MIDDLEBURY — Investors representing Connor Mill-Built Homes (CMBH) have purchased the Good Point Recycling headquarters at 227 Pond Lane for $1.84 million, a deal that’s expected to strengthen both of those growing enterprises based in Middlebury’s industrial park. The deal became official on June 19, according to property transfer records on file at the Middlebury town clerk’s office. It’s a transaction that according to company principals will give CMBH more financial stability and room in which to eventually grow, while giving Good Point a major infusion of capital to expand its workforce...

CELEBRATED AUTHORS JULIA Alvarez and Jay Parini congratulate Esra Anzali, 11, for her second-place finish in the Second Annual Weybridge Haiku Contest on Saturday at a community picnic. Esra’s sister, Narges, took first place in the contest, which has become a creative, uniting force for the town. Independent photo/Bethany Palmer
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge haiku test draws a lot of good entries applaud the winners The above haiku wouldn’t win a prize, but far better ones did at the Second Annual Weybridge Haiku Contest, a celebration of community spirit through the traditional Japanese verse form characterized by three unrhymed lines of five, seven, and five syllables. The contest drew a combined total of 101 entries from 22 local poets divided into youth (14 and younger) and adult divisions. Weybridge’s co-poet laureates — celebrated authors Julia Alvarez and Jay Parini — judged the entries and announced the winners at a...

THE VERMONT AGENCY of Transportation recently agreed to pay owners of the Battell Block on Merchants Row $532,000 for a series of easements that are needed to move forward with replacement of Middlebury’s two downtown rail bridges. VTrans has agreed to pay a combined total of around $5 million for easements on 27 downtown properties. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) has agreed to pay a combined total of $5 million for easements on 27 separate downtown Middlebury properties within the footprint of the massive railroad bridges replacement project that will last into 2021. Some of those payments range into the six figures — including a recent $532,000 settlement with owners of the Battell Block, the downtown’s anchor retail/office/apartment building at the intersection of Main Street and Merchants Row. That historic property will be among the most affected by construction disruption that will resume...
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, Bristol’s “River Bend Trail,” from the former Coffin Factory site to the local fire station, is now open. Folks who want to check it out and help with final spruce-up work can gather behind the fire station off West Street this Saturday, July 20, at 8 a.m. Bring gloves and a five-gallon plastic pail to pick up any garbage you might find. Organizers said the trail primarily needs feet walking on it to break it in. Bristol’s public trail is now around three miles long. Work will soon begin on the next trail segment, from Basin Street to South Street....

ELIZABETH RODRIGUEZ, THE lead singer and fiddler of the Canadian-Cuban quintet Okan, gives a magnetic performance during Middlebury’s 41st Festival on the Green. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — From July 7-13, festival-goers from across the state and especially Addison County enjoyed splendid summer weather for the 41st Annual Middlebury Festival-on-the-Green. “Attendance this year was very strong,” said festival chair Pat Boera Tuesday. “Most evenings we saw between 500 and 600 people and on Friday night, about 800 people were spread all up the hill in every direction you could see.” Despite light rain on Saturday evening, the annual Street Dance was packed and even featured the talents of a few experienced swing dancing couples, along with music from the Vermont Jazz...

WALKERS ENJOY A little “forest bathing” as they trek along the Bristol Trail Network on July 1. Efforts to connect trails around town into a six-mile loop are proceeding in the network’s second year. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Porter Knight, who for more than two years has overseen construction of the Bristol Trail Network, asks fun questions. Take, for instance, a group email she sent out on June 19: “Anyone have a machete and know how to use it?” Volunteer trail builders had encountered something quite a bit tougher than grass. “We need someone who wants to hatchet it down with some type of thing (a machete was suggested) and then weed-whack it,” she continued. The following day, in an email postscript, Knight announced with amusement that the machete email had generated more interest than any other...
ADDISON The following real estate sales were recorded in the town of Addison in the first six months of 2019: •Jan. 14: Christina and Attila Kovacs to Michael Hollis and Erin Cashman, home on 5.01 acres at 4686 Lake St., $370,000. •March 8: Rheal and Gail Gevry, Trustees, to Lawrence and Dale Lynds, mobile home on 0.96 acre at 6386 Route 125, $183,400. •March 29: Bank of America to Levi and Jennifer Barrett, home on 1.75 acres at 5018 Route 22A, $130,000. •April 15: Brooks Trust to Tanya Hoard and Mark Chapman, mobile home on 2.5 acres at 84 Fisher Point Road, $118,000. •April 25: Constance...
ADDISON COUNTY — County residents concerned about blue algae blooms in swimming areas may check with a Department of Health website to determine if they might be at risk. There were two blue algae blooms in Lake Champlain off county towns last week, both of which Department of Conservation Watershed Management Division officials determined to be “low alert” events. One was on July 8 near Tri-Town Road in Addison, and the other on July 10 in North Harbor in Ferrisburgh, just north of Basin Harbor.   According to the Department of Health, in the case of a low alert event, “This area is open for...
LINCOLN — There are still some openings for the Lincoln Sports day camps. Home base for the camp is under the pavilion at the Lincoln Sports Field behind the fire station, but excursions are part of the fun as well. Activities include games, crafts, hikes, swimming, climbing at Petra Cliffs, bowling, and a Lake Monsters game. Students going into fifth and sixth grades will have camp during the week of July 22 to 26. Students going into seventh and eighth grades have camp during the weeks of July 29 to Aug. 9. The fee is $155 per week. It’s not too late to sign up by downloading a registration...
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater’s Young Company offering this summer is a production of the musical “Legally Blonde,” July 26-28.  Once a year, director Doug Anderson, who works with professional actors and singers, talented Middlebury College students, and the best local talent, gets to do what he calls his “dream job:” working with teenagers.  “They bring so much energy and joy into rehearsals,” says Anderson, “and people are always surprised by how talented they are. They’re also just wonderful human beings. I love hanging out with them.”  Over the years Anderson has presented local teens...


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