RUTH ROSS, YOUNGER daughter of Dr. Jacob and Hannah Ross of Middlebury, did not survive the Spanish flu pandemic that encircled the globe in 1918. Archive photo/Henry Sheldon Museum
As Middlebury and the nation struggle with coronavirus, death and the changes to our daily lives, I am reminded that my grandfather Jacob Johnson Ross, M.D., joined the U.S. Army in 1918 and left his family in Middlebury to serve as the Flight Surgeon with the 17th Aero Squadron. War was waging in Europe and the Spanish Influenza was raging in much of the world, including Vermont.  In the Sheldon archives are the letters exchanged between Dr. Ross and his wife Hannah Elizabeth Holmes Ross. They had met at UVM, from which they both graduated. Jacob Ross was from Huntington, Vt., where his...

VERMONT’S SUMMER FREE Fishing Day will be on Saturday, June 13 this year, which is also opening day of Vermont’s regular bass fishing season. Courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Visit virtual Edgewater Gallery. Both Edgewater Galleries in Middlebury are opening doors to the public under social distancing restrictions. For those still uncomfortable with venturing out in public, virtual exhibits will be available at “Reflections,” a group exhibition featuring artists Kathleen Kolb, Lori Mehta and Karen O’Neil, will be on view for the months of June and July at Edgewater Gallery on the Green, at 6 Merchants Row, Middlebury. “Three Summer Solos at the Falls,” three solo exhibitions from painters Hannah Bureau, Sara Katz and Jill Matthews, will also...
MIDDLEBURY — The public is invited to experience an online world premiere. Middlebury Acting Company will present the virtual world premiere of “St. Bernard, An Opioid Play” by Peter Espenshade and directed by Rebecca Strum, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 28, and Friday, May 29, via live stream. “St. Bernard, An Opioid Play” follows the story of Amanda, a young mother struggling to stay clean and get her infant daughter back from Vermont’s Department for Children and Families. While Amanda works hard with a sympathetic nurse and does well, her erstwhile boyfriend, the charismatic Kenny,...
Free from the constraints of social distancing, Addison County 50 years ago this week prepared to celebrate Memorial Day on Saturday, May 30, with the usual speeches, parades and wreath-laying ceremonies. Back then Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30 regardless of the day of the week. Beginning in 1971 Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday in May. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the May 28, 1970, edition of the Addison Independent: •  Three hundred students — including 21 Vermonters — graduated from Middlebury College. •  Spec. 5 Arthur J. Cousineau of Whiting was...
VERMONT — The 2020 Census, the once-a-decade count of everyone who lives in the U.S., is underway, and it is easy, safe and important to respond. An accurate census count is vital to Vermont. Responses inform decisions on how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are allocated every year for the next 10 years for critical public services to communities across the country, including in rural areas. As of May 18, the self-response rate in Vermont was 50.5%, about nine points lower than the national average. Rural areas in the state had lower response rates. To be sure everyone is...
LINCOLN — Lucinda Guy, a Mt. Abe senior, is this year’s winner of Lincoln’s second Walter S. Burnham Award. In addition to participating in athletics and musicals at Mount Abe. Guy has worked with children at the Lincoln Community School. For two summers she volunteered at the Lincoln Library organizing and checking books in and out for patrons. She’s long participated in Green Up Day with her family. After graduation, Lucy hopes to attend a New England college and study zoology, occupational science, or athletic training. Walter Burnham’s 1919 will allocates funds for “rewards of merit...
Vergennes Union High School senior Kai Williams has won second prize in the 28th Annual Mathematics Talent Search sponsored by the Vermont State Mathematics Coalition. This is the third year in a row Williams has placed second, and the fourth year overall he has garnered a prize. He placed third in 2017 as a freshman. Due to the pandemic this year’s awards ceremony was held May 21 on Zoom, witnessed by parents, teachers, and Coalition members. This is the first year that the winners will not be part of the team representing Vermont in the annual American Region Mathematics League...

SOUTH BURLINGTON — Vermont Gas Systems President and CEO Don Rendall plans to step down in September 2020 after six years leading the company. The VGS Board of Directors has selected respected public and private sector leader Neale Lunderville as the next President and CEO.  Rendall joined VGS in 2015, where he stabilized and led the successful completion of the Addison Natural Gas Project, bringing families and businesses in Addison County what officials call a cleaner, more affordable energy choice. Under Rendall’s leadership, VGS became the first utility in the U.S. to offer a renewable...

VERGENNES UNION HIGH School senior Michael Davis, this year’s Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes Youth of the Year, posed with club interim director Cookie Stepanitis.
VERGENNES — The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes is proud to announce that Michael Davis is the club’s 2020 Youth of the Year. Davis will compete with other Vermont clubs’ Youths of the Year on July 15 for scholarships. A senior at Vergennes Union High School, Davis is the son of Tim and Lisa Davis of Addison. He plans to enter Vermont Technical College in the fall, choosing to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in the Professional Pilot Program.  Davis has volunteered since he was young and annually donates over 1,000 hours of his time to programs benefitting youth, elderly and veterans. ...
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to support town tree warden Clifton Mix’s recommendation to fine farmer Bernie Dam $500 for cutting down a tree in the town’s Button Bay Road right of way. The board will send notice of the fine in a certified letter. The board also agreed to include information along with the next round of property tax bills explaining the road right-of-way laws, specifically that tree-cutting within the town’s right of way requires a permit, as does utility work.  Board members also said they would look into adding an assistant tree...


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