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MIDDLEBURY — Hay bales, festive games and creative costumes galore! It’s almost time for the 12th Annual Middlebury Spooktacular, on the town green in downtown Middlebury. On Sunday, Oct. 27, this Halloween bash will bring hundreds and hundreds of youngsters to the town green, all dressed in costumes. No sense saving the special getup only for Halloween — who is going to see your costume in the dark? This is the place to try out that once-a-year outfit. Come at 1 p.m. for games, music, dancing and crafts. You will be impressed by the sheer number and creativity of the children and their...
ADDISON — On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison, Vt., and Crown Point State Historic Site in Crown Point, N.Y., team up to offer a day-long multi-disciplinary seminar on the 10th anniversary of the Oct. 16, 2009, closing of the 1929 Lake Champlain Bridge. The day explores the findings, consequences, and memories of the historic moment of the bridge closure and aftermath. The day begins at Chimney Point, with an illustrated talk by Vermont State Archeologist Jess Robinson on the archaeological findings on the Vermont side of the bridge project. This is followed...

AN ORIGINAL, 1926 poster from F.W. Murnau’s “Faust” teases a story of how a demon tempts a righteous man. It will be shown just before Halloween, on Oct. 25 at Brandon Town Hall.
BRANDON — It’s been a novel, a stage play and an opera. So when movies first appeared a century ago, it was only a matter of time before they tackled “Faust,” the tale of a man who consigns his soul to the devil to obtain power in the present. At the height of the silent era, German director F.W. Murnau created a cinematic version of “Faust” filled with stunning images that maintain their power to astonish. See for yourself with “Faust” (1926), the original silent film adaptation of the classic legend, to be shown on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, in downtown...

GAWKERS GATHERED AROUND for the pie-eating contest at the Bristol Harvest Festival on the Bristol green. Edward Hipson won the no-hands eating contestant.
BRISTOL — Two signature fall events drew large crowds to Bristol in late September First, the Better L8 Than Never Car Show on Sept. 22 drew more than 300 cars and a record donation to Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. The weather was perfect for the 15th annual show, sponsored by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Snake Mountain Cruisers, and the cars showed up in droves at the Bristol Recreation Field. This year almost reached last year’s record of 353 cars but exceeded the record for money raised for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta. The camp is the Snake Mountain Cruisers’ favorite charity, due to their care for...
This is Fergie. He is a one-year-old red Havanese boy filled with energy, love, and incredible smartness. He came to us at 8 months old because his previous owner decided she could not show him due to a very crooked lower canine tooth. He had dental surgery to shorten his lower canine, which would have ultimately punctured the roof of his mouth. He is now the happiest dog ever and proud of his stubby little tooth. Next he has to have some eye surgery so Fergie decided to practice wearing his new Collar of Shame before the surgery. No shame for this boy! He loves it and is as proud as a lion...
BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department is asking for public help to solve an alleged burglary that occurred at a residence near the town green earlier this month. On Saturday, Oct. 5, around 10 a.m., a person entered a home on West Street, near School Street, and stole money, according to Bristol police. The suspect, who is described by the BPD as a white male about five feet tall with a slender build, wearing dark clothing and possibly a hat, may have left on foot and headed east toward Main Street. Police ask that anyone who may have home or other security cameras on School Street, Park...
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police on Thursday provided the name of the man whose body was found dead in Salisbury on Tuesday morning. The body of 34-year-old Nicholas Louras of Rutland was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on the morning of Oct. 8. Vermont’s Chief Medical Examiner’s Office performed an autopsy on Wednesday, which state police said enabled them to positively identify Nicholas Louras. They said someone shot him to death with a gun. Louras is a cousin of Christopher G. Louras, 33, of Rutland, who died as the result of an exchanging of gunfire with Rutland City and...

PROCESSORS AT LEANING Barn Farm in Bristol feed hemp stems into an industrial “bucker,” which removes the leaves and flowers. Not only can such machines be prohibitively expensive but they can also be hard to find for purchase these days because of the rapid expansion of the hemp industry nationwide. Leaning Barn has remedied this situation in part by building a custom bucking board (not shown). Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — The industrial hemp harvest has begun. On a gray chilly day last week in northern Bristol, Eric Durand and John Murphy crisscrossed Route 116 in a red Polaris Ranger, hauling cut hemp plants from fields on the east side of the road to the impromptu processing facility set up by Leaning Barn Farm on the west side. Durand and Murphy unloaded the harvested plants wherever there was room — on the ground, inside one of the high tunnels or on top of pizza boxes that had been laid out on a makeshift table, the remnants of that day’s lunch. Leaning Barn Farm planted 45,000 industrial hemp...

MIDDLEBURY — Recently hired Porter Medical Center President and COO Seleem Choudhury resigned from his post on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the aftermath of a PMC board investigation into allegations he plagiarized material for a series of weekly messages to the hospital community. Dr. Choudhury started at Porter as chief operating officer on April 29 and took the mantle as president on June 1, when previous Porter President Dr. Fred Kniffin returned to his full-time responsibility as an Emergency Department physician. However, Choudhury faced some criticism late in the summer that his weekly emails...

ANNE SCHULZE, LEFT, and Janet Schulze Swain search through the Addison Independent archives for scraps of news about their sister, Lynne Schulze, a Middlebury College student who disappeared from town on Dec. 10, 1971. Almost 48 years later, investigators continue to seek answers into what happened to Schulze. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Schulze family puts together an annual calendar matching photos with the birthdates of the many members of the Connecticut-based clan. Individuals play a recurring, starring role on the day they came into the world. Lynne Schulze’s face is featured twice in her family’s calendar. Once on Feb. 9, when she was born in 1953. And again on Dec. 10, the date on which she disappeared from Middlebury, in 1971. Lynne’s sisters, Anne Schulze and Janet Schulze Swain, are still hoping to clear up the mystery surrounding their sibling’s fate. They were in town last week for two days to...


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