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03/05/2020
Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve, and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences, and online. YWP also publishes an annual anthology and The Voice, a digital magazine with YWP’s best writing, images, and features. More information is available at youngwritersproject.org or contact YWP at sreid@youngwritersproject.org or 802324-9538. This month, writers responded to the following challenges: The Community Journalism Project “If...:” In the context of America today in 2020, and your place in the...
03/05/2020
SHOREHAM — “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” On Leap Day afternoon, with a blue sky and cold winter air, several families enjoyed sledding near the elementary school. The snow had a “crisp” top layer, so with just the slightest push to get started the children could get quite a nice little ride. Once their little cheeks were rosy red, we headed inside to the warmth of the Shoreham Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. There, they lined up from youngest to oldest (age 3 to 15), and one by one had an opportunity to give the piñata a few...
03/05/2020
MONKTON — The Russell Memorial Library will host “See it and Sketch It” with Erin from the Birds of Vermont Museum on Tuesday, March 10, at 6:30 p.m. Erin will guide you in how to identify and draw the wild birds in our area. This should be an interesting evening to learn more about our Vermont birds. This was a rescheduling from a previous date. For more information, plus information about any other program or services, call 453-4471. Library hours are Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Saturday Stories program is continuing to be held...
03/05/2020
Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meetings, March 3 and 17, 6:30 p.m. Bixby Children’s Story Hour, March 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. First Friday Movie “The Addams Family,” March 6, 6:30 p.m. Vergennes Union High School Concert, March 12, 7 p.m. Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, March 14 and 28, 6:30 p.m. Roland Robinson’s Writings at Rokeby, March 15, 3 p.m. Lake Champlain Maritime Museum Longboats Students Present, March 18, 5 p.m. Vergennes Middle School Concert, March 18, 7 p.m. Ferrisburgh Children’s Theater, March 21, VUHS, 7 p.m. FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Grange “King Pede” card parties are...
03/05/2020
LINCOLN — The Big Change Roundup for Kids has officially kicked off at Lincoln Community School. Students and faculty will be collecting monetary donations to benefit sick children at the UVM Children’s Hospital. If you’d like to help with their fundraising efforts, please visit the LCS page at bigchangeroundup.org or send in your cash/check donation with an LCS student. Thank you for your support. Together we can make a difference one dime at a time. Stop by the Lincoln Library on Saturday, March 7, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a Dr. Seuss birthday celebration with Nola Kevra. All ages...
03/05/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Living in these divisive and tumultuous times fills many with passion and energy to work toward the life-nourishing and just world that we want for ourselves, all beings and future generations.  Life also tests our mettle and can be draining and enraging.  How do regular folks work with the fear, anger, hope and other strong emotions that roil them? How do we move toward positive visioning and co-creating?  The group Extinction Rebellion Champlain Valley will host a seminar called “Heartstrong Activist Workshop for Changemakers” on Saturday, March 7. The workshop will be held...
03/05/2020
ADDISON — In Australian balloting on Tuesday, Addison residents favored Amy Kittredge over George Eisenhardt in a race for the Addison Northwest School District Board, supported all town spending measures, and backed Sen. Bernie Sanders and President Donald Trump in Presidential Primary voting. Kittredge defeated Eisenhardt, 277-154, for the ANWSD board. She will replace George Lawrence, one of several school board members choosing not to seek re-election. Residents backed the tax levy needed to support $774,037 in spending to maintain town roads in the 2020-2021 fiscal year, 348-26. They...
03/05/2020
BRANDON — Incumbents Seth Hopkins and Doug Bailey won re-election to the Brandon selectboard on Town Meeting Day against a solid challenge from newcomer Alison Walter. Board Chair Hopkins was the top vote getter in the race for two one-year seats with 709 votes. Bailey garnered 657 votes, and Walter tallied 553. Reached by phone Tuesday night, Walter said she was pleased with the results. “It was a good showing,” she said. “I think I did pretty well considering I’m a relative newcomer to the Brandon political scene. It was a good learning experience.” So good that Walter said she will run...

SELECTBOARD MEMBER AND Bridport town moderator Tim Howlett reminds the town meeting crowd on Tuesday morning that the town report is dedicated to Barbara Wagner, the Bridport town health officer and a nursing veteran at Porter hospital for more than 40 years. Independent photo/Steve James
03/05/2020
BRIDPORT — Bridport residents at their town meeting on Tuesday morning endorsed all the money items on their warning, including a major bridge/culvert project and a new, one-ton truck for the highway department. Article 34 on the town meeting warning asked voters for up to $400,000 to invest in some, or all, of the following projects: Replacement of the Middle Road Bridge, replacement of one culvert each on Mountain Road and Lake Street, and replacement of double culverts on Rattlin Bridge Road. Total costs of the work have been placed at $1.27 million, and the town is seeking state and...
03/05/2020
BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol elected another new member of the selectboard on Town Meeting Day. Darla Senecal defeated Bill Mount, 763 – 487, for a two-year term on the board. “I am so happy to be able to serve my community as a selectboard member,” Senecal told the Independent in an email. “I was 20 when I moved to Bristol. I basically grew up here. I raised my family here. This community gave me the opportunity to create a home and lifelong friendships with people that I care deeply about. I hope to serve them all well.” Incumbent selectboard member Michelle Perlee, who was running...

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