MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury business owners are hoping to bank a lot of the “green stuff” this holiday season. And we’re not just talking about cash. Local retail boosters are encouraging shoppers, diners and merchants to put more “Middlebury Money” in circulation. Launched around a decade ago, Middlebury Money is a check that can be used for transactions anywhere in Middlebury. It is drawn off a bank account at National Bank of Middlebury that is owned by the Better Middlebury Partnership. The BMP is a civic organization dedicated to the economic vitality of Middlebury’s downtown and the...
Dear Homeward Bound, It’s starting to get cold and I’m worried about my neighbor’s dog. He seems to live outside and I don’t know if that’s okay in the winter. Curious (and worried) Dear Curious and Worried, Thanks for caring about your neighbor’s dog. Unfortunately it is not against the law for a dog to live outside 24/7 in Vermont, but there are requirements about the kind of doghouse there has to be. Furthermore, if the temperature is below 50 degrees, certain kinds of dogs have to be brought inside. According to state statutes, these include: dogs that are not acclimated to the...

MARIO THE MAKER Magician will perform with his handmade robotic creations at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury on Saturday, Nov. 30.
MIDDLEBURY — On Saturday, Nov. 30, Town Hall Theater in Middlebury presents Mario “the Maker Magician” Marchese, a New York-based, touring family performer known for his handmade robotic creations, up-cycled props and new school slapstick character. It’s magic through the lens of the Maker Movement! As seen on “Sesame Street,” “Sprout,” and live on tour with David Blaine, Mario’s show is an upbeat, hilarious and a very interactive experience that leaves children and families inspired to nurture their own creative paths. Blaine calls him “the best kids’ magician in the world!” Show times are 1...
I have known Laura Asermily for many years. While her choice of words in the article published on Oct. 17, 2019, may have been unfortunate, I am certain that they were about the behavior, not the value of the people she was discussing. It’s fair to say that pooping on the Green is bad behavior. If it were my kid doing that, I would fully expect the community to be more than a little grossed out. Regardless of the reason, he was doing it. Having said that, I disagree with any action that “discourages” the homeless from coming to or congregating in our community. It reminds me of “abstinence-...

GOV. PHIL SCOTT listens to Jesse Brooks, director of prevention for the United Way of Addison County, during a discussion of substance-use issues with local kids at the Bristol Hub Teen Center on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Gov. Phil Scott on Monday urged school officials to think more creatively about sharing resources — including school consolidations — amid declining student numbers and rising public education expenses. Scott addressed the prospect of public school closings, the plight of the homeless, water quality and other issues during an interview at the Addison Independent that included several of his top cabinet members, including Education Secretary Daniel French, Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore and Agency of Human Services Secretary Michael Smith. Scott and his entourage made the...
MIDDLEBURY — Skyla Jackson turned 19 last Thursday, Nov. 14. It’s an age at which her biggest worries should be navigating that first year of college or getting used to the demands of that first post-high-school job. Jackson would feel lucky if her anxiety was confined to cramming for a college test or becoming accustomed to a new workplace. Instead, Jackson has already seen more upheaval in her personal life than some people will encounter during their lifetime. It began around a year ago, when Jackson — who’s being treated for a depressive disorder and anxiety — left home. She believed she...

SCORES OF PEOPLE GATHERED at the Hannaford supermarket in Middlebury on Nov. 2 as part of a statewide and nationwide action at some of the nation’s largest supermarkets. The goal is to get grocers like Hannaford to pay competitive prices for wholesale milk that supports migrant farmworkers that help produce it. Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY / BRANDON — Activists gathered at the Hannaford grocery stores around the region, including around 20 in Brandon and many more in Middlebury — on Saturday, Nov. 2 to campaign for farm workers’ human rights. The event was organized by Migrant Justice and the Milk with Dignity campaign. There were at least 15 others throughout the state that day, all at Hannaford’s grocery stores. Migrant Justice initiated what they called a “national day of action” at Hannaford stores because Hannaford has so far not joined their Milk with Dignity program, which promotes farm workers’ rights. With...

MIDDLEBURY STUDIO SCHOOL instructor and artist Kathy Clarke’s work hangs in the MSS new studio The Loouvre. It will soon be replaced by a Small Works Show on Friday. An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. All welcome. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
MIDDLEBURY — On Nov. 22 the Middlebury Studio School will host an opening for their Small Works Show at its nonprofit pottery and visual arts school, on Route 7 South in Middlebury. The opening reception will be held from from 5-7 p.m. Nothing unusual about that. Except there is. When guests arrive to view the artwork they’ll be led straight into the bathroom. Yup, that’s right, the potty. The new gallery space is irreverently named “The Loouvre.” The Loouvre has had some informal shows since its inception last spring, but the Small Works Show marks the first time that the space is going...
MIDDLEBURY — Megan Price will read from and discuss her latest collection, “Vermont Wild, Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens, Volume Six,” on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 1-2:30 p.m. at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury. The talk is free and open to the public. The Vermont Book Shop will provide book sales and there will be a book signing after the discussion. Price’s new book is chock full of new and exciting stories of Vermont’s fish and game wardens. There’s a wild night chase into downtown Brandon involving the late Dave Rowden as told by retired warden Don Isabelle of Pittsford, a tracking...

THE TURTLE ISLAND Quartet will play a collaborative jazz concert with pianist Cyrus Chestnut on Friday Nov. 22 at the Mahaney Arts Center. Photo / Crystal Broussard
MIDDLEBURY — The Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet makes its Middlebury debut at the Mahaney Arts Center on Friday, Nov. 22 in a collaborative concert with the Performing Arts Series’ most frequent jazz artist, acclaimed pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The performance will traverse countless colors of jazz in a program called “Carry Me Home.” The partnership is infused with the global reach of gospel and sacred music, ranging from the Appalachian Mountains to the spiritually defined musical landscape of J. S. Bach. This moving night of Duke Ellington, Bill Monroe, Bill Withers, Coltrane, and more...


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