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ELLIE HOLSMAN, LEFT, and Nancy McGill stand among a group of youngsters from Whiting, Leicester and Sudbury at Leicester Central School this past Wednesday. The kids were taking part in the school district’s Summer Alive! camp, which Holsman and McGill directed. Independent photo/Steve James
08/05/2019
LEICESTER — Eleanor Holsman and Nancy Call McGill are saying goodbye after 25 years as co-directors of Summer Alive! in Leicester, a 5-week summer camp serving elementary children and their families that live in Leicester, Whiting and Sudbury. This past Friday was their last day, and the duo left with a kaleidoscope of memories with children and families including field trips, swimming, exposure to various sports, gardening, theatrical productions, artist-in-residencies, family activities, overnights at school and student-engaged themes. Summer Alive! originally served mainly Leicester...

TURNING POINT CENTER of Addison County Executive Director Stacy Jones is always looking for new ways to help area residents recovering from substance dependency. Independent photo/John Flowers
08/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Stacy Jones has travelled an interesting and eclectic professional path thus far. She’s taught and cared for young children, worked with battered women, assisted tenants in landlord disputes, prepared and served food to those in need, and now she’s helping folks overcome substance addiction as executive director of the Turning Point Center of Addison County. “In my entire adult life, I’ve always been engaged in some way or another with advocacy work, direct service work supporting individuals who are faced with navigating systems they don’t understand,” Jones said. “This was a...
08/05/2019
BRIDPORT — A Stockbridge man is recovering from serious injuries after the motorcycle he was driving collided with a farm tractor on Route 125 in Bridport on Sunday, Aug. 4. Vermont State Police said 56-year-old Richard Hart was traveling east on Route 125 at around 4:40 p.m. and was passing two vehicles and a tractor when the tractor took a left into an adjacent farm field. Hart, according to police, swerved left in an effort to avoid the tractor, but ran into that machine’s front, driver’s-side tire. He then lost control of bike and skidded off Route 125 near its intersection of Market Road...

LINCOLN AUTHOR ELLIE Bryant’s latest novel, “The Cowboy Code,” is set in a fictional Virginia town that is similar in appearance to her neighboring town of Bristol. The book will be released this Thursday.
08/05/2019
LINCOLN — Louella Bryant’s new novel, “The Cowboy Code,” took 20 years to complete — in part because she didn’t want to write it in the first place. “It has taken every iota of courage within me to allow this book to be published,” the author and Lincoln selectboard member told the Independent. Bryant’s coming-of-age tale, which will be released on Aug. 8, touches on issues of race, alcoholism, same-sex love and southern culture. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” she said. The novel tells the story of Bobbie Grey, a 14-year-old girl growing up in the fictional mill town of Pine Cliff, Va.,...
08/05/2019
MONKTON — The Monkton selectboard on July 22 approved a 15 percent increase in the 2019 municipal tax rate, which was set at $0.4119 per $100 of assessed property value. Over a two-year period, however, the increase amounts to only 4.8 percent. Last year the municipal rate went down nearly 9 percent because of changes to the town’s grand list. Monkton’s residential education tax rate for fiscal year 2020 increased by 7.4 percent to $1.6547, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District is not receiving the one-time tax discount of 8 cents per $100 it received last year...
08/05/2019
SHOREHAM — Two men are recovering from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash involving a limousine and a pickup truck on Route 22A in Shoreham during the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 4. Vermont State Police said their preliminary investigation indicates a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado pickup driven by Ian Swanson, 20, of Durham N.Y., was southbound on Route 22A with trailer in tow at around a quarter after 3 p.m. Police allege Swanson lost control of his vehicle and partially veered onto the shoulder of the southbound lane, then overcorrected, travelling across the centerline and into oncoming...
08/05/2019
BRANDON — A ruptured sewer line in downtown Brandon that led to over 3 million gallons of untreated sewage to flow directly into the Neshobe River in late February 2018 resulted in a $12,000 fine against the town. The Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation announced the fine this month, largely for failing to report the release to the state in a timely manner. “This is the settlement that the selectboard agreed to a couple months ago for the March 2018 sewer line break,” Town Manager Dave Atherton said. According to the press release from the state, in the early...
08/05/2019
BRANDON — The municipal tax rate in Brandon will see an increase of about 3 percent this coming fiscal year, rising from last year’s 93 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 96 cents this year. The breakdowns for the 2019- 2020 tax rates are 80 cents for the town budget, 6 cents for various voter-approved appropriations and 8 cents for the fire district. The education tax rates have been calculated by the state and come out to $1.33 for homeowners and $1.55 for non-residents per $100. With education rates figured in, the total tax rate for a Brandon resident will be $2.29 for residents...

PORTER HOSPITAL CERTIFIED Nurse-Midwife Emily Zolten, left, and Alison Underwood, licensed social worker, help identify and treat depression and anxiety experienced by expectant and new mothers. Independent photo/Abagael Giles
08/05/2019
MIDDLEBURY — A local study shows that in the weeks just before and just after giving birth, mothers may experience mood disorders such as depression and anxiety related to pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery more often than caregivers had thought. Along with the substantial life changes that come with having a baby, a person who has given birth experiences dramatic hormonal changes within their body during pregnancy and immediately following childbirth. During that period, which can last as long as a year after birth, young parents are often sleep-deprived from spending long nights...
08/05/2019
VERMONT — Vermont Fish & Wildlife says anyone interested in taking a hunter education course should consider doing so this summer, because fewer courses will be available later in the year. “Invariably many people are disappointed when they can’t find a hunter education course being given in the fall,” said Nicole Meier with Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Hunter Education Program. “We actually have more courses available now because many of our certified volunteer instructors have more time to give the courses before hunting seasons begin.” “While more classes will be added through...

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