IN 2018 VERMONT became the 33rd state infested with emerald ash borers. This map shows the areas in Vermont where infestations have been identified.
BRISTOL — Addison County communities need to be making plans — right now — to manage the emerald ash borer, which was detected in Bristol on June 5. The towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro fall within the “confirmed infested area” (a five-mile radius from the detection), according to the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. Another nine communities that are within a 10-mile radius of the detection have been designated as “high risk”: Addison, Cornwall, Ferrisburgh, Middlebury, Panton, Ripton, Vergennes, Waltham and Weybridge. “I cannot emphasize enough that it is...

THIS IS ONE of three poles with multiple bat boxes that were erected near the old covered bridge on Swamp Road between Salisbury and Cornwall after the bridge burned. The number of bats living in the area has risen since the boxes went up. Independent photo/Helen Anderson
SALISBURY — After a tremendous fire destroyed the Swamp Road covered bridge over Otter Creek on the Salisbury-Cornwall line on Sept. 10, 2016, naturalists feared that the large colony of little brown bats that made their home in the structure would disperse to the four points of the compass. But recent reports from the scene say that quite the opposite is the case. “When the bridge burned down, everyone thought the bats in the area were just ‘gonzo,’” said Dylan O’Leary, an AmeriCorps land steward and outreach coordinator for the Nature Conservancy. Now O’Leary and his fellow volunteers’ work...

WITH FIVE MONTHS under his belt as Addison County’s new sheriff, Peter Newton has instituted new training requirements, purchased new uniforms and equipment, and has plans to extend new benefits. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Peter Newton spent almost a year campaigning hard to become Addison County sheriff. Now five months into that job, Newton said he’s begun to realize some of his campaign goals, including developing a better trained and better outfitted roster of full-time deputies. “I think things are starting to come together,” Newton said during a Tuesday interview. Newton succeeded former Sheriff Don Keeler. He’s only the third sheriff to serve the county during the past four decades. Since taking office, Newton has sought to ratchet up his complement of full-time deputies in order to rely...
Organizers of the 3rd Annual Downtown Middlebury Block Party on Aug. 14 are in need of some volunteer help to pull off the event, scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Helpers are needed for the dunk tank (where taunting is allowed!), to spin cotton candy, grill delicious food, paint faces, help set up and pick up... There are lots of options and shifts to choose from. Check them out and sign up online at Some fine performers will be donating their talents at a special Aug. 7 concert in Middlebury to benefit immigrants living in the community and those making the transition at...
ADDISON — Addison’s overall residential property tax rate is rising by almost 18 cents or 8 percent, while the commercial non-residential rate — a category that includes seasonal homes, of which there are many in Addison — is rising by about 10 cents, or roughly 5 percent. The Addison selectboard set the town’s municipal property tax rate on Friday, July 19, at 44.3 cents, an increase of less than a penny. That rate includes a 0.015 of a penny for a local exemption tax that allows Addison to give property tax breaks to disabled veterans. The board at the same meeting extended to Aug. 19 the...

CARS LINED UP in front of the Bristol Baptist Church on Nov. 6, 1921, ready to take 62 members of the Men’s Bible Class to Middlebury during an attendance competition with the Baptist Church in that town. This was said to be “the largest delegation of men who ever left Bristol in the interest of an organization” up to that time.
Editor’s note: The First Baptist Church of Bristol — the white church on the park — will host a Bicentennial Celebration this weekend, Aug. 3 and 4. The two days of events will include: Saturday, Aug. 3: 10–11 a.m., Historical Tours of their 200-year-old church, historical displays and a puppet show; 11 a.m.–12 noon, Best Pie Competition in the Bristol Park; to enter call 349-8383: 12 noon–1 p.m., free picnic lunch followed by old fashioned games with prizes. Music by the “Old Bones” country gospel singers. Fun for the whole family! Rain or shine. Sunday, Aug. 4: 10 a.m. “A Celebration Tent...

SILVER MAPLE SITE manager/foreman Matt Sweeney walks around one of the most challenging aspects of the Stone Mill building renovations —installation of an elevator shaft that will serve the structure’s four floors and mezzanine. The building and its tenants are slated to be open for business by the end of September. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The new owners of Middlebury’s Stone Mill building have lined up three commercial tenants — including the Mad Taco restaurant — that will open their doors after substantial interior renovations are completed at the 9,000-square-foot structure in Frog Hollow early this fall. Business partners Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey of Community Barn Ventures confirmed the news on Monday while workers continued to prepare the Stone Mill for mixed uses that will include the restaurant on the ground floor, retail and office spaces on the second and third floors, respectively, and four...
WILLISTON — Hundreds of Vermonters protested against immigration detentions and conditions Sunday outside of the Department of Homeland Security’s Law Enforcement Support Center in Williston. The demonstration ended with a road block resulting in 20 arrests. Five of those arrested had Addison County connections — three residents and two Middlebury College students. Joanna Colwell of East Middlebury was one of those arrested and cited by police for disorderly conduct. Colwell is Jewish and her family immigrated from Eastern Europe, likely illegally, she said, because restrictions were in place...
MIDDLEBURY — It was announced this week that the longtime editor and publisher of the Addison Independent, Brandon Reporter and Mountain Times of Killington has received one of the most prestigious honors accorded to journalists in Vermont. New England Society of News Editors Foundation said it would give its Yankee Quill award to Angelo Lynn and induct him into the Academy of New England Journalists this fall. Along with Lynn, the foundation said it would bestow a Yankee Quill award on Ross Connelly. Both Lynn and Connelly served as presidents of both the Vermont Press Association and of the...

SUSAN P. O'DANIEL holds her Lions Club Melvin Jones plaque with her husband, Mike, past international director Tom Broughton, and past district governor Larry Simino. Photo courtesy Larry Simino
VERGENNES — Vergennes Lions recently wrapped up one year and started a new one with the election of new officers. In reviewing the closing year’s accomplishments, Lion Debbie Brace announced that on Memorial Day, the club received second place recognition for its parade float. Shawn Combs won the car, Chris Paquin the $500, and Marsha Hoffman the Basin Harbor Club package through the vehicle raffle.  Lion Paul Vachon announced that the Lions Club scholarships to graduating high school seniors went to Bess Gramling, Olivia Hutchins, Abigail Smith and Cedar Winslow. The club is currently...


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