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03/09/2020
VERMONT — “It’s only a matter of time” before the coronavirus arrives in Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott said on Thursday. When that time comes, state officials said at a press conference that day, they plan to be ready. State agencies on Thursday rolled out preparatory plans for schools, senior living facilities, state government, and hospitals, in advance of the anticipated arrival of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. Representatives from the agencies of Education and Human Services, the Department of Health, Vermont Emergency Management, and Gov. Scott outlined their strategy at a press...
03/09/2020
VERGENNES — The music program at Vergennes Union High and middle schools will be showcasing their work in two upcoming concerts. Vergennes Union High School students will present the first concert on Thursday, March 12, at 7 p.m., in the VUHS auditorium. The Commodore Jazz Ensemble, Commodore Singers, Concert Choir and Symphonic Band will all perform. The concert will feature the world premier performance of “North on Seven,” a work composed by VUHS senior Kai Williams. Vergennes Union Middle School students will give their concert on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m., also in the VUHS...

FILM PRODUCER AND Middlebury native Neil Bicknell will presents a new JFK documentary on Tuesday, March 17, at Middlebury College’s Axinn Center, as part of the American Association of University Women speaker series. Photo courtesy of American Association of University Women
03/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is sponsoring a screening of the documentary “JFK: The Last Speech” in Axinn Center 229 at Middlebury College  on Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m. Executive produced by Middlebury native Neil Bicknell and his wife Judy Bicknell, and directed by Boston filmmaker Bestor Cram, “JFK: the Last Speech” recently won the Best Documentary award at the New Jersey Film Festival. Middlebury College Professor Jay Parini is among the film’s narrators. On Oct. 26, 1963, only weeks before his assassination, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech...
03/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Local beekeeper Ross Conrad will present a talk on his new book, “The Land of Milk and Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont,” which he co-authored with Bill Mares, on Thursday, March 19, from 6:30-8 p.m., in the Community Room at Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main Street, Middlebury. The book provides a testament of the Vermont’s leadership to protect the nation’s pollinators and challenges other states to write their own beekeeping histories. “The Land of Milk and Honey” follows the trials and tribulations of notable and anonymous beekeepers in Vermont from the early 1800’s...
03/09/2020
MONTPELIER — Vermont state law requires that ice fishing shanties be removed from the ice before the ice weakens, according the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department. The shanty must be removed before the ice becomes unsafe or loses its ability to support the shanty out of the water, or before the last Sunday in March — the 29th this year — whichever comes first. All contents, debris, wood and supports must also be removed so they do not become a hazard to navigation in the spring. The fine for leaving your ice fishing shanty on the ice can be $1,000. Shanties may not be left at state fishing...
03/09/2020
BRISTOL — Bristol selectboard candidate Bill Mount may have fallen short in the vote count last week, but he had an experience on Town Meeting Day that made it all worth it. On Tuesday, Darla Senecal defeated Mount, 763–487, for a two-year term on the board. The following morning, the Independent reached out to Mount for a post-election comment, but candidate and reporter were unable to connect until after deadline. When the two finally caught up, by email, Mount said he didn’t have a comment. But he did have a story. “Yesterday, while I was waving on Main Street, a young lady came up to the...
03/09/2020
Being a parent is a challenging, yet rewarding role. And there are many of us doing it — there were 73.7 million children under age 18 in American in 2016, according to the U.S. Census Bureau Parenting is a hard job that evolves as children age, and moms and dads may wonder if there is anything they can do to be better parents. Raising successful, happy and well-rounded children takes effort. There is lots of advice out there for how people can be better parents to their children, and sometimes it can be difficult to tell what advice is best. Especially as the role of parents in their...

FAITH GONG
03/09/2020
Now that we have a new baby in the house, one of the first questions I get asked (on rare occasions when I appear in public) is: “How are you sleeping?” The implication is that, because babies are known for waking multiple times in the night to eat, my husband and I must not be getting a full night’s sleep. This is true, but it’s nothing new: My husband and I haven’t gotten a full night’s sleep in almost thirteen years. To be fair, due to our rather rapid reproduction rate, we had an infant in the house for the first six of those thirteen years. But even after our first four children were no...
03/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Three Addison County business leaders will discuss how their companies are adapting so they can survive and thrive during the era of climate change at a panel on Monday, March 9, in Middlebury. The panel, “Doing Business in a Changing Climate,” is organized by the Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County (CEAC, ceacac.org), and is co-sponsored by: Addison County Chamber of Commerce, Addison County Economic Development Corporation, Acorn Energy Co-Op, Bees Wrap, Danforth Pewter and  Elmer Farm. The panel and business networking event, which is free and open to the public,...
03/09/2020
LEICESTER — Town Clerk Julie Delphia reminds residents that dogs are to be registered by April 1. An up-to-date rabies certificate is needed. The cost is $11 for an altered dog, $15 for unspayed/un-neutered dog. A rabies clinic will be held at the Leicester Town Office on Tuesday, March 17, from 5-6 pm. The price for the immunization at the clinic is $15. The Town Office will be open so you can simultaneously register your dog.

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