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VUHS PRINCIPAL STEPHANIE TAYLOR
VERGENNES — After eight-plus years at Vergennes Union High School, Principal Stephanie Taylor late last week chose to step down from her leadership post. Taylor had been on leave to deal with a family issue that required her to travel out of state, according to Addison Northwest School District Superintendent Sheila Soule, and ultimately Taylor decided she could no longer handle both family and work commitments. Taylor first came to VUHS as a co-principal with Ed Webbley in the fall of 2013, with her primary responsibility being the middle school. She had been serving as an assistant...
Gov. Phil Scott has announced a series of vaccination clinics that will be open throughout Vermont this week for anyone age 12 or older. All Vermonters are encouraged to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Vaccination clinics will be available on Thursday, Oct. 7, at Porter Medical Center, 55 Collins Drive in Middlebury; Addison County Home Health & Hospice, 254 Route 7 in New Haven; and Middlebury Union High School at 73 Charles Ave. Local clinics will also be held at Porter and MUHS on Friday, Oct. 8. Check your local pharmacies for COVID booster availability, as well. More details...

THE MIDDLEBURY SELECTBOARD is looking to rekindle an effort to build an economic development project on town-owned land behind the Ilsley Library. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants to rekindle efforts to develop a key, community-owned downtown parcel of land, but officials aren’t yet sure whether the town has the staffing or resources to push forward with planning for an economic development project at the site. At issue is the so-called Economic Development Initiative (EDI) property, a 1.42-acre parcel off Bakery Lane, behind the Ilsley Public Library. Around 15 years ago town and Middlebury College officials began exploring the concept of engaging a developer to erect a mixed-use building on the EDI site as a way to...
MONKTON — Very few residents showed up to a community school forum hosted by the Monkton selectboard last Thursday, Sept. 30, and those who did were outnumbered on Zoom by interested onlookers from other towns. The meeting had been scheduled at the request of Monkton residents, including Eugenie Doyle, who was one of a handful of people to attend in person, and its aim was to clarify the status of several ongoing discussions in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, including: •  The definition of “repurposing” a school, an action the school board has been counseled it has the legal...

BONNIE SWAN
RIPTON — The Ripton selectboard has appointed resident Bonnie Swan to succeed Ron Wimett — her late cousin — on the board until next March, when she and other local residents have the option of running for the remaining two years on Wimett’s term. “I’m amazed,” Swan said on Tuesday or her reaction to the appointment. She was one of three people who had submitted letters of interest in the vacancy, created when Wimett — who also served as the town’s road commissioner — died suddenly on Sept. 5. Ripton selectboard member Laurie Cox credited Swan’s status as a lifelong Ripton resident and her...
VERMONT — Gov. Phil Scott last week announced funding to support 28 rehabilitation and revitalization projects in 22 of Vermont’s designated downtown and village centers, including projects in Vergennes and Brandon. These awards will help generate over $83 million in building improvements and public infrastructure to support local businesses, create new housing opportunities and incentivize investments that will improve the resiliency and vitality of Vermont’s community centers. “Like so many aspects of our lives, neighborhoods and economy, Vermont’s downtowns and villages have been...
MONTPELIER — Hunters embarking on their first deer season are encouraged to take advantage of Vermont’s second annual novice weekend on the  Oct. 23 and 24. To be eligible for this opportunity, new hunters must: •  Be 16 years of age or older. •  Have successfully completed a hunter education course. •  Have purchased their first hunting license or hunting and fishing combination license within one year of the first day of novice weekend. •  Possess a free novice weekend tag in addition to their hunting license. •  Be accompanied by an unarmed adult, 18 years or older, who holds a Vermont...
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s archery deer hunting season runs at two different times this year: Oct.1toNov.12andNov.29to Dec. 15. A hunter may take up to four deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season if they do not shoot any deer in the other deer seasons. The purchase of an archery deer license and tag is required for each deer. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck if no buck is taken in the other deer seasons. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed during archery season statewide this year. In WMUs C, D1, D2, E1, E2, G, I, L, M, P, and Q a legal buck is...
WINOOSKI — The annual Button Up Vermont campaign, supported by a partnership of energy services providers and clean energy champions, works each fall to raise awareness of the need to weatherize and helps connect Vermonters with tools and resources to save. There are several offers available to customers to help them outsmart winter and reduce their carbon footprint: • Get $100 back for completing three qualifying DIY weatherization projects • Up to $3,000 off comprehensive weatherization projects from Efficiency Vermont, and up to $3,500 from Vermont Gas Systems • Up to $650 off ductless...

SAINT AGNES CATHOLIC Church in Leicester Junction will close after nearly a century and a half as a place of celebration, mourning, contemplation and prayer. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
LEICESTER — After 140 years, Saint Agnes Catholic Church, the small white place of worship in Leicester Junction, will soon be closing. The community made up of parishioners from both Leicester and Whiting will gather for its final Mass on Saturday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. Parishioners will gather for a potluck dinner afterwards. The church, built in 1881, was erected to serve the farming communities of Leicester and Whiting. When it was first built, parishioners traveled by horse and buggy to the white clapboard church that sits at the edge of the Leicester-Whiting Road. Throughout its existence...

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