BRISTOL — Officials with the Bristol-area schools have pared back possible options as they plan for a future with continued declining enrollment. With state allotting education funds based on number of pupils, the projected loss of more than 200 students between 2015 and 2024 means that Mount Abraham Unified School District will have less money to spend on education unless voters agree to raise more in property taxes. After Jan. 25 and Feb. 11 meetings the MAUSD board members and administrators agreed to narrow their focus to four scenarios for the future organization of the district that...
CORNWALL — Four of the Addison Central School District’s seven communities will hold March 3 votes on two petitioned referenda that the ACSD board declined to warn on its Town Meeting Day ballot. The questions ask residents if they want more of a say in the future of their respective elementary schools and how their school directors are elected. The selectboards in Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury and Shoreham have permitted these petitioned votes, though the results won’t be binding on the school board. “Tuesday is a big day, and this whole process, for me, has been about getting involved,...
How sweet it is to be marching into spring with the onset of sugaring season in Starksboro and kick it off with a free community supper this Sunday, March 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. The supper, which will be held at the First Baptist Church of Starksboro at 2806 Route 116, will gives participants a chance to celebrate with folks in the New Community Project, the First Baptist Church, the local library, and, of course, with your neighbors. It will feature discussion about the history of sugaring in Starksboro. The free meal is also intended as a celebration of the arrival of spring, sugaring, and a...

THE ILSLEY LIBRARY Board of Trustees has decided to abandon a $9.6-million renovation-and-expansion plan for the historic building at 75 Main St., and instead explore other options for improving library facilities.
MIDDLEBURY — The Ilsley Library Board of Trustees on Monday voted to drop a $9.6-million renovation-and-expansion plan for the historic library building at 75 Main St. and instead explore other designs to address the institution’s space, configuration and condition problems. “In a spirited discussion, the board debated the wisdom of proceeding with the existing plan which in 2018 had a putative price tag of $9.6 million, or to look at alternate design possibilities,” Ilsley Library Director Dana Hart told the Independent through a Tuesday email. “The alternate design possibilities were not...
ADISON COUNTY — Providing childcare at town meeting was always something the folks at Middlebury Area Land Trust wanted to do, but they just didn’t have the capacity — until now. This year, according to programs coordinator Caleb Basa, the organization finally has enough staff (two full-time educators and person in an AmeriCorps position) to pull it off. “Recently we’ve seen a big surge of connection with the Middlebury community,” Basa said. “We feel really supported, and we want to give back.” MALT hopes “to encourage citizens of Middlebury to connect with each other, to become civically...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont House on Tuesday voted to override Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $10.96 to $12.55 by 2022. In a 100-49 vote, Democrats were able to just meet the two-thirds majority needed to counteract Scott’s veto pen. The Senate successfully voted to override the veto of the legislation, S.23, earlier this month, meaning the wage increase will now become law. Six out of the eight House Democrats who opposed the minimum wage legislation on the floor in January changed their votes Tuesday, delivering the support needed to enact the...
Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County could buy a copy of the Addison Independent for 15 cents. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Feb. 19, 1970 edition of the Independent: •  State Rep. Henry Carse asked Starksboro residents to vote in favor of annexing the unincorporated area of Buel’s Gore. Carse claimed the gore needed to be annexed “if the area is to have any development and any residents” and to “be governed in the manner of organized towns.” •  The Citgo service station in Middlebury was damaged in a fire, possibly caused by a short-circuit...

VERGENNES — Friday, Feb. 28, has been declared “Joan Devine Day” by the Vergennes mayor in honor of the city’s long-serving clerk, who at the end of that workday will retire.  Mayor Jeff Fritz signed a mayoral proclamation to that effect on Tuesday and announced it at that night’s Vergennes City Council meeting.  Devine has served as Vergennes clerk and treasurer since 1982 and worked in Vergennes City Hall for several years before then, and has worked in her position longer than any other currently serving clerk in the county. She has pledged to return and help out during next week’s...

GUINNESS HOUSE, IRELAND, is one of the photographs by Paul Forlenza on display at walkOver Gallery in Bristol through March 27.
BRISTOL — A reception for photographer Paul Forlenza of Lincoln will be held at walkOver Gallery, 15 Main Street, on Friday, Feb. 28, from 5-7 p.m. The show, entitled “Boats, Barns and more ... Images from Ireland, Prince Edward Island and Vermont,” features a variety of Forlenza’s images. Some are archival Kodachrome prints, some archival digital prints and a few are Kodachrome CibaChrome prints with stunning large scale clarity and color. “As a photographer, my goal is to create images with strong emotional appeal by aligning light, color, texture and timing,” says Forlenza. “I work to make...

WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge resident Narges Anzali, a ninth-grader at Middlebury Union High School, has been selected as the winner of the inaugural National Library Legislative Day Teen Contest. The NLLD Teen Contest is a joint venture between the Vermont Library Association and the Vermont School Library Association to capture stories about the positive impact libraries have on the lives of Vermont teens, and to train the next generation of library advocates.  Contest entrants were asked the question, “What do Vermont’s libraries mean to you?” As part of the winning response, Anzali said that “...


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