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NEW HAVEN RESIDENT Ursula Olender welcomes home her dog Tela, who was on the loose for six days last month. Finding the dog was a community-wide effort, including friends, neighbors, fellow dog park users, and work colleagues of Olender and her husband, Jon. The couple also had some help from unusual sources — a dowser who does animal communication work and an unnamed Vermonter who had “insights” about Tela’s location. Paul Dahm, right, and his wife, Carolyn, finally discovered the dog near a swamp on Field Days Road. Photo by Jon Olender
09/10/2020
NEW HAVEN — In late August, after their four-year-old English setter, Tela, bolted from a nearby hay field and sallied forth on six days of unknown adventures to undisclosed locations, Ursula and Jon Olender learned what they say was a valuable lesson:  Ask for help and you will receive it. “One of the best pieces of advice we received was to let people help,” Ursula told the Independent. “Don’t do this on your own. Let as many people know as you can, keep updating Facebook, put your posters everywhere, knock on doors.” And it worked. More than 140 people joined a Facebook group called “Find...
09/10/2020
NEW HAVEN — A volunteer effort is under way to establish a free food pantry in New Haven. There are similar pantries in Monkton, Lincoln, Bristol and Starksboro.  This will be a place where people who are struggling with food insecurity will be able to access nonperishables to feed their family.  Organizers are currently searching for exterior paint for this project. If you have exterior primer, paint or other painting supplies available please reach out to Darcy Tardie at dltardie@yahoo.com.
09/03/2020
NEW HAVEN — An unusually high one-time payment to square up educational property taxes has led to a jump in the New Haven municipal tax rate. Last March, voters approved general fund spending of $702,749, a decrease of 2.7%. At the same time, they also approved a one-time school payment of $390,000. Barb Torian, who was town treasurer at the time, explained the payment in New Haven’s 2019 Town Report. “The School unification, changes in the state billing system, and a higher Grand List have generated more tax dollars than in the past which created a higher-than-normal surplus which belonged...
07/30/2020
We the undersigned New Haven residents are confused and disheartened by the lack of consistency in town development regulations. After making an appeal to a building permit issued on June 4, 2020, we took part in a virtual Development Review Board (DRB) meeting on July 20 where these inconsistencies in zoning regulations became more than apparent. First, we need to provide some background. The town has zoning classifications for commercial, industrial and residential areas of the town. The classification of particular concern here is the RA10 classification, which allows for residential...

FRANCIS DUPOISE OF New Haven will celebrate his 100th birthday this coming Monday, July 13. Dupoise worked for 38 years at the former Polymers Inc. plant in Middlebury. He’s been an avid carpenter, square dancer and is a big fan of cars. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
07/09/2020
NEW HAVEN — To speak with Francis Dupoise for any length of time is to get a history lesson — not only about Addison County, but about how to live a long, productive life. Next week, he will join the county’s impressive list of centenarians. Dupoise was born on July 13, 1920. Two days later, New York Yankees slugger Babe Ruth would smack his 29th home run en route to a record 54 for the season. Sixteen days later, the first transcontinental airmail flight, from New York to San Francisco, took place. Woodrow Wilson was the U.S. president. Dupoise’s grandfather worked for the legendary Joseph...
06/25/2020
NEW HAVEN — Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a New York man struck by a tanker truck in New Haven last month was a suicide. Marcin J. Kosz, 40, of Lake George, N.Y., died instantly when struck by the truck on Route 7 near Town Hill Road in New Haven about 10:46 p.m. on May 5, Dr. Steven L. Shapiro, Vermont’s chief medical examiner, reported last week.  Shapiro said death was due to blunt impact to the head, torso and extremities. Vermont often experiences a few deaths each year that initially appear to be due to motor vehicle crashes, but upon further investigation...
06/19/2020
Editor's note: This story was updated on Thursday, June 25, to add in the GoFundMe campaign and other more up-to-date details. NEW HAVEN — A fire early this past Friday morning destroyed the kitchen and caused extensive smoke damage to Tourterelle, a prominent restaurant on Route 7 in New Haven. The building was empty and no one was hurt. On the scene as firefighters checked for hotspots that morning, Tourterelle owners Bill and Christine Snell said they would put their restaurant and three-room hotel back together. Their assurance hadn’t waivered nearly a week after the blaze. “We are going...
06/18/2020
NEW HAVEN — Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a New York man struck by a tanker truck in New Haven last month was a suicide. Marcin J. Kosz, 40, of Lake George, N.Y., died instantly when struck by the truck on Route 7 near Town Hill Road in New Haven about 10:46 p.m. on May 5, Dr. Steven L. Shapiro, Vermont’s chief medical examiner, reported last week. Shapiro said death was due to blunt impact to the head, torso and extremities. Vermont often experiences a few deaths each year that initially appear to be due to motor vehicle crashes, but upon further investigation...
05/07/2020
NEW HAVEN — A man Vermont State Police said was in the northbound lane of Route 7 in New Haven was struck and killed by a motorist late on Tuesday night. Police said the accident occurred near the intersection of Route 7 and Town Hill Road. VSP as of Wednesday morning had not identified the victim, who they said was hit at about 10:45 p.m. by a Freightliner tanker truck driven by Arthur Derosia, 54, of Swanton. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said according to their preliminary investigation Derosia was traveling at the 50 mph speed limit at the time of the accident, and...
03/05/2020
NEW HAVEN — On Town Meeting Day, 706 ballots were counted in New Haven and several incumbents maintained their seats. Incumbent Taborri Bruhl defeated John Hamel for a three-year term on the selectboard, 367–286. Incumbent John Roleau defeated Bruce Many for a two-year term on the selectboard, 401–231. The following officers were also elected on Town Meeting Day: •  Treasurer: Danielle Cummings. •  Delinquent Tax Collector: Sylvieasue Ford. •  Lister: Jay Best. •  Moderator: Pam Marsh. •  Library Trustees: Katherine Cahill and Michaela Granstrom. On the spending front, New Haven voters on...

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