HAROLD PAUL MAHONEY
BRANDON — Police raided the home of a Brandon man late last week and arrested him on 10 drugs and firearms charges.
On Nov. 1, detectives with the Vermont Drug Task Force arrested Harold Paul Mahoney, 61, at his trailer on Conway Terrace.
On Monday, Mahoney pleaded innocent in Rutland Superior Court, criminal division, to four counts of selling crack cocaine, one count of possession of crack cocaine, a count of possession of a narcotic, and four counts of possessing a firearm after being prohibited from doing so because he was convicted of a violent crime.
Police said Mahoney’s arrest for...
SALISBURY — Residents of the Addison-2 Legislative District (Cornwall, Goshen, Hancock, Leicester, Ripton and Salisbury) are invited to join Rep. Peter Conlon for a look at how the Legislative process works in Vermont, from idea, to bill, to law, and how citizens can be involved.
This non-political talk will be held at the Salisbury Public Library (right in the village) on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Come learn how the Vermont process differs from the “I’m Just a Bill” lessons we all learned on TV, and how Vermont’s small size means that citizens can play big roles in it.
VERMONT — Do you know of a special ash tree worth celebrating? Perhaps it’s the largest in your town or a backyard tree that you planted when your youngest, now a college student, was born.
The Vermont Urban and Community Forestry Program and the Vermont Land Trust are partnering to gather stories and photos from Vermonters about ash trees. Many of these will be posted on the land trust’s website, vlt.org/ash.
If you have stories, photos, drawings, maps, poems or anything else to share, you can send by email to email@example.com or mail to Allaire Diamond, Vermont Land Trust, P.O. Box 850, Richmond...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) is offering help to residents with broken lamp or bike or sweater with holes.
Instead of throwing these things away, ACSWMD is inviting local resident to bring their broken stuff to its upcoming Repair Fair on Thursday, Nov. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Hannaford Career Center.
The Repair Fair is a free event where skilled community members volunteer to help fix participants’ broken or damaged items. Fixers will do their best to perform repairs on the spot or point attendees in the right direction if their items can’t be...
MIDDLEBURY — Bill Schubart, author, journalist, and VPR commentator, is the keynote speaker for the Annual Dinner and Meeting of the Henry Sheldon Museum on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Schubart will present a talk entitled “The Role of Nonprofit Cultural Organizations in Vermont.”
Schubart has lived with his family in Vermont since 1947 and resides today in Hinesburg with his wife Kate. He writes about Vermont in fiction, humor and opinion pieces. Bill invites everyone to discover Vermont through books. Known by many as a VPR commentator, he has also served on numerous nonprofit boards supporting the...
LINCOLN — The Burnham Hall Music Series presents the VT Bluegrass Pioneers on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7:30 p.m., at Burnham Hall. The VT Bluegrass Pioneers is an exciting new band that unites the talents of three of Vermont’s veteran and best-known bluegrass musicians: brothers “Banjo” Dan and Willy Lindner, co-founders of the prolific and well-traveled Banjo Dan & the Midnite Plowboys, and Danny Coane, with the Starline Rhythm Boys. Peter Riley joins them on bass as special guest for this show. Admission is $10 for adults, teens and kids are free. Refreshments will be served.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury is one of more than 50 towns across the state that have signed up to be “Button Up Vermont” community partners and this year’s Button Up workshop, co-sponsored by the Town of Middlebury Energy Committee and the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Green Team. The workshop will be held in the Congregation Church’s Unity Hall on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6:30 p.m.
As fall moves toward winter, the workshop will be a great opportunity learn how to prepare homes for the cold weather right around the corner. Weatherization efforts save money and keep homes comfortable, all...
Nov. 5 and 19, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh selectboard meetings,
Nov. 8, 6 p.m., Second Friday Movie, “Holes,” Bixby Library
Nov. 9 and 23, 6:30 p.m., Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties,
Nov. 14 and 15, 7 p.m., “Elf the Musical,” VUHS
Nov. 16, 3 p.m., “Elf the Musical,” VUHS
Nov. 20, 7 p.m., High School Music Concert, VUHS
Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Middle School Music Concert VUHS
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh Grange “King Pede” card parties are scheduled for the Saturdays of Nov. 9 and 23. These get-togethers are held at the Ferrisburgh Town Hall and Community Center and begin at 6:30 p.m. with...
VERMONT STATE POLICE Trooper Thomas Howard takes the controls of one of the Vermont State Police’s 11 drones that will be used primarily to chronicle accident scenes and search for missing persons.
Independent photo/Steve James
NEW HAVEN — Vermont State Police have some new eyes in the sky when they chronicle an accident scene or look for a missing person in a remote location.
But those eyes aren’t human.
They belong to a group of 11 unmanned aircraft systems — think “drones” — that will be deployed as needed throughout the state under the guidance of specially trained VSP teams. The units, which are battery powered and controlled through a console much like what one uses with a video gaming system, have the ability to hover for extended periods of time over targets, all the while taking photos that are then...
ACCORDING TO THE Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, Vermont produces around 1 million bushels (40,000 pounds) of apples each year. Statewide, pick-your-own orchards sell about 200,000 bushels and grocery stores sell another 300,000. Of the more than 150 varieties grown in Vermont, the McIntosh is the most important, accounting for about half of the state’s entire crop. These apples grew in Addison County this year.
Independent photo/Steve James
ADDISON COUNTY — Kent Ridge Orchards in Cornwall did not have its best apple season this year, but it could have been worse.
“We had an odd bloom pattern this spring,” said orchard manager Blake Harrison in an email to the Independent. “The orchard is located across an east-facing ridge, and I saw a distinct stripe running from north to south across the ridge, where the (McIntosh) trees had a really low bloom count.”
Roughly eight trees out of each row at a particular elevation had a poor bloom, he explained.
“Whether that was due to the drought and heat of the summer of 2018 or some micro-...