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01/23/2020
BRANDON – In a world where advocates are hard to find and harder to keep, where the most vulnerable are keen for guidance and support, there is New Circle Mentoring. The program launched by the Safer Society Foundation in Brandon is entering its third year, but Executive Directive Mary Falcon said a new direction requires outreach, and mentors and donations are needed for the program to fulfill its mission. For the last 30 years, the nonprofit has quietly published books, journals and other materials for clinicians and professionals on the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse and social...
01/23/2020
Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County were seeing some stories that would still have resonance in 2020. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Jan. 23, 1970, edition of the Independent:  • Even 50 years ago, parents complained about the rising costs of a college education. One article lamented: “If your son or daughter plans to live away at a private college, you’ll need close to $4,000 just for tuition and board this year!”  • Associate publisher and editor of the Independent Celine Slator was elected secretary-treasurer of the New England Press...

DUSTIN HOLLISTER HAS been selected to compete as a Special Olympian in the snowboarding competition at the X Games in Aspen, Colo. Photo courtesy of Northlands Job Corps
01/23/2020
VERGENNES — Dustin Hollister, 18, a current Culinary Arts student at Northlands Job Corps, has been nominated as one of 10 Special Olympians worldwide to compete as a snowboarder in the Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Race at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colo.  The event is part of the 2020 X Games and will be televised on ESPN on Thursday, Jan, 23. Dustin, a native of Searsburg, Vt., has been snowboarding for five years. He has attended the Vermont State Games four times and the Windham, N.Y., unified races. Dustin joined Special Olympics four years ago to make new friends and travel...
01/23/2020
MONKTON — Correction: Town Clerk Sharon Gomez was advised this past week that the cost of the rabies vaccine for pets has increased to $20. She was not aware of this at the time of the last news column with the information for the rabies clinic. All else remains the same as far as the price of registering your dog and the time and date of the rabies clinic. The clinic will still be held on March 24, at 7 p.m., at the Monkton Volunteer Fire Department. The town clerk will be in hand so you can get your dog (s) registered also. Have a news tip? Call  Liz Pecor @ 453-2180
01/23/2020
LINCOLN — Show your love for the library! To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Lincoln Library in its current location, they are collecting six-word stories that describe people’s feelings and connections to the library. Small slips of paper can be found at the school, the general store, the church, the town clerk’s office and, of course, the library, to write your stories on. The stories will be on display at the library’s open house on Saturday, Feb. 1, during Hill Country Holiday. After the parade the library will be offering some delicious soups, music and community fun. Say it in...

THESE WEYBRIDGE WOMEN have joined forces to reshape the school closure debate in the Addison Central School District. Pictured here, left to right, are Amy Mason, Jennifer Phelps and Julia Barry. Independent photo/John S. McCright
01/20/2020
WEYBRIDGE — Three Weybridge women have joined forces to infuse two ingredients they believe have been in short supply thus far in the school closure debate in the Addison Central School District: financial statistics and conversation that prioritizes students’ needs. “We want to be doing what works best for children, particularly our most vulnerable children, and we want that to be at the very heart of our school board’s planning and decision making process,” said one of the women, Julia Barry. She and her friends Amy Mason and Jennifer Phelps have a combined seven children attending either...
01/20/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Jan. 14 decided to slow its timetable for seeking approval of a new city charter. A public vote probably will not happen until 2021 at the earliest, as council members pointed to the ongoing uncertainty about the city’s boundaries. The council, however, will still hold its public meeting devoted to the proposed charter this Tuesday. That meeting is set for Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. at the Vergennes fire station. Councilor Mark Koenig, who has spearheaded the rewrite effort on behalf of the council, said the meeting should still go on, in part out of fairness...

WILD MOUNTAIN THYME at 48 Main St. in downtown Middlebury will soon close after almost 50 years of continuous ownership by one family. Pictured here, left to right, are store associate Jen Oberkirch, business owner Paula Israel and store associate Kitty Hall. Photo courtesy of Jen Oberkirch
01/20/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Wild Mountain Thyme, Main Street Middlebury’s longest running business under the same ownership, will soon close its doors. Owner Paula Israel — who since 1976 has helmed the 48 Main St. shop featuring a well-curated mix of clothing for women and children, jewelry, art, gifts and décor — said it’s time to move on. Israel playfully cited “old age” as the reason for her decision to close the shop, which in recent days has seen a lot of customers looking to take advantage of deep discounts associated with her going-out-of-business sale. Israel, 65, hasn’t set a specific date for...

FERRISBURGH FIREFIGHTER JIM AVERILL, left, receives the ACFA Senior Firefighter of the Year Award from Bob Patterson. Photo by Mark Bouvier
01/20/2020
FERRISBURGH — The atmosphere was celebratory as almost 200 firefighters from 17 local departments gathered at the Eagles Club for the Addison County Firefighters Association (ACFA) 76th annual meeting this past Wednesday. They took the opportunity to pay tribute to their colleagues who have died, share a few laughs, and celebrate the year’s achievements. Those achievements included organizing the 130th annual Vermont State Firefighters Association Convention and holding the convention in Middlebury this past summer without any cost to the Addison County association, and collectively...
01/20/2020
PANTON — The Panton selectboard on Jan. 14 adopted a proposed 2020-2021 budget that if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day would increase town spending by about 5.7 percent to $660,789. The higher spending could translate to an additional 3.31 cents on the municipal portion of the town’s tax rate to a new figure of 61.07 cents per $100 of assessed property value. The change translates to about $33 per $100,000 of assessed value. According to the budget printout, however, the rate could move in April when Panton’s grand list of property value is made final. The spending increase of $35,...

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