MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Downtown Railroad Bridge Replacement Project has gone as smoothly as could be hoped and is ahead of schedule in some areas, project community liaison Jim Gish told the Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday. But, Gish warned, the “heavy lift” lies ahead in 2020. That’s when Middlebury’s Main Street will be closed to through traffic for roughly two months, from May 27 to an estimated Aug. 5, to allow final installation of a precast concrete railroad tunnel through the heart of town. The tunnel will replace aging bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row that were...
MIDDLEBURY — Representatives of the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and the organization called Neighbors, Together on Tuesday told the Middlebury selectboard they have been making good use of the town’s $228,750 Vermont Agency of Transportation grant awarded to the town a year ago to soften the impact of the ongoing project to replace two downtown rail bridges. That multi-year project is projected to wrap up its most disruptive phase next August, and its impact on Middlebury’s downtown is expected to be greatest next summer. That’s when both Main Street and Merchants Row will be closed...
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has scheduled a special election for Tuesday, Dec. 3, so that voters can decide who will replace Selectman Ted Lylis, who resigned suddenly last month. The selectboard had originally planned to appoint someone to the seat at a meeting this past Monday night, but after considerable deliberation, they decided to let the voters choose instead. Eight citizens had originally expressed an interest in being appointed to the seat. Two of them subsequently withdrew. At Monday’s meeting the remaining six interviewed for the position. They were Ian Albinson, Eric Carter...

BRYAN ASHLEY-SELLECK, left, Christian Leggett and Christopher Thompson were arrested on third-degree arson, aggravated stalking and other citations in connection with a series of offenses connected to an alleged feud between local farm families.
BRIDPORT — Three Bridport men on Monday pleaded innocent in Addison Superior Court, criminal division, to charges they engaged in a series of crimes targeting multiple farm families in Bridport through this past summer. Bryan Ashley-Selleck, 26, faces 14 charges, including two felony counts of aggravated stalking with a deadly weapon and felony third-degree arson. He’s also been charged with misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, creating unreasonable noise, multiple counts of unlawful mischief, and providing false information to a police officer. Christopher Thompson, 26, faces two misdemeanor...
You are invited to participate in a discussion about the lives of migrant workers in Vermont. The talk, led by author and UVM Anthropology Professor Teresa Mares, will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society headquarters on Charles Avenue in Middlebury on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Mares’s new book, “Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont,” explores the vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farm workers, and analyzes the inequities, fear and invisibility experienced by those who sustain the state’s dairy industry. The...
SALISBURY — Vermont State Police said they suspect a connection between the dead body of a man was found off Route 53/Lake Dunmore Road in Salisbury on Tuesday, and the police shooting of Christopher G. Louras in Rutland that mourning. But as of press time for this edition of the Independent, police hadn’t released the name of the dead man in Salisbury or the link between the cases. State police are investigating the Salisbury death as a possible homicide, along with potential links to the subsequent shooting at the Rutland Police Department and the events that transpired afterward in a...

THE JUNEBUG MOTHER and Child shop in Middlebury is again running its “Cozy Kids” program that will provide free winter clothing to Middlebury-area kids in need. Pictured, left to right, are Junebug stalwarts Janet Lapiner, Lynn Kiel, Salinn Ranney, Jenna Sonneborn and Maria Graham. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — As the thermometer drops en route to another frigid Vermont winter, a local nonprofit is raising money to make sure children from area low-income households have access to warm clothing. It’s called “Cozy Kids,” a program of Middlebury’s Junebug Mother and Child shop at 211 Maple St. The program uses financial donations to buy high-quality, waterproof winter clothing for children attending Middlebury-area schools. Established in 2009 in the Starr Mill building, Junebug bills itself as “a funky little non-profit resale shop” that offers “carefully curated, affordable clothing for...

FALL OFFERS PRIME hiking conditions in Addison County, and Roxie the goldendoodle wants to get in on the act.
ADDISON COUNTY —  The fall, for my family, has always been synonymous with hiking. With its blazing foliage, rustic trails and scenic mountain vistas, Addison County is a hub for autumn outdoor activities. We like to take full advantage. My wife Dottie and I used to simply don sturdy shoes, pack a water bottle and a snack, and head to the hills. Now it’s a little more complicated. Our backpack now includes a harness, kibble and poop bags. Yes, a 5-month-old miniature goldendoodle has joined our hiking expeditions. And let’s just say that can make things more interesting. Roxie is what you...

NOVELIST AND STORYTELLER Joseph Citro will explore the history of American spiritualism as practiced in Vermont at a talk on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Henry Sheldon Museum in Middlebury.
MIDDLEBURY — Joseph A. Citro, novelist and storyteller, will present “Spirited Vermont — Green Mountain Mediums, Mystics, and Miracle Workers” at the Sheldon Museum on Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. Do spirits live? Are the dead among us? Join Citro as he explores the history of American spiritualism as practiced in Vermont. Via pictures and stories Citro will introduce some of the state’s most colorful practitioners while being transported back to that magical time when the dead spoke, the deceased appeared, and the infinite seemed close enough to touch! Citro is well known as a collector of...
MIDDLEBURY — The Congregational Church of Middlebury, UCC, is holding its annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bazaar features handmade craft items, fine items, not-quite-so-fine-but-still-useful household items, gently used books, children’s toys and books, baked goods, plants for the house or seeds and bulbs for next spring’s beauty, theme baskets that make wonderful gifts, and jewelry, scarves, and men’s ties to add beauty to any wardrobe. There is even a hanging-quilt raffle displaying pictures of Middlebury. In addition, there will be a display of...


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