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09/19/2019
As part of the ongoing downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, Kubricky Construction workers expect to close Merchants Row to through traffic this Friday, Sept. 20, so that Maine Drilling & Blasting can complete installation of mini-piles in the area around the Merchants Row Bridge. Parking on Merchants Row in front of the Battell Block will remain open throughout the week. In the 2019 Addison County Rescue special section in this past Monday’s edition we had hoped to include all of the medical first responders in the area, but there was one whose roster didn’t arrive in time for...
09/19/2019
BURLINGTON — Monkton resident and five-time convicted felon Kory Lee George, 31, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of firearms violations, including possession of the Beretta pistol that police say was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair. Auclair, 45, a longtime Monkton resident, was shot to death in the parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, off Gilman Road in Hinesburg, at approximately 9:45 p.m. on July 11, police say. No one has been charged with killing Auclair, and police have yet to name a suspect in that case. On Sept. 5 George was charged in U.S. District Court...
09/19/2019
VERGENNES — St. Paul’s Episcopal Church has created a separate nonprofit organization to focus on fundraising to support landscaping the lawn on the church’s west side. The parish envisions that lawn as a welcoming public park space that will serve as an extension of the adjacent city green and include a stone sitting circle. The church introduced its nonprofit, called the “Park Street Community Project,” at a Vergennes Day booth in late August and raised $650 in pledges that day toward what project committee member Sarah Stroup said is a projected $15,000 cost.  The founding of the church’s...

VERGENNES WILL USE a $267,000 state grant, along with $80,000 of city money, to build a new structure to replace this salt shed behind the city’s East Street recycling center. The new shed, which will prevent the elements from washing salt into nearby Otter Creek, won’t be built for three or four years. Independent file photo/Andy Kirkaldy
09/19/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes will get a new salt and sand shed, largely courtesy of a $267,000 Agency of Transportation grant the city received in the spring, but it will cost a little more than expected and take longer to arrive than city officials had hoped. The Vergennes Public Works Department’s existing shed can charitably be called dilapidated. Sitting behind the city’s East Street recycling center, it has an open side and see-through walls of varying materials. The structure allows salt to run into nearby Otter Creek during rainstorms.  According to Vergennes City Council minutes, the one bid...

IN THE BOOK “Good Husbandry,” Kristin Kimball sketches out the first five years on a farm in Essex, N.Y., after she and her family moved there from New York City. She will read from the book in Middlebury next month. Photo by Deborah Feingold
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Organic farmer and writer Kristin Kimball will read from and discuss her new memoir, “Good Husbandry,” on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 6:30 p.m., at the Vermont Book Shop in downtown Middlebury. The talk is free and open to the public. From the celebrated author of the beloved bestseller “The Dirty Life,” “Good Husbandry” is a “beguiling memoir about the simple life” (Elle), in which Kristin Kimball describes the delicious highs and sometimes excruciating lows of life on Essex Farm — a 500-acre farm across Lake Champlain that produces a full diet for a community of 250 people. “The Dirty...
09/19/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Research has shown that three billionaires today own as much wealth as the bottom half of U.S. households combined.  The Middlebury College Economics Department next week will sponsor a talk by an expert who will give an in-depth analysis of the root causes of inequalities of wealth and power across our society. Chuck Collins, director of the Program on Inequality at the Institute for Policy Studies/Co-editor of Inequality.org, will focus on tax and other public policies that would effectively reverse four decades of inequality.  Collins will deliver the D. K. Smith ‘42 Fall 2019...

BOB AND NANCY Sunderland walk with their five children through a barn at Rolling Acres Farm in Bridport. The family is implementing newer practices and technology to keep the farm healthy for a sixth generation.
09/19/2019
BRIDPORT — Meet Bob, Nancy, Brittany, Abigail, Vanessa, Laila and Beau. Farmers Bob and Nancy, and their five kids, make up the Sunderland family. Despite their busy lives, they wouldn’t change a thing because they love where they live and what they do. Their dairy operation in Bridport consists of 440 head of cattle, 450 acres of tillable land, 160 acres of corn, and state-of-the-art technology that helps them manage their dairy workload. A commitment to community and conservation are at the heart of this remarkable and close-knit family. Rolling Acres Farm, located off Crown Point Road,...
09/19/2019
RUTLAND — Two Ferrisburgh 4-H’ers received awards at the Vermont State Fair in Rutland in August. In the Dairy Competition Jonathan Flores-Torres took home the Rita Tracey Award. Averi Salley garnered an Outstanding Dairy Breed Exhibitor for her Brown Swiss.
09/19/2019
LEICESTER — The Leicester Democratic Caucus will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m., at 803 Fern Lake Rd. For more information, contact Joseph Watson at 247-3171. The Republican Caucus for Leicester was held on Tuesday, Sept. 17. For more information, contact Tom Barker at 247-3160.  The Leicester selectboard is seeking a resident to serve as the second representative to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. Duties include attending one night meeting a month. For more information, contact selectboard chair Diane Benware at 247-3786.
09/19/2019
LINCOLN — Bridges presents the movie “Dark Money” on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., at the library. The film takes viewers to Montana — a frontline in the fight to preserve fair elections nationwide — to follow an intrepid local journalist working to expose the real-life impacts of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. “Dark Money” uncovers the shocking and vital truth of how American elections are bought and sold. This Sundance award-winning documentary is directed/produced by Kimberly Reed (“Prodigal Sons”) and produced by Katy Chevigny (“E-Team”). The Ladies Aid Industria...

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