UVM RESEARCHER ARASH Ghalehgolabbehbahani, shown at a test plot in New Haven growing saffron flowers last month, says that an acre of Vermont land could generate more than $100,000 worth of the precious spice.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
NEW HAVEN — Thanks to a partnership between Peck Electric and University of Vermont, flowers that produce the most expensive spice in the world this fall were blooming in the shade of a few New Haven solar panels.
It’s too soon to tell whether saffron, which retails for between $3,000 and $9,000 a pound, will become a viable crop in Vermont, but three years of testing by UVM’s North American Center for Saffron Research and Development have produced promising results. The flowers from which the precious saffron threads are harvested, Crocus sativus, bloom in the agricultural down-time of late...
THE SWING SET and play structure at Lincoln Community School were quiet on Thursday when school in the 5-towns was closed because heavy snow downed power lines.
Independent photo/John S. McCright
ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham Unified School District schools were closed all day Thursday because of impassable roads and downed power lines. Other county school districts remained open.
Heavy, wet snow over the preceding couple of days had caused widespread damage and knocked out power to tens of thousands of Vermonters.
Green Mountain Power announced on Twitter Thursday morning that it had restored power to more than 86,000 customers statewide but had received 550 additional outage reports overnight. At 10 a.m. Thursday 102 Vermont towns were still experiencing power outages, affecting...
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.
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....
Editor’s note: This story was updated in 2021 after the paper was alerted to the fact that Arun Aftab was acquitted of the murder charge by reason of insanity. See the update at the end of the story.
PERTH AMBOY, N.J. — Back in November and December of 2015 Vergennes police and local citizens contributed to an investigation that led to the arrest and conviction of a New Jersey man on felony federal weapons charges.
On Oct. 30, shortly after his release from prison on those charges, Middlesex County, N.J., authorities are charging that man, Arun Aftab, 34, of Perth Amboy, with allegedly...
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.