before moving to Litchfield Mutual Fire Insurance Company in 1995 as marketing director. Upon Litchfield’s affiliation...

A security camera in downtown Middlebury caught this image of two males who police want to question in connection with a case involving hateful graffiti.
Middlebury police are asking for the public’s help in looking for someone who painted hate speech on sidewalks in Middlebury late Wednesday night or early Thursday morning. Shortly after 5 a.m. on Thursday, July 16, several hate symbols were found painted along the Cross Street Bridge, near the Ilsley Library, and along the route into the Marble Works, including on the footbridge. Images seen by the Independent showed spraypainted messages of "WLM" with one accompanied by a swastika.  After documenting these symbols the town of Middlebury began the process of removing/covering them. Police...


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