Middlebury

Buttolph Acres is all lit up for the holidays. Enjoy this tour through the Middlebury neighborhood. Want to show off *your* holiday display — and win some local currency ($50 in Middlebury Money, Bristol Bucks or Vergennes Green)? Send a photo of your decorations to contests@addisonindependent.com before December 20. #vtlightstheway
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater brought Cirque de Fuego, a Vermont-based fire cirucs, to Merchants Row for a fiery outdoor performance as part of the Bundle Up Artisan Market.
MIDDLEBURY — Two members of the Mary Hogan School community have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, but both tests came over the recent nine-day Thanksgiving break and neither patient has returned to the school since, according to Principal Jennifer Kravitz. “They all became infectious over vacation, and so there were no contacts to trace within the school community,” Kravitz told the Independent on Thursday. “The Vermont Department of Health did any contact tracing outside of the school community.” Kravitz notified Mary Hogan families of the situation in an earlier Thursday lunchtime...
MIDDLEBURY — For many, the COVID-19 pandemic has served up a heaping helping of fear. The fear of catching a virus that has thus far infected more than 4,100 Vermonters, killing 69. But COVID-19 has also left a lot of us with a void — in our hearts because of prolonged separation from loved ones, and in our bellies due to pandemic-driven job losses and furloughs. Results of a survey released last week by the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute revealed 30% of Vermonters are currently “food insecure.” Three times as many Vermonters can be classified as not having enough food to eat right...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury-based Open Door Clinic (ODC) has received a $14,594 grant through the Northeast Dental Foundation, money that Addison County’s free clinic will use in support of a University of Vermont study of the oral health of migrant workers. Migrant farm workers are among the heaviest users of the ODC, located on the Porter Medical Center campus off South Street. Other recipients from this latest round of Northeast Delta grants were: $5,000 to South Royalton School Clinic in South Royalton for general operating expenses, and $60,000 to the Vermont Head Start/Early Head Start...

THE ST. STEPHEN'S community welcomed new pastor Rev. Paul V. Olsson at a drive-up “pounding.” Photo Beth Stanway
MIDDLEBURY — This past Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent, members of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Middlebury welcomed their new priest, The Reverend Paul V. Olsson. How does one welcome a new priest during a pandemic? The congregation got creative and held a drive-up Pounding, a ritual in Christianity in which a new priest or minister is given gifts by members of the congregation. The practice can be traced back to at least the 19th century, when communicants of a church visited the parsonage and dropped off a pound of an item, such as coffee, sugar, flour or honey. In five-minute...

LOCAL ARTIST DOUG Lazarus completed his most recent project “Middlebury’s Own,” which celebrates seven remarkable individuals, and installed the 4- by 6-foot banners in the new park in front of Twilight Hall in mid-November. The exhibit will be on view through December. Independent photo/Steve James
These days it’s all too easy to get a little depressed when you think about the trajectory of the pandemic. We’re missing friends and family. We’re yearning to get out of the house and mingle, to be free of restrictions, to enjoy the theater and the arts.  We’re all going through a lot of pressure. It’s enough to make you wish some hero or heroine would take center stage and give us some reprieve. Doug Lazarus, a longtime Middlebury resident and artist who recently relocated to Forest Dale, may not be a knight on a white horse, but he has put up a portrait installation in downtown Middlebury...
Regarding the story in last week’s Addison Independent about the Better Middlebury Partnership’s plan to ask for $1,000 each from six surrounding towns to support economic development in Middlebury:  The residents of the surrounding towns are currently supporting Middlebury with a 1% local sales tax. I think it would be appropriate to use those funds rather than an assessment on our towns. Edward Payne Bridport

MARY 'PAT' BROWN of Bristol died after a short battle with COVID-19 last week.
ADDISON COUNTY — After a short battle with COVID-19, Mary “Pat” Brown — mother of six, member of Bristol’s St. Ambrose Catholic Church, retired Registered Nurse — died on Friday at age 79. “Her loss weighs heavy on us, with the worst part being that we couldn’t be with her as she struggled to fight this awful virus,” her family wrote in a letter to Gov. Phil Scott. “Our family feels that these deaths (from COVID-19) need to have names attached to them,” they continued. “Maybe, just maybe, it will spark even one person to do better and to try harder to follow (public health) guidelines for...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Superintendent Peter Burrows confirmed Friday, Nov. 27, that a “second member of the district community had tested positive for COVID-19." That person has simply been identified as a “district staff" member. This individual is in addition to a member of the Mary Hogan Elementary community who tested positive back on Nov. 24. Burrows’ disclosures came on the heels of an announcement earlier that a member of the Robinson Elementary School community in Starksboro had recorded a positive test. Burrows said he wasn’t at liberty to disclose the name of the individuals,...

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