THE MIDDLEBURY STUDIO School has hired its first-ever executive director, Sarah Briggs, and is searching for a downtown location to supplement its thriving space on Route 7 south.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Studio School, growing in popularity even through the coronavirus pandemic, has hired its first-ever executive director and is looking to expand programming into a downtown location.
“We really want to have a presence in town and to be a part of an art community, and make Middlebury more of a destination for the arts,” said Mary Lower, president of the studio school’s board.
The Middlebury Studio School was founded in 2009 by staff, instructors and friends of the former Frog Hollow Craft Center. George Dorsey acquired the former craft center space that same year...
VERGENNES — Unknowns ran through Tuesday’s Vergennes City Council discussion — its first — on the upcoming Fiscal Year 2022 budget, which the council will set by June 30 for the following 12 months.
But it was clear councilors and Public Works Supervisor Jim Larrow were determined to get more roads paved and sidewalks fixed during the upcoming year, and even before then.
Larrow told the council that he has enough money left in his current FY 2021 budget to pay for paving of a number of short city streets before June 30, including Scovil Lane; Green Meadow and Hillside acres; Union, Prospect...
Hey, Bristol-area kids, looking for some outdoor fun during next week’s school vacation? The Lawrence Memorial Library has organized an “All Around Town Treasure Hunt” throughout the vacation, from Saturday morning, April 17, to Sunday evening, April 25. Pick up a map at the Little Free Library in the Bristol Park (under the play structure), or at Lawrence Memorial Library anytime during school vacation. Have fun looking for book-inspired clues about town. Return the filled-out form by Sunday, April 25, at the library’s book drop. Winners will be called the week after. Call the library at 453...
FERRISBURGH — Two new COVID-19 cases at Ferrisburgh Central School have prompted Addison Northwest School District officials to switch the kindergarten-6th grade school to remote learning as of Tuesday.
ANWSD Superintendent Sheila Soule on Monday, April 12, announced the first case and the decision in an email to ANWSD staff and families. She sent another email Tuesday announcing the second case.
According to the COVID dashboard at anwsd.org, Ferrisburgh Central School staff and students have collectively experienced 18 of the district’s total of 44 cases since the beginning of the school...
NEW HAVEN — They will be lighting up the fairgrounds this August for the Addison County Fair and Field Days, which was canceled in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Monday evening fair organizers posted on their Facebook page:
It’s happening people....
THE FAIR IS HAPPENING THIS YEAR!
August 10th-14th, 2021!!!!
Commenters reacted to the announcement with messages like “Awesome!” “Hooray!” and “Such good news!”
Many details are still in the works. Organizers hope to be ready by May 1 to take reservations for those who wish to set up campers on the fairgrounds. That’s also the date...
MEMBERS OF THE Shacksbury Cider production crew stand in the center of the 30,000-square-foot plant off Meigs Road just outside Vergennes. The growing company can brew 250,000 cases of hard cider there. Below, Abigail Iliff makes room for more cans to be
labeled early this week.
Independent photo/William Haig
VERGENNES — Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Shacksbury Cider has managed not only to increase sales, but also to expand its Vergennes production space, raise investment cash and launch a new product, according to its owners.
Shacksbury now occupies 30,000 square feet in the former Meigs Road home of Country Home Products, according to David Dolginow, who with co-owner Colin Davis cofounded Shacksbury in Shoreham in 2013.
And, said Dolginow in an email exchange with the Independent, Shacksbury can produce 250,000 cases of its specialty hard ciders in the Meigs Road space it began...
VERGENNES — The partnership of Kennedy Brothers Marketplace building co-owner Bob Feuerstein and real estate broker and developer Scott Hardy has purchased the former Denecker Chevrolet property at 14 North Main St., Vergennes.
The partners, doing business as Rockfire14 LLC, on Jan. 29 paid $300,000 for the 6,768-square-foot building that includes office, showroom, and former shop/garage space on 1.8 acres. It is assessed for tax purposes at $396,000.
The property was the county’s original Denecker Chevrolet, dating back to the early 1990s. It is the last of three former Denecker Chevrolet...
WITH GREAT LOVE and care the 180-year-old Starksboro Village Meeting House is undergoing a gradual restoration. In 2020 the building's original windows, which are more than 16 feet tall, were cleaned, stripped of their lead paint and reglazed. This summer they'll be paired with custom-built storm windows.
Photo courtesy Keegan Tierney
STARKSBORO — The pandemic may have canceled Starksboro Village Meeting House events and fundraisers over the past year, but building renovation work has continued apace.
The 1840 building’s original windows have now been restored.
“The result is quite striking,” said Meeting House board member Keegan Tierney. “The windows hadn’t been cleaned in probably 40 years.” The stained glass colors are more vibrant, he added, and the new glazing and paint make the lines appear tighter and clearer.
In all, 10 Meeting House windows were restored this past year: eight 16-feet-tall windows on the sides of...
VERGENNES — Vergennes could have an ordinance in place regulating backyard poultry by this summer.
As Councilor Jill Murray-Killon put it in response to a question at the council’s April 13 meeting, such a law would help city officials keep track of “any egg-laying feathered beast,” within city limits, including chicken, ducks and geese, but with the possible exception of a platypus.
Councilors David Austin and Murray-Killon had been studying the issue for the council in recent weeks in wake of citizen complaints about wandering fowl and noisy roosters.
Austin outlined the recommendations...
MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE JUNIOR Jane Nelson shows one of the chemistry kits that she and fellow students Manuel Morillo and Charlie Forbes assembled to let local children run the “elephant toothpaste experiment” and learn about chemistry. Pick up at the kit at the Ilsley Library.
MIDDLEBURY — The pandemic is not stopping the American Chemical Society Club at Middlebury College from bringing science education into the local community.
Middlebury students Jane Nelson, Manuel Morillo and Charlie Forbes have prepared chemistry kits that will be distributed to local children at the Ilsley Public Library. Inside the kits, there are instructions and all of the supplies for a safer version of the classic elephant toothpaste experiment.
That’s a reaction in which baker’s yeast catalyzes the decomposition of household-grade hydrogen peroxide. The addition of food dye tablets...