VERGENNES — It’s official. The Addison Northwest School District has scheduled school-closure votes for Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the towns of Addison and Ferrisburgh. The ANWSD is asking voters in those two towns to approve its plan to close the elementary school in their towns — Addison Central School and Ferrisburgh Central School, respectively — on June 30, 2020. According to the ANWSD board, closing the schools would be the best way to preserve student programming without imposing what it assumes will be unacceptable tax increases. At a series of informational meetings over the past month in...

'LIGHT RING' BY Bruce White (foreground) acts both as a work of art and a window onto its surroundings. In the middle distance John Clement’s “Hot Tamale” coils into itself, while Peter Lundberg’s 30-foot, 60,000-pound “Leap of Faith” seems to hold up the sky. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
SHOREHAM — Every July, when the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park in Shoreham opens for public use, the fine summer light seems to clarify every detail of the large-scale artwork gathered there. Colors pop. Reflective surfaces sparkle. Dark shadows emphasize density and weight. The art seems to stand out from the landscape. Three months later, however, the park tells a very different story. “Autumn everything changes,” said Frank Ittleman, who owns, curates and maintains the park with his wife, Elaine. “The woods offer a more variegated background and the autumn light has more subtle tones to it. The...
NEW HAVEN — The town of New Haven has cited Porky’s Backyard BBQ & Smokehouse for three alleged violations of its business permit. According to the Aug. 23 Notice of Zoning Violation (NoV) letter written by New Haven zoning administrator Aaron Brown to Porky’s co-owner Lonie Parker, the business has been using an outdoor pavilion without a certificate of occupancy, serving liquor (hard spirits) without a license to do so and hosting more events per month than are allowed in its permit. The business has been the subject of a number of complaints since last winter. At the March 18 meeting...
BRISTOL — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., this past Wednesday announced that Bristol will get a half-million dollars in federal funds to advance a plan to build a business park in town.  It was one of two Vermont economic development projects to be awarded significant infusions of federal funds; the other is in Gilman on the Connecticut River.  In the Fiscal Year 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Leahy — the vice chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee — authored a unique partnership between the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the U.S. Economic Development...
MIDDLEBURY — The Massachusetts firm that is proposing to build a plant off Exchange Street to convert organic wastewater into electric power has reached an agreement with the Middlebury selectboard that will lower its fees to connect to the town’s wastewater system. PurposeEnergy Inc. of Woburn, Mass., plans to use an anaerobic digester to extract energy from organic wastewater. Green Mountain Power would then distribute the electricity through the power grid. The technology is similar to GMP’s Cow Power program, but the PurposeEnergy plant would process waste byproducts from beverage and...

A DOROTHY PUTS some touches on her gourd creature at last year’s Page One Literacy Project Halloween party at the Swift House Inn. This year’s party will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Inn. Photo courtesy Samantha Scharf
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Page One Literacy Project is inviting families to come to its annual Halloween event on Saturday, Oct. 26, from noon-2 p.m. at the Swift House Inn. Page One Literacy Project is a program that visits elementary schools in Addison County weekly to read books and do crafts with the students there, promoting an overall love of literacy. Each year, Page One hosts a Halloween event where they play Halloween games, do Halloween-themed crafts, decorate cookies and pumpkins, and read some thematic books. This is a great opportunity for families to enjoy the Halloween...

MOOSE ARE MORE likely to be crossing the road at this time of year, so keep your eyes open to avoid collision. photo VTF&W/Benjamin Young
MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning because this is breeding season for moose. “Motorists hit 57 moose on Vermont highways during 2018 and 36 so far this year,” said State Game Warden Major George Scribner. “We are asking drivers to be especially careful and for people to enjoy watching moose from a distance. Moose can be unpredictable and dangerous if you get too close and they...

LYNN LUGINBUHL AND Morris Earle pause for a photo in front of Moiry Galcier in Switzerland. At an Oct. 24 talk in Middlebury, they will share stories and photos from a 300 mile Alpine hike.
MIDDLEBURY — The Green Mountain Club Bread Loaf section will host a special fall program Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, 2 Duane Court in Middlebury In “Walking Across Switzerland: The Haute Route and the Via Alpina,” the club’s vice president and local resident Morris Earle and his wife Lynn Luginbuhl will  share their experiences from their recent trip across Switzerland. The program will feature their photos and accounts of hiking 300 miles across the Alps. Earle and Luginbuhl spend most of their free time in the mountains and have been...

THIRD- AND FOURTH-graders from Addison Central School recently received dictionaries from the Vergennes Lions Club members Susan Hayes, president, Kathy Dorman (with vest) and Larry Simino. Photo courtesy Larry Simino
VERGENNES — Continuing the tradition started three years ago, the Vergennes Lions Club last week delivered student dictionaries to third- and fourth-graders at Addison Central School, and third-graders at the Champlain Valley Christian School and Vergennes Union Elementary School. Most students immediately started reading bios of all past U.S. presidents, looking at the American Sign Language pages, challenging each other on the spelling of words, and dozens of other items of interest in the Student Dictionary. Teachers have often commented on how much the children look forward to learning...

CLAUDETTE LAWTON PATS her Morgan horse, UVM Finnegan, at the Salisbury stable where she boards him. The duo, ages 80 and 22, are members of The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club, which recognizes a horse and rider whose combined age is at least 100. Independent photo/Russell Jones
GOSHEN — “Dressage” is a French term most commonly translated as “training.” It is a highly skilled form of horse riding where the rider shows their mastery by having the horse perform a series of movements with very subtle cues. Dressage competitions vary in the levels from amateur all the way to the Olympic games. Each level involves more pressure for horse and rider to perform as a team. During competitions, the horse performs an intricate routine that involves trots, canters and walks. “It’s very similar to a dance,” said Goshen resident Claudette Lawton. “You have to be in sync with each...


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