BRISTOL — There have been days over the past two months when Mount Abraham Union High School senior Maizy Shepard would catch herself looking at a clock in her Bristol home, trying to remember what class she would have been in at that moment, if school hadn’t been disrupted by a global health crisis.
“I started to miss my old schedule, even if that meant getting up three hours earlier than I have been,” Shepard told the Independent in a recent email. “It has been a very confusing time.”
Being a senior has only added to that sense of confusion, she said.
One by one, since Gov. Phil Scott...
The Otter Valley Union High School administration, faculty and staff took to social media in the days leading up to graduation and left the following messages for the Class of 2020:
This year’s senior class, the Otter Valley Class of 2020, showed us how resilient and strong they are as individuals and as a combined group. They have weathered many storms — from 9/11 to COVID-19. Throughout all, they have made learning and their community a priority. They have looked out for one another throughout every obstacle and cheered each other on with every success. They are to be commended for their...
NEW HAVEN — Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner has ruled that the death of a New York man struck by a tanker truck in New Haven last month was a suicide.
Marcin J. Kosz, 40, of Lake George, N.Y., died instantly when struck by the truck on Route 7 near Town Hill Road in New Haven about 10:46 p.m. on May 5, Dr. Steven L. Shapiro, Vermont’s chief medical examiner, reported last week.
Shapiro said death was due to blunt impact to the head, torso and extremities.
Vermont often experiences a few deaths each year that initially appear to be due to motor vehicle crashes, but upon further investigation...
There were lots of numbers in the news 50 years ago. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the June 11, 1970, edition of the Independent:
• The 1970 census report showed Addison County had a population of 24,001 people. Of all the towns, Middlebury had the highest population (6,842 residents) and Goshen had the smallest (114). Today, Addison County's population is around 37,000 and the most- and least-populated towns are still Middlebury (8,500) and Goshen (160), respectively.
• James E. Callahan of Chelmsford, Mass., was appointed the new principal of Mary Hogan Elementary School...
BRISTOL — After completing the final 12 weeks of the 2020 school year remotely due to COVID-19, the Mount Abraham Unified School District has begun planning for school buildings to reopen in the fall.
“Some form of in-person learning is likely to happen in the fall, almost certainly with some safety measures in place,” said Superintendent Patrick Reen in a June 9 “MAUSD Community Announcement” video posted to the Northeast Addison Television website.
In the meantime, MAUSD summer programs — including Expanded Learning, Summer Meals and special education programming — will get under way later...
MIDDLEBURY — Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has temporarily relaxed the eligibility standards for its free food and other charitable services, in recognition of the economic pain many Addison County families are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Middlebury-based nonprofit is now serving households earning 250% of the federal poverty line, which translates to $3,592 a month for a two-person household and $5,458 for a family of four. Until around two weeks ago, HOPE was serving locals earning no more than 185 percent of the federal poverty guideline.
HOPE operates a well...
The Vermont House is racing to craft a roughly $600 million spending package using nearly half of the $1.25 billion the state received from the federal government in April to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Thursday, House committees had publicly put forward more than $600 million worth of spending proposals that rely on the state’s Coronavirus Relief Fund, which was established by the federal CARES Act this spring.
Committees have proposed using the money for a variety of pressing needs — from helping schools cope with the expenses of adapting to the pandemic, to...
PANTON — The town of Panton is seeking between $3,000 and $4,000 in donations to complete a deep-water boat ramp in Arnold Bay, a project that has been years in the making.
Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall and Town Clerk Pam Correia said many donations are already in hand, including a pledge of eight loads of concrete, wire and labor from Vorsteveld Farm LLC.
The project was first proposed to the town selectboard more than two years ago by a group of local residents, who said they believed they could organize donated labor and materials if the town served as a permit applicant for the ramp....
BRISTOL — Average water customers in Bristol will see a modest increase on their bills in the coming year.
The Bristol selectboard at its Monday, June 8, meeting voted to increase the water budget by 8%, which translates for the average user into a rate hike of about $5.42 per quarter, or $21.68 per year.
Town Treasurer Jen Myers had initially proposed a 6.6% increase (about $4.07 per quarter), but several selectboard members expressed concerns about the aging system and the future cost of upgrades and repairs.
In the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, the water system has exceeded its...
After a long closure due to the coronavirus, Middlebury Indoor Tennis will reopen on June 15 with restrictions.
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Indoor Tennis (MIT) will begin a limited and phased reopening of its tennis facilities on Monday, June 15.
According to an MIT press release, the facility’s ownership will proceed slowly and cautiously while adhering to guidelines from the state and the tennis industry and “keeping the safety of our members, guests, and staff foremost in our minds.”
On Monday the facility will reopen to MIT members only and for private, non-group lessons.
Only singles play and pro lessons will be permitted. Play will be allowed by advance reservation only; there will be no drop-in...