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THE REV. BILL Bartholomew came to the Brandon Congregational Church as an interim pastor seven years ago but the match worked so well that he became settled pastor. He will step down at the end of the month. Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
BRANDON — Partly because October is Clergy Appreciation Month and partly because The Rev. William L. Bartholomew officially steps down from his duties on Oct. 31, Brandon’s Congregational Church will host a thank-you and farewell gathering for Bartholomew this Sunday, Oct. 10, after the church service during coffee hour. This newspaper reported Bartholomew’s impending retirement this past April, The Rev. Bartholomew arrived in Brandon seven years ago on Oct. 1, 2014, to be an interim pastor. A strong bond between he and the congregation took hold, and he has been the settled pastor for the...

JOE AND KATHLEEN Hescock run Elysian Fields, an organic dairy farm in Shoreham. “We’re at the point where if we don’t ship milk, it’s pretty hard to stay in business,” Joe Hescock said. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger
SHOREHAM — In 2017, Horizon Organic recognized Joe and Kathleen Hescock with an honorable mention for a national award praising their commitment to farming and their involvement in their community. Last month, the Shoreham family, along with 88 other farmers in the Northeast, received a letter with news that Horizon’s parent company, Danone, plans to terminate their contracts on Aug. 31, 2022. The Hescocks, who milk 325 cows at their farm, Elysian Fields, have been producing for Horizon since 1999. It’s been about a month since they received the letter, and the Hescocks don’t know what their...
VERGENNES — Engineers from Hoyle, Tanner & Associates who are designing a comprehensive overhaul of the Vergennes wastewater collection and treatment system have said all along they expect the city to receive significant government and nonprofit funding support for what could be a $25 million project. At the city council’s Sept. 28 discussion of the system’s needs and how to pay for what the engineers and treatment plant operator Rick Chaput said is a badly needed upgrade, another voice sounded optimistic on finances. Neil Kamman, a Vergennes resident who is the director of the Vermont...

MONKTON OFFICIALS ENJOYED showing off the new town office, library and community room this past Saturday, Oct. 2, during the building’s grand opening. Pictured from left are building committee members Peter Straube and Heather Bessette, Town Clerk Sharon Gomez, Selectboard Chair Stephen Pilcher and building committee member Deb Rickner. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
MONKTON — Monkton Town Clerk Sharon Gomez has been working in the new town office building for about three months now, and she loves it. “The best part of this building is ... everything,” Gomez told the Independent during the building’s grand opening on Saturday. “The cleanliness, the space. I look forward to coming to work now.” Gomez’s airy, light-filled office provides a wide view of the rest of the town office, and was designed with that in mind by Chris Huston of Bellwether Architects. “The floor plan is based on where the town clerk’s desk is,” said Monkton Selectboard Chair Stephen...
BRISTOL — The Sodbusters Horseshoe Pitching Club will host a fundraiser this weekend to support Brian Simmons, a long-standing member and former World Champion who is battling cancer. Simmons, a 60-year-old Bristol resident, won world championship titles in 2000, 2002 and 2011 and has been induced into the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame. He’s been pitching for more than five decades. Simmons won an Aug. 1 tournament in Bristol with a perfect 4-0 record and 82% of his pitches landing as ringers. The Brian Simmons Benefit on Sunday, Oct. 10, will consist of a “Horseshoe...
MONKTON — The Willowell Foundation and the New Perenneials Project will host a harvest festival at Willowell’s campus, 36 Stoney Meadow Lane, Monkton, Sunday Oct. 17, from noon-5 p.m. as part of the New Perennial Project’s month-long “Perennial Harvest Days.” As a celebration of local food systems, the festival will offer plenty of family-friendly activites. The Gordon Sculpture Park and Willowell’s outdoor campus will be open to the public for strolls and exploration. There will also be magic, music, readings, and food, including: • A Magic show with Tom Verner (Magicians Without Borders...
LINCOLN — Abby Sherman and The Way North will be opening this year’s Burnham Music Series this weekend. They will perform original blues and rock on Saturday, Oct. 9, at Burnham Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, teens and kids are free. Masks are required for this event. FROM THE TOWN The upper portion of Lincoln Gap Road will officially be closed for the winter on the morning of Friday, Oct. 15. Hikers are warned not to leave cars parked at the top of the gap beyond midnight on Oct. 14. Both Lincoln and Warren will be installing barriers that will block the road, so don’t get trapped in....
FERRISBURGH — The Lake Champlain Maritime Museum is welcoming visitors throughout the fall and continues to offer free admission. The Museum will be open until Oct. 17 for seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.. The Museum offers select indoor exhibits along with the extensive outdoor activities on its three-acre campus. Visit www.lcmm.org for more information on special events and how to best enjoy the LCMM through the fall. Rokeby Museum is delving into the Robinson family’s practice of holding séances in the 1840s. On Oct. 19 at 7 p.m., join Rokeby Museum director, Dr. Lindsay Varner,...

RAY PAPANDREA PLANS how he’s going to bend an aluminum sheet, which he’s using on the rare surfaces of the condominiums which aren’t getting covered in vinyl. Independent photo/John Vaaler
MIDDLEBURY— A billow of smoke shot out from the exhaust of a giant boom lift as the platform elevated Orwell contractor Ray Papandrea toward a window at Otterside Condominiums in Middlebury during a big rehab project. “It’s a 60-foot lift,” Papandrea said. “I really couldn’t do the job without it. It pretty much turns me into three or four guys.” Papandrea had been working eight months on renovating the surfaces of all six residence buildings at Otterside Condominiums, replacing old wood surfacing from the 1970s with a fresh white vinyl look that also gives Otterside enhanced insulation. The...

SCOTT FLYNN, LEFT, general manager of the rk Miles store in Middlebury, accepts the Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association’s 2021 Lumberperson of the Year Award from Brian Wright, territory manager for Trus joist/ Weyerhaeuser
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association (VRLDA) has named Scott Flynn, general manager of r.k. Miles Inc.’s Middlebury store, as their 2021 Lumber Person of the Year. This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his or her local community. Flynn began his career in the lumber industry in the mid-’80s when Poulin Lumber opened a store in his hometown of Derby. “I started running forklifts and shucking lumber in the yard, then moved to driving, dispatching and finally I moved into inside...

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