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THE BURLINGTON CATHOLIC Diocese is considering closure of St. Genevieve’s Church in Shoreham. The 142-year-old building that needs major repairs, and attendance at masses has flagged. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/30/2019
SHOREHAM — Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, is expected to decide later this fall whether to close St. Genevieve Church, a majestic place of worship that has also helped define Shoreham village’s streetscape for the past 142 years. If it does close the Shoreham church, the Burlington Diocese could choose to maintain or dismantle the building, and either sell or rent the property. “These are separate decisions, and the proceeds remain with the parish,” said the Father Luke Austin, who serves the congregations of St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury and the St....

SHERI SULLIVAN HAS been hired as the new food programs manager and operations assistant at the Charter House Coalition’s warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. The shelter is adding new staff and completing renovations in anticipation of increased demand for services this winter. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/30/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition (CHC) has hired additional staff and is putting the finishing touches on major upgrades to its Middlebury warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. in anticipation of serving a steady stream of homeless clients that will grow as the weather gets colder. CHC is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization dedicated to providing basic food and housing to those in need in and around Middlebury. The organization operates a year-round shelter for individuals, and can also accommodate up to five families during the cold season, Oct. 14-April 20. Coalition Co-...
09/30/2019
BRISTOL — When the Bristol selectboard meets on Oct. 7 to fill the seat recently vacated by Ted Lylis, it will have to choose among at least six candidates. Two of those candidates ran or considered running for Lylis’s seat last March. Ian Albinson, who challenged Lylis for the seat last March but was defeated by 11 votes, has declared his interest in being appointed. Eric Carter, who owns and operates Carter Insurance, considered running for the seat—because Lylis asaked him to—but decided not to. Those expressing interest as of Friday afternoon also included four more candidates, though the...
09/30/2019
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Development Review Board on Wednesday voted by 5-0 to instruct the city’s zoning administrator to write a permit approval for Massachusetts addiction counseling firm SaVida Health to open an office at 214 Main St. According to zoning administrator Peter Garon the DRB is expected to issue the permit to property owner James Amble at its Oct. 21 meeting, and it will contain conditions that ensures that SaVida will not operate as a medical office. Garon said those conditions include that SaVida employees will not conduct blood or urine collection from its clients at the...
09/30/2019
Oct. 1 and 15: Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meetings, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4: First Friday Movies “The Public” 6 p.m., Bixby Library. Oct. 5: LCMM James Wakefield Rescue Row, Burlington Waterfront 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12 and 26: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20: History of Beekeeping in Vermont, 3 p.m., Rokeby. Oct. 26: Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., Fire Department, Route 7.   FERRISBURGH — On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser will be serving up lots of pancakes and Vermont maple syrup. The pancakes will be on the griddle as of...
09/30/2019
VERGENNES — Did you know that according to some studies between 2 and 6 percent of the population struggles with hoarding disorder? In Addison County that could be as many as 2,000 people.  The Addison County Hoarding Task Force will present a one-night screening of David C. Coffin’s film “Beyond Hoarding” with panel discussion to follow on Sunday, Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m.  The event will be held at the Vergennes Opera House. Donations will be accepted.  “Beyond Hoarding” takes a fresh look at hoarding through the experiences of people afflicted with this compulsion, according to IMDB.com. Mental...
09/30/2019
VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church will host a huge rummage sale/bag sale this coming weekend. The sale will take place at the church at 73 Church St. in Vergennes on Friday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  All items are overstock clearance from Your Turn Resale Shoppe in Vergennes.  For more information call Mandy at 802-989-9201. 
09/30/2019
BRISTOL AREA — Like many neighboring communities in Addison County, the Mount Abraham Unified School District is facing significant challenges such as declining student enrollment and aging facilities. On the district website, the Community Engagement Committee posted a notice saying, “We need to figure out, together, how to address these challenges and give our kids the education they deserve.” A group of school board members and community volunteers is sponsoring a series of interactive, professionally facilitated conversations this fall. There will be one in each community in the 5 Town...
09/30/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — September is Falls Prevention and Awareness Month in Vermont. Age Well with Tai Chi Vermont is offering many opportunities for older adults and others to participate in Fall Prevention programs with Tai Chi classes around Addison County. Falls are not a normal part of aging and they are preventable. Awareness of the tools available is one of the first steps to learning how to be safe when navigating through daily household, social, work and shopping activities. Confidence gained through gently strengthening muscles for safe stepping and maintaining balance are a few of the...
09/30/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Given recent developments in Washington, D.C., a talk this week at Middlebury College will have particular relevance. On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Princeton University professor and CNN Political Analyst Julian E. Zelizer will explore the roots of our turbulent political scene. The talk, titled “Political Polarization and the Road to the Trump Presidency,” will take place in Dana Auditorium on College Street. Zelizer, who is Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton, is considered by some to be one of the country’s leading...

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