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09/16/2019
LEICESTER — The Leicester Democratic Caucus will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. at 803 Fern Lake Road. For more information, contact Joseph Watson at 247-3171. The Republican Caucus for Leicester will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Center in Leicester. For more information, contact Tom Barker at 247-3160. The Leicester selectboard is seeking a resident to serve as the second representative to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. Duties include attending one night meeting a month. For more information, contact selectboard Chair Diane Benware at...
09/16/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Maple Landmark will be opening its doors for free tours on Friday, Oct. 4, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Manufacturing Day. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been an opportunity for the public to learn about business and manufacturing here in the United States. In that spirit, Maple Landmark will hold tours of its 28,000-square-foot factory-store every hour, on the hour. The 45-minute tour goes through where they cut, sand, finish, detail, assemble, and package their wooden products. Tour leaders will discuss their business practices and processes, how their production is so much more than...

THE OTTER CREEK sends a plume of sediment into Lake Champlain after Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The sediment contained nutrient-rich runoff from Otter Creek’s 936-square-mile basin. Photo courtesy of Lake Champlain Basin Program
09/12/2019
This is Part II in a three-part series. Vermont’s Clean Water Act (2015) has established regulatory and incentive-driven programs to address the web of nuanced water quality issues in the state. Here, we’ll discuss the Clean Water Act as it applies to the Otter Creek basin, and dive into the assembly of Otter Creek’s 2019 basin plan, which becomes available to the public on October 1. On the fourth floor of a downtown building in Rutland, several blocks from where the Otter Creek twists through the city, Angie Allen stares into the depths of a computer screen. She’s looking at a map of the...
09/12/2019
VERGENNES — After many of the roughly 200 Addison Northwest School District residents gathered at Vergennes Union High School on Monday questioned a proposal to close Addison and Ferrisburgh central schools, ANWSD board members postponed until Sept. 27 a decision whether to call votes in Addison and Ferrisburgh on the plan. An affirmative vote to close the schools in each town is required to allow the board to close each elementary school, per ANWSD’s 2016 Articles of Unification. The board is looking at a vote in November or December if it adopts the closure plan. If both schools do close...

MARK STEPHENSON SPENDS five months a year at Happy Valley Orchard in Middlebury, where he picks fruit and works the cider presses. On Nov. 1 he’ll return home to Mandeville, Jamaica, where he has four children. This year’s apple season in Addison County is expected to be about average. Independent photo/Steve James
09/12/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — This year’s apple crop so far is looking fairly average. That’s a good thing, suggests Eric Boire, president of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. “Non-headline-making crops provide stability,” Boire told the Independent in an email. “Bumper crops are almost always followed by down years.” Because of a slow, late start to spring, Boire added, some orchards opened a week after their typical Labor Day start, but overall the crop around the region looks good. “Apples are maturing and ready for picking,” he said. DOUGLAS ORCHARD Down in Shoreham, Bob Douglas is...

PORTER PLANT OPERATIONS Director Doug Frary, center, inspects the new Porter Hospital front entrance and ramp with architect Ashar Nelson. The new entrance and ramp opened and were available for use late last week. Photo courtesy of Ronald G. Hallman
09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Porter Medical Center leaders have drafted a five-year vision for the county’s hospital that among other things calls for new services, including women’s breast care and a pain clinic, a new medical office building, and a concerted effort to attract and retain workers in what is a particularly challenging labor market. Dr. Seleem Choudhury, Porter president, discussed the strategic plan and his organizational aspirations during a Monday interview with the Independent. It’s a potentially transformational time for Porter Medical Center, which encompasses the hospital, Helen Porter...

BRISTOL SELECTMAN TED Lylis resigned last week.
09/12/2019
BRISTOL — Bristol is looking for a new member for its selectboard since Selectman Ted Lylis resigned last week. In his Sept. 2 resignation letter, which selectboard chair Joel Bouvier read aloud at the board’s Sept. 2 meeting, Lylis did not offer a reason for his sudden departure. “Please accept this as a notification that I will be resigning my position on the Bristol selectboard, effective at the end of this meeting, September 2, 2019,” Bouvier read. When reached by the Independent Lylis declined to comment. “My resignation was made on a personal level and I intend to maintain it on a...
09/12/2019
United States Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is coming to Middlebury next week to talk with constituents. He will be available to answer questions at a special appearance on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meeting house at 2 Duane Court. The Addison Independent is sponsoring the gathering, slated for 5-6:15 p.m. Welch will deliver roughly 20 minutes of comments to open the meeting and will then take questions from the audience. His appearance is free and open to the public. Please use the nearby Middlebury Union High School parking lot if the CVUUS’s limited...
09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents will be asked at an Oct. 29 meeting to advise town leaders on what to do with the more than $2 million in local option tax surplus that has accrued since the special 1-percent assessment on sales, rooms, meals and alcohol took effect around 11 years ago. Residents approved the local option taxes in 2008 as a means of covering the town’s annual share of $600,000 in debt service (over 30 years) for the $16 million Cross Street Bridge project. Middlebury College agreed to cover an equal share of the debt load for the span, which opened Oct. 30, 2010. But the...

THE UNITED WAY of Addison County on Sept. 19 will formally launch a $635,000 fund drive for 2019. Leading that effort will be, from left, UWAC Marketing & Development Director Amy Bodette Barr, 2019 campaign chairperson (and United Way board Vice Chair) Abby Blum, and Helena Van Voorst, the organization’s executive director. Independent photo/John Flowers
09/12/2019
MIDDLEBURY — United Way of Addison County (UWAC) next week will officially launch its 2019 fund drive with a $635,000 goal and new optimism, fueled in part by the organization’s outreach to a new generation of prospective donors. This year’s $635,000 goal is $25,000 less than last year’s target of $660,000. An eleventh-hour surge in donations — spurred by three separate pledges to match dollar-for-dollar donations up to an amount of $10,000 — allowed the United Way to leverage an additional $31,000 before closing the books on the 2018 campaign last spring with a grand total of $615,000. The...

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