MIDDLEBURY UNION MIDDLE School Guidance Counselor Jeff Murawski is retiring this month after 31 years helping students make the transition from elementary to secondary school. Independent photo/John S. McCright
MIDDLEBURY — Jeff Murawski might be 65 years old, but he feels like he’s still in his 30s. No, the Middlebury Union Middle School guidance counselor hasn’t found the fountain of youth. It’s his students that have kept him young. “I’ve always liked my job and I’ve always enjoyed going to work,” Murawski said during a recent phone interview. “The great thing about kids this age is they come every year as 12-year-olds and leave you at 14, and they’re always the same age. It makes you feel, in some weird way, like you haven’t gotten older. I’ve really enjoyed that part.” After 31 years of helping...

FALLOW DEER ARE raised at LedgEnd Farm in Middlebury. The farm has recently conserved 132 acres of land through the Vermont Land Trust. Photo courtesy of LedgEnd Farm
MIDDLEBURY — Hank Dimuzio and Rhonda Roberts of LedgEnd Farm worked with the Vermont Land Trust to conserve 132 acres of their deer farm on Munger Street in Middlebury. Theirs is the largest deer farm in the state with over 400 animals. Dimuzio didn’t follow a typical path to become a farmer. For more than 20 years he built up his deer farm business while working as an emergency room physician at Rutland Regional Medical Center. In 2016, he retired from the hospital to pursue farming full time. The deer at LedgEnd Farm are fallow deer, which originate in Europe. They are one of four deer...
MIDDLEBURY — Commencement ceremonies for the Middlebury Union High School class of 2020 on June 13 were unprecedented — not for being wild and ostentatious, but for being minimalist out of necessity. Due to social distancing requirements during COVID-19, each of the 131 graduating seniors were individually driven to a stage at MUHS, where they picked up their hard-earned diplomas. No teeming crowd, no group hugs, no conventional processional. But the lack of pomp and circumstance didn’t diminish the sense of pride and accomplishment that each graduate felt upon capping a high school career...

After a long closure due to the coronavirus, Middlebury Indoor Tennis will reopen on June 15 with restrictions. — file photo
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) will begin a limited and phased reopening of its tennis facilities on Monday, June 15. According to an MIT press release, the facility’s ownership will proceed slowly and cautiously while adhering to guidelines from the state and the tennis industry and “keeping the safety of our members, guests, and staff foremost in our minds.” On Monday the facility will reopen to MIT members only and for private, non-group lessons. Only singles play and pro lessons will be permitted. Play will be allowed by advance reservation only; there will be no drop-in...
SPONSORED CONTENT Across our network, we’re welcoming back patients for non-urgent and elective appointments and procedures, including procedures requiring a hospital stay. We’re starting with those that had been postponed by COVID-19. I want you to know that we are taking every possible step to make sure you and your families are safe when you see us again. As part of our commitment to safety and high-quality patient care, we’d like to introduce some of the changes you’ll experience during your next appointment.  
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a coronavirus-related resolution directing all people to wear face coverings in public settings (or outdoors) in Middlebury where it isn’t possible to maintain a 6-foot buffer between the next closest person. The resolution wasn’t forceful enough for the approximately 20 people who had urged the board to pass an ordinance requiring the wearing of face coverings or be subject to police action. But board members argued they had heard from other merchants and residents who believed an ordinance would be too heavy-handed, and...
MIDDLEBURY — A slate of activities aimed at drawing shoppers into downtown Middlebury this summer during the massive rail bridges project have been canceled due to social distancing requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the pop-up store “Bundle” at 51 Main St. has closed — again due to the coronavirus. But the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the citizens group “Neighbors, Together,” are now organizing supports for downtown merchants that aren’t dependent on large crowds. They include a series of challenges that encourage shoppers to support local stores,...
MIDDLEBURY — The state of Vermont is offering COVID-19 testing to members of the public at an ongoing series of events. Several of these pop-up testing events are scheduled for Middlebury. They are for asymptomatic people to sign up for a COVID-19 test to tell if they currently have a COVID-19 infection. This is not a serology/antibody test, and will not tell you if you were sick with COVID-19 in the past. To sign up for a free test, head online to humanresources.vermont.gov/popups and follow the steps to register in advance. The information will be used by the Vermont Department of Health...
(Pantheon Books) There came a time in Helen Jukes' life when the natural world felt slightly “out of kilter,” and she was struck with a pervasive restlessness, so she embarked on a new pastime, an outlet to occupy her, to keep her grounded. Having spent a short but profound period of time assisting an experienced beekeeper, and now living in a small house at the outskirts of town, complete with an overgrown, brambly back garden, she blithely chose to get a beehive. She begins her quest with research, uncovering historical references to bees and honey as far back as Aristotle and Virgil, (as a...
Something special happened in Middlebury last weekend. Folks in Buttolph Acres and at EastView were drawn out of their homes and into the streets by an old-fashioned traveling show. Created by Town Hall Theater’s Courageous Stage and performed on a mobile platform, "Doc Lyle Sol's Medicine Show" encouraged pan-banging, music-playing, and cheering from audiences — who were appropriately spaced out and masked — along its route. The original work is a modern twist on the 1800s medicine show, as Doc Sol, a classic “snake-oil salesman,” pulls out all the stops to sell the crowd a miracle cure for...


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