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ADDISON COUNTY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Tuesday, April 13, is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 in Addison County since yesterday. The county has logged a total of 972 confirmed cases since the pandemic began 13 months ago, and 58 new cases during the past two weeks. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, most recently updated on April 7, Middlebury has reported 148 cases, up three cases since the last DOH town-by-town update on March 31; Vergennes 142 (up one); Bristol 99 (up two); Shoreham 64 (unchanged); Brandon 99...
WALTHAM — The Waltham selectboard has appointed its first non-elected clerk/treasurer. It picked Panton’s assistant clerk and treasurer, Linda Devino, out of a field of about a half-dozen applicants. Selectboard Chair Andrew Martin said Devino, who has been an assistant clerk/treasurer for a number of years in Waltham’s neighboring town, had the experience to make her stand out among the applicants. Devino will start on April 27. Former Vergennes Union High School teacher Roberta “Cookie” Steponaitis has been filling in, and Martin said he and fellow Selectman Timothy Ryan have also been...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury distributor of John Deere and other brand farm equipment has been sold to a larger chain of stores that sells new and used equipment to farmers, commercial landscapers, builders, and homeowners. United Ag & Turf of East Windsor, Conn., announced this week that it had purchased Mountain View Equipment, which has showrooms in Middlebury and three other locations. The buy declined to divulge the terms of the deal. Mountain View Equipment was formed Jan. 1, 2012, when Hendy Brothers, founded more than 60 years ago in Middlebury, merged with Giroux Brothers...

ONE OF THE hotter segments in Addison County’s real estate sector is new construction, such as this in-progress home on Commodore Drive in Vergennes. That For Sale sign is rare right now, as inventory is tight in a market that favors sellers. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
ADDISON COUNTY — When veteran real estate appraiser Bill Benton left his Vergennes office one recent morning, one of his stops was to appraise a Weybridge home that had been placed on the market for $435,000. It was under contract for $475,000, without a financing clause that would make the sale depend on Benton’s appraised value matching the agreed-upon price. Benton recalled the seller asking him if it was anything he had seen before in his four decades of evaluating Addison County real estate. “I said, no, it isn’t,” he recalled. “COVID has made a big difference.” What Benton described is...

THE REV. ANDY Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, is an architect of “Table 21,” a nonprofit created to evaluate applications from businesses seeking a portion of the donated money to mop up red ink and make payroll.
MIDDLEBURY — The unofficial guardian angel of small, struggling Middlebury-area businesses has made another huge donation — this time for  $350,000 — to help those that have taken a financial hit from the COVID-19 pandemic. The anonymous benefactor — who lives overseas but has ties to Middlebury — has now given a total of $650,000 this year to help area farms, restaurants, and now stores that are barely making ends meet during a pandemic that just marked its grim one-year anniversary. The Rev. Andy Nagy-Benson, pastor of the Congregational Church of Middlebury, is an architect of “Table 21,”...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT SUSAN Humphrey has written a book called “The Path to Fernglade,” which charts the tragic death of her son and her grieving process through 10 years of letters she wrote about the experience. Photo courtesy Susan Humphrey
MIDDLEBURY — Dan Humphrey packed a lot of living in his 26 years. Educator, teacher, musician, athlete, husband. He was an inspiration to his family, friends and many others who marveled at his ability to face a terminal illness with bravery, dignity and at times, a touch of humor. His mom, Weybridge resident Susan Humphrey, is keeping her son’s memory alive with a book that not only eulogizes and celebrates Dan, but also provides emotional nourishment for those dealing with mind-numbing loss. The book, “The Path to Fernglade,” contains reminiscences, poems and letters that Susan sent to...

ANNE SEVERY, RIGHT, poses with MUHS choral teacher Liz LeBeau and members of the Tiger marching band at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City in 2017. After four decades bringing out the best in young musicians, Severy will retire at the end of this school year. Photo courtesy Anne Severy
MIDDLEBURY — Legendary Middlebury Union High School music teacher Anne Severy is playing the final notes of a 40-year career symphony — but don’t be surprised if she returns to the stage for an encore in a substitute role. She’s decided to retire this June and has this to ponder: She’s been in school — as either a student or educator — every year of her life since 1964. Severy, who grew up in Connecticut, comes from a family of teachers. Both her parents were educators — her mom at the college level. Her oldest brother was an art major who became a phys ed instructor, and her sister recently...
VERMONT — “We have roughly 90 to go, 90 days to stay united so we can get back to normal,” Gov. Phil Scott said at his Tuesday, April 6 press conference. After July 4, Scott said he anticipates the state will only issue guidance — recommendations rather than requirements — for safe business and social practices. “We now have three safe and effective vaccines in our toolbox, which gives us a level of predictability we didn’t have before,” he said. “Based on vaccination rates we’re now able to forecast when we expect to reach key milestones.” Specifically, Scott outlined three steps for a...
MIDDLEBURY — A new incentive program aimed at filling Middlebury’s downtown storefront vacancies has thus far wooed five aspiring entrepreneurs, and organizers were thrilled to report on Monday that Kick Start Middlebury now has $110,000 with which to assist new business ventures. Thanks to two recent gifts, that’s more than twice the initial $50,000 in seed money provided by the town. “After a $10,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Middlebury last week and now Table 21’s match to the town’s initial $50,000 investment, we are absolutely thrilled to offer interested businesses a sizeable...
Spring is here, and many Vermonters feel more than ready to emerge from a long winter and months of isolation. The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) is now reporting 44% of Addison County residents have had at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, which on Monday will be available to all Vermonters age 30 and older, and on April 19 to everyone 16 and up. But as much as we all want the pandemic to be over, we’re not there yet. As work proceeds to vaccinate as many Vermonters as quickly as possible, we’re seeing spikes in cases and variants of the virus that make it spread more easily. You can...

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