A PERFORMANCE BY Bread & Puppet.
  Ira Carp, Peter and Alka’s grandson, is circus master.   MIDDLEBURY — The circus is coming! The circus is coming! Bread and Puppet Theater’s Diagonal Life Circus, that is. Where? Why, right here to Middlebury’s Marble Works District on Thursday, Aug. 8, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The Diagonal Life explores the bewildering, beguiling, and downright funny possibilities and implications of diagonality with the help of state-of-the-art paper-maché weaponry and the riotous Bread & Puppet Brass Band. This event continues Bread & Puppet’s longstanding embrace of the puppet circus, an annual...

ARTIST SALLY J. SMITH, of Westport, N.Y., shows one of the fairy houses she makes from bark,moss and other materials during a fairy tea cup workshop on July 21 at the Sheldon Museum. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — We all know fairies are real, but where do they live? Why, in tiny fairy houses, of course. Who builds these homes? Well on Sunday, July 21, a group of local kids (and their parents) showed up at the Sheldon Museum in Middlebury to help build Tea Cup Fairy Houses with artist Sally J. Smith of Westport, N.Y. She showed participants a few of her amazing fairy houses (now on view at the Sheldon) and shared some of her tips for creating fairy houses. “It was such fun to share my creative process with the kids and the adults who brought them to the workshop,” Smith said. “The kids...

EIGHT-YEAR-OLD LAUREN HUSK of the Vergennes Swim Team powers through a freestyle race at the Champlain Valley Swim League Championship Meet in Middlebury on Saturday. She was on the winning 100-yard medley relay for girls age 8 and younger. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County residents were recognized for their excellence both in and out of the pool this past Friday and Saturday, July 26 and 27, in the Champlain Valley Swim League Championships. Eight teams, totaling 510 athletes, traveled from as far away as St. Albans to compete at the Middlebury Town Pool. The Vergennes Swim Team, known as the Champs, took 4th place overall, and the Middlebury Marlins finished 7th. The Champlain Valley Swim League Championships team title went to the Edge Swim Club from Williston, which garnered 1,080 points overall. Essex claimed second with 1,302...

STEVE AND SUZANNE SNIDER pose with the Middlebury Town Pool behind them after 25 years of volunteering in the Champlain Valley Swim League . Photo by Logan Hall-Potvin for the Addison Independent
MIDDLEBURY — Suzanne Snider has been carrying a clipboard at the Middlebury Town Pool and shouting encouragement to local swimmers for years. She may have started out as a mom of two young kids who were learning to compete for the local swim team, but Snider did much more — lending a hand wherever she could and eventually helping organize and run meets that hosted hundreds of kids from around northwestern Vermont. At this past weekend’s Champlain Valley Swim League Championship meet here, Snider took a bow after 25 years helping out young swimmers. The League bestowed upon the Middlebury...

RUSS REILLY LAUGHS at comments by an after-dinner speaker at his retirement celebration in Pepin Gymnasium at Middlebury College in 2006. Photo courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information
Editor’s note: Karl Lindholm met Russ Reilly in December 1962 when Russ played on the Bates College JV (Frosh) basketball and the Lewiston High team on which Karl played. They have been friends ever since and were colleagues for nearly 30 years at Middlebury College. Reilly died July 24, three days shy of his 75th birthday. We are rerunning a column this week that Karl wrote about Russ and his contribution to the record-setting Middlebury basketball team in 2011. Down at one end of the gym at Middlebury College, assistant basketball coach Russ Reilly is drilling the Panther big men, Andrew...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police cited Peter Pfenning, 56, of Orwell for driving under the influence (fifth offense), in the Bakery Lane area on July 26. Police said they measured Pfenning’s blood-alcohol content at 0.208 percent; the legal limit for driving is 0.08 percent. Pfenning was lodged that evening at the Marble Valley Correctional Center for lack of bail, according to police. In other action last week, Middlebury police: • Assisted a local resident whose bank account had been hacked on July 22. • Served a no-trespass order on July 22 on a man who wasn’t wanted at the Dunkin Donuts...

LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects, has begun assembling volunteers to glean surplus produce from area farms. That fresh, nutritional food is being distributed among low-income households in Addison County. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is again collaborating with area farms to glean fresh produce that will provide a free, healthy boost to meals in the county’s low-income households. Based at 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury, HOPE helps low-income residents access critical services, including food, clothing, housing and financial assistance to prevent heat/electric shut-offs. The organization also extends job-related assistance — including tools, uniforms, tests and other items needed to get or keep paid employment. Among the services is a “gleaning program...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard at its July 24 meeting formally OK’d a grant agreement with the Vermont Agency of Transportation for $228,750 to be used to help downtown businesses during the downtown rail bridges construction in 2019 and 2020. This grant money can’t be used as direct payments to merchants for losses they might incur as a result of construction disruption. Rather, the grants will  be used for such things as creating a regional marketing campaign for downtown Middlebury as a shopping/tourism destination, providing ongoing funding for the “Bundle” pop-up event space at...
MIDDLEBURY — The Milk and Honey Quilters’ Guild is inviting quilters throughout the area to display their quilts in the guild’s fifth biennial show to be held on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center. “Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey is a great opportunity to display your quilting talents and share your passion for quilting with others in this non-judged show” says show co-chair Priscilla Leng. The Middlebury Recreation Center offers a large and open space with plenty of room for quilts of all sizes; the guild encourages quilters of all skill levels, including local youth...
MIDDLEBURY — With the downtown bridge project, Middlebury is experiencing change on a large scale. This is not the first time such changes have occurred. With this in mind, Story Matters and the Ilsley Public Library will host “Back in the Day,” a special storytelling event to share stories of downtown Middlebury in days of yore, at Bundle, 60 Main St., on Monday, Aug. 5.  Anyone who remembers downtown Middlebury in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is invited to join in this story telling exchange — or just come and listen. No doubt there will be recollections of the time when pharmacies...


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