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07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Ten candidates are running for lieutenant governor this year. The following is a brief introduction to the names you will see on ballots in the Aug. 11 Primary Election.  Information was culled from the candidates’ websites, and/or other online media sources. Candidates are profiled here in alphabetical order. Since Vermonters can vote in only one party’s Primary, we separated the candidates by party. DEMOCRATIC PARTY Tim Ashe, Burlington Democrat. Ashe reached out to the Independent for a sit-down interview, and a story about his candidacy can be found at addisonindependent....
07/30/2020
VERGENNES — After four elected Vergennes officials resigned, most citing the divisions and hard feelings that have recently developed in the city, those vacancies on the city council will be filled in a special citywide election tentatively scheduled for late September. City Manager Dan Hofman on Wednesday said he and the three remaining council members — Mayor Lynn Donnelly and Councilors David Austin and Lowell Bertrand — would meet on Tuesday to pick a date.  Those interested in seats on the council must submit petitions to get on the September ballot. The deadline to do so should become...

JASMINE LITTLE WAS one of the four local youths to paddle the length of Lake Champlain recently in a Lake Champlain Maritime Museum summer program. Her sister Kaitlynn was also on the trip. The sisters were junior leaders of the group. Photo by Nick Patch
07/30/2020
On Monday, July 6, a group of nine intrepid teens along with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum trip leaders Mandy Smith and Ally Tanaka departed from South Bay, just north of Whitehall, N.Y., on an epic journey to paddle the length of Lake Champlain in sea kayaks. In an ordinary year this is an ambitious goal but with COVID-19 looming large in all of our lives, this voyage presented significant challenges. Among the nine teens were locals Jasmine and Kaitlynn Little of Vergennes and Kade DeVries and Josiah Barnes of Addison. Traditionally, this teen expedition run by the museum is a hybrid...

USE INDEX CARDS and your imagination when creating a Three-Card Theater, this week’s Make It Together activity.
07/30/2020
Join a digital book discussion. The Vermont Humanities Council continues its digital offerings with a book discussion of “Refugees,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen on Friday, July 31, at 4:30 p.m. Part of the Border Crossing series. “Refugees” is a book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bringing us to a present-day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. For information, contact Kimberly Hotelling at khotellingbml@gmail.com.   Attend a digital art lecture.  Thanks to the Vermont Humanities Council, “Bearing Witness and Endurance of Voice: The Legacy of Lucy Terry Prince” will be...

SUSAN SMILEY OF New Haven assesses the bags of produce awaiting distribution through ACORN’s Farmacy: Food is Medicine program. Photo courtesy of Lindsey Berk
07/30/2020
MIDDLEBURY — ACORN’s Farmacy: Food is Medicine program began its second season of “healthcare CSA shares” on July 9, delivering farm fresh produce to 65 families. The program, a partnership with Porter Medical Center, the Vermont Department of Health, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Rise VT, Village Health and three area farms, provides patients and families with 12 weeks of fruit and vegetables, increasing the availability of nutrient-dense foods to prevent diet-related illness and food insecurity. New Leaf Organics of Bristol, Lester Farm and Market of New Haven and Firefly Fields of New...

STUDY, SELFIE, GRAPHITE on paper, Courtney Clinton. Courtesy of Rokeby Museum
07/30/2020
FERRISBURGH — What does the age of social distancing look like for visual artists? Musicians are live streaming, authors are tweeting and Montreal artist Courtney Clinton is currently navigating a remote arts residency with the Rokeby Museum. As she dives into the archives of a young artist’s 19th-century correspondence course, Clinton is producing her own modern-day correspondence class, which will be made available to the public July 27-Oct. 5. While remote education is a hot topic in our current pandemic context, this project looks at a history of remote arts education to see how art...
07/30/2020
LINCOLN — The MAUSD Expanded Learning Program Summer Adventure Camp presents “BOTS!” a new children’s musical starring the ELP Summer Musical Theater Group on Friday, Aug. 7 at 8:30 p.m. This drive-in theater event will be held in the MAUHS parking lot. Rain date is Thursday, Aug. 6. Come celebrate these amazingly talented kids. FROM PAUL FORLENZA, CHAIR, LDC  The Lincoln Democratic Committee will meet via Zoom to nominate candidates for Justice of the Peace on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. Some duties of a JP include helping conduct elections, hearing taxpayer appeals and performing marriages....
07/30/2020
BRANDON — Due to COVID-19 issues, the 32nd Annual Great Brandon Auction will be taking place in a very non-traditional way this year. Organizers have had to “Think Outside The Tent” and decided to move into a downtown storefront. Because pandemic restrictions rule out an auction under the tent at Estabrook Park, a donation from Heather and John Bierschenk has allowed auction organizers to stage it in the former Brown’s Gift Shop location at 6 Park Street. For two weeks, Aug. 1-Aug.15, the site will be open for at least four to five hours a day and manned by volunteers.  There will be various...
07/30/2020
With summer weather at its height and many people with more time on their hands out on the roads 50 years ago this week, Addison County saw a substantial number of car crashes. In just one week, eight crashes in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Middlebury, New Haven, Vergennes, and even on the Champlain Bridge left nine people with mild injuries.  Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the July 30, 1970, edition of the Independent: •  The county suffered a heat wave with high humidity and temperatures in the 90s for over five days, forcing thousands of residents to seek out lakes, ponds,...
07/27/2020
SALISBURY — A 72-year-old woman was killed Saturday afternoon when the car she was a passenger in was involved in a two-car crash on Route 7 in Salisbury. Joan Dayton, 72, of Londonderry was declared deceased at Porter Hospital that afternoon. Vermont State Police report that at around 1:13 p.m. on July 25, Brian Davidson, 37, of New Haven was driving a 2006 Cadillac DTS eastbound on West Salisbury Road toward Route 7 at what police described as “well over the posted speed limit.” Witnesses told police that Davidson’s Cadillac failed to stop at the stop sign and continued on into Route 7. At...

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