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09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will be asked at an Oct. 29 meeting to advise town leaders on what to do with the more than $2 million in local option tax surplus that has accrued since the special 1-percent assessment on sales, rooms, meals and alcohol took effect around 11 years ago. Residents approved the local option taxes in 2008 as a means of covering the town’s annual share of $600,000 in debt service (over 30 years) for the $16 million Cross Street Bridge project. Middlebury College agreed to cover an equal share of the debt load for the span, which opened Oct. 30, 2010. But the...

THE UNITED WAY of Addison County on Sept. 19 will formally launch a $635,000 fund drive for 2019. Leading that effort will be, from left, UWAC Marketing & Development Director Amy Bodette Barr, 2019 campaign chairperson (and United Way board Vice Chair) Abby Blum, and Helena Van Voorst, the organization’s executive director. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) next week will officially launch its 2019 fund drive with a $635,000 goal and new optimism, fueled in part by the organization’s outreach to a new generation of prospective donors. This year’s $635,000 goal is $25,000 less than last year’s target of $660,000. An eleventh-hour surge in donations — spurred by three separate pledges to match dollar-for-dollar donations up to an amount of $10,000 — allowed the United Way to leverage an additional $31,000 before closing the books on the 2018 campaign last spring with a grand total of $615,000. The...

SURVEILLANCE VIDEO FROM the Lincoln General store shows an image of the person who robbed the store early Monday morning.
09/12/2019
LINCOLN/FERRISBURGH — Vermont State Police are investigating what they termed as “several incidents where convenience stores and gas stations have been burglarized and property has been taken.” They specifically cited burglaries at the Lincoln General Store on Monday, Sept. 9; at the Jolley Convenience Store on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 10; and at the at the Starry Night Café, also on Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Police said the Lincoln store was broken into before 3 a.m. Monday morning. A suspect stole “multiple items” before leaving, according to police....
09/12/2019
BRANDON — A fire destroyed a single-family home in Brandon this past Sunday, Sept. 8, apparently due to combustibles near a water heater. No one was injured. Sandy Cram of Wallingford owns the home where her son Eugene Cram lives. Eugene had been outside the house working, authorities said, and when he approached the house at approximately 7:45 p.m. he could see fire through a window. He attempted to put the fire out with an extinguisher, but was unable to do so. He got out of the house with his dogs and called 911. The Brandon Fire Department arrived on scene shortly after 8 p.m. and found...

LORRAINE PATTERSON AND her granddaughter Lena Jones take a breather while having fun biking on Lincoln’s Quaker Street, which recently were made more friendly to bikers and pedestrians thanks to painting of “advisory lanes” that create more room along the sides of the road. Courtesy photo
09/12/2019
LINCOLN — Lincoln’s roadways aren’t exactly ideal for bike or pedestrian lanes. “Our roads are very narrow (22 feet in many areas) with ditches and culverts on the sides and no room for the (Vermont Agency of Transportation) requirement of bike lanes that must be four to five feet in width,” said Lincoln selectboard member Ellie Bryant. Still, Bryant has been working for more than a year to find a solution. Now, thanks to an “Advisory Bicycle Lane Design Guide” and a $1,500 RiseVT Amplify Grant, one phase of that solution is at hand. The grant will cover the expense of painting advisory lanes...
09/12/2019
BURLINGTON — Students in grades 7-12 can get their hands dirty learning about soils, geology and other earth science topics at a free VTeen 4-H Science Pathways Café on Saturday, Sept. 28, in Burlington. The café, which includes free pizza and drinks, will take place from 5-7 p.m. in the Mansfield Dining Room at the Dudley Davis Center on the University of Vermont (UVM) campus. Through discussions and interactive activities participants will look at New England’s history from a geological perspective and discover how soil properties such as color, texture and porosity affect soil fertility...
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...

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