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09/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Broadway stage actor Bryan Terrell Clark will share his personal story and discuss self-empowerment through the arts in a talk at Middlebury College’s Wilson Hall on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. His talk, “Finding Your Purpose: From Baltimore to Broadway’s Hamilton,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public. Drawing from his humble beginnings in Baltimore to his career on Broadway, Clark will discuss how exposure to the arts can empower young people to discover the best version of themselves. Clark is an accomplished actor...
09/26/2019
LINCOLN — Let’s talk! Our school district is facing a number of challenges such as declining student enrollment and aging facilities. A group of community volunteers and school board members are holding a series of interactive, professionally facilitated conversations in each of the 5-town communities. The conversations will address these challenges and help inform district leaders as they make decisions about the future of education in our district. Lincoln’s community conversation will be held at Burnham Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6-8 p.m. Please RSVP by calling Jennifer Willey at 453-...

MARGE DREXLER'S GARDEN in Cornwall.
09/26/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — The Middlebury Garden Club has announced the winners of its annual Roadside Attractions Awards. These accolades recognize gardens cultivated by people around the county who are not members of the club. The winners for 2019 include Marge Drexler in Cornwall, a home on Bristol Notch Road in Lincoln, Gail Butz’s garden on East Street in Bristol, Liz Smith’s porch display on Route 22A in Bridport, a collaboration between Lily P. Snow and the town public works crew in Middlebury, and the Waybury Inn of Route 125 in East Middlebury.         1st garden Marge Drexler, Cornwall Marge...

COLIN GRAY OF Ferrisburgh’s Good Companion Bakery makes a sale on Thursday afternoon at the Vergennes Farmers Market on the City Green. Gray estimates that daily sales are up about 75 percent this year thanks to the market being back downtown and to effective promotion by organizers Chris and Sandy Reck. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — Loaves of bread, croissants and pastry were moving steadily off Good Companion Bakery’s table not far from the monument on the Vergennes City Green this past Thursday afternoon. Manning the table was Colin Gray, who said he had been with the Ferrisburgh bakery since 2012 and working the Vergennes Farmers Market for the past several of those years. This season, with the market back in the city’s downtown park after a two-year absence, has been very successful for Good Companion, Gray said. He estimated the bakery’s take at the market is up by about 75 percent. “Since we’ve come...

VERMONT STATE POLICE Lt. Jeff Danoski, left, is retiring and is ceding the helm of the New Haven Barracks to his colleague, newly promoted Lt. Matthew Daley. Daley has served at the New Haven Barracks since 2014. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/23/2019
NEW HAVEN — A new lieutenant is taking the helm of Addison County’s contingent of the Vermont State Police. And it’s a familiar face. Lt. Matthew Daley is assuming command of the VSP’s New Haven barracks, to which he has been assigned since 2014. He replaces Lt. Jeff Danoski, who is retiring after a 28-year career with the VSP, three of those years spent heading the New Haven barracks. “It’s been the best job I’ve ever had in my career,” Danoski said of his time spent in New Haven. “We have a good group of troopers and sergeants here, good administrative staff, good detectives bureau. Just...

THE NONPROFIT HELPING Overcome Poverty’s Effects has put up “no trespassing” signs on the Dumpster at its Middlebury headquarters, in response to Dumpster-diving incidents that they say pose liability issues. Meanwhile, some of those who’ve been doing the diving contend that HOPE is throwing away donated stuff that could be repurposed for low-income people. Photo courtesy of Brenda Dutton
09/23/2019
MIDDLEBURY — One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, the old saying goes. Well, a disagreement is simmering over the discarded “gold” that some folks have been trying to extract from the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) Dumpster off 282 Boardman St. in Middlebury. For more than seven years, Salisbury residents Brenda Dutton and Maria Murray said they’ve been doing some philanthropic Dumpster-diving at HOPE, harvesting what they say are some hidden jewels that just need some extra TLC. Socks, toys, backpacks, winter coats and boots are among their regular finds, they said during...

RUTLAND RESIDENT GREG Zullo, left, leads a group discussion about educating people about their rights during the Vision for Vermont summit at Bread Load on Sept. 14. Photo courtesy of Jon Isham
09/23/2019
BREAD LOAF — At the end of the second Vision for Vermont summit, which was held on Sept. 14 at the Bread Loaf campus of Middlebury College in Ripton, co-organizer and Charlotte resident Ruah Swennerfelt asked the 71 attendees to take home a pre-addressed postage-paid card. On the blank side of each card Swennerfelt had written with a red Sharpie one simple question. “What if?” Answering that question — dozens, if not hundreds or thousands of times — may hold the key to achieving the group’s goals, which include: • justice and equal rights for all. • responsible and effective government. •...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District board has scheduled three informational meetings on potential school closures and district restructuring for the 2020-2021 school year. Two of those meetings will be held this week. The ANWSD board plans to vote on whether to call a closure vote for one or both of Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools at a meeting scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, at Vergennes Union High School at 6 p.m. If the board adopts a closure plan, a town-wide vote in Addison or Ferrisburgh or both would be held this fall. According to the ANWSD Articles of Unification...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — A charging station for electric vehicles is coming to the Vergennes city green, courtesy of Green Mountain Power. The station will be installed along North Green Street, just to the left of the information booth, according to City Manager Matt Chabot, and will require a devoted parking space. Chabot said Green Mountain Power will pay to install the station, with the exception of requiring the city’s Public Works Department to run a conduit for a power line under the sidewalk to the station. The Vergennes City Council on Sept. 10 unanimously voted to accept the charging station.  ...
09/23/2019
VERGENNES — The opening of Massachusetts addiction counseling firm SaVida Health’s office in Vergennes has been delayed while the Vergennes Development Review Board considers its zoning application. According to a handout provided to city officials, SaVida had planned to see one to eight patients daily at 210-214 Main St., by appointment only, with a staff of up to three. Vergennes zoning administrator Peter Garon said the board is now deciding whether SaVida’s proposal is a permitted “professional office” in the city’s Central Business District, or a medical office, which is not an allowed...

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