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DAVID AUCLAIR WAS shot and killed in the parking lot of the La Platte Headwaters Town Forest in Hinesburg. Police charged his stepson Kory George with possession of the gun that killed him. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
09/09/2019
BURLINGTON — Vermont State Police have arrested Kory Lee George, 31, of Monkton for firearms violation charges, including possession of the gun police say was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair. “A VSP investigation has established that George possessed the Beretta which was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair,” said Det. Sergeant James Vooris of the VSP Major Crimes Unit in an affadavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Burlington Wednesday. David Auclair, 45, a longtime Monkton resident, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, off...

FRANCOIS CLEMMONS WEARS a King coat from Nigeria while showing off his impressive closets at his Middlebury home. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
09/09/2019
VERMONT — Governor Phil Scott today announced François Scarborough Clemmons as the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Clemmons, who lives in Middlebury, is a nationally renowned actor, singer, playwright and author. He is best known for his role as Officer Clemmons on the children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Clemmons is also a Grammy-winning opera singer and founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. He appeared in the 2018 documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which told the story of Fred Rogers, who was a dear friend and mentor to...
09/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Competing with movie mega-plexes for viewers can be challenging for small community theaters like Middlebury’s Marquis. But owner Ben Wells is more than holding his own, thanks to a formula that includes working with local businesses and nonprofits to secure small independent films that shine a light on — and generate revenue for — environmental and social issues. These so-called “one-off Wednesday” screenings allow the Marquis to showcase thought-provoking material that has a local following beyond the traditional blockbusters. “There are a lot of the smaller independent films...
09/09/2019
VERGENNES — Two grants awarded this summer totaling $999,600 will allow preservation of Addison Northwest School District afterschool and summer programming and expansion of its K-6 offerings into Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools. All but $40,000 of the funding to ANWSD came in the form of the district’s third 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21C) grant, a federal award administered through the Vermont Agency of Education. All three grants have been for comparable amounts to be paid over five-year periods. The first such 21C grant came about a decade ago and funded the ANWSD...

MANY USEFUL HERBS, including the pink Joe Pye weed shown here, grow along the Starksboro Creekside Trail off Route 116. On Saturday morning, herbalist Margi Gregory will lead a Guided Herb Walk along the trail, explaining the various uses of 10 of the herbs that grow wild there. Photo courtesy of Margi Gregory
09/09/2019
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro Creekside Trail, which makes a 1.5-mile loop around a short stretch of Lewis Creek off Route 116, has been getting some special attention lately. “There are many wild, medicinal herbs growing along the (trail),” wrote Starksboro resident and practicing clinical herbalist Margi Gregory in a Front Porch Forum post last March. “I thought it would be fun, interesting and hopefully helpful to the community to begin a project to identify the herbs, mark them, learn how to harvest them sustainably, learn basic uses and safety considerations and create an educational tool...

THE TOWN OF Monkton owns the beautiful 6.6-acre parcel in Monkton Ridge — just south of the Methodist Church — for the proposed community center that would house town offices and library. Learn more about it at a Sept. 26 meeting.
09/09/2019
MONKTON — For nearly a decade, Monkton has been searching for a solution to its aging and inefficient town offices and library facilities. Later this month, a town committee will host a public meeting where citizens can see the latest architectural drawings and question officials about a solution they are developing. This past April, town officials solicited proposals from qualified architecture and engineering firms to assist the town with creating a community center to house the new Monkton Town Offices and library. On Aug. 12, the selectboard approved the proposal from Bellwether...

PORTER MEDICAL CENTER’S Suzanne Peterson, president Seleem Choudhury and Sue Spitzner will be among the 80 Porter employees to join Woofstock in Middlebury on Saturday, Sept. 14. Photo courtesy Porter Medical Center
09/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is gearing up for its annual Walk for the Animals, affectionately called “Woofstock.” The walk takes place on Saturday, Sept. 14, in Middlebury and is the shelter’s only annual, large-scale fundraiser. Last year, Woofstock drew just over 100 dogs and 150 walkers. This year, thanks to the UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center community, there will be many new faces at the Walk. There are currently over 80 Porter staff and family members signed up to participate. “We are blown away at the enthusiasm of the Porter employees for...
09/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY —New England author Mary Beth Stevens will read her new picture book, “Tippy Finds a Home,” at a special afternoon children’s story time on Saturday, Sept. 28, at 3 p.m. at the Vermont Book Shop. Tippy, her canine inspiration, will make an appearance as well. They will be joined by representatives from Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, who will be raising awareness and funds, and collecting donations for the animals in their care. Free and open to the public. Book signing to follow.  
09/09/2019
BRISTOL — The Bristol Gateway Players and the Lawrence Memorial Library later this month will present “Nights of One-acts” featuring plays by Christopher Durang and David Ives.  Organizers in July said they were calling this series “Theater 1-2-3.” It was given that name because it encompasses rehearsing and performing one-act plays for two months, and doing three performances (Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon). It was designed to be a way for anyone to do some acting without committing to something huge like a musical, or Shakespeare.  “Nights of One-acts” will be performed...
09/09/2019
LEICESTER — The Leicester Democratic Party Caucus will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at 803 Fern Lake Road. For more information, contact Joseph Watson at 247-3171. The Leicester Republican Party Caucus will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m., at the Senior Center in Leicester. For more information, contact Tom Barker at 247-3160. The events are for re-organizing town committees and to elect officers and delegates. The Leicester Historical Society is sponsoring Prize Bingo on Saturday, Sept 14, at 1 p.m., at the Senior Center at the Four Corners. Refreshments offered and...

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