MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury attorney and newly elected Addison County High Bailiff Dave Silberman on Nov. 17 will ask the selectboard to place a referendum on the 2021 Town Meeting Day ballot asking residents if they’ll allow cannabis retailers to operate in town beginning in 2022.
Should the board decline to place the cannabis question on the March ballot, Silberman said he’ll file a citizens petition to force the vote. He’s already begun gathering the requisite 5% of registered voter signatures in Middlebury (he’ll need around 300), and is confident he’d be able to gather “more than enough”...
LONGTME MIDDLEBURY SELECTMAN Victor Nuovo resigned from the board this week following 12 years of services. The board’s senior statesman, Nuovo celebrates his 89th birthday this Friday and wants to devote more time to his passion: Philosophy.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo has resigned from the selectboard, citing his desire to probe the philosophical mysteries of life during the balance of his golden years.
Nuovo, who marks his 89th birthday on Nov. 13, is the Charles A. Dana Prof. Emeritus of Philosophy at Middlebury College. He’s been a celebrated scholar, educator and writer in that field for six decades.
At the same time, Nuovo has been a dedicated community volunteer. He joined the selectboard in 2006, serving until 2014. He returned to the board in 2016. He was the most tenured member of the board, serving...
Dr. John Brumsted of UVMHN, file photo courtesy of VTDigger.org
On Friday the head of the network of six Vermont hospitals that saw its internet systems hobbled by a cyberattack 10 days ago said the University of Vermont Health Network’s IT team is making significant progress in restoring communications systems among the hospitals and internally at the hospitals and health care practices.
“That progress may be difficult to see depending on where you are, but we are heading in the right direction,” said Dr. John Brumsted, UVMHN president and CEO, in a message to staff and employees. “We are working to restore systems, with top priority given to systems...
MIDDLEBURY — Incumbent Addison-1 Reps. Amy Sheldon and Robin Scheu, both Democrats, easily won re-election on Tuesday in the two-seat House district that encompasses Middlebury.
Sheldon — a natural resource planner who chairs the House Natural Resources, Fish & Wildlife Committee — was the top vote-getter in the three-person race, earning 3,137 tallies. She’s been an Addison-1 representative since 2015.
Scheu, a member of the powerful House Ways & Means Committee, placed second, with 2,874 votes. Scheu most recently worked as executive director of the Addison County Economic...
TWENTY-THREE-YEAR-OLD Allan D. Hamilton leaves the Naples, Fla., home he helped build on the way to his service in the Vietnam War in late summer 1967. In his right hand he carries his helmet, which Hamilton called his “brain bucket.”
Photo courtesy of Allan D. Hamilton
MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Army helicopter pilot Allan David Hamilton was a light sleeper in Vietnam.
Many nights during his 1967-68 tour, his post on Bien Hoa Air Base, which was located about 16 miles northeast of Saigon, was attacked by rockets or mortar fire.
“The VC (Viet Cong) would come out of the jungle, prop rockets on (improvised crossed) sticks and aim them,” recalled Hamilton, a Middlebury resident.
The 68th Assault Helicopter Company he served in — as warrant officer, then chief warrant officer — was tucked away in the “back end” of the base, Hamilton said, so he and his fellow “Top...
TIGER JUNIOR ELLA Landis, second from right, runs through the woods on the Thetford Academy cross country course with competitors in the Division II championship race Saturday. Landis was the top Addison County female finisher grabbing 15th in 22:14.2 over 5,000 meters.
Photo by Joe McVeigh
THETFORD — In cold but clear conditions on Saturday the Middlebury Union High School girls’ and boys’ cross-country teams each finished fourth in Division II, while Vergennes senior Gabe Praamsma edged Tiger senior Jack Christner and his Commodore classmate Ben Huston for the best individual local finish.
Praamsma took ninth in the boys’ D-II race in 17:52.9 over the 5,000-meter course, with Christner on his heels in 11th in 17:54 and Huston right behind in 12th in 17:58.9.
Junior Noah Engvall led the 11th-place Eagle boys by taking 27th in 19:44.3.
In the girls’ D-II race Tiger junior Ella...
MIDDLEBURY — Community promoters know that Halloween is a BIG deal for kids and they didn’t want to let the coronavirus ruin the holiday. So the folks at the Better Middlebury Partnership, in association with Addison County Home Health and Hospice, planned a Drive-Through Trick-or-Treat in Middlebury.
Business members of the Partnership sponsored 19 stops at local businesses and prominent locations. Then kids dressed in their costumes, climbed into their cars and minivans and parents drove them to each of the stops where volunteers doled out individually bagged selections of candy.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has adjusted its spring 2021 schedule in response to concerns from the campus community about a late start and a shortage of school breaks, according to a campus-wide announcement last week from Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place.
Students had originally been scheduled to begin spring term classes on March 1, and work straight through to May without a spring break.
Classes will now start on Feb. 24, and details about the timing, duration and logistics of a spring semester break will be announced in coming weeks.
The new schedule brings...
MIDDLEBURY — Portions of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) that traverse Middlebury College property have been reopened for public use, according to a campus-wide announcement on Monday from Director of Business Services Matthew Curran.
Middlebury closed the trail sections when students began arriving in August for the fall semester, as a COVID-19 precaution.
The entire campus has been closed to the public all fall.
The following sections of the TAM have been reopened, Curran said:
• The section around the Ralph Myhre Golf Course.
• The Red Kelly Trail.
• The Class of 1997 Trail.
A new report from the Middlebury Economic Health Committee suggests ways the town could attract and grow businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury should resume its economic development efforts through a new entity — either hired or volunteer — that would reach out to business prospects, as well as invest in better broadband infrastructure to boost nascent and growing enterprises in Addison County’s shire town.
Those are but two in a series of recommendations contained in a report released this week by the Middlebury Economic Health Committee (MEHC). The Middlebury selectboard created the committee in 2018 to recommend economic development tools, policies, strategies and actions the community could employ to...