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MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has developed a new initiative to acquire and restore wetlands in response to funding from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Lake Champlain Basin Program. “As Vermont Fish and Wildlife is the largest owner of wetlands in the state, this is a natural fit to expand and build upon some of our marquis Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), such as Dead Creek WMA, and it will enable us to strategically enhance other WMAs,” said Fish and Wildlife’s Public Land Section Chief Jane Lazorchak. The initiative is focused on...
FERRISBURGH — The following positions in the Town of Ferrisburgh will be on the March 2, 2021, ballot. Due to COVID-19, petitions are not required this year, but a Consent of Candidate form must be filed with the Town Clerk’s office by 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. Positions are: Moderator: 1-year term. Selectboard: 3-year term. Selectboard: 2-year term. Auditor: 3-year term. Lister: 3-year term. First Constable: 1-year term. Town Agent: 1-year term Rogers & Hazard Fund Trustee: 2-year term. ANWSD School Director: 3-year term. ANWSD School Director: 3-year term. Contact the Town Clerk...

VOLUNTEERS FOR THE Christmas Bird Count flushed six short-eared owls like this one from a single tree in Addison. Photo/Kris Andrews
MIDDLEBURY — This year 41 field birders and 34 observers at feeders located and identified 17,289 birds of 68 species during the Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 20. Counters survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the Route 7 A & W Root Beer stand on the east to New York state on the west and from Snake Mountain on the north to Richville Dam on the south. The Middlebury count is one of over 1,800 held throughout North and Central America. Due to the pandemic, all in-person compilation gatherings needed to be...
LINCOLN — Since news broke of the superintendent’s recommendation to the MAUSD school board, our community members have been coming together to research alternatives. A newly created website is intended to be a place to gather and share information and resources in one location. On the website you can find out exactly what is being proposed, things to consider and ways you can get involved. The website also includes various news articles and posts from concerned townspeople. If you’re interested in learning more, please visit the website at protecttownschools.info. If you would like to join...
VERGENNES — A new Addison Northwest School District board policy written with the help of its student representative makes formal and increases their responsibilities. Board members last week hailed the policy as a possible template for other Vermont school systems that seek to better integrate student representatives into the work the board does. The policy allows representatives to serve on committees and attend board retreats and in many respects act as regular board members, but not to vote, attend executive sessions or be privy to personnel matters or other sensitive legal issues. Board...
VERMONT — The Vermont Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) has awarded nearly $30,000 in grants to three Vermont food animal veterinarians, including Dr. Anne Murphy of Weybridge. The veterinarians commit to a year of service in food animal practice in underserved areas of the state in return for the award, which is used to pay off their student loans.  These grants were made possible through funding by the Vermont Legislature to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. The program is administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association. Since 2012,...

MARCH 12, 2020
#1 COVID: THE STORY THAT AFFECTED EVERYONE ALL YEAR Early in 2020 word began to reach the U.S. and Addison County of a deadly respiratory disease striking a Chinese city with a name unfamiliar to most — Wuhan. We saw images of masked residents and health care workers and troops in hazmat gear. Middlebury College students in China had to abandon their studies and hurry back stateside. Porter Hospital began to make preparations — just in case. Before long it all hit home. Lockdowns. Masks. Social distancing. Closed schools, town offices and businesses. Layoffs. A recession. Rising infection...
Middlebury College students in Prof. Lindsay Repka’s fall Biochem class took an in-depth look at the science of coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. In their studies they saw how this pandemic reaches beyond the proteins, RNA and other building blocks of life to affect people in so many aspects of their everyday lives. They reached out to experts and regular people in Addison County to understand the broad reaching implications of COVID-19 and put together a package of more than a dozen scientific explainers, reports on scientists’ strategies for neutralizing the virus, and...

BRIGETTE GIRON SPOKE at the raising of the Black Lives Matter flag in front of Mount Abraham Union High School. Independent file photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — On Nov. 20, Mount Abraham Union High School students organized a ceremony to raise the Black Lives Matter flag on school grounds, with the understanding that it would stay there for 30 days. After that, the flag would be removed and placed in the school lobby. But some Mount Abe students would like to keep the flag on the flagpole, and they’re circulating a petition with the hope of gaining community support. The request will be voted on next week. “Although (raising the Black Lives Matter flag for 30 days) is a powerful first step in demonstrating Mt. Abe’s commitment to becoming...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District board is reviewing a first draft 2021-2022 preK-12 budget of $40,171,572 that reflects a 0.51% increase in spending and the elimination of seven teaching positions at the elementary school level. But the budget would also require $19,239 in spending per equalized pupil, which is $450 above the state’s $18,789 per-pupil spending threshold. If the spending plan isn’t lowered, taxpayers would feel an additional hit. School districts that spend above that threshold must pay a penalty to the state. With ACSD schools predicted to serve a combined...

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