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09/12/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes has been awarded a $202,000 grant to fund the lion’s share of extending Main Street sidewalk from Macdonough Drive to the Otter Creek bridge. The bequest, announced earlier this week, was part of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s annual awards to Vermont communities through its Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. This year’s grants totaled $3.6 million, including $3.3 million of federal funds. Vergennes will spend $50,000 to match the grant, tapping its Water Tower Fund for $12,500 a year over the next four years. The city council approved that funding earlier this...
09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — After several months settling into their new location on Route 7 South, Neat Repeats has announced the recipients of its spring and summer grants. Awards totaled $28,977. Awardees include: $7,500 HOPE/Housing Solutions; $4,691 family assistance (18 grants); $4,268 dental assistance (9); $3,000 Elderly Services — pledge; $2,700 scholarships at MAUHS, MUHS, VUHS; $2,179 Addison County Fair and Field Days; $600 Vermont FFA Leadership Conference (2); $500 Starksboro Co-op Preschool/mulch; $500 Lake Champlain Maritime Museum/Abenaki Heritage; $500 Festival-on-the-Green; $424 Hospice...

THE ADDISON TOWN Hall will open its doors to the public this Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for an open house. Later this fall, residents will vote on a bond that would, among other things, provide wastewater services to this historic building.
09/12/2019
ADDISON — The Addison Town Hall Committee invites the public to an open house at the Town Hall this Saturday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. This is the first public event to be held in the historic town hall in many years and a chance to see the beautiful interior of this 19th-century town building. Information will be provided on the upcoming wastewater bond vote and how it relates to the restoration of the historic town hall. Enjoy cider and home-baked cookies as well as an exhibit by the Addison Historical Society, photographs by Bob Schatz, quilts by Martha Keagle, spinning demonstration...
09/12/2019
WEYBRIDGE — One can tell that summer is truly over when the Weybridge Congregational Church hosts its annual Chicken Pie Supper. Well, autumn will arrive by next Tuesday, Sept. 17, when the church will welcome guests at 2790 Weybridge Road for the annual harvest meal. Dinner will include the church's celebrated chicken pie, made by locally renowned caterer Martha Winant, mashed potatoes and squash, salad, a variety of side dishes, and, of course, apple and pumpkin pies. As organizers say, “No one leaves hungry!” Seatings will be at 5:30 and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $6 for...
09/12/2019
SHOREHAM — For the 11th year running, Shoreham will host its annual Apple Fest celebration. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, at the Shoreham town green and gazebo from noon-4 p.m. The day kicks off with a 5 and 10K run at 10:30. Activities and live music with Snake Mountain Bluegrass begin at noon. Lunch, made and served by the Friends of Platt Memorial Library, will include pulled pork sandwiches with sides of coleslaw, baked beans or mac’n cheese. Apple desserts will be sold along with cider and snow cones. The festival will also include the annual apple pie contest, a...

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE Addison County River Watch Collaborative on May 1 sample the Lemon Fair River, a tributary to the Otter Creek, for phosphorus, nitrogen, E. coli and turbidity. The Collaborative’s data is used to educate towns about the quality of nearby streams and rivers, and it is sometimes used in the Tactical Basin Planning process. Independent photo/Emma Cotton
09/12/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — At 7:15 a.m. on May 1, a member of the Addison County River Watch Collaborative stretched a long pole with a plastic cylinder into the water of the Lemon Fair River, a tributary to the Otter Creek that runs through Orwell, Shoreham, Cornwall and Weybridge. Later that day, the sample was sent off to a lab, where it was tested for concentrations of phosphorus, nitrogen, E. coli and turbidity. The collaborative samples the Otter Creek and its tributaries on the first day of every month, excluding winter. Their water quality data is the some of the most consistent and thorough in...
09/12/2019
LINCOLN — Are you interested in joining the Lincoln Community School (LCS) Mentor Program? The Lincoln Mentor Program is looking for potential mentors to pair up with student mentees from LCS. Accepted mentors will agree to spend either an hour a week meeting with their mentee or two hours every two weeks outside of school, for a full year. Potential mentors must pass a background check, which includes fingerprinting. If interested, please email the Coordinator, Beth Nelson at beth.nelson@mausd.org. It’s a win-win situation. On Friday, Sept. 20, at 10:30 a.m., children’s author and...

JUTTA MISKA, LEFT, and Jeannette Gyukeri bring some clothing from the Buy Again Alley business in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow into the retail space at 60 Main St., the former home of the Bundle pop-up events center. Bundle has moved to 51 Main St., most recently occupied by The Rough Cut Restaurant. Independent photo/Steve James
09/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Main Street Middlebury will welcome a new enterprise later this month when the Buy Again Alley store moves from Frog Hollow into the 60 Main St. storefront recently vacated by Bundle, a pop-up events center launched this past April. Meanwhile, Bundle will continue its sporadic workshops, classes and product showcases in a new, nearby venue: 51 Main St., which most recently hosted The Rough Cut Restaurant. Middlebury College holds the lease on the 51 Main St. space and has agreed to host Bundle for the same rent the venture paid at its former location, according to Better...

DAVID AUCLAIR WAS shot and killed in the parking lot of the La Platte Headwaters Town Forest in Hinesburg. Police charged his stepson Kory George with possession of the gun that killed him. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
09/09/2019
BURLINGTON — Vermont State Police have arrested Kory Lee George, 31, of Monkton for firearms violation charges, including possession of the gun police say was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair. “A VSP investigation has established that George possessed the Beretta which was used to kill his stepfather, David Auclair,” said Det. Sergeant James Vooris of the VSP Major Crimes Unit in an affadavit filed with the U.S. District Court in Burlington Wednesday. David Auclair, 45, a longtime Monkton resident, was shot and killed in the parking lot of the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest, off...

FRANCOIS CLEMMONS WEARS a King coat from Nigeria while showing off his impressive closets at his Middlebury home. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
09/09/2019
VERMONT — Governor Phil Scott today announced François Scarborough Clemmons as the recipient of the 2019 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Clemmons, who lives in Middlebury, is a nationally renowned actor, singer, playwright and author. He is best known for his role as Officer Clemmons on the children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Clemmons is also a Grammy-winning opera singer and founder of the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble. He appeared in the 2018 documentary "Won't You Be My Neighbor?" which told the story of Fred Rogers, who was a dear friend and mentor to...

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