BRISTOL — The Bristol Rescue Squad, which serves the towns of Bristol, Starksboro, Monkton, Lincoln and New Haven, is expanding its ranks and its members are getting better trained. The group would like to congratulate and welcome the following members that have recently passed their National EMT certifications: Michaela Wisell, Melodie Huizenga, William Elwell, Eli Rickner and Emma Radler. In addition the following new members have joined us and currently run with other squads in the 5 Towns area: Doug Schmidt, Logan Jipner, Camille Pontarelli, Susan Nelson and Vincent Moeykens. Bristol has...
VERGENNES — ACORN’s 12th annual Tour de Farms, one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours, is returning to Vergennes, Charlotte and Ferrisburgh. On Saturday, Sept. 21, riders will be welcomed at Adam’s Berry Farm, Boundbrook Farm, Brenderwalk Farm Stand, Nea Tocht Farm, Pelkey’s Blueberries/Charlotte Village Winery and Philo Ridge Farm for a day full of fresh flavors. The tour features a 30-mile route, as well as a shorter, family-friendly 10-mile route for those who prefer a more relaxed adventure. “Tour de Farms is a great event for participants to get closer to their local food sources and...
MIDDLEBURY – Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is partnering with Vermont Spay/Neuter (VSN), a low-cost clinic housed at Affectionately Cats in Williston, to provide pet owners with access to affordable spay/neuter services for cats. The clinic is offered on Wednesdays. Homeward Bound has arranged to transport cats from Addison County on July 17 and Aug. 7. With the free transport, cats in need of being spayed or neutered will be taken to Affectionately Cats for the procedure The cat taxi is able to hold up to 10 cats per trip. The fee for each spay/neuter is $75/per cat....
Dear Homeward Bound, Whenever I walk my dog she gets really excited when she sees other dogs and starts barking and pulling on the leash. It’s hard for me to control her and makes walks not very fun. Is there anything I can do to train her out of this habit? Curious Dear Curious, There is a trick you can teach your dog which will not only help in this situation but is also useful anytime you need your dog to focus on you rather than whatever has caught her eye. The trick is called “Watch Me” and you are going to teach her to look at you whenever you say this. Start by getting some small and...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE PRESIDENT Laurie Patton believes the college has a powerful role in the community and that its decisions have real impact. This role has informed her approach to strengthening town-gown relationships. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Where town-gown relations are concerned, a lot has happened during Laurie Patton’s four years as president of Middlebury College, and she’s perfectly happy to take an inventory of recent successes: •The percentage of students engaged in community service has increased from 70 percent to 80 percent, roughly, and Patton is eyeing 90 percent in coming years. •The college has worked with the Addison Central School District to develop an International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum for its schools, and after two years of planning will soon roll out graduate-credit-bearing courses for...
MIDDLEBURY — The average municipal water and sewer user in Middlebury will pay a combined total of $700 for those services this fiscal year, a bump of more than 6.5 percent, or $43, compared to last year, according to figures supplied by the town. At issue are fiscal year 2020 water and sewer rates recently endorsed by the Middlebury selectboard, rates that are likely to rise further in the coming years as the community takes stock in its aging infrastructure — specifically, water and sewer mains. “The water system is underfunding its capital improvements by around $575,000 a year, based on...

EVALYNN HERMANSKI, granddaughter of Sam and Debra Markowski visits her grandfather's farm and poses in front of the hemp planter. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
PITTSFORD — “Our secret’s out,” grinned Sam Markowski as he surveyed a dirt field full of different farm equipment. “We’re growing hemp up here in Pittsford.” A close relative of the marijuana plant, hemp looks and smells just like it, but is absent the mind-altering chemicals found in its biological cousin. Hemp also has a wide variety of uses, most notably of late as the main ingredient in products made with CBD (shorthand for the chemical compound “cannabidiol”). For the Markowskis, the decision to plant hemp came down to one thing. “We wanted the land to stay in the family,” Sam Markowski...

FLOR FERNÁNDEZ MONTES, third from left, teaches Brian and Amy Mason and their kids — Elizabeth, Sophie and Zachary — how to prepare traditional Argentine empanadas. The Middlebury College student and the Weybridge family met through Middlebury’s Friends of International Students Host Program.
MIDDLEBURY — Every fall semester, the Great Hall is decked out with decorations and numbered stations for the big host family reveal. International students and local families meet on campus to discover their matches. Participants in the Friends of International Students (FIS) Host Program have been anxiously awaiting this morning ever since they filled out questionnaires weeks earlier, detailing their expectations and hopes for their host experiences. Kathy Foley and her colleagues at Middlebury College’s Office for International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) work tirelessly during the...

MIDDLEBURY PARKING AMBASSADOR Jodi Covey is becoming a popular public servant. She greets, informs and helps people while enforcing parking laws in the downtown. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Monikers like “meter maid” and “parking cop” are thankfully exiting the law enforcement lexicon. Jodi Covey has a more elegant and diplomatic term for describing her role of directing people to parking spaces and local services, while ticketing vehicles that overstay their welcome: “Parking ambassador.” Though she says “parking enforcement officer” will do just fine. Covey started the job with the Middlebury police this past April, and puts in around 25 hours a week, spring through the fall, strolling through downtown Middlebury helping locals and visitors in whatever way she can...
The American Legion Department of Vermont convened its 100th Annual Department Convention on June 27 to 29 in South Burlington and elected a variety of officers for fiscal year 2020. Among them was Ronald LaRose of Post 19 in Bristol, who was elected Department Commander. Jeremy Revell, Squadron 19 in Bristol, was elected Senior Vice Commander of Sons of The American Legion. Please don’t forget about the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf this summer. The Middlebury-based nonprofit provides a variety of services to area low-income families. Summer is a time in which food...


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