BETHANIE FARRELL IS on pace to give out 1,000 free meals to hungry Addison County folks by the end of this month. Her charitable effort is called the Giving Fridge, which sells donated plants, flowers, honey and other items to raise money for meals that are prepared by local restaurants, using a lot of local ingredients.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Bethanie Farrell has always felt a call to help others. It’s in her DNA, a ritual she learned as a young girl growing up in the Midwest. She’d accompany her mom while she made the rounds delivering meals to men who couldn’t find room in shelters in Cleveland, Ohio.
So when Farrell learned about an increase in the ranks of the county’s hungry and homeless, she knew she wanted to become involved. Her idea of opening a community refrigerator in downtown Middlebury has taken off in a big way.
Farrell and her husband bought land in Panton in 2019, with the idea of relocating to...
MIDDLEBURY — Second installment property tax bills are due next Friday, January 15. Postmarks are not accepted as timely payment. Deposit payments in the secure payment box located between the Ilsley Library and Town Offices next to the USPS box. This option is available 24/7.
Alternatively, you can pay via credit card. The town uses a third-party administrator to process credit card payments, therefore there is a fee of 2–3% added to the transaction, which goes to the administrator. Please choose the municipal fees option and include your parcel number in the description field.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 12 will hold a virtual public hearing on a draft fiscal year 2022 municipal spending plan of $11,724,999. If endorsed by voters it would add 2.23 cents to the current municipal tax rate of 80.3 cents per $100 in property value.
The 2.8% increase would continue the Middlebury selectboard’s recent track record of maintaining a stable municipal tax rate.
“The past couple of years since the reappraisal, we’ve been pretty much flat with the tax rate,” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay said. “We had projected slight increases, but due to growth...
THE TOWN OF Middlebury is considering construction of a new Department of Public Works headquarters on land off Route 7 south. Pictured is the current, 30-year-old DPW building that Middlebury officials said is too small to house town equipment, 16 employees and day-to-day operations.
Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The past 10 years have yielded a flurry of major capital projects that have transformed Middlebury. They include the Cross Street Bridge, a new municipal building, a new recreation center, and a downtown rail tunnel that made its debut this past summer.
Now Middlebury is preparing for its next big project: A new Department of Public Works headquarters that would supplant the 30-year-old facility at 1020 Route 7 South.
While local officials have yet to set a specific price tag and timetable for a project that Middlebury DPW Planning Director Dan Werner said will certainly require...
The weekend before Christmas, Addison Independent digital editor Megan James and her family hosted a physically distant holiday extravaganza they called the CocoaPort. Inspired by COVID restrictions — and the lack of a downtown hot cocoa hut — they created a series of magical, mechanical contraptions to deliver cocoa fixins to their friends and family at a distance. They also had a miniature donkey named Olaf because, why not?
Thanks to Susan Donaldson James, Kathryn Flagg, Carolyn Barnwell and Matt Laux for providing footage for this video.
Downtown Middlebury is all decked out in holiday spirit, but have you noticed the sculpture in the window of the National Bank of Middlebury?
“It’s not a wreath, it’s not lights and it’s not a tree,” said sculptor Daniel Houghton, who is Animation Studio Producer at Middlebury College. “But it seems right at home in a holiday window.”
Anyone know what it is?
Why it’s a miniature diorama of a gigantic otter-monster attacking the Town Hall Theater, of course.
The fantastical sculpture, “Attack on the Town Hall Theater,” was conceptualized and then constructed by Houghton (plus a few other...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted 5-1 to have former selectboard member Laura Asermily join their ranks until Town Meeting Day, March 2.
Asermily was one of three residents who had offered to replace former Selectman Victor Nuovo, 89, who retired from the board last month citing a desire to focus on writing within the realm of philosophy.
Asermily this past March took a pass on running for re-election to the board after six years of service. At the time, she said she believed it was time for someone else to bring new energy to the town’s governing panel.
But when the...
MIDDLEBURY — Aqua ViTea, the Middlebury maker of the fermented, tea-based beverage kombucha, has just hired a slate of new executives to help it substantially grow its business.
Hailing from nationally recognized consumer good brands including Heineken International, Red Bull North America, Unreal and more, Aqua ViTea said its new hires will build out the brand’s distribution partnerships and expand its retail presence. An important target for that growth is to expand sales of its alcoholic kombucha line, called AfterGlow, by bringing in a sales director dedicated to the product.
The goal is...
THIS NEW ELECTRONIC sign graces the lawn in the MUHS traffic circle. It is the result of years of fundraising by Friends of Middlebury Football that produced $20,000 to honor the memory of well-loved late physics teacher and football coach Carl Ciemniewski.
Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
MIDDLEBURY — A new electronic sign at Middlebury Union High School honors the memory of highly respected and well liked former MUHS physics teacher and longtime Tiger football program assistant coach Carl Ciemniewski.
Ciemniewski died suddenly in 2014 at the age of 55 while attending an MUHS boys’ lacrosse game at Middlebury College’s Youngman Field.
Friends of Middlebury Football immediately sought ways to honor him. Friends member and former football and teaching colleague Peter Brakeley said the group soon settled on an electronic sign, but it took time to raise funds and settle on a...
COLCHESTER — Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) is offering no-cost flu vaccines to all individuals in need of the vaccination this season. The free service is available in all 12 PPNNE health centers across Vermont.
Individuals using their insurance at PPNNE are likely to receive the vaccine for free under their plan. For those who are uninsured, paying out of pocket, or who have a plan that does not cover the flu shot, PPNNE will absorb the cost.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) anticipates that the flu virus and the virus that causes COVID-19 will spread during the...