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08/05/2020
CORNWALL — The Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual chicken barbecue on Sunday, Aug. 9, from noon to 2 p.m. (or until the chicken runs out). There is a twist this year. The firefighters will run the even as a drive-through pickup event rather than the traditional eat-in event at the fire station. To help with traffic management the drive-through pick-up will take place at the Cornwall Elementary School parking lot rather than the fire station. Payment will be by donation — take what you want, pay what you can. A department member will take your cash or check made out to...
08/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) today, Wednesday, Aug. 5, reported a total of 73 Addison County residents have tested positive for COVID-19 thus far, the same as yesterday. The DOH provides limited data on town-by-town coronavirus cases. According to that data, Vergennes has reported 11 COVID-19 cases thus far, Bristol has had eight, and Ferrisburgh and Orwell both have had six. None of Addison County’s 19 other communities have reported more than five cases, according to the DOH. Statewide, 1,436 Vermonters have tested positive for the coronavirus so far, according to the...

BARBARA WILSON
08/04/2020
SHOREHAM — Barbara Wilson of Shoreham last week withdrew from the race for the Vermont House seat that represents her town plus Orwell, Whiting and Benson. “It is with great regret and sadness that I have had to make the difficult decision to suspend my candidacy for Addison-Rutland House Representative,” Wilson said in a July 28 press release. “This is due to recently being diagnosed and starting treatment for prolonged exposure to Lyme Disease.” Wilson said the chronic neurological symptoms and joint pain resulting from the disease make it difficult for her to effectively run for office at...
08/03/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Lumberyards and building contractors seem to have experienced a surge in business in Addison County since the stay-at-home mandate was loosened in June. And building supply stores can’t seem to keep up with demand for one product in particular — decking. “It’s odd, there’s almost a guilty feeling to be in an industry that is thriving during this time. I’m really just grateful,” said Jed Malcom of Salamander Construction Inc. of Middlebury. People who work with lumber retailing and construction during this summer of COVID-19 have varying observations on supply shortages and...
08/01/2020
STARKSBORO — A Hinesburg man will answer to charges of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a collision between his truck and an ATV on Route 116 in Starksboro that resulted in the deaths of two people Friday night. Vermont State Police said 20-year-old Bayly LaRock was driving a 2016 Chevrolet truck north on Route 116 at around 10:18 p.m. when he collided with an ATV that had just pulled onto the road from Freedom Acres. The Honda ATV was being driven by Tracy Bedell, 21, of Starksboro, with a passenger identified as Robert Lowell, 18, of Huntington. Police said LaRock was...

After nearly three decades selling Chevrolet vehicles out of his own dealership, Tom Denecker on Wednesday closed on the sale of his Route 7 business, which will now be known as Middlebury Chevrolet. Independent file photo/Steve James
07/31/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Mackey Auto Group of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has closed on its purchase of Middlebury car and truck dealership Denecker Chevrolet. The business, which as Denecker Chevrolet called itself Vermont’s largest franchised Chevrolet dealership, will now be known as Middlebury Chevrolet. The 24,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art dealership, which sits on 9.5 acres on Route 7 a quarter mile south of McDonald’s, was built in 2018 by Tom Denecker, who founded the business in nearby Vergennes in 1991. Terms of the deal were not announced. Mackey Auto Group already owned an operated two auto...
07/31/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Aqua ViTea, the Middlebury kombucha maker, this week announced that it was rebranding its bottles and cans to make it clear the level of alcohol its drinks contain. Prioritizing alcohol transparency, the new Aqua ViTea labels will display a “Verified Alcohol Extracted” seal on the front panel in addition to several other key highlights, including USDA organic, non-GMO, natural probiotics, and lower sugar. The new labels will also more prominently highlight the brand’s signature hand-illustrated artwork. The announcement came as at least one national publication reports that...
07/31/2020
BRISTOL — The Bristol artist’s cooperative gallery Art on Main is losing some key personnel. On Thursday the gallery’s board of directors announced in a letter to artists and other community members that it was eliminating the position of gallery manager, the only paid job at Art on Main. In addition, two board members would leave their positions at the end of August. Art on Main, at 25 Main St. in Bristol, shows the work of almost 100 artists in various media including painting, crafts, photography, pottery, wood, jewelry, music, and textiles. The board said the gallery is facing “...

“We’re aware people are being inundated with on-screen opportunities, because that’s how we exist right now. We want to come into that environment and do something honest and successful and we think enjoyable.” — MNFF Artistic Director Jay Craven
07/31/2020
The first-ever online version of Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) is taking shape. Organizers of the sixth annual event — usually a spotlight happening that sends hundreds of people buzzing around downtown Middlebury just before Labor Day — have selected more than 20 features to headline this year’s festival. And while the coronavirus pandemic is responsible for substantially shortening the film menu compared to years past, MNFF officials are working to infuse the virtual festival with some of the personal touches that have made it a consistent success. MNFF6:ONLINE will take place...

President Jimmy Carter plays harmonica with the great Willie Nelson in the documentary “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” which will screen at MNFF6:Online at the end of August.
07/31/2020
Middlebury New Film Festival leaders have released a list of films that will highlight the lineup at the sixth annual gala. Among the best are: • “Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President,” a documentary that charts the mostly forgotten story of how former President Jimmy Carter, a lover of all types of music, forged a tight bond with musicians Willie Nelson, the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan and others that helped him to the White House. It illuminates the significant role that music has played in President Carter’s life and work. Directed by Mary Wharton. • “The Accused: Damned or Devoted?”...

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