MIDDLEBURY — State officials on Friday, May 15, gave permission to Kubricky Construction to assemble a full crew for work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, which until recently had stalled due to coronavirus-related workforce restrictions. As reported by the Independent, New York project contractor Kubricky had been limited to a maximum of 10 onsite workers only last week, all subject to social distancing and other protocols. Kubricky Vice President of Construction Mark Alexander told the Middlebury selectboard last week that Vermont’s COVID-19 rules (at that time) triggered...
MIDDLEBURY — The coronavirus has succeeded in canceling and delaying many special events and celebrations, but it doesn’t look like the pandemic will affect Middlebury-area kids’ ability to get free food and have access to limited recreation programs this summer. That was the word late last week from local childcare advocates, Middlebury Parks & Recreation Superintendent Dustin Hunt and Vermont Department of Health leaders, who met May 14. At this point, offerings are slated to include Middlebury Rec’s Camp Kookamunga and Mary John Children’s Center’s summer program. Free food through the...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District transfer station at 1223 Route 7 South in Middlebury opened its special waste programs and HazWaste Center to residential customers beginning Monday, May 18. The station has enacted the following COVID-19 precautionary guidelines for all visitors: •  Do not visit the transfer station if you are sick. •  Practice social distancing by keeping at least six feet of space between yourself and others. •  Wear a mask or cloth face covering when visiting for the protection of yourself, other customers, and transfer station staff. •  Each...

DEBORAH CLIFFORD Photo courtesy of Henry Sheldon Museum
Deborah Clifford had a passionate interest in 19th Century American history and, soon after she and her family moved to Cornwall in 1966, she began graduate study of Vermont history at UVM with Professor Sam Hand. She quickly became an enthusiastic and tireless advocate of Vermont women’s history and significantly contributed to making it a subject for serious study. Soon she was writing prize-winning articles for Vermont History; based on widespread research in local sources, they included “Women’s War Against Rum,” “The Drive for Women’s Municipal Suffrage in Vermont, 1883-1917,” and “An...

A group of supporters on Wednesday evening set up a display on Court Square of placards with every MUHS senior's name on them.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School officials were excited to announced to seniors last week that they had purchased caps and gowns for them. The plan is to have those wishing to take part in a limited graduation exercise to wear the typical commencement regalia in an outdoor MUHS graduation ceremony on June 13. The school has arranged for MCTV to videotape the event and then combine that with other images to create a keepsake video for graduates and their families. “While you can’t all be together physically for graduation, we know that you will be together in spirit on your MUHS...

TOM HANLEY, EMERGENCY management director for the town of Middlebury, stands with his sister Meg Meyer, who is a Registered Nurse at Porter Medical Center. The two are actively contending with the COVID-19 pandemic in different roles.
If you’re on the town of Middlebury mailing list, you probably feel like you’ve gotten to know Emergency Management Director Tom Hanley pretty well over the last couple months. Hanley, who is also the Middlebury police chief, is responsible for those very informative, very readable, sometimes pretty entertaining daily bulletins about our local response to the coronavirus crisis. Each one of Vermont’s cities and towns is required by state law to have an emergency management director. Back in the ’90s, Hanley recalls, the Burlington Free Press did a big article outing the towns that didn’t have...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont National Guard will be at Middlebury State Airport at 467 Airport Rd. Middlebury on Wednesday, May 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to distribute non-perishable food boxes, along with produce, chicken and dairy products provided by the Sheldon, Vt.-based Abbey Group. Anyone is welcome to come pick up food. Each household will receive one “Farmers To Family Kit,” containing two gallons of milk, two boxes of meat (10 pounds of grilled chicken filet/strip and 10 pounds of breaded chicken tenders/patties), one box of fresh produce (15-25 pounds of assorted vegetables), and one...

KEN SCHOEN, ELDERLY Services activities coordinator, has worked with his team to create a virtual Project Independence that takes place over the video-conferencing platform Zoom.
MIDDLEBURY — For most people, the extreme isolation imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic is something new. But for stay-at-home seniors in Addison County, loneliness can be an almost constant companion.  That’s why Elderly Services Inc.’s Project Independence senior daycare service has been so important to older citizens starving for stimulating discussion, mental exercise and simply the presence of other people. So when the coronavirus forced Project Independence (PI) to close its doors on March 17, it also shuttered many seniors’ view of the outside world. Until recently. Thanks to dedicated...
MIDDLEBURY — Kubricky Construction has put 10 employees back to work on the downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, but a company representative told the town selectboard on Tuesday that progress on the massive job will be slow until the Vermont Agency of Transportation and Gov. Phil Scott are able to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions on construction work. Kubricky Vice President of Construction Mark Alexander delivered that message to the Middlebury selectboard at its virtual meeting held through Zoom. He reported workers are doing some of the preliminary work that will precede...

THE DISHAW FAMILY poses happily in the (work-in-progress) Middlebury home they recently bought. Pictured are Josh with son Greeley on his shoulders and Meghan holding daughter Hatley. Josh is using his building experience to remodel and update the 42-year-old home to their mutual taste, with plenty of help from Meghan and her parents. Photo courtesy of the Dishaw family
MIDDLEBURY — Over the past decade a lot of things have worked out well for Josh and Meghan Dishaw — especially in the last few months.  The couple met at what was then Fletcher Allen Healthcare in Burlington and have been married for seven years. They agreed on Middlebury, Meghan’s hometown, as a place to settle, even though it was far from Josh’s native northern New York.  They bought a condo in the same complex as Meghan’s parents, perfect for when their first child, Hatley, now age four, came along. It was large enough for the three of them and for Josh to run his medical education company...


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