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STUDENTS FROM THE Champlain Valley Christian School helped fix bikes and prepare them for donation during this year’s Days of Caring event. Pictured here with Timothy Mathewson, founder and director of the Green Mountain Foster Bikes program (and owner of Little City Cycles).
10/28/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — At United Way, volunteering is a way of life. United Way of Addison County (UWAC) connects people to volunteer opportunities all year long, but for two days in September, they bring it to the next level. Days of Caring is an annual event where UWAC matches hundreds of volunteers with dozens of nonprofits for two days of hard work, laughter, and making change in our community. This year marked the 25th anniversary of Days of Caring in Addison County! On Sept. 19 and Sept. 21, 491 volunteers of all ages worked on 36 different projects across Addison County. “The variety of...

THIS YEAR'S STUFF the Bus initiative was record-breaking, with the United Way organizing and giving out almost 400 backpacks stuffed with new school supplies to students in need.
10/28/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — Preparing for school at the end of summer break by purchasing backpacks and school supplies is an annual event for some, filled with excitement and anticipation for new beginnings. But it’s not a realistic expectation for many kids in Addison County. The cost of school supplies is not affordable for many families who are struggling financially.  United Way’s mission is to make sure the entire community is set up for success in every area that determines Addison County residents’ overall well-being, and that includes alleviating the financial strain of preparing the county’s...

EMERGING LEADERS OF Addison County is a new initiative run collaboratively by the United Way of and the Chamber of Commerce that will launch on November 14, 2019. The program aims to bring young residents together to connect, serve and lead their community.
10/28/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — United Way of Addison County envision a community in which young leaders are informed and empowered to create lasting change.  How do we accomplish this?  We’re on the search for people who want to connect with friends and colleagues, make a difference in the community, and have fun doing both! Emerging Leaders of Addison County (ELAC) is the answer! WHAT IS ELAC? Emerging Leaders of Addison County (ELAC) is a partnership between United Way of Addison County and the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.  Together, these two organizations are working to identify, develop and...

STEPHEN WILLIAMS, ACCOUNTING and data manager at United Way of Addison County, provides free tax assistance to qualified individuals through a program called My Free Taxes.
10/28/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — It will soon be that time of year again—income tax season! Once again, the United Way of Addison County will provide a facilitated self-assistance program to Addison County residents. Here is a brief overview of the program we plan to offer again starting late January 2020:  The United Way of Addison County My Free Taxes Program: This type of tax assistance program is geared toward filers who possess general computer skills. The IRS classifies it as a facilitated self-assistance program—where the tax filer inputs their information into the My Free Taxes website, while an IRS...
10/28/2019
BRISTOL — How can community members step up and care for the key parts of our local environment that we all share? That’s the question behind a community gathering to be hosted by Vermont Family Forests in Bristol on Saturday, Nov. 2.  In Caring for our Home Grounds: A Commons Conservation Congress for Vermont’s Center-West Ecoregion, participants will explore tangible actions citizens can undertake to care for air, water, and wildlife here at home.  “We’re in a time of climate crisis,” said Vermont Family Forests Executive Director David Brynn. “and our local forests, rivers, lakes, and...
10/28/2019
SHOREHAM — Two out-of-state men were cited for trafficking cocaine and Fentanyl following an investigation at a Shoreham home on Thursday, Oct. 24. It was at around 2:10 that morning that Vermont State Police troopers from the Rutland barracks responded to a Shoreham home and executed a search warrant. During their investigation, VSP said they found approximately 18.8 grams of Fentanyl and approximately 158.3 grams of cocaine, with a combined estimated street value of more than $35,000. Police arrested Angel Stevenson, 30, of The Bronx, N.Y., and Robert Boyd, 32, of Hollywood, Fla., in...
10/28/2019
LEICESTER — The Leicester Historical Society is sponsoring Prize Bingo on Sat., Nov. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Leicester Senior Center at the Four Corners. Refreshments are offered and all are welcome. Town Clerk Julie Delphia reminds taxpayers that property taxes are due by Friday, Nov. 15. Postmarks are not accepted and payment must be received by the end of the day, or will be considered delinquent.      
10/25/2019
MIDDLEBURY — A Middlebury woman on Oct. 21 pleaded innocent to felony charges of drugged driving and gross negligent operation of a vehicle — both with death resulting — in connection with an Aug. 23 incident during which she is alleged to have struck and killed a construction site flagger near New Haven Junction. If convicted, 49-year-old Jennifer Bergevin faces up to 15 years in jail — on each count, according to a court affidavit filed by Vermont State Police Trooper Jacqueline June, lead investigator in the case. She had initially been cited for gross negligent operation and suspicion of...

RABBINICAL STUDENT TAL Braude and Rabbi Binyamin Murray, co-director of Chabad of Middlebury, stand in front of a mobile sukkah that they towed through various Addison County communities this month. The sukkah is a rudimentary three- or four-sided hut, towed by a vehicle, that provides spiritual nourishment and a snack to people during the Jewish holidays. Independent photo/John Flowers
10/24/2019
MIDDLEBURY — One can see some interesting vehicles traveling Addison County roads during the fall. A trip along Route 116 from Middlebury to Bristol on a sunny afternoon can offer fleeting sights of a 1972 Camaro, a shiny new John Deere tractor and a sleek Mercedes Benz, all humming through a steady flutter of golden leaves begrudgingly surrendered by the weather-beaten boughs above. But every once in a while, you see something you’ve never seen before. Such as last week when Rabbi Binyamin Murray, co-director of Chabad of Middlebury, took to the roads with a mobile sukkah that he and his...

ADDISON RESIDENTS AND Rural School Alliance members Kelly Wellings (kneeling), Ashley Paquette (in white) and Caetlin Harwood (in cap) painted signs in Addison on Monday morning encouraging town voters to oppose closing Addison Central School. The Addison Northwest School District has proposed closing ACS and the Ferrisburgh Central School to save money. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
10/24/2019
ADDISON — On Tuesday, Nov. 5, Addison voters will head to the polls to decide the following issue: “Shall the voters of the Town of Addison agree to the Addison Northwest School District’s plan to close the Addison Central School for use as an elementary school on June 30, 2020?” Voters in Ferrisburgh are warned to decide the same issue for the Ferrisburgh Central School. The ANWSD has explained to voters that because of declining enrollment and increased costs, keeping the two schools open would require program cuts at the high school or tax increases it assumes district residents would find...

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