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ADDISON COUNTY MAPLE Sugarmakers Association President Moe Rheaume of Salisbury, standing in his booth at the association’s annual conference on Saturday, worries about global warming affecting Vermont’s maple industry. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This past Saturday, over 100 sugarmakers gathered at Middlebury Union High School to hear presentations about the state of the maple industry, talk shop and enjoy some delicious maple doughnuts at the annual Addison County Maple Sugarmakers Association (ACMSMA) Maple Seminar. Although presenters noted in the opening address that the maple industry is pretty stable at the moment, some audience members had one serious concern: climate change. “Global warming has definitely affected (the sugaring season),” said ACMSMA President Moe Rheaume. The future of maple in the Green Mountain...
01/16/2020
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday adopted a proposed budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year that — assuming voters back nonprofits’ funding requests on Town Meeting Day — would raise town spending by about $51,300, or 2.45 percent, and boost the tax rate by less than a cent. The face value of the spending plan the board adopted on Tuesday for residents’ consideration at town meeting stands at $2,116,148. That figure does not include $32,195 of donations, the same amount of money residents approved easily in 2019. If those donations are supported again and residents OK the...
01/16/2020
Come honor Martin Luther King Jr. by dancing with each other, feeding each other and singing your favorite freedom song or spiritual at a Free Community Potluck, Dance and Sing at Bristol’s Holley Hall on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 6-8 p.m. The event will include West African drumming. Bring extra food to share with others, as well as your own utensils and plates. Email pattyheatherlea@gmail.com with any questions or suggestions for songs. The Bristol Recreation Department is sponsoring this family friendly event. Speaking of Martin Luther King Jr., a group of local AmeriCorps volunteers will take...
01/16/2020
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board will host a public forum on the status of the district-wide budget on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The MAUSD board plans to adopt a budget proposal on the following Tuesday, Jan. 28. On Town Meeting Day, March 3, 5-Yown residents will vote on a board spending plan to fund Mount Abraham Union high and middle schools and elementary schools in Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, Starksboro and New Haven. Wednesday’s forum will begin at 6 p.m. in Mount Abe’s large cafeteria and is scheduled to last for 90 minutes. According to MAUSD business manager Floyd...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — This year’s Middlebury town meeting warning will include funding requests for major infrastructure projects, including a new passenger rail platform, water main replacements, flood mitigation work in the Middlebury River, and the repurposing of some of the former wastewater treatment plant buildings for storage. The good news for Middlebury taxpayers is that town officials are seeking to substantially fund these projects using surplus from the local option tax (LOT) fund. It was on March 20, 2008, that Middlebury voters endorsed a 30-year local option tax of 1 percent on sales,...

JEAN STONE
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — A new executive director has taken over at Addison County Restorative Justice Services (ACRJS) in Middlebury. The organization will introduce her and itself to the public at an open house on Thursday, Jan. 16. Jean A. Stone started her job early last month at ACRJS, a nonprofit dedicated to providing restorative justice programs to the residents of Addison County. Its goals are to provide opportunities for program participants to fully appreciate the impact their offense has had on the affected party and the community. Participants are also given the opportunity to repair the...

TRENT CAMPBELL
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Independent and two local bands are teaming up to assist a colleague as he recovers from a medical crisis — and throw a mid-winter dance party at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury for everyone to enjoy. Award-winning photographer Trent Campbell and his wife Nikki Juvan have been hit with big medical bills after Campbell suffered a series of strokes in late 2018 and early 2019. Those bills, coupled with the loss of Campbell’s income for more than a year, have created a financial crisis for the couple. To lend a hand, Campbell’s colleagues at the Addison County...
01/16/2020
Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County could buy a copy of the Addison Independent for 15 cents. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Jan. 15, 1970, edition of the Independent:  • The Mount Abraham Union High School dress code was altered after the parents of William Grey of New Haven threatened a lawsuit. Grey had been suspended from school the year before, after refusing to cut his hair to comply with the dress code.  • Four-year pen pals Reva Cousino, an English teacher at MAUHS, and Bhu Dev, a marine engineer from India, met in person for the first...
01/16/2020
VERGENNES — On Town Meeting Day, when Addison Northwest School District voters go to the polls, they’ll have four school board seats to fill — one in Addison, two in Ferrisburgh and one in Vergennes. A fifth seat, in Panton, will be appointed by that town’s selectboard. Two ANWSD board incumbents have decided not to run. Addison representative George Lawrence and Ferrisburgh representative Laurie Gutowski told the Independent that they won’t seek another term on the board. At least three district residents will be running to fill their respective seats. Ferrisburgh resident Chris Kayhart has...
01/16/2020
MIDDLEBURY —  The imminent purchase of Foster Motors by Todd Stone, owner of G. Stone Motors, signals a start of a new era for two dealerships that have a lot of history. Gardner Stone, the patriarch of the business, is a self-proclaimed “motorhead” and self-made success story. Born and raised in Middlebury, he earned a degree in aircraft maintenance technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston, but found little market for his skills in his hometown. “You couldn’t buy a job in 1962,” Gardner told the Independent during a 2017 interview. “I got a job peddling milk on Lake Dunmore.” He loved...

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