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SUSAN SHASHOK ON Monday presided over her first Middlebury town meeting as moderator, taking over from former Vermont Gov. James Douglas. Middlebury had a lively annual gathering. Independent photo/John Flowers
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at their annual gathering on Monday dispatched a fiscal year 2021 municipal budget of $11.5 million with little debate, then spent 40 minutes discussing the merits of a proposed quadrupling of the town’s annual contribution to Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS). Local voters then went to the polls on Tuesday to endorse three separate bond proposals (see related story) for a combined total of up to $5.35 million to bankroll projects aimed at replacing an aging water main in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to avert future...
03/05/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Voters in Addison County and the Brandon area expressed strong support for 2020-2021 fiscal year school district budgets on Tuesday, including in two districts where in 2019 budgets passed by slender margins. The outlier was the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, which is centered in Fair Haven and serves the Addison County town of Orwell. SVUUSD voters rejected their school spending proposal and a $59.5 million bond proposal (see story). Elsewhere in the area, voters were more accepting of school budget proposals. The $31,399,182 Mount Abraham Unified School...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — With the aggressive, worldwide spread of COVID-19 — also known as the “coronavirus” — the Vermont Department of Health is educating school districts throughout the state about how to prepare for a potential pandemic. State Education Secretary Daniel M. French provided Vermont public school districts with a primer updating officials on the status of COVID-19 and some helpful hints to impart to students and school nurses. “The Vermont Department of Health (DOH) is closely monitoring the rapid developments in the outbreak of respiratory illness called COVID-19 that is caused by a...
03/05/2020
LINCOLN — Not quite 30 minutes into Lincoln’s annual town meeting Monday night, Rev. Justin Cox strode up the middle aisle of Burnham Hall and, though he’s by now quite used to projecting his voice across great spaces, graciously accepted the microphone. “I’m the new minister over at United Church of Lincoln,” he said by way of introduction, then added that this was his first town meeting. “Everything I know about New England town meetings I know from ‘Gilmore Girls’ on TV, so bear with me,” he said. Continuing the town meeting tradition of his predecessor, David Wood, who served UCOL for 38...
03/05/2020
Spring forward — it’s worth the tradeoff. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour before going to bed this Saturday night, since Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning. You may loose an hour of sleep, but you will appreciate the extra hour of daylight in the late afternoon. A large collection of slightly used donated books will be available for purchase at very low prices at the “Friends of Ilsley Library Sale,” to be held this Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Middlebury library. The sale will include offerings from all genres for all ages, including board...
03/05/2020
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Feb. 26 voted 90-54 in favor of a bill that would tax and regulate recreational cannabis for those 21 and older. The chamber, as expected, then gave final approval to the measure on Thursday, Feb. 27. The move comes a year after the Senate passed tax-and-regulate legislation. Bill S.54 now needs a final nod from the Senate and then tweaks from House and Senate conferees before heading to Gov. Phil Scott’s desk. Scott has said he’s open to a measure to tax and regulate cannabis, but has insisted it contain a saliva screening provision to flag drivers under the...

PETE BROOKS, LEFT, and Riker Wikoff pictured in 2018 when their microbrewery, Red Clover Ales, was about to open. Independent file photo/Evan Johnson
03/05/2020
BRANDON — Popular craft brewers’ online magazine Hop Culture recently named Brandon’s Red Clover Ale Company’s beers among the top 10 nationally. “Red Clover Ale Co. captures the climate of Vermont in a bottle,” the newsletter read. Red Clover beer flavors include Maple Crumble Stout, Mountain Bluebird IPA, Winter Warmer Holiday and Lil Patsy, among several others. Alcohol content ranges from 5.2% to 7.4%. Red Clover’s brewers include Pete Brooks, Riker Wikoff and Andy Gates, who works full-time as a teacher. Gates is the taproom and food event manager and leaves the brewing to his brothers-...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on March 3 authorized bonding for a combined total of up to $5.35 million for projects aimed at replacing an aging water main in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to avert future flooding in East Middlebury, and repurposing former sewer plant buildings into storage space for the municipal police department. At stake were: •  A bond of up to $2.5 million to finance water main improvements to Court Square (the green across from the Middlebury Inn), including the intersection of Main Street/North Pleasant Street, Court Street (...

19TH-CENTURY FERRISBURGH resident and author Rowland Evans Robinson is the subject of a lecture and discussion at Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby museum on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Photo/Rokeby archives
03/05/2020
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will host a lecture, reading and discussion of Rowland Evans Robinson, (1833-1900), one of Vermont’s most beloved writers. The event, which will be held on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., is meant for those both new and familiar with the author. Robinson was the son of the abolitionists Rowland and Rachel Robinson, who aided fugitives from slavery at their home, Rokeby, in Ferrisburgh. When Rowland’s eyesight began to fail after a successful career as an illustrator, he turned to writing. He would publish nine books during his lifetime; his family published four more...
03/05/2020
STARKSBORO — The results are in, and the National Geographic Society has named Reed Cousino, a 5th-grader at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester on Friday, March 27. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the 4th through 8th grades. School champions also took an online...

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