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A HELICOPTER OPERATED by Kritter Cropdusting last Wednesday picks up a load of cover crop seed to broadcast over several Addison County cornfields before the corn is harvested. Independent photo/Steve James
09/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County farmers have seen a rainy and consistently wet spring and summer result in a late corn harvest. Now some of those farmers are looking to the skies again — this time for help in planting a cover crop this fall. This past Tuesday and Wednesday a crop-dusting helicopter dropped nearly 40,000 pounds of a variety of cover crop seeds on several hundred acres of floodplain farmland — primarily cornfields — across the county. “It was just so consistently wet this year, that although things are coming along, a lot of farms will risk a big hit to their yield if they harvest...

RIPTON CURRENTLY STORES municipal salt and sand in this pile next to a branch of the Middlebury River off Peddler’s Bridge Road. The town wants to build a new structure off Lincoln Road where it will be able to safely house its salt/sand reserves. Independent photo/Steve James
09/16/2019
RIPTON — Ripton officials hope to soon begin negotiations for a 2.63-acre parcel off Lincoln Road that would host a shed to contain the town’s road salt and sand reserves, which are currently tarped outdoors at a spot next to a branch of the Middlebury River. The town hopes to purchase land located at 643 Lincoln Road and owned by Levi and Joanna Doria. It abuts the Ripton Elementary School property at 753 Lincoln Road. As currently envisioned, the shed would be 72 feet by 136 feet. Ripton last year received a $356,000 grant through the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s Municipal Highway and...

A VANDAL STRUCK Addison’s former — and possibly future — town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Town officials were unnerved because an arsonist set fire to the Grange Hall in Ferrisburgh in 2005 as planning was under way to renovate it into a town office building and community center. Vermont State Police are investigating the graffiti applied to the Addison building along Route 22A in Addison Four Corners that similarly could be eventually restored for use as a town office and community center. Anyone with knowledge of the Addison incident may reach VSP at 388-4919. Photo courtesy of John Spencer
09/16/2019
ADDISON — Addison residents will vote on Sept. 24 on a bond of up to $780,000 to build an in-ground septic system on land west of the current town clerk’s office, a system that would serve the town’s Route 17 fire station, current office building and potential future town offices, and the Addison Community Baptist Church. For more than a decade Addison officials have been working on creating a community septic system that would provide a solution to what they say are the troubled systems that now serve the fire station, clerk’s office and church, and provide septic service to the former town...

PHOTOS TAKEN FROM security camera footage at the Maplefields on West Street in Bristol show the suspect in a burglary that occurred there in the early morning hours of Sept. 4. Photo courtesy of the Bristol Police Department
09/16/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department and the Vermont State Police are investigating a number of recent break-ins and thefts in and around Bristol Village. In the early morning hours on Wednesday, Sept. 4, someone stole money and cigarettes from the Maplefields convenience store on West Street, after forcing their way in through a window, according to Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason. Stills from security camera footage, which have been circulated by police, captured the suspect behind the store’s counter wearing a hooded sweatshirt and baseball cap. Anyone with any information about this...

ART DOTY WAS diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in August 2018. This past June, en route to Helen Porter where he was to receive hospice care, Middlebury first responders took him on a "scenic route" to experience his beloved Lake Champlain one last time.
09/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Art Doty knew his time was almost up. Cancer was spreading through his 83-year-old body. He was confined to a bed at the University of Vermont Medical Center, a tantalizing two miles from his beloved Lake Champlain, where he’d spent countless hours fishing and sailing. Those two miles might as well have been 100, Doty thought, given his lack of mobility. And time. The Brandon resident yearned to see Lake Champlain one last time during a scheduled ambulance trip from UVM Medical Center to Helen Porter Rehabilitation & Nursing in Middlebury, where he would draw his final...
09/16/2019
BRISTOL/LINCOLN — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has awarded grants to the towns of Bristol and Lincoln for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure improvement projects. “Improvements to the bike and pedestrian infrastructure around the state help communities modernize and become more livable and affordable,” said Gov. Phil Scott in a press release issued last week. “The positive effects of these projects are widespread, including benefits to property values, tourism, business and the environment.” Bristol will receive $42,000 for its Main Street Lighting and Sidewalk Improvement...
09/16/2019
FERRISBURGH — Lewis Creek Association held a successful screening of the documentary film “Toxic Puzzle” in January 2019.  Members of the association are now inviting the public to join them for a screening of and discussion on the locally produced documentary “Lake Effect” on Oct. 17 at the Ferrisburgh Community Center. “Lake Effect” explores research from Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Dr. Elijah Stommel into a possible connection between blue-green algae blooms that are fed by excess phosphorus in lakes, and the neurodegenerative disease ALS.  The documentary team of Jim and Jackie Heltz (father...
09/16/2019
VERGENNES — A Massachusetts company that provides outpatient medication-assisted treatment for opioid and alcohol addiction will open a new treatment center in Vergennes on Monday, Sept. 16. SaVida Health is opening SaVida Health Vergennes, its fourth Vermont location — joining the SaVida Health Bennington, Springfield and Newport sites. SaVida Vergennes is opening up at the former home of Creative Space Gallery at 214 Main St. Officials at SaVida Health made the point that their treatment doesn’t include methadone. They said the company’s holistic and customized approach to care sets it...

VT FISH & WILDLIFE requires hunters to send in the first pre-molar tooth from their bear. The tooth is small and easy to loosen with a knife.
09/16/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is again reminding successful bear hunters that a regulation requires them to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect important information on Vermont’s bear population. Teeth submitted by hunters are used to determine the ages of bears. Wildlife biologists use age and sex data to estimate the number of bears in Vermont and to determine the status and health of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.  “Successful bear hunters will be helping in our management of this...

LONGTIME LINCOLN FIRST responder Eleanor Scully shows off her likeness on the poster advertising the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department’s Father’s Day Barbecue this past June.
09/16/2019
LINCOLN — On this past Father’s Day, 90-year-old Eleanor Scully was honored by the Lincoln Fire Company at the organization’s annual barbecue. Since 1990, Scully has served the Lincoln community as a first responder. The Lincoln resident and retired nurse also worked for the Bristol Rescue Squad, which serves Bristol, Monkton, New Haven, Starksboro and Lincoln. Before moving to Lincoln, she and her husband, Bud, were EMTs in New Jersey for 17 years. To advertise the event, the Lincoln Volunteer Fire Department, which operates the emergency medical services in town, produced an attractive...

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