MIDDLEBURY — On Tuesday, Dec. 17, at noon, the day before the U.S. House of Representatives votes on articles to impeach President Donald Trump for his high crimes and misdemeanors, activists will gather at the Cross Street Bridge as part of the nationwide “Nobody Is Above the Law” rallies to demand Trump be impeached and removed from office. The event in Middlebury is part of a nationwide, grassroots effort that aims to ensure Congress holds President Trump accountable for using military aid to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 elections in the United States. Protestors will demand...

SCHOOL OFFICIALS ARE sometimes forced to make tough calls on whether a juvenile offender and his or her victim(s) can coexist on campus, and if so, how to make sure they are kept at a distance from one another and still receive equal access to school services.
Editor’s note: This story involves juvenile court cases, the details of which are sealed by the courts. The parents of victims in the case have agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity for themselves and their children. The juvenile victims in this case have been assigned pseudonyms selected by their parents. MIDDLEBURY — Addison County State’s Attorney Dennis Wygmans is preparing a notice to all local high schools advising officials about their obligations to not only provide equal access to public education, but also to ensure that sexual assault victims and their perpetrators are not...

THIS GRAPHIC SHOWS the proposed layout of a 5-megawatt solar array that would be developed by Encore Renewable Energy on land in Middlebury owned by Middlebury College. The solar panels would occupy approximately 30 acres to the south and west of South Street Extension; the Eddy Horse Farm is just to the east of the array. Graphic courtesy of Encore Renewable Energy
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Dec. 17 will decide whether to endorse the proposed location of a 5-megawatt solar farm off South Street Extension, a plan that has generated considerable opposition from neighbors and those who routinely walk the scenic stretch near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. Around a dozen people showed up at the selectboard meeting this past Tuesday evening to give the panel food for thought in coming to a decision on the solar farm, which would be developed by Encore Renewable Energy on land owned by Middlebury College. The board listened intently to...

MATT SCHLEIN, SECOND from right, and students in the Walden Program at Vergennes Union High School fielded a large sleep out team for this past Saturday’s fundraiser. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Ready
MIDDLEBURY — John Graham Housing & Services’ 6th annual vigil and sleep out at the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury on Dec. 7 was the largest and most successful version of the event in the organization’s history, with participants raising a combined total of more than $53,000 in pledges to help the homeless. The event saw around 100 people attend a candlelit vigil at the town green to show solidarity with the homeless, and around 80 people attended a related community supper sponsored by St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. Sleep out participants braved frigid temperatures sharing around 30...
BRANDON/MIDDLEBURY — Steven Eastman, an ASE Certified collision repair and refinish technician who lives in Brandon and works at Foster Motors Inc. in Middlebury, was recently honored with a national achievement award as the FCA/ASE Master Collision Repair and Refinish Technician of the Year. Fifty-three automotive professionals were recognized on Nov. 13 at the Fall Board of Governors Meeting of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) held at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Ariz. The ASE annual awards spotlight top scorers on the ASE Certification tests...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury summer Festival on-the-Green celebrates its 42nd anniversary season during the week of July 12 through 18, 2020. With construction underway in the downtown area, we’ll be off the Green at the Middlebury Recreation Park this year. The Festival, which is planned and hosted entirely by volunteers, is one of the premier summer arts events in Addison County. Organizers need help to make this year’s Festival a great success. Anyone interested is encouraged to join the Festival annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the Vermont Community Foundation, 3 Court...

THE ANNUAL CAROL Sing to benefit the Charter House will be hosted by Middlebury United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. John-Eric Colley-Robinson, (left) Isaiah Robinson, Chelsea Robinson, Sue Colley and Tom Colley will be among those joining the singing. Photo/Julie Coons
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury United Methodist Church will be holding its annual carol sing and benefit concert on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m. Kevin Parizo will accompany the carol portion of the concert on the organ. The event brings participants from many local churches together to raise funds for the Charter House. This is the 10th year of the concert. Last year’s event was the most successful to date, and organizers hope to do even better this year. The recent rise in homelessness in Addison County and Vermont make the need to supporting the Charter House more important than ever. The carol...

COMEDIAN JASON LORBER will perform the one-man play “The SantaLand Diaries,” based on the David Sedaris essay and adapted by Joe Mantello, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Dec. 20. Margo Whitcomb, a former Middlebury resident, directed this performance.
MIDDLEBURY — Holidays can bring out the best in people — or not. It’s a time of joy, happiness, love and giving; what could possibly go wrong? Come see just how sideways the holiday season can go with Jason Lorber’s performance of David Sedaris’ original essay “The SantaLand Diaries.” The one-man show, adapted for the theater by Joe Mantello and directed by Margo Whitcomb, will take the stage at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Friday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. “I’m excited to be part of this almost cult-like play,” said Burlington-based actor and comedian Lorber. “Vermont is Sedaris country....

“THE THINGS HENRY Collects” by Cathlin McCullough
MIDDLEBURY — A new exhibit called “Childhood” is on view now at PhotoPlace Gallery, at 3 park St. in Middlebury. This exhibit like others at PhotoPlace accepts thousands of entries from all over the world, then a juror selects 35 images to place on display in the gallery, and 35 more to exhibit online. Anne Berry curated “Childhood,” which will be on view through Dec. 28. “Culling just 70 images from well over a thousand is not an easy task,” she said in her juror statement. “I am excited about this collection of work but sad to leave behind so many worthy submissions… Every photograph in...

MIDDLEBURY — Singers and players gather each December at the Congregational Church in Middlebury  for a joyful reading and rendering of selections from Handel’s Messiah. Join this year’s “Messiah Sing” on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m., to sing favorite choruses, or play in the orchestra, or simply watch and listen. Led by Jeff Rehbach.  Open to all; donations welcome at the door. For additional information contact Jeff at 989-7355.


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