LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for HOPE, makes selections at the organizations’ Middlebury food shelf this past November. Bradburn warns that proposed changes to federal food assistance programs will mean fewer food benefits for Vermonters and less money in the Vermont economy. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Local human services providers are bracing for changes in rules governing the biggest federal food assistance program — changes they say would result in fewer people qualifying for benefits like food commodities and free school meals. Proposed changes would limit flexibility for Vermont to adjust food assistance when the economy turns sour, end the state’s ability to support people who face high childcare or rent expense, and treat Vermonters’ utility expenses as if they were the same as those of Americans in warmer states. In the end, the changes would mean thousands of...

TOWN HALL THEATER Executive Director Mark Bradley is leaving the Middlebury organization after 18 months working to make it a more sustainable institution. He is shown here in October at an arts award ceremony with Anna Marie Gerwitz (left), former executive director of the Flynn Music Center, and Susan McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater will soon have a new top administrator. Executive Director Mark Bradley, who has guided THT during a significant recent organizational transition, is bidding the theater and the town a bittersweet farewell on Feb. 21. “It’s been a good year and a half,” Bradley said. “It has been an intense period, helping Town Hall Theater transition from a ‘founding organization’ to a ‘sustaining organization.’” Bradley began his job as THT’s top administrator in August 2018, after a stint as the Assistant Director of the Lebanon (N.H.) Opera House. He succeeded THT founder...

TOM BUZZELL, LEFT, and Kathleen Kilbourne are finalists to become the next principal of Bristol Elementary School.
UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, the BES Principal Finalists meet and greet with the community scheduled for today, Thursday, Feb. 6, will be rescheduled. More information as it becomes available.  Click here to see the new day and time. BRISTOL — Two candidates with strong ties to Bristol Elementary School and more than a decade each of experience as a principal are the finalists to be the school’s next principal. One is the current BES interim principal, Tom Buzzell, and the other is now the principal of Addison Central School, Kathleen Kilbourne. Mount Abraham Unified School District...
NEW HAVEN — The New Haven selectboard has censured one of its members, Jim Walsh, after he allegedly threatened town office staff in an incident town officials deemed serious enough to report to the Vermont State Police. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, during a closed-door session with Town/Zoning Administrator Aaron Brown, Walsh allegedly threatened to have Brown fired from both of his jobs, then went on to physically threaten another town employee, said selectboard chair Steve Dupoise, reading from a prepared statement at the board’s Jan. 21 meeting. “I want all of our employees to know that any...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has imposed a two-week waiting period on students who have recently returned from a suspended study-abroad program in China, as a precaution against the spread of a novel coronavirus that was first reported in Wuhan, China, on Dec. 31. Those students will have to wait 14 days — from the date of their departure from China — before they can rejoin their classmates in Middlebury, according to a college policy first reported in the Middlebury Campus newspaper. “There are 14 students who are observing the 14-day delay,” said college spokeswoman Sarah Ray. “The...

A LINE OF cars and trucks towing livestock trailers wait outside the Hegarty farm on Friday as Brandon Police, assisted by local and state agency officials, executed a search warrant. One hundred and twenty animals were seized by authorities.
BRANDON — More than 100 animals were seized from a farm on Kimball Road this past Friday, and the property owner has been charged with animal abuse. The farm has been the subject of animal abuse investigations in the past, and neighbors said the most recent raid was a relief. On Friday, Jan. 31, Brandon police executed a search warrant at the Hegarty property located at 671 Kimball Road, assisted by the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department and the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The search resulted in the removal of 120 farm and domestic animals from the property over two days....
Vermont’s jobless rate was 2.3% for the month of December, with Addison County’s rate pegged at the same 2.3% rate during that month, according to information released recently by the Vermont Department of Labor. The comparable United States rate in December was 3.5%. Waterfowl hunters who haven’t yet removed their hunting blinds from state waters must do so before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain, or by May 15 on inland waters (including Lake Dunmore) according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. These state deadlines are designed to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents...

MONKTON RESIDENTS ARE invited to come learn more about a proposed new town office and library building upon which they will vote on Town Meeting Day. The informational meeting is next Tuesday, Feb. 11, 7 p.m. at the school.
MONKTON — Next week, Monkton residents will get one more chance to review plans for a proposed new Town Office and Library before they vote on the project next month. The Municipal Building Committee and Bellwether Architects will host a public information meeting at the Monkton Central School gym at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11. It will be the town’s last public outreach before Town Meeting Day, March 3, when voters will be asked to approve a $1.7 million bond for the project. “The Municipal Building Committee has been working for over two years now to explore potential options for a new town...
Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, Feb. 15 and 29, 6:30 p.m. Ferrisburgh selectboard meetings, Feb. 4 and 18, 6:30 p.m. Bixby Children’s Story Hour Feb. 6: 10:30 a.m.-noon, Bixby Library. Green Mountain District Music Festival for HS Concert Band Feb. 6, 7 p.m., College of St. Joseph, Rutland. First Friday Movie, “The Sun is Also a Star,” Feb. 7, 6:30 p.m., Bixby Library “Finding Jesse” discussion, Feb. 9, 3 p.m., Rokeby Museum Black and White Cabaret Feb. 11, 6:30 p.m., VUHS Gymnasium Pancake Breakfast, Feb. 15, 7-10 a.m., VUHS Cafeteria. Treasures and Trinkets Collection, Feb. 15, 9...

MEMBERS OF THE Maiden Vermont women’s chorus make a point of not just standing still while singing. Here they are during their fall 2019 performance at Town Hall Theater. The chorus is looking for new members during February. Photo by Max Kraus
ADDISON COUNTY — Do you like to sing? Maiden Vermont, women’s a capella chorus, specializes in barbershop-style harmonies, and it is inviting interested singers to visit a rehearsal any Thursday during February to find out if they want to sign on. The rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. at the gymnasium in Salisbury Community School on Kelly Cross Road in Salisbury. Maiden Vermont includes members from Addison and Rutland counties. The chorus is led by director Lindi Bortney of Ripton and performs a big concert in the late fall plus many other dates throughout the year. For instance, this year the...


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