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10/24/2019
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The East Middlebury Historical Society has developed a self-guided historical “Walking Tour” of the town. The brochure contains photographs, descriptions, and a map that together outlines the development of East Middlebury from the earliest days of English settlement through the early 20th Century. The tour guide contains information about the early industrial development of the Middlebury River Gorge; the religious, economic, and social conditions in the town; and the inventive entrepreneurs, inventors, and political leaders who have lived there. The guide was developed...
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — According to the Vermont Alzheimer’s Association, 13,000 older Vermonters are diagnosed with dementia. Families are hungry for information and help. With that in mind, Elderly Services will host a panel of four experienced caregivers on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. The program will take place at the Elderly Services headquarters at 112 Exchange Street in Middlebury. “We’re offering our program on ‘Caring for Loved Ones with Dementia’ to help local families,” says social worker Eileen Lawson. “Our panelists will share their first-hand experiences of living with their relatives’ day...
10/24/2019
BRANDON — The Brandon Congregational Church is looking for craftspeople and vendors to rent tables for a craft sale to be held in Fellowship Hall during Brandon’s Moonlight Madness on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 8 p.m. Moonlight Madness is a well-attended town-wide sales event and stores will be open late for holiday shoppers. Fellowship Hall is a large, heated building next to the church with a bathroom. Tables are 6 by 2.5 feet and cost $25. Organizers are seeking arts and handcrafts, homemade food items, soaps, candles, etc. Also vendors such as Avon or Pampered Chef are welcome. No yard...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School seniors, shown along with a volunteer on Green Street during a walk-a-thon to Middlebury this past Wednesday morning, raised more than $100 per class member to donate to WomenSafe for its transitional housing project. Independent photo/Steve James
10/21/2019
VERGENNES — The annual walk for charity made by Vergennes Union High School seniors this past Wednesday netted $7,400 — and counting — toward the Class of 2020’s nonprofit of choice, WomenSafe. About 50 of the 73 members of the class walked on Wednesday morning from the school to the Middlebury town green (nearly 13 miles via Green Street and Morgan Horse Farm Road), accompanied by faculty advisers and three WomenSafe representatives. There they celebrated exceeding the class goal of raising $100 per senior for WomenSafe’s new transitional housing project. The class was still collecting...
10/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — While the economy is good and the county’s unemployment rate is hovering at around 2.3 percent, a growing number of folks are seeking aid from Middlebury-based Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) to get food, clothing and assistance in paying utility bills. Jeanne Montross, executive director of HOPE, said the organization saw 997 new, unduplicated clients between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30 of this year. The largest number of these clients came from Middlebury (278), Bristol (111), Vergennes (85) and Leicester (69), according to HOPE statistics. Another 66 of this year’s new...

FLOODING BROUGHT ON by the Oct. 16-17 Nor’easter forced closure of Three Mill Bridge Road, right near its intersection with Route 7 South in Middlebury. Independent photo/Steve James
10/21/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — An Oct. 16-17 Nor’easter pummeled Addison County with driving rain and wind gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour, causing particular damage in Lincoln and New Haven, each of which reported road washouts. New Haven Town Administrator Aaron Brown reported on Thursday that flooding had closed River Road, from Route 7 to East Street. The community also closed South Street to through traffic, from Hunt Road to River Road. “Please use caution on all roads as the rain and runoff are expected to continue until Friday, Oct. 18,” Brown stated in a message to the community. Meanwhile,...

UVM ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR Teresa Mares, holding her new book on migrant farmworkers and food justice, is joined after a talk Thursday at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury by folks from event sponsor Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op. She is shown, from left, with MNFF board member Louise Vojtisek, Glenn Lower, Emily Landenberger and board member Lynn Dutton. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
10/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Migrant farmworkers in Vermont are more likely to be food insecure than most Vermonters, but the reasons why are not as simple as having too few financial resources. A host of factors, among them long hours and a constant and justified fear of being detained by immigration officials, make it difficult for many to access food, according to University of Vermont Scholar Teresa Mares. “We are the second-least ethnically diverse state in the country right now,” Mares told an audience at the Champlain Valley Universalist Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. “And so...
10/21/2019
VERGENNES — Talks between the newly unionized Vergennes Police Department and the City of Vergennes began on Oct. 10, but neither side would discuss any details of the meeting, including where it was held, who attended, how long it lasted, what issues were discussed, or when the two parties might meet again. The only indication that the two parties were going to meet came at the Oct. 8 Vergennes City Council meeting, when Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot informed council members talks were scheduled for Thursday the 10th. “We collectively agreed that no information would be shared outside...

LOCAL FAMILIES ENJOY fresh local produce they received this summer from Farmacy, a food based prescription program for patients suffering from, or at risk of, chronic or nutrition-related illness.
10/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY – Addison County’s inaugural food-based prescription program, Farmacy, ran for 12 weeks this summer and provided a bounty of incredibly fresh local produce to 45 patients and families. The Farmacy Program, a collaboration of ACORN, the Vermont Department of Health, Bristol’s Mountain Health Center, Middlebury’s UVM Porter Medical Center, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop and three local farmers, kicked off in July and came to a close at the end of September. Patients suffering from, or at risk of, chronic or nutrition-related illness received prescriptions for free weekly CSA-type...

ADDISON INDEPENDENT EDITOR/Publisher Angelo Lynn (left, circa 1986) and longtime reporter John Flowers (right, circa 1995) were among those honored at the Oct. 10 New England Newspaper & Press Association conference in Worcester, Mass. The Independent also received an award for general excellence.
10/21/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent and two of its staff were honored with major, regional awards at the New England Newspaper & Press Association conference in Worcester, Mass., on Thursday, Oct. 10. Angelo Lynn — editor and publisher of the Addison Independent and publisher of the Brandon Reporter and Mountain Times of Killington — received a Yankee Quill award, one of the most prestigious awards that can be earned by a New England journalist. Addison Independent Senior Reporter John Flowers won the Bob Wallack Community Journalism Award. Named in honor of longtime New England...

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