MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants the local planning commission to review a 5-Megawatt solar array that’s being planned for Middlebury College-owned land off South Street Extension. The plan has generated widespread criticism from neighbors and more than a dozen people who said they regularly walk, jog and bike near the proposed site, located near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. A planning commission review of the solar farm — to be owned and maintained by Encore Renewable Energy — is expected to give the selectboard more insight into a plan on which they will invite public...

AMY CLAPP AND her son Theo Fallis, left, watch intently as Amie Bates evaluates the broken table lamp they brought to Thursday’s Repair Fair at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. Bates figured out a fix. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — More than 60 hopeful souls dragged in their broken small appliances, kitchen tools, bicycles, jewelry, torn or worn clothing and even a busted doorbell to The Makery at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury this past Thursday evening for the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Repair Fair.  One woman brought along a big suitcase that had been through the wars on an airport baggage carousel. Volunteer fixers repaired the suitcase handle, but couldn’t fix the zipper. The fair, a reoccurring event, had a nice, friendly atmosphere with snacks and things for the kids...
MIDDLEBURY — Time to get ready for the 21st annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit at the Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Creations will be on display from Thursday, Dec. 5 through Friday, Dec. 20, with an opening reception on Friday, Dec. 6, from 4-6 p.m. The theme this year is “Christmas at Hogwarts Castle.” Participation in the theme is voluntary. Your own original designs are always welcome, but there is an additional prize awarded for “Best of Theme.” Here are some of the rules for entry: 1) Your entry must be built upon a base no larger than 12 inches by 16 inches. 2)...

ADDISON COUNTY NATIVES Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy are workshopping their newest musical at the Town Hall Theater on Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and again on Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to come and participate. Tickets are $14. The premiere of the show will take the THT stage in March 2020.
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater is inviting the public to be part of the development of a new musical. “Showing Up” was written by local writer-actors Miranda Ferris Jones and Vanessa Dunleavy, with orchestration by Simon Broucke. The workshop will be directed by Douglas Anderson with a first draft presented Nov. 22, at 7 p.m., and Nov. 24, at 2 p.m., and the world premiere at Town Hall Theater March 20-22, 2020. Growing up in Addison County, Jones and Dunleavy starred in high school musicals and dreamed of making it to Broadway. Life took them through New York stages, success and...
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recommending long-term solutions for deteriorating Creek Road advised the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday to move quickly on a few short-term repairs that would allow for a quick reopening of a road they asserted was illegally closed to through-traffic more than four years ago. But a majority of the selectboard rejected the panel’s advice, fearing any short-term upgrades might have to be undone for a more permanent solution the task force is expected to bring forward within the next few months. The panel is likely to recommend a solution that lies...
MIDDLEBURY — In addition to discussing the future of Creek Road (see story on Page 1A), the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday also: • Heard Encore Renewable Energy’s proposal to build a 5-Megawatt solar project on Middlebury College-owned property off South Street Extension, near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. The selectboard and a group of more than 20 people listened intently to the Encore proposal, which is intended to help Middlebury College achieve its goals of carbon neutrality. The proposal has drawn fire from folks who live and walk along South Street Extension. The selectboard...
MIDDLEBURY — End of Life Services is seeking storytellers for their third Stories from the Hearth, which will take place on Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Middlebury hearth of American Flatbread. This year’s theme is “Within Grief’s Darkness Dwells Love’s Light.” Anyone with a story to tell about a personal experience of loss, grief and love is encouraged to participate.  Each story should be no more than eight minutes in length, a personal and true story to be told from the heart (rather than read), and include how this experience changed or deepened your life. Five or six stories will be selected...
MIDDLEBURY — WomenSafe is accepting nominations for the 2020 Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award. Each year, a nomination committee selects a local woman whose outstanding work or volunteer efforts have benefited Addison County/Town of Rochester and their residents directly and indirectly in a variety of ways. The recipient’s name will be engraved on a plaque that is presented to her in March (Women’s History Month) during an award celebration in her honor. Previous award recipients include Sue Prager, Pam Marsh, Betsy Gossens, Molly Fitzpatrick, Beth Diamond, Jean Shappee, Diana...

'TWO CONTINENTS,' BY Patricia LeBon Herb
MIDDLEBURY — The Jackson Gallery will be filled with original, handmade and hand-printed art and fine crafts beginning Nov. 15. This 12th annual holiday exhibition features 25 regional artists whose work represents a wide variety of media and styles. All have been recognized for their individual approaches to design and image. An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 15, from 5-7 p.m. Judy Albright brings her beautiful pastel drawings and Ray Hudson returns with his multi-layered woodblock prints. Patricia LeBon Herb will show paintings that reflect her thoughtful approach to image...

MIDDLEBURY — Sydney Lea, poet, writer, former Vermont Poet Laureate and Pulitzer finalist, will read from and discuss his new collection of poetry, “Here,” on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at The Vermont Book Shop in Middlebury. He will be joined by fellow poet and Middlebury College educator, Karin Gottshall. The event is free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the discussion. In “Here,” his 13th book of poetry, Lea gives voice to the deep connection between human life and the natural world as well as their fragility and transience. While there is reckoning, there are few...


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