Middlebury


HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE carrying signs and sporting masks protested the killing of George Floyd and other police violence during a demonstration in downtown Middlebury on Saturday evening. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
06/04/2020
ADDISON COUNTY AND BRANDON — People started gathering in College Park, the former site of the Middlebury town offices, a little before 6 p.m. on Saturday. As the numbers swelled it became obvious that pandemic or not many Vermonters were so upset that they were willing to come out and make their presence known. The issue was a perennial one in the United States — racism. Like in towns and cities across the country, people in Vermont were shocked by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer and showed up to let their outrage be known. Around 375 people — young and old —...
06/04/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While Vergennes officials this past week took action to require mask wearing by customers at city businesses, members of the Middlebury selectboard began discussing similar steps in the shire town but put off a decision until at least June 9. At a May 26 meeting held via teleconferencing, Middlebury selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter initiated discussion on the issue when he said the town had received multiple requests for town support for a mandatory facemask ordinance. One of those requests came the next day from two Middlebury property owners.  “We believe the selectboard...
06/04/2020
(Riverhead Books) From the very first page, Brit Bennett will pull you in; she is such an impressive storyteller. The story begins in the town of Mallard, a small southern black community, where everyone knows the Vignes girls, twin sisters Desiree, the restless one and Stella, the studious one. When their mother makes them quit school at sixteen to clean houses with her, Stella starts to find Desiree's ideas of running away from Mallard much more compelling. We first meet Desiree when folks in town spot her returning home, on the run from an abusive husband, and now a mother herself, to...

“KITCHEN STILL LIFE Series #15 Violet Glass” by Karen O’Neil, 20x20, $3,500
06/04/2020
Edgewater Galleries in Middlebury have reopened to the public and are showing new exhibitions in both galleries for June and July. Gallery managers do not plan in-person opening events for the shows but visitors can see them live. For those still cautious about where they go in public due to the coronavirus, Edgewater will continue to give customers the option to view the exhibitions virtually on our website. Both of the online exhibitions will be available to view by mid-June on its website, edgewatergallery.com. “Reflections,” a group exhibition featuring artists Kathleen Kolb, Lori Mehta...
05/29/2020
MIDDLEBURY — While Vergennes officials this week favored taking action to require mask wearing by customers at city businesses, members of the Middlebury selectboard this week discussed taking similar steps in the shiretown but put off a decision until at least June 9. At a May 26 meeting held via teleconferencing, Middlebury selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter initiated discussion on the issue when he said the town had received multiple requests for town support for a mandatory facemask ordinance. One of those requests came next day from two Middlebury property owners. “We believe the...
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — With COVID-19 activity on a steady, downward trend in Addison County, Porter Medical Center continues to ramp up services, including elective surgeries. And while Porter has been assigned the task of mopping up $5.7 million of the $152 million in COVID-related red ink the University of Vermont Health Network is projected to incur by Sept. 30, PMC officials are confident they’ll be able to do that — and more — without layoffs. “Our overarching message at this moment in time to our community is that we are here for them, and that they shouldn’t delay necessary care,” said Ron...
05/28/2020
MIDDLEBURY — In lieu of a traditional graduation ceremony this year, the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center will hold a Celebration of Learning event this Thursday, May 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., to honor all Career Center seniors and all students completing their technical programs. Seniors and program completers and their families are invited to the Career Center’s North Campus at 372 Mainelli Road in Middlebury that day at a designated time slot for their technical program.  Students will receive award bags, which will contain any of the following items that pertain to the individual student:...

RUTH ROSS, YOUNGER daughter of Dr. Jacob and Hannah Ross of Middlebury, did not survive the Spanish flu pandemic that encircled the globe in 1918. Archive photo/Henry Sheldon Museum
05/28/2020
As Middlebury and the nation struggle with coronavirus, death and the changes to our daily lives, I am reminded that my grandfather Jacob Johnson Ross, M.D., joined the U.S. Army in 1918 and left his family in Middlebury to serve as the Flight Surgeon with the 17th Aero Squadron. War was waging in Europe and the Spanish Influenza was raging in much of the world, including Vermont.  In the Sheldon archives are the letters exchanged between Dr. Ross and his wife Hannah Elizabeth Holmes Ross. They had met at UVM, from which they both graduated. Jacob Ross was from Huntington, Vt., where his...
05/22/2020
The Vermont Department of Health is opening nearly two dozen additional pop-up sites to test people who do not have symptoms of COVID-19 for the virus. As of late Friday afternoon there were still a few times available at the Middlebury testing sight on May 29. There is another one scheduled for June 4 in Middlebury. Both will be at the American Legion Post on Wilson Road. Pre-registration is required. The specimen collection sites are located throughout the state. Vermonters can find a list of the sites and make an appointment to be tested at humanresources.vermont.gov/popups(link is...
05/22/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Jim Gish, Project Community Liaison for the Middlebury rail tunnel project, reports that the pace of work in downtown is picking up, now that Kubricky workers have returned to the work site. In his May 22 report, Gish said highlights for this coming week are: • Merchants Row will close to through traffic for the summer starting Tuesday, May 26. • Merchants Row Bridge to be removed Thursday, may 28. • Main Street will again be reduced to one lane downtown next week. • Pedestrian Alert: Footbridge and Printer’s Alley to close at times next week Gish also reported that the state of...

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