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THIS “SPIRIT PHOTO” from 1886 shows Weybridge “mesmeric physician” Soloman W. Jewett surrounded by apparitions. This photo is part of a Sheldon Museum exhibit titled “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical Reform.” Photo courtesy Sheldon Museum
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MIDDLEBURY — Solomon Jewett (1808-94) of Weybridge kept a very impressive guest list. Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Prince Albert of England. The Virgin Mary. Oh, and since they were all deceased, Jewett didn’t even need to open his door; as spirits, they all drifted in through the walls and hovered above his head. And he had the photos to prove it. Jewett’s “spirit photos” and other otherworldly keepsakes are now on display at Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History. They’re part of an exhibit titled, “Conjuring the Dead: Spirit Art in the Age of Radical...

WORKERS LATE LAST week frame a new outdoor deck at the Stone Mill building in Middlebury’s Frog Hollow, which by the end of October will host retail, restaurant, office and lodging services for locals and visitors. Independent photo/John Flowers
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MIDDLEBURY — Extensive interior renovations to Middlebury’s Stone Mill building are nearing completion, with current plans calling for the historic Mill Street structure to open its menu of businesses, workspaces and lodging — and the Mad Taco Restaurant — by the end of October. Business partners Mary Cullinane and Stacey Rainey of Community Barn Ventures sat down with the Independent on Thursday to discuss the latest news on the Stone Mill, which they acquired late last year from Middlebury College. They’re investing considerable time and expense in making the building a downtown hub for...
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CORNWALL — Eleven months after Bridport, Cornwall and Middlebury leaders urged the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) to “immediately” make major safety improvements to a notorious stretch of Route 125 near Cider Mill Road the road remains untouched. On Nov. 7, 2018, local officials made the plea to fix the road where a Shoreham man was killed following a collision with a fire truck on Sept. 13 of that year. While VTrans officials are promising installation of some short-term safety measures by next summer — including rumble stripes along the centerline of the road and more signs — no...

THE CHIPMAN HILL House designed by McLeod Kredell Architects shares the same footprint as the 1940s ranch house it replaced. Features like the large, central skylight, below, earned it a Merit Award for Excellence in Architecture. Photos by Susan Teare
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MIDDLEBURY — After more than five years, the “Chipman Hill House” in Middlebury still attracts admirers. “A lot of folks come up the hill to look at the house and enjoy it,” said Sven Lapiner, who lives there with his wife, Janet, and their three children. His family enjoys it, too. “It’s unique in the landscape,” Lapiner said. “It’s nice to have a modern house in a non-modern-house neighborhood.” Designing and building their house came with a number of challenges, however, starting with the fact that when they purchased the property there was already a house on it. “It was a little ranch...
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The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is hosting a Knights in Italy spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward assisting those affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Dorian. The menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 for a family. If you’re unable to make the dinner but would still like to contribute to the Knights’ efforts, checks can be mailed to the St. Ambrose Rectory at...
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BRISTOL — At least eight Bristol residents have officially expressed an interest in filling the selectboard seat left vacant by Ted Lylis when he resigned on Sept. 2. According to Bristol Town Administrator Valerie Capels, letters of intent have been received from Ian Albinson, Eric Carter, David Cobb, Andrea Denny, Brian Fox, Kevin Hanson, William Mount and Jim Quaglino. Other citizens wishing to be considered for the appointment must notify the town, in writing, before the next selectboard meeting, which is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. in the town office. That evening the...
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WALTHAM — Waltham’s delayed property tax bills should begin arriving in mailboxes later this week, according to Treasurer Lucille Evarts. And payments will also be due later than usual — Nov. 12 instead of the town’s customary Nov. 1 — thanks to a quick Tuesday morning selectboard decision. Evarts said an assessment mistake in calculating the value of the town’s three large solar arrays meant the town’s non-residential rate and grand list had to be recalculated at the state level, a process that took longer than she and Town Clerk Mary Ann Castimore expected. The appraisal company failed to...

PATTY CANDON, WHO won 347 games and four state titles over 33 years as head coach of the Otter Valley varsity softball program, accepts a plaque showing her induction into the Otter Valley Hall of Fame this past Saturday during halftime of the OV football game. Brandon Reporter photo/Russell Jones
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BRANDON — The Otter Valley Hall of Fame introduced 12 new members during halftime of Saturday’s Otter Valley Union High School homecoming football game. The newbies included eight athletes, a coach, two teachers and an administrator. Honorees were selected because they demonstrated exemplary scholarship and citizenship, demonstrated character by conducting themself as an exemplary role model, and demonstrated superior commitment and successful accomplishments in their role toward students, staff and the OV community. The new members of the Otter Valley Hall of Fame are: Nancy Robinson —...
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LEICESTER — The Leicester Historical Society is sponsoring Prize Bingo on Saturday, Oct. 12, at 1 p.m. at the Senior Center at Leicester Four Corners. All are welcome, refreshments served. The Leicester selectboard is seeking a resident to serve as the second delegate to represent the town on the Addison County Regional Planning Commission. Responsibilities include attending one night meeting per month in Middlebury. Contact selectboard chair Diane Benware for more information at 247-3786.
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MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Retired Educators will host Bruce Duncan and Bina48 at the Ilsley Library on Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 10:30 a.m.  Bruce is responsible for the ongoing development of Bina48, the world’s first advanced humanoid robot based on the “mindfile” information of a real person. Bina48 is designed to be a social being that represents a mix of memories, values, and beliefs from the original Bina along with new experiences gained through interaction with others. She has been featured in the New York Times Science Section, “GQ Magazine,” NPR and “National Geographic Magazine”...

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