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MONKTON — It’s that time of year again, holiday celebrations coming up! Keep watch for upcoming events through Christmas. The Monkton Friends Methodist Church is hosting a ‘Take-Out’ Harvest Supper on Saturday, Oct. 23. Your meal must be ordered by Oct. 18, with pick-up and payment from 4 to 5 p.m. in the church parking lot, 78 Monkton Ridge, on Oct. 23. The cost for one dinner is $12. Payment may be made by cash or a check payable to Monkton Friends Methodist Church. Place your order on the church’s website, monktonfriendschurch@gmail.com or leave a message by calling 802-453-3020 with your...
SHOREHAM—  On behalf of the Friends of the Platt Memorial Library in Shoreham, Carol Causton is giving a big thank you to all sponsors and volunteers who made Apple Fest such a great success. After a difficult COVID year, it was wonderful to see neighbors and friends again. A bigger turnout than ever gathered on a beautiful Vermont Sunday to listen to the music of Snake Mountain Bluegrass, enjoy homemade lunch and dig in to slices of apple pie! There were lots of kids’ activities and a wide variety of local vendors. Apple Fest is the biggest fundraiser of the year on behalf of the Platt...
BRISTOL — After teachers at Bristol Elementary School raised school safety concerns in a public statement at Tuesday night's Mount Abraham Unified School District board meeting, Mount Abraham Education Association co-vice president Sarah Mangini followed with a statement cataloguing some of the damage and dangers experienced or observed at the school. Mangini described an atmosphere in which students and teachers have feared for their safety, property has been damaged, and learning has often being interrupted. Some of the concerns expressed Tuesday night echoed those that have been shared in...

A BRISTOL ELEMENTARY School classroom that recently suffered damage after an incident at the school.
BRISTOL — A group of Bristol Elementary School teachers banded together to raise concerns about safety issues at the school during Tuesday night's MAUSD board meeting in Bristol. Teachers spoke of incidents in recent days and weeks when "children were hiding and crying in fear and staff members were injured. Hallways were cleared and students and staff remained in the learning space they were in with the doors locked." They referred to the school as a "place of unrest" where "a general sense of helplessness and fear has permeated our school." The full statement, which was shared with the...
BURLINGTON — An Addison man was charged this week with armed robbery and theft of narcotics from a South Burlington pharmacy. Johny Bixby, 35, was charged in U.S. District Court in Burlington with one count of obstruction of commerce by robbery and one count of using a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence, according to the Office of Vermont’s U.S. Attorney. Bixby was due to make his initial appearance to answer the complaint in federal court on Oct. 7. At that hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Kevin J. Doyle will also hear the government’s motion for pretrial detention....

CHRISTOPHER RECK
VERGENNES — Direct Design Inc., an award-winning full-service marketing firm founded in 1989, has moved from Burlington to Vergennes. Company President Christopher Reck, a long-time resident of Vergennes, said he has been planning to move his office closer to home and the time was now right. Direct Design provides marketing and communication services including graphic design, web design, brand creation and management, video, social media content, and social media services to businesses across New England. “The recent growth of business in Addison County is a wonderful trend and I can help new...
MIDDLEBURY — Advocates for the low-income population stressed, during a coronavirus-related surge in Addison County’s homeless population this past winter and spring, that simply leveraging hotel beds in times of crisis wouldn’t compensate for the area’s lack of affordable housing. And it’s not only the lowest rung of the economic ladder that the current housing market is failing to serve. Many workers with jobs can also have difficulty finding a home or apartment within their price range. Observers warn towns that charitable efforts to house people need to be buttressed with concrete efforts...
ADDISON — Supporters of Addison withdrawing from the Addison Northwest School District needed 66.7% of town voters to back the measure in Tuesday’s revote after the initial withdrawal measure failed on July 13, 122-106. State law requires a two-third majority to overturn an earlier Australian ballot result. Instead, 61% of those who cast ballots on Tuesday in the petitioned revote rejected withdrawal. In a 23% turnout — higher than in July — Addison residents voted against leaving ANWSD, 163-104. Essentially, the votes favoring Addison departing ANWSD remained the same — only two fewer...

RICK CHAPUT, OPERATOR of the city sewer treatment plant, stands in what he calls “the lowest spot in Vergennes,” two stories below ground in the Macdonough Drive pump station. He is next to older equipment that no longer works, and to his left the 10-inch cast-iron main that runs under Otter Creek to the treatment plant. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — It looks like city property owners will have to do more than pay for a bond to help fund what might be a $25 million upgrade to the aging Vergennes sewer treatment plant and a collection system. It needs work because Vergennes at times dumps thousands of gallons of sewage-laced stormwater into Otter Creek. All city sewer users will pay their share of that expense in the form of payments on a bond that officials will probably propose in March. Officials expected to ask for a bond of considerably less than $25 million after state and federal grants offset the project cost (see...

OTTER VALLEY UNION High School principal Jim Avery
BRANDON — At a school board meeting Tuesday night chock full of budget preparations, concerns of COVID cases at school and impending testing program to keep students in school and healthy as much as possible, plus a shortage of available teachers, substitutes and school bus drivers, the bombshell news of the meeting was something entirely unexpected: the board learned that long-time Otter Valley Principal James Avery had submitted his letter of resignation effective this June 2022. At 63, Avery said the decision was very emotional for him and it didn’t come easy, but he simply told RNESU...

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