“QUEEN & SLIM,” a film written by Emmy award winner Lena Waithe, will be shown on Wednesday, Jan. 8, a the Marquis Theater for the next film in Showing Up for Racial Justice’s Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury chapter of the national organization Showing Up for Racial Justice is presenting the first film of 2020: “Queen and Slim,” written by Emmy award-winner Lena Waithe, and starring Daniel Kaluuya, of “Get Out” fame, on Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 4 and 7 p.m., at the Marquis theater, 65 Main St. in Middlebury. The Seeing Color/Seeking Justice Film Series, now in its third year, is a collaboration between Middlebury SURJ and the Marquis Theater. The films screened in the series have ranged from documentaries about music, activism, education, and farmworker rights, to short...

A SCENE FROM "An Elephant Sitting Still," which will screen at Middlebury College's Dana Auditorium on Saturday, Jan. 11.
MIDDLEBURY — The Hirschfield International Film Series will continue its showings of foreign and independent films in 2020. These films are free and screened on most Saturdays at 3 and 8 p.m. in Dana Auditorium at the Sunderland Language Center on Middlebury College’s campus. All films are open to the public. This series runs from September 2019 through May 2020. New titles are added monthly. Here’s the line up for January: Saturday, Jan. 11 3 and 8 p.m., Dana Auditorium “An Elephant Sitting Still” In Mandarin with English subtitles. (Bo Hu, China, 2019, 3 hours, 50 minutes) Free Under the...

THE HEATH QUARTET will play the music of Beethoven at the Mahaney Arts Center on Jan. 11 and 17. Photo by Simon Way
MIDDLEBURY — To celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birth year, the Heath Quartet will present his entire string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts in Middlebury this season. This dynamic and charismatic British chamber ensemble will perform a free concert on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s concert will feature Beethoven’s first string quartet composition, Quartet no. 3 in D Major, op. 18; his last; Quartet no. 16 in F Major op. 135; and the first Razumovsky Quartet no. 7 in F Major, op. 59. No tickets are required for this concert, thanks to a gift from the Sunderman Family...

MOUNT ABE SOPHOMORE Logan Pierro puts a move on Tiger freshman Layne Chant in his first-round win at 106 pounds during Saturday’s Hubie Wagner Invitational tournament in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Wrestlers from Mount Abraham, Vergennes and Middlebury union high schools combined for three first-place finishes, a second, four thirds, and four fourths at Saturday’s 48th Annual Hubie Wagner Invitational, hosted by the Tigers. Mount Abe fared the best, finishing third out of 17 teams and seeing six Eagles score top-four finishes, including two who ended up standing on top of the podium: freshman Devan Hemingway at 126 pounds and junior Nate Lavoie at 160. Seniors John Bent and Matt Cleaves took thirds at 152 and 285, respectively, and freshman Matt Conant was third at 126....
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team split two games this past weekend, as the Tigers hosted the Fletcher “Buster” Brush Holiday Classic. On Friday the Tigers (3-2) defeated Rutland, 2-1, in overtime in the opening round, and on Saturday they fell to Spaulding in the second round, 3-2, also in overtime. On Friday Bella Gale scored the game-winner in extra time as the Tigers edged Rutland. Taylor Moulton scored for MUHS and Isabel Crossman for Rutland in regulation. Raider goalie Kristen Pariseau made 27 saves, while the Tigers’ Abby Hodsden stopped 15 shots. Anna...

FRANKIE AND DORA Soberal and their three daughters moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury on Dec. 21, just in time to make it the centerpiece of their Christmas celebration. Photo courtesy of John McLeod
MIDDLEBURY — Tearing open packages. It’s a Christmas tradition. But the Soberal family didn’t need to unwrap their biggest Christmas gift this week. They’re living in it. Frankie and Dora Soberal and their three young daughters continue to pinch themselves to make sure they aren’t caught up in Yuletide reverie. Yes, it’s true. On Saturday, Dec. 21, they moved from an apartment into their first-ever permanent home at 51 Seymour St. in Middlebury, thanks to a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Addison County. “It is our ultimate Christmas present; we couldn’t have asked for anything...

MIDDLEBURY — Swift House Inn co-owner Dan Brown is no stranger to serving his country. Prior to becoming an innkeeper, the U.S. Naval Academy graduate spent 27 years piloting ships, P-3 airplanes and a segment of the Navy’s acquisition management division. Now he’d like to serve his community as a member of the Middlebury selectboard. Brown is one of two candidates to have thus far announced for two spots up for grabs this coming March on the town’s chief governing board. The other is incumbent selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter, whose current three-year term is expiring. Board incumbent...

CONSTRUCTION IS UNDER way on a new, 6,900-square-foot building at 383 Exchange St. in Middlebury that beginning next spring will accommodate offices for Bee’s Wrap and the Vermont Economic Development Authority. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — There’s new activity buzzing around 383 Exchange St. in Middlebury: A new, 6,900-square-foot, single-story building that will create office space for the adjacent Bee’s Wrap business and for the Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA). Spearheading the new construction is Brian Carpenter, Middlebury selectboard chairman and owner of both Champlain Valley Equipment and 383 Exchange St. He explained that Bee’s Wrap moved into the existing 383 Exchange St. complex — which formerly hosted the Sears Hometown Store — last year, and now needs more office space. At the same time,...

MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School ninth-grader Mary Johnson prepares to make a difficult transition on the uneven bars during the Tiger gymnastics team’s opening meet at Middlebury Union Middle School vs. St. Johnsbury and Montpelier. Johnson was the Tigers’ top scorer in the bars with a 6.1. MUHS returns to action on Friday in Randolph. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team opened its season on Saturday by hosting St. Johnsbury and Montpelier at Middlebury Union Middle School. The more experienced St. Johnsbury and Montpelier squads finished first and second with 115.95 and 97.95 points, respectively, while the young Tigers scored 92.2 points. MUHS Coach Natalia Harthman said the Tigers, whose only upperclassman is senior Carly Burger, learned skills and unique elements from watching the Montpelier and St. Johnsbury gymnasts, who have more experience because they participate on club teams as well as...
NEWPORT — The Middlebury Union High School girls’ hockey team edged host North Country Union/Lyndon on Saturday with a pair of late goals. Both Tiger scores came in the final four minutes after goalie Abby Hodsden, a late addition to the Tiger roster, held NCU/Lyndon at bay. Hodsden made 26 saves to backstop the victory as the Tigers improved to 2-1. Bella Gale and Merry Kimble netted the MUHS goals, and Taylor Moulton picked up an assist. Gale scored for the third straight game. NCU/L goalie Courtney Lewis stopped 14 shots. Next up for the Tigers is their annual holiday tournament this...


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