MIDDLEBURY — Author Adam Minter will travel a thousand miles for a good recycling story. And for his latest book, Minter racked up significant frequent-flyer miles from Middlebury to China and ports in between, in his effort to shine a light on worldwide efforts to extend the life of our prized possessions and thus stem the tide of waste into landfills.
Minter’s book is called “Secondhand: Travels in the new Global Garage Sale.” It explores, among other things, our practice of accumulating clothing, electronics and other stuff, and what happens to that stuff when we are finally ready to part...
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard wants the local planning commission to review a 5-Megawatt solar array that’s being planned for Middlebury College-owned land off South Street Extension. The plan has generated widespread criticism from neighbors and more than a dozen people who said they regularly walk, jog and bike near the proposed site, located near the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider.
A planning commission review of the solar farm — to be owned and maintained by Encore Renewable Energy — is expected to give the selectboard more insight into a plan on which they will invite public...
SIMON SAYS: A General Store for Kids and Families opened in downtown Bristol on Nov. 2. Owner Maura Donnelly sells new toys and gently used clothing for children up to age 14. The store is located at 12 Main St. in Bristol, between Cubbers and Bristol Cliffs, where the Images salon used to be.
Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Simon Says: A General Store for Kids and Families, a new retailer in downtown Bristol, carries toys and resale clothing for newborns through age 14.
“Ultimately I’d like the store to be about one-third toys, one-third clothing and one-third other things,” said owner Maura Donnelly. “The goal is to grow in a way that meets the community’s needs.”
Part of that goal may already have been satisfied, at least where the store’s genesis is concerned, for it was with encouragement and support from the community and local businesses that Simon Says came into being. It opened its doors Nov. 2...
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Unified School District board on Wednesday evening will host what the board is calling its third Community Conversation of the fall.
At the 6 p.m. meeting, which was moved to Mount Abe’s larger cafeteria after the Nov. 5 Community Conversation drew an overflow crowd to Bristol’s Holley Hall, the board’s Community Engagement Committee will focus discussion on what it calls “a range of possible options for our facilities.”
Those options will include the five different school closing and reconfiguration possibilities that were presented for discussion at the Nov. 5...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Jeff Fritz said this past Thursday that the interview committee he sits on could recommend two or three city manager candidates to the Vergennes City Council as soon as by the end of this week.
On Nov. 14 Fritz pegged the timetable as “within the next 10 days.”
By that morning seven candidates had responded to ads for the position, and Fritz said, “I’m very pleased to report all with some sort of municipal experience … This is a very good pool of candidates.”
Aldermen Mark Koenig and David Austin are joining Fritz in conducting preliminary interviews for a...
AMY CLAPP AND her son Theo Fallis, left, watch intently as Amie Bates evaluates the broken table lamp they brought to Thursday’s Repair Fair at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury. Bates figured out a fix.
Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — More than 60 hopeful souls dragged in their broken small appliances, kitchen tools, bicycles, jewelry, torn or worn clothing and even a busted doorbell to The Makery at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury this past Thursday evening for the Addison County Solid Waste Management District’s Repair Fair.
One woman brought along a big suitcase that had been through the wars on an airport baggage carousel. Volunteer fixers repaired the suitcase handle, but couldn’t fix the zipper. The fair, a reoccurring event, had a nice, friendly atmosphere with snacks and things for the kids...
My name is Queso! I am originally from Los Angeles, but now found a home in Vermont. I do not like the cold weather or the abundance of wildlife, the chipmunks are especially troublesome. When I am not defending the home from critters, I am found snuggling under the blankets with my family - I refuse all dog beds. Sometimes when things go wrong in the house, it is never my fault. My feline roommate/archenemy, Nora, is to blame.
BRANDON — A retail store known as The Paper Flower has found a temporary home in Brandon.
With exceptional sales through online marketplaces and Vermont craft fairs, The Paper Flower has made the move to offer a pop-up shop through the holidays. The gift boutique at 1410 Franklin Street (Route 7) is filled with unique handcrafted items. The shop will offer drinkware, cuttings boards and coasters, home décor, jewelry, accessories and much more.
The Paper Flower owner Ashley Charron said the store will also offer custom gifts. Last year Charron and company hand painted over 500 personalized...
LIFELONG BRISTOL RESIDENT George Smith served his community in a variety of capacities for more than 60 years, right up to his death on Saturday, Nov. 9, at age 93. Smith is seen here at the town landfill — where he was the “keeper of the scales” for more than two decades — on the day the dump closed, Aug. 1, 2015.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
BRISTOL — George Smith, who served his country in World War II and his community for more than 60 years, died on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the age of 93.
A former Bristol Village trustee, delinquent tax collector, longtime firefighter and much-loved “keeper of the scales” at the old town landfill, Smith was particularly known for his keen sense of humor, meticulous accounting skills and a great institutional memory of his community and the people with whom he shared it.
“I got the right wife, the right job, the right kids and the right life,” Smith told the Valley Voice during an interview around...
STATE LEGISLATORS, INCLUDING Rep. Amy Sheldon, left, and Sen. Ruth Hardy say they will be having a conversation about what ‘control of your hunting dog’ means.
Editor’s note: This story is third in a series. The first, "Bear-hunting hounds attack hikers and pup," was published on October 31, 2019; the second, "Bear-hound attack shocks hunting community," was published on November 7, 2019. On November 26, 2019, Christopher Ross spoke to VPR's Mitch Wertlieb about this story during Morning Edition; click here to listen.
VERMONT — State lawmakers have promised to scrutinize the laws that regulate hunting bear with dogs.
This comes after a pack of bear-hounds attacked a couple and their leashed puppy on the Catamount Trail in Ripton last month; the...