NEW HAVEN — A post on the “gofundme” social media website has been created to help a New Haven family whose home was severely damaged in a Nov. 25 fire. The home, owned by Jessica and Matt Friend, is located on Halpin Road, just across the town line from Middlebury. It was at around 3:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 25, that firefighters from multiple departments were toned out on a report of a chimney fire at the residence. Firefighters found the fire had spread from the chimney to portions of the first floor and second floor before stopping at the attic, according to Middlebury Fire Chief David...
SALISBURY — Salisbury officials are lining up a Town Meeting Day vote that will ask residents to close their local landfill and join the Addison County Solid Waste Management District (ACSWMD) for the town’s future waste disposal and recycling. Salisbury currently operates the last unlined landfill in the state. “It’s somewhat of a no-brainer,” Salisbury selectboard Chairman Tom Scanlon of the looming decision. “There’s a lifespan to a landfill, and ours is the last unlined landfill in the state. I would rather see it close sooner rather than later, so there are no problems with it in the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice is continuing the second season of its Seeing Color/Seeking Justice film series at the Marquis Theater in downtown Middlebury. “The Hate U Give,” the second film of this year’s series, will be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 and 7 p.m. The film stars Amanda Stenberg as Starr Carter, a teenage girl whose childhood best friend is killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. Based on the best selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, the film opens with Starr remembering the day she and her two brothers got “The Talk” from their dad....
MONKTON — Attention Monkton residents: the town’s Municipal Building Committee wants to hear from you. The Building Committee has been working for over a year to determine what kind of facility the majority of Monkton residents want and exploring design concepts. The next step is putting out a request for proposals, but the committee wants more feedback on some basic design concepts put together by the committee. When is the last time you visited the Russell Memorial Library? Have you ever stopped in at the Town Hall? Now’s your chance. The committee will host an open house at the Monkton...

RICHARD RHEAUME, REPRESENTING R&L Rubbish, accepts a plaque with challenge coins, from Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose for the work R&L has done to go “above and beyond” for the Bristol Fire Department.
BRISTOL — This autumn the Bristol Fire Department recognized a couple of local businesses for their longtime support. Desabrais Dry Cleaning, owned and operated by Lucie and Steve Noble, and R&L Rubbish, owned and operated by Richard Rheaume and Louis Poirier, have “truly gone above and beyond for the town of Bristol and their fire department,” said Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose. “Desabrais has been providing dry cleaning services at no cost to the department for as long as I can remember,” LaRose explained. “As the department uniform coordinator I can tell you I have personally been...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School has released its Honor Roll for the first Quarter. Congratulations to the following students for their hard work. HIGH HONORS 12th grade: Kylie Comeau, Bethany Delgadillo, Bess Gramling, Jack Halpin, Marin Howell, Mae Kile, Morgan Lynk, Sarah Peterson, Hannah Philbrook, Dylan Rapoport, Madeline Smith, Carter Visicaro, Caitlin Walsh and Cedar Winslow. 11th grade: Luke Bergmans, Adelaide Brooks, Leah Croke, Benjamin Curtis, Alder Donovan-Cook, Sophie Hatch, Marlie Hunt, Rory Patch, Emily Rooney, Dalylah Sorrell-Cushman, Zander Wildasin and Kai Williams....

OLIVER IS A Bactrian camel who lives with a herd of Merino sheep just off Route 7 in North Ferrisburgh. Independent photo/Christy Lynn
EDITOR'S NOTE: Ollie the camel in Ferrisburgh has died in late February 2020. We are pointing readers to this profile of Ollie that we originally ran in our 2017 Summer Guide. ————— FERRISBURGH — It’s easy to travel around the Green Mountain State and get used to seeing the same familiar sights over and over again. No matter how beautiful those rolling hills and winding valleys with clear streams flowing through them are, no matter how peaceful the wide acres of pastoral farmland dotted with cows and sheep and horses are, it’s not very common to come across something wildly different. That’s...

MARY HOGAN ELEMENTARY School students perform a short scene from “The Magic Flute” during a presentation at the school last week. Several students created the fantastical masks that students will wear in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production that opens Thursday at Town Hall Theater. Below right, Town Hall Theater Executive Director Doug Anderson acts with a large monster mask/puppet. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — More than a half-dozen Mary Hogan Elementary School sixth-graders will magically transform into a variety of colorful, whimsical creatures as part of the Opera Company of Middlebury’s staging of the much-celebrated “The Magic Flute” at the Town Hall Theater this Thursday through Saturday. It will indeed be a string of creative “firsts” for the children. The Magic Flute will mark their debuts in an opera. And it will be the first time they will have designed their own attire for an on-stage performance. Thanks to the tutelage of Mary Hogan art teacher Alyce Schermerhorn,...

PRESIDENT PATTON PRESENTS the Citizen’s Award to State Rep. Betty Nuovo.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to State Rep. Betty A. Nuovo, D-Middlebury, and posthumously to David M. Sears, the Cornwall public servant and voice of Middlebury College athletic teams. Middlebury honors local citizens for exemplary community service, volunteerism and engagement with community issues in a tradition that dates to the college’s bicentennial year in 2000. Nominations come from members of the community, and a committee of faculty and staff makes the final...

BINGHAM MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY School students Morgan Jenne, left, Jackson Jacobs, Shawn Woodhouse, Lachlan Sears, Aven Frankovic and Ronan Young work together last Thursday to identify valuable assets on a map of Cornwall for a community mapping project at the school last week. Below right, Jens Hilke, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, checks in with Cornwall School students. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
CORNWALL — Being a kid is great, but it can also be a bummer. Grown-ups are always telling you what to do. “Do your homework.” “Eat your Brussels sprouts.” Yuck. But children at the Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall this past Thursday got a chance to tell adults what to do — specifically as it relates to the future development of their town. The students participated in a state-sanctioned “community values mapping project” — the first school in Vermont to do so — that will give them input into how Cornwall identifies, protects and nurtures its most valued resources, ranging from...


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