BRIAN CARPENTER IS running for three more years on the Middlebury Selectboard, while Laura Asermily will not seek a new term.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury selectboard Chairman Brian Carpenter will run for a third consecutive term this March, saying he’d like another three years to whittle away at a municipal to-do list that includes completion of the downtown rail bridges project and flood mitigation improvements to portions of the Middlebury River.  Click here to read more about Carpenter's campaign. Meanwhile, Middlebury Selectwoman Laura Asermily has confirmed she won’t seek a third, three-year term on the board in March, saying it’s time for someone else to bring new energy and ideas to the community’s top governing...
MIDDLEBURY/VERGENNES — As part of the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Merry Mulch Program, volunteers from the Middlebury Rotary Club and the Vergennes Lions Club will be picking up old Christmas trees in their respective towns this Saturday, Jan. 4. The holiday greenery will be repurposed into garden mulch, which members of the public can collect for free in the spring. If you would like your tree to be picked for free up in Middlebury and Vergennes, the solid waste management district asks that you leave your tree, stripped of garlands, ornaments, tinsel and wire, on the...

MIDDLEBURY’S TRAIN TRESTLE collapsed on May 5, 1893. Danielle Rougeau will discuss the wreck on Thursday, Jan. 9, at noon, at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury. Photo courtesy of the Henry Sheldon Museum
MIDDLEBURY — This month the Henry Sheldon Museum will host two talks about trains in conjunction with the museum’s annual elaborate model train layout. Paul Bortz, a member of the Sheldon Museum’s train crew, will present a brief hands-on talk, demonstration, and discussion entitled “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others,” on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. Bortz’s talk will explore what makes Lionel wonderful. The short answer to that question is: innovation. Bortz is an enthusiastic collector and operator of over 1,200 trains and two layouts dating from the early 1900s to today, and he...
MIDDLEBURY — Neat Repeats directors Linda Waterman and Diane Howlett have released the list of fall 2019 grantees from their resale shop. Grants for that period totaled $33,831 and included the following: Elderly Services (food), $5,000; — Housing Solutions, $4,695; End of Life Services (pledge), $3,250; Scholarships — MAUHS, MUHS, VUHS, $2,700; Family Assistance (9), $2,462; Dental Assistance (4), $2,050; Charter House Coalition (pledge), $2,000; HOPE — Food Shelf, $2,000; Vermont Symphony Orchestra — School programs, $1,500; CVOEO — Food Shelf, $1,500; Vergennes Food Shelf, $1,300;...

“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...


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