Monkton


LAST FALL CAMERON McMahon purchased 230 acres in Monkton from the Willowell Foundation, then built a house for his family. The mission of their farm, the Tree of Life Farm, is building soil and community through regenerative practices. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MONKTON — Cameron McMahon has spent much of the winter soaking up knowledge, and he can talk a brilliant blue streak. Geoengineering, Saudi grazing practices, the history of labor unions, sustainability finance, coppicing, ecology, Norwegian forest management, transportation, building design, ocean farming, soil restoration, rural economies, furniture-making, wetlands regulations, conflict resolution. But he’s itching to get outside and work. “There’s theory, and then there’s everyday actions,” McMahon told the Independent during a recent, socially distanced visit to his farm in Monkton. “I’m...

THE MONKTON MUSEUM and Historical Society is studying whether it wants to buy the 1859 Monkton Town Hall on Ridge Road once town records and officials are moved into a new building, which is expected to be completed this spring.
MONKTON — In a few months Monkton will have a new town office and library building. “We are still on budget and have a conditional occupancy in the beginning of May, so maybe (we’ll have) a ‘grand opening’ shortly thereafter,” Monkton selectboard chair Stephen Pilcher told the Independent in an email. After that: the big move. “There is a lot of work to be done to move records, books, etc. to the new offices and library,” Pilcher said. The $1.7 million building will feature nearly 5,300 square feet of space. It will have more than 1,100 square feet for town offices, which is twice the space...
MONKTON — Officials from the Monkton Museum and Historical Society (MM&HS) said they appreciate the response received to their survey so far on their plan to purchase the 1859 Town Hall. If you haven’t taken the survey, please do. Society President Gill Coates and the rest of his organization want to hear from you. Take the survey online here: forms.gle/tGnfpx4tBAL4pceJ8. There is also a link on the Monkton town website under the “Community” section at the end of the “Monkton Museum and Historical Society” page — or go to tinyurl.com/BuyMonktonTownHall. “We’d like to clarify that the town...
MONKTON — The 2020 Monkton Town Reports are in the mail. If you do not receive one, you may call the town clerk at 453-3800 and arrange to pick one up. There is no access into the town hall without a mask and a previous call is appreciated before coming. Make note that due to COVID-19, there is no actual town meeting at the school. An informational/discussion meeting will be held via zoom this Saturday, Feb. 27. Check Page 1 of your town report for instructions as to how to access this remote hearing. All articles plus the school budgets will be voted on by Australian ballot on Tuesday, March...
MONKTON — The Monkton Town Hall and Library are moving up the street in a few months to the new Town Offices and Library. As part of the plan, the town intends to sell the 1859 Town Hall on the open market to fund part of the cost of the new building. An initial appraisal values the old building at $51,300. The Town Hall was originally built in 1859 by residents of Monkton Ridge and donated to the town when it outgrew the old town hall in Monkton Borough. The Monkton Ridge building is on the National Register of Historic Places. For the past few months, the Monkton Museum and Historical...
ADDISON COUNTY -- An individual associated with Middlebury Union High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement Wednesday afternoon from MUHS Principal Justin Campbell. "Luckily, this individual was not in school when contagious and is following all of the guidance from the VT Dept. of Health," Campbell wrote in an email to the MUHS community. "We have been in contact with local and state health officials and all are in agreement that there are no additional restrictions or precautions needed at MUHS." According to the Addison Central School District COVID-19...
After a state order last week detailed issues with a Vermont Gas pipeline, the company filed with state regulators Wednesday requesting more time to respond. “Today we’ll be filing for a little more time so we can review the ruling,” Vermont Gas spokesperson Beth Parent told VTDigger on Wednesday. The Public Utility Commission order found that Vermont Gas had failed to bury the 41-mile natural gas pipeline through Addison County at the 4-foot depth required by a construction permit. The ruling also pointed to the failure of the company to ensure a licensed professional engineer signed off on...

SILAS DOYLE-BURR, FRONT left, poses with the crew at Monkton’s Last Resort Farm. At the top of the stack are his parents, Eugenie Doyle and Sam Burr. Doyle-Burr in 2017 signed a lease-to-own deal with them and now runs the farm, while his parents still live on the farm and help him operate it. Photo courtesy of Silas Doyle-Burr
MONKTON — It took a productive, but challenging, two years in the Asian business world for 2005 Mount Abraham Union High School graduate Silas Doyle-Burr to find his true calling — running the Monkton organic farm he grew up on. Along the way, Doyle-Burr, a member of the 2004 Eagle boys’ soccer Division II championship team, found that sports and the lessons they offered helped him along his path.   “There are so many similarities between farming and sports, because failure is pervasive in farming as well. There are so many things out of your control,” said Doyle-Burr, now 33. “You get lucky...

THE GUILLIMETTE FAMILY was one of the Monkton Scouts families to help deliver baskets to community members this year. Photo courtesy of Liz Pecor
MONKTON — Despite restrictions, the Monkton Scouts, Troops 525 and 802 and Pack 525, were still able to make their yearly delivery of baskets. This time deliveries were done by families instead of groups. Thanks to many donations from businesses and families the gift baskets were overflowing! A big thanks to Sylvia Twenge for her work in gathering donations. Also, thanks to the Parker family for assembling the baskets and to all the families for picking up and delivering a little Christmas spirit. Troop 525 sends a big “Thank You” to the community for supporting their annual Christmas tree...
MONKTON — We would like to thank our local individual donors as well as Have-A-Heart in Bristol for supporting our Little Free Pantry. To keep food items safe (avoiding freezing/thawing cycles) through the winter, pickups will be offered on the 2nd Saturdays of the month from 9 to 10 a.m. from December to March, with an extra distribution on the 5th Saturday of January. Please call 802-453-3020 and leave a first name and how many people in the household and any special needs so we can prepare a bag of items for you to pick up. In April, we should be able to stock the outdoor pantry once again...

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