ELEVEN-YEAR-OLD Henry Liam Kervick on Monday plays a jazz tune at the Middlebury Community Music Center’s Adagio Camp, which was one of six local organizations that bagged “Summer Matters” grants.
Independent photo/William Haig
ADDISON COUNTY — Eleven-year-old Henry Liam Kervick was excited to hone his fiddling skills as he returned this Monday for Middlebury Community Music Center’s first week of Camp Adagio summer programs.
“I really like this camp because I get to play with people,” Kervick said. “I just really like playing with people … I haven’t walked through this building for a couple of years.”
Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC) is one of six summer programs based in Addison County that received special grants aimed at giving youngsters like Kervick a fun summer after more than a year of social...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council on Tuesday dropped a penny from the municipal portion of the Vergennes tax rate for the upcoming 2021-2022 fiscal year, lowering it from the 92 cents of the past two years to 91 cents per $100 of assessed property value.
Councilors also adopted a general fund budget — exclusive of the sewer collection and treatment system, which is funded by user fees — that lowers spending from the current year by about $48,700 to $2,719,557.
The council also chose to use $109,750 of a fund balance from the fiscal year that ended in June 2020 to lower the tax rate.
While the state of Vermont is lifting many local COVID-19 restrictions, the Vermont Agency of Transportation reminds passengers that federal mask requirements remain in place until Sept. 13 on buses, trains and commercial airline flights. If you are boarding public transit — mask up!
Many things are opening up now that Gov. Scott’s social distancing orders have been rescinded. The latest we’ve heard about is the St. Peter’s Resale Closet in Vergennes, which has been refreshed after a long pandemic closure. Located in St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 85 South Maple St. in Vergennes, the shop...
BRISTOL REC CLUB intern Jenny Sogin, left, and Lawrence Children’s Librarian Marita Schine fill a wooden box at the beginning of the Business Park Loop trail with information about upcoming StoryWalks.
Independent photo/Hannah Laga Abram
BRISTOL — Walking through the Bristol woods this summer, hikers may find themselves straying into a story.
In a collaboration between the Bristol Recreation Club and the Lawrence Memorial Library called Bristol StoryWalk, four different children’s books will accompany explorers along various sections of the Bristol Trail Network (BTN) throughout the summer. Bristol Recreation Club intern Jenny Sogin will lead weekly guided walks through each tale.
Sogin, a rising junior Environmental Studies Major at the University of Vermont, worked with Lawrence Children’s Librarian Marita Schine to choose...
MIDDLEBURY — Wanted: People with a little time and a lot of compassion to give to neighbors who are in the final days of their lives.
It’s an invitation to the community by Addison County Home Health & Hospice (ACHH&H), a New Haven-based nonprofit that’s looking to increase its corps of hospice volunteers. It’s a program that ACHH&H began forming just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit early last year. The organization had previously contracted with a separate nonprofit — End Of Life Services (EOLS) — for hospice helpers, but elected to start a program of its own in order to meld...
PORTER KNIGHT ACCEPTS the American Legion Post No. 19’s Above and Beyond Award from Ron LaRose on May 25 at Memorial Park in Bristol.
BRISTOL — Porter Knight of Bristol was recently presented with the “Above and Beyond Award” from American Legion Post No. 19. The Bristol Conservation Commission nominated Knight for her work spearheading the Bristol Trail Network. As an officer of the Bristol Recreation Club, Knight has cared deeply about providing outdoor recreation opportunities for residents in the 5-town area, but she had an even bigger vision for an interconnected series of hiking trails in and around Bristol village that could serve as a new focal point for outdoor recreation in our town.
The kickoff meeting for the...
MONTPELIER — It’s been a week since Vermont lifted all COVID-19 restrictions — and the skies didn’t fall. On the contrary, as Gov. Phil Scott emphasized in Tuesday’s press conference, new case numbers continue to decrease throughout the state, Vermonters continue to get vaccinated and things just might be looking up.
COVID-19 cases fell under 5,000 in New England this week, the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic, despite all six states having fully reopened. Vermont saw only 38 new cases and has only recorded one COVID-related death in the past five weeks. Scott said he anticipates...
MIDDLEBURY — A Leicester man faces multiple charges — including possession of a dangerous weapon in the commission of a felony — after he allegedly fired at a vehicle parked at Middlebury’s Briarwood Apartments back on April 20, shortly after midnight.
No one was hurt in that incident, according to police.
In addition to the weapons citation, Middlebury police on June 16 said they cited Scott D. Lanpher, 21, for aggravated disorderly conduct, felony unlawful mischief, providing false information to a police officer, driving with a criminally suspended license, making noise in the nighttime...
MIDDLEBURY SELECTBOARD MEMBER Lindsey Fuentes-George is the new director of Addison Central Teens, a nonprofit that runs a variety of after-school and summer camp programming for Middlebury-area youth out of its teen center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive.
MIDDLEBURY — As a Middlebury selectboard member, Lindsey Fuentes-George interacts mainly with adults.
She’s now going to spend a lot more time networking with her younger constituents, as the new executive director of Addison Central Teens (ACT).
Fuentes-George is succeeding Cicilia Robison as leader of the small nonprofit, which runs a variety of afterschool and summer camp programs for Middlebury-area youth out of its teen center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive.
Her considerable experience as a parent and as a former human services worker/volunteer drew her to the ACT vacancy, which she officially...
VERGENNES — This year the annual Vergennes Junior Fishing Derby, which seeks to introduce young people to the benefits and enjoyment of fishing and to encourage them to share the sport with others, is going virtual. The event will begin on Saturday, June 26, and end Sunday, July 11.
Participants will have the opportunity to go fishing during those two weeks and submit a photo of their fish for a chance to win an award. This is a free event and open to all kids ages 3-15. It is split into two divisions: Division I – ages 3-7, and Division II – ages 8-15.
The boundaries range from Otter Creek...