NEW HAVEN — Mike Dunbar, president of Middlebury Fence Company, is offering a $3,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of whoever stole approximately $10,410 worth of tools from a company worksite last month. On the morning of June 19, the New Haven-based construction firm reported to Vermont State Police that the trailer on their worksite at the former Wildflower Farm, property at 3488 Route 7 in Charlotte, had been broken into and relieved of 40 tools belonging to various laborers, according to the state police incident report. Soon afterward, Dunbar posted a plea for...

MEMBERS OF THE UVMHN Porter Medical Center Birthing Center accept a donation of a new “Cuddle Cot” from three area couples who have experienced infant loss, and who raised funds to purchase one of these special Cots for our patients. Photo/UVMHN Porter Medical Center
MIDDLEBURY —The Cuddle Cot, which looks like a conventional bassinet, is a cooling unit that allows parents experiencing a loss an opportunity to spend precious time with their infant, before they say their final goodbye according to Katie Irwin of Woodbridge, Conn. Irwin is the founder of Scarlet’s Mission, a non-profit organization which is named in memory of her daughter, Scarlet Suzy McGonigal. Irwin’s organization connected donor families with hospitals in Vermont, including Porter Medical Center. During a brief ceremony at Porter on July 1, Katie explained that her experience in a...
VERMONT — Vermont streams, lakes and woods are teeming with high-quality, local food that is rooted in the Vermont’s heritage — as long as one knows how to cook it. That’s why the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is partnering with Rooted in Vermont, a program of the Vermont Farm-to-Plate Network, for “Field-to-Fork: Wild Food Cooking Series” this July and August. The series is designed to help Vermonters learn more about what game foods are available all around them and how to make them into a delicious meal. “Similar to sourcing food from our local farms, hunting provides many of the...
ESSEX — The host Town of Essex Swim Team outpaced the visiting Middlebury Marlins on July 2, dominating the relays against a Marlins team that competed with only about two-dozen swimmers at the Champlain Valley Swim League meet. Highlighting the evening for Middlebury were three wins by U-8 swimmer Constantin Bellman, two victories apiece by U-8 swimmers Mitzi Poduschnick and Aurora Foley, and a pair of first-places from U-18 swimmer Holly Staats. The Marlins return to action this week with meets at home on Tuesday vs. Burlington Tennis Club and away at Winooski on Thursday. Middlebury...

VERMONT PHILHARMONIC POPS and fireworks highlight The Henry Sheldon Museum Independence Day celebration behind the Mahaney Arts Center on Wednesday. Look for fireworks in Bristol and Vergennes that night, and Saturday in Brandon. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
ADDISON COUNTY & BRANDON — This is the week for booming fireworks, riveting parades, mouthwatering treats and inspiring displays of red, white and blue. The Land of Milk and Honey will be awash in Fourth of July sights, sounds and activities — enough that everyone can find a way to mark the 243rd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Wednesday is the big night for fireworks in Addison County with official displays going off above three towns. In Vergennes you can get a head start on Independence Day with fireworks at the Vergennes Union High School sports fields....

DAVE MANDEL WILL become the executive director at Mary Johnson Children's Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Johnson Children’s Center has hired Dave Mandel as its new executive director. The resident of Connecticut and New York City will succeed Barbara Saunders, who is retiring after more than 30 years of service to the Middlebury childcare center. Mandel will assume the leadership role on July 8. Dave Mandel most recently led the Montessori Day School of Brooklyn, N.Y., a program for children ages two to five. Prior experiences included helping launch an American curriculum school in Calabar, Nigeria; tutoring and mentoring first-generation college-bound high school students in...

THE ALLEYWAY NEXT to Town Hall Theater will be transformed into an outdoor dining room complete with a beer and wine garden when food truck event “Spinning Plates” rolls into Middlebury every Friday evening this summer. Photo courtesy Town Hall Theater
MIDDLEBURY — A new dining spot has come to Middlebury this summer. It’s called Spinning Plates and it’s a hub for local food trucks right outside Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater. Hungry folks can travel the culinary world without leaving downtown at this food truck that will serve many different things from French food to Ethiopian to Dominican and more. Beginning Friday, June 21, and in partnership with Tourterelle and Evolution Kitchen, Spinning Plates is offering a rotating set of menus from local restaurateurs and chefs throughout the summer. Tourterelle’s menu includes casual French fare...

A COFFIN DESIGNED by members of Extinction Rebellion Vermont, which traveled for a day with the 65-mile Next Steps Climate Solutions Walk in April, served as a dire warning about the potential future of humanity if radical steps are not taken soon to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MIDDLEBURY — What was striking about Dan Batten’s Extinction Rebellion Vermont presentation at Ilsley Public Library recently wasn’t the overwhelming amount of scientific evidence pointing to potential climate catastrophe — it was the amount of brand-new information: •In a paper released in May titled “Existential Climate-Related Security Risk,” the Australian National Center for Climate Restoration suggested that “climate change now represents a near- to mid-term existential threat to human civilization.” •On May 8, Rolling Stone magazine reported that, according to the International...
MIDDLEBURY — UVM Porter Hospital is offering a Diabetes Self-Management Program beginning Thursday, July 11, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church of Middlebury, 2 Main St. The full workshop lasts for six separate sessions and is designed for someone who struggles with the daily tasks of managing diabetes. The program helps participants learn how to manage symptoms and be as healthy as possible by focusing on seven self-care behaviors: healthy eating, being active, monitoring, taking medication, problem solving, healthy coping and reducing risks. The six-week program is free and...

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Connor McNamara concentrates in the backstroke leg of the 200-yard medley relay on Thursday at the Middlebury Town Pool. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Marlins swim team opened its season last week with sunny, warm weather and a pair of setbacks to Champlain Valley Swim League powers, 293-152 to host Burlington Country Club on June 25 and 289-177 to visiting defending champion Edge on Thursday. The Marlins will visit Essex this Tuesday before hosting Burlington Tennis Club on July 9. HOST BCC WINS Three Marlins won three races apiece to pace the team vs. BCC on this past Tuesday: Aurora Foley, Natalie Rockwell and Oliver Poduschnick. Holly Staats added a pair of victories for Middlebury. Marlins earning top-...


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