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11/18/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Jeff Fritz said this past Thursday that the interview committee he sits on could recommend two or three city manager candidates to the Vergennes City Council as soon as by the end of this week. On Nov. 14 Fritz pegged the timetable as “within the next 10 days.” By that morning seven candidates had responded to ads for the position, and Fritz said, “I’m very pleased to report all with some sort of municipal experience … This is a very good pool of candidates.” Aldermen Mark Koenig and David Austin are joining Fritz in conducting preliminary interviews for a...

AMY CLAPP AND her son Theo Fallis, left, watch intently as Amie Bates evaluates the broken table lamp they brought to Thursday’s Repair Fair at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. Bates figured out a fix. Independent photo/Steve James
11/18/2019
MIDDLEBURY — More than 60 hopeful souls dragged in their broken small appliances, kitchen tools, bicycles, jewelry, torn or worn clothing and even a busted doorbell to The Makery at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury this past Thursday evening for the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Repair Fair.  One woman brought along a big suitcase that had been through the wars on an airport baggage carousel. Volunteer fixers repaired the suitcase handle, but couldn’t fix the zipper. The fair, a reoccurring event, had a nice, friendly atmosphere with snacks and things for the kids...
11/18/2019
My name is Queso! I am originally from Los Angeles, but now found a home in Vermont. I do not like the cold weather or the abundance of wildlife, the chipmunks are especially troublesome. When I am not defending the home from critters, I am found snuggling under the blankets with my family - I refuse all dog beds.  Sometimes when things go wrong in the house, it is never my fault. My feline roommate/archenemy, Nora, is to blame.  Lisa Woronzoff Cornwall
11/18/2019
BRANDON — A retail store known as The Paper Flower has found a temporary home in Brandon.  With exceptional sales through online marketplaces and Vermont craft fairs, The Paper Flower has made the move to offer a pop-up shop through the holidays. The gift boutique at 1410 Franklin Street (Route 7) is filled with unique handcrafted items. The shop will offer drinkware, cuttings boards and coasters, home décor, jewelry, accessories and much more.  The Paper Flower owner Ashley Charron said the store will also offer custom gifts. Last year Charron and company hand painted over 500 personalized...

LIFELONG BRISTOL RESIDENT George Smith served his community in a variety of capacities for more than 60 years, right up to his death on Saturday, Nov. 9, at age 93. Smith is seen here at the town landfill — where he was the “keeper of the scales” for more than two decades — on the day the dump closed, Aug. 1, 2015. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
11/14/2019
BRISTOL — George Smith, who served his country in World War II and his community for more than 60 years, died on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the age of 93. A former Bristol Village trustee, delinquent tax collector, longtime firefighter and much-loved “keeper of the scales” at the old town landfill, Smith was particularly known for his keen sense of humor, meticulous accounting skills and a great institutional memory of his community and the people with whom he shared it. “I got the right wife, the right job, the right kids and the right life,” Smith told the Valley Voice during an interview around...

STATE LEGISLATORS, INCLUDING Rep. Amy Sheldon, left, and Sen. Ruth Hardy say they will be having a conversation about what ‘control of your hunting dog’ means.
11/14/2019
Editor’s note: This story is third in a series. The first, "Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup," was published on October 31, 2019; the second, "Bear-hound attack shocks hunting community," was published on November 7, 2019. On November 26, 2019, Christopher Ross spoke to VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about this story during Morning Edition; click here to listen. VERMONT — State lawmakers have promised to scrutinize the laws that regulate hunting bear with dogs. This comes after a pack of bear-hounds attacked a couple and their leashed puppy on the Catamount Trail in Ripton last month; the...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT GALE Hurd, center, has agreed to donate a 55-acre grassland off Sheep Farm Road to the Otter Creek Audubon Society, and Middlebury Area Land Trust will hold a conservation easement on the property. Shown with Hurd (center) are MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague and OCAS President Ron Payne.
11/14/2019
WEYBRIDGE — A Weybridge resident has ceded her ownership of a 55-acre parcel of grassland off Sheep Farm Road so that it will remain forever open to wildlife and humans alike. In a transaction that became official on Nov. 1, resident and former selectwoman Gale Hurd deeded the property to the Otter Creek Audubon Society, while the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) received a related conservation easement — all for $10 each. The land would have easily fetched six figures had it been sold on the open market, according to MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague — some of the parcel lies within...
11/14/2019
MIDDLEBURY — A committee charged with recommending long-term solutions for deteriorating Creek Road advised the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday to move quickly on a few short-term repairs that would allow for a quick reopening of a road they asserted was illegally closed to through-traffic more than four years ago. But a majority of the selectboard rejected the panel’s advice, fearing any short-term upgrades might have to be undone for a more permanent solution the task force is expected to bring forward within the next few months. The panel is likely to recommend a solution that lies...
11/14/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — This year’s archery season for deer, which began on Oct. 5 and concluded on Nov. 1, proved to be the second most successful in the past decade in Addison County, as measured by deer weighed at the county’s official reporting stations. During the season, archers brought 224 deer to the county’s seven stations: Vermont Field Sports in Middlebury, Buxton’s Store in Orwell, Rack ’N Reel in New Haven, Green Mountain Trail’s End in Bristol, C&S Shooting Sports in East Middlebury, and the Lincoln and West Addison General Stores. Over the past decade, that total trailed only that...
11/14/2019
BRISTOL — The town of Bristol has suspended Bristol Police Sgt. George “Randy” Crowe, with pay, pending the outcome of an investigation. On Oct. 7 the selectboard voted to schedule a hearing for Oct. 29, when the board would determine whether Crowe “is guilty of negligence, dereliction of duty or conduct unbecoming an officer, and if so, determine appropriate discipline,” according to that meeting’s minutes. The board also decided at that time to suspend Crowe “from duty/employment, with pay, effectively immediately, and at least until the hearing now set.” Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason,...

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