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08/06/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The following is a series of thumbnail sketches of the gubernatorial candidates who will square off in Primary elections on Tuesday, Aug. 11.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATS Ralph Corbo, Wallingford Democrat. Corbo is a former U.S. Postal worker and an activist. In addition to running for governor, he is also challenging U.S. Rep. Peter Welch in the Aug. 1 Democrat...

RON HOLMES
08/06/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ron Holmes has met a ton of people during a more-than-40-year career in law enforcement, security, paving and automotive repair. He’s a personable guy. Now Holmes, 65, hopes those decades of chance interactions will pay dividends in Tuesday’s primary elections, when he and fellow Middlebury Democrat Dave Silberman will vie for the chance to advance to the Nov. 3 General Election that will decide the county’s next high bailiff. The primary winner will face independent candidate Mike Elmore, a sergeant with the Addison County Sheriff’s Department (ACSD). Few would have thought, at...
08/06/2020
If you are planning to vote by mail in next Tuesday’s Primary Election but didn’t get your ballots in the mail by now, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos suggest you skip the postal service and drop the completed ballot off in person. You can drop it at your town clerk’s office (if it’s open) or at the polling place on Election Day. The Middlebury town clerk’s office is not open to the public at all, but Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster, for instance, said voters can use the small payment drop box outside her office. But the best bet is to turn in a ballot on Tuesday at the Recreation...
08/06/2020
VERGENNES — In a 10-minute Vergennes City Council meeting on Tuesday Mayor Lynn Donnelly announced the special election to fill four vacancies on the council will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 22.  City residents will choose two councilors whose terms will run from Sept. 22 until March 2, 2021, and two councilors whose terms will run until March 1, 2022. Those interested in running must supply official notice to City Clerk Britney Aube by 5 p.m. on Aug. 17, either by mail or in person, City Manager Daniel Hofman said Wednesday morning. The necessary documents for candidates can downloaded at...

BRIAN FORD DISPLAYS the Mountain Red and Bill Ford shows the Goshen White table wines, which they fermented in stainless steel tanks at their Ripton winemaking facility. Independent photo/John Flowers
08/06/2020
RIPTON — When you think of Ripton, the mind meanders to rustic country roads, kind neighbors, wonderful views, Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf campus, and the moody Middlebury River. But vineyards? Yes. In about two months, Brian Ford and his dad Bill will organize grape harvests on two vineyards that encompass around 1.5 acres. One is off Lincoln Road in Ripton, the other is off Hathaway Road in Goshen. Together they make up “High Rows Vineyards,” which recent began commercial production of white and red table wines. The company is aptly named. The rows of grape vines growing in Ripton —...

RUTH BERNSTEIN AND her daughter
08/06/2020
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents are joining a chorus of Ripton and Weybridge voices expressing concern their local elementary school could become a casualty of consolidations plans being explored by the Addison Central School District (ACSD) Board. The board is working on a facilities master plan to guide it in future decisions about which school buildings to improve, and which to vacate, as the district confronts declining enrollment and rising education expenses. The financial picture figures to get worse due to a COVID-19 pandemic that has stemmed revenues to Vermont’s Education Fund. ACSD...

THE FAR SIDE of the New Haven River at Bartlett Falls has a smooth bank that is good for sunbathing, but not good for social distancing. Advocates urge swimmers to keep six feet from others, to bring a mask for when you are not swimming, and to refrain from going to swimming holes if you feel sick. Independent photo/Alexa Lapiner
08/06/2020
BRISTOL — Bartlett Falls in Bristol has been a serious hot spot for swimmers this year. The popular New Haven River locale is known for its cliff jumping and smooth rock face across the river.  A recent Saturday saw at least 50 bathers in and around the popular jumping spot, plus more sprinkled among the cooling currents and freshwater pools that dot the river as it climbs up the mountain toward Lincoln. While Vermont swimming holes are a top summer attraction and can be a great place to cool off, the popularity of Bartlett Falls (also known as Bristol Falls) comes as a mixed blessing to...
08/06/2020
MONKTON — In an effort to ease some of the financial burdens brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monkton selectboard voted on July 13 to reduce the projected municipal tax rate by 4.89 cents, or about 11%, from 43.58 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 38.69 cents. “We’re trying to minimize property tax impact during a national emergency,” selectboard chair Stephen Pilcher told the Independent during a phone interview last week. The reduction amounts to a projected savings of $48.90 per $100,000 in property value. A typical property tax bill on a home valued at $270,000 would...
08/06/2020
WEYBRIDGE — The Lemon Fair Insect Control District (LFICD) that monitors mosquito abundance and activity in Weybridge, Cornwall and Bridport has collected less than 20% of what it saw last year by this time in its CDC Light Traps. This is likely due to the lack of a second flood event of the Lemon Fair River, the first caused by snowmelt and spring rainfall. Since then, there have been few significant rain events to prompt hatchings, which means that the mosquitoes in circulation now hatch either from permanent bodies of standing water like marshes, or from artificial containers that fill up...
08/06/2020
MONTPELIER — Beginning this fall, students will have four additional pathways to high-demand careers through new certificate programs at the Community College of Vermont (CCV). The new certificate offerings are afterschool and youth work, cybersecurity fundamentals, IT service desk specialist and pharmacy technician. These join the College’s fourteen existing certificate programs to provide a comprehensive offering of high-value credentials that prepare students for the workplace or further education. Most certificates can be completed in just one year.  “Most of the courses are discipline-...

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