ADDISON COUNTY — The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture, which was released this spring, was the 29th such survey, going all the way back to 1840 (it wasn’t always conducted every five years). Production and sales figures are taken from the year in which the census was conducted. Market value of inventories, including land and buildings, are taken on Dec. 31 of that year. Much has changed over the decades, and some changes, when they’re made, make it impossible to compare certain statistics from one census year to another. Typically, however, those sorts of changes do not affect the way county...

KIMBERLEY CRAM AND her daughter brave the heat to pick up their second Farmacy share. Photo/Haley Goodman
MIDDLEBURY, — Addison County’s very first food-based prescription program, Farmacy, launched on July 10. The Farmacy Program, a collaboration of ACORN, the Vermont Department of Health, Bristol’s Mountain Health Center, Middlebury’s UVM Porter Medical Center and three local farmers, enables doctors to prescribe fruits and vegetables as medicine to patients with chronic or nutrition related illnesses. Deanna Fielder, a mother who picked up her first share of food in Middlebury, said, “I’m most excited about experimenting with different vegetables I’ve never cooked with before and finding...
BRISTOL — This year marks the 29th annual Three Day Stampede Toward the Cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and/or digestive system of more than 30,000 people in the United States alone. The Three Day Stampede was founded in 1989 when David and Bonita Bedard’s granddaughter Kayla was born with Cystic Fibrosis. Since then the Stampede has raised more than $2 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, making it the largest grassroots fundraiser in the country, according to organizers. How does a small town like Bristol with just under 4,000...

BRISTOL POLICE SGT. Randy Crowe is surrounded by family at a recent Bristol selectboard meeting, where he was thanked for his quarter century of work serving the Bristol community.
BRISTOL — The Bristol selectboard has recognized Sgt. George “Randy” Crowe for his 25 years of dedicated service to the Bristol Police Department, the local citizens and the community of Bristol. Selectboard chair Joel Bouvier and Police Advisory Board Chair Jim Quaglino, at the July 8 Bristol selectboard meeting, presented Crowe with a plaque acknowledging him for his service. Randy Crowe started his law enforcement career in April 1991, while attending Champlain College, working as an auxiliary trooper for the Vermont State Police. He continued his education and in 1991 received his...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Foundation and the High Meadows Fund are each welcoming a two-year fellow to their respective philanthropic teams.  Brockton Corbett, who graduated this spring from Northern Vermont University-Johnson with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Environmental Science: Analysis and Assessment, will join the Grants and Community Investments team at the Community Foundation as the inaugural David Rahr Community Philanthropy Fellow. The fellowship is designed for a recent college graduate to gain exposure to the many ways philanthropy can be used to strengthen...
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Community Loan Fund is now accepting applications for Building Bright Spaces for Bright Futures 2019 grants. The fund was created in 2002 by the Vermont legislature to increase the quantity and quality of childcare and early education programs in Vermont. Since 2006, the fund has awarded about $1.39 million in grants to 134 Vermont childcare programs, benefiting 4,085 Vermont children and their families. The Bright Spaces grants can be used for assistance in starting, relocating, expanding or improving a Vermont childcare program’s facility and/or accessibility....

GREG’S MEAT MARKET in Middlebury will reopen at its 3 Elm St. location this week after a four-year hiatus. Pictured here is the store leadership team of (left to right) Jim Blais, Jamie Beayon, Gail Daha, Scott Cousino and Stacey Babcock. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Greg’s Meat Market — the once-popular, independently owned grocery store located at 3 Elm St. — will reopen under new ownership on either Tuesday, July 23, or Wednesday, July 24, after having been closed for more than four years. “We’re going to do it the way (original owner Greg Wry) did it, and hope it works,” said local businessman Tony Neri, who acquired the Greg’s/Pool World property from TD Bank during the fall of 2017. The store had closed in April of 2015 when its previous owner, Bart Litvin, filed for bankruptcy protection after having purchased the property six years...

A NORTHERN LEOPARD frog. Photo by Jim Andrews
SALISBURY — Since early July, Vermont State Herpetologist Jim Andrews’ inbox has been flooded with emails, phone calls and reports of what some Addison County residents are calling “Frog-ageddon.” According to Andrews, thousands of frogs have recently appeared along the Otter Creek floodplains of Cornwall, Leicester and Salisbury. “Landowners report not wanting to mow their lawns, pool owners have reported hundreds of small frogs in their pools and drivers report the tremendous carnage on the road surface,” wrote Andrews in an email to the Addison Independent on July 12. Determined to see the...

DR. LINN LARSON, right, pauses for a moment with two nurses in the medical clinic at the Casa Alitas migrant shelter in Tucson, Ariz. The Middlebury Family Health physician recently volunteered her medical expertise at the converted monastery that is helping new immigrant families at the southern border. Photo courtesy of Linn Larson
MIDDLEBURY — Dr. Linn Larson has treated scores of migrant farm workers during her two decades as a volunteer with Middlebury’s Open Door Clinic. Concerned about the growing crisis at the United States’ southern border, Larson recently spent a 10-day “vacation” continuing her volunteer health care efforts — this time at a former monastery in Tucson, Ariz., that is providing essential services to hundreds of migrants each week who are fleeing violence and oppression in their native lands for the chance at a better life in America. “I’ve gotten more interested in migrant health through my work...

CICILIA ROBISON, A recent Middlebury College graduate and AmeriCorps volunteer, has been named new executive director of Addison Central Teens, which runs youth programming and after-school activities at its center at 77 Mary Hogan Drive. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — Cicilia Robison has for the past year served the Addison Central Teens (ACT) center and its programming as an AmeriCorps member. On Aug. 1, she’ll become the executive director of that nonprofit organization, which offers safe, supervised after-school and summertime activities for Middlebury-area teens at 77 Mary Hogan Drive. Robison, a recent Middlebury College graduate, succeeds former ACT Executive Director Zoe Kaslow, who stepped down this past winter in order to take a job with Planned Parenthood. Devon Karpak agreed to step in as interim leader while the ACT board conducted...


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