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RACHEL LEE CUMMINGS, executive director of Counseling Services of Addison County, says her organization is at a crisis point.
ADDISON COUNTY — While job openings gape across sectors statewide, scarce human resources can be a matter of life and death in the field of professional mental health support. “We’re at a crisis point,” said Rachel Lee Cummings, executive director of Counseling Services of Addison County. Out of CSAC’s approximately 300 employment slots, 52 are empty — that’s over 15%. “We’re trying to figure out how to leverage our limited resources to meet increasing demand,” Lee Cummings said. According to Doug Engel, a psychotherapist and private practitioner in Middlebury, Vermont was already short on...
ADDISON — Addison residents voted by a narrow margin on Tuesday to remain in the Addison Northwest School District. The final vote in 20% turnout was 122-106. Tuesday’s outcome is subject to a petition for a revote. The Addison selectboard had scheduled the vote in response to a resident petition. It also followed work in 2020 by a board-appointed School Option Study Committee that questioned whether Addison should remain in the ANWSD along with Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. Some Addison residents had hoped to follow in Ripton’s footsteps and become the second Addison County...

DICK AND THELMA Buxton will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on July 20. Husband and wife, both 93, ran Buxton’s Store for four decades. Their grandson Andy and his wife Mary now run it. Independent photo/John Flowers
ORWELL — It all began with a casual wave shared by two teenagers on a sunny day back in 1944 in picturesque Shoreham. A moment of tenderness and innocence that was permitted to blossom far away from the din and carnage of the World War II battlefields in Europe and Asia. Dick Buxton and Thelma Brisson never thought back then their chance encounter would lead to a rock-solid marriage that’s lasted 75 years — and counting. It’s been such a fun ride that the Buxtons, now both 93, will return to the altar at St. Paul’s Church in Orwell later this month to have their marriage blessed. And they can...
LINCOLN — Another Addison County town will vote on whether to stay in its school district or leave. On Tuesday night, in response to a community petition, the Lincoln selectboard scheduled a town-wide vote for Aug. 24 to decide a single question: “Shall the Town of Lincoln withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD)?” “I feel really saddened to be at the place we’re at,” said Lincoln resident Mike Fisher, who attended the meeting in person. “I really did not want to come to a place where we had to consider accepting a vote to withdraw from the district ... But I also think...
Editor’s note: This is the third in a series about the growing pains of Addison County schools in 1965-66 and the Vermont Commissioner of Education’s ambitious plan to address them. Unless noted, quoted material is reproduced from the original Addison Independent articles and editorials of the time. Read the whole series here. ADDISON COUNTY — Between 1960 and 1965 Addison County’s population increased by 8%, the highest growth rate in Vermont, and home builders were doing their best to keep up. By the end of 1965 a total of 74 new home lots were slated for “Williamson Heights” on Painter...
The Bristol Trail Network is looking for volunteers to help clear knotweed off of the trails and mulch the pathways in Sycamore Park. The group is hosting two workdays to get this done, so come to one (or both) — whatever fits into your schedule. Workdays will be Tuesday, July 20, 5-7 p.m., and Wednesday, July 21, 9 a.m.-noon. Be sure to bring gloves and water for yourself, and also wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, and any tool that can slice down the knotweed (such as loppers, clippers, scythe, and weed whackers). Those willing to volunteer should email Jennifer.Sogin@uvm.edu. The Middlebury...
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Economic Development Corp. has reached a major milestone in its work supporting local businesses and recently received a new infusion of funds that will enable to continue and expand its mission. Since 1993 the revolving loan funds managed by the ACEDC have considered 111 loan applications, and the agency has approved loans totaling over $5 million for 105 projects to 67 businesses throughout the county. ACEDC has managed three loan funds capitalized by the USDA Rural Development’s Intermediary Relending Program (IRP), funds made available by the state of...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents next month could be asked to approve a $323,000 bond that would allow the town to buy into a Bristol solar array. It’s an investment that proponents contend would allow the municipality to save an estimated $180,000 in electricity costs over the 25-year term of the bond. The Middlebury selectboard will decide on July 27 whether to place the proposed bond issue before voters on Aug. 31. That ballot would include a second referendum asking residents to approve a financial agreement for Ripton’s exit from the Addison Central School District. Selectboard members...
VERGENNES — Officials in the towns of Addison and Ferrisburgh were preparing last week to send out property tax bills that contain lower levies on homes, but raise rates for owners of non-residential real estate. Overall rates include the cost of funding town services in municipal levies that are identical for both residential and non-residential taxpayers and are included in all tax bills. The cost of funding the Addison Northwest School District is covered in homestead and non-residential rates that are different for each category of taxpayer. Homeowners in Addison are seeing decreases of...

A COMPANY CALLED Satori Seven South is seeking to buy the former Connor Homes building at 1741 Route 7 south and turn it into a hemp growing/processing facility. Independent photo/William Haig
MIDDLEBURY — A Vermont-based investment company is seeking to buy the former Connor Homes property at 1741 Route 7 south and use it for indoor growing of hemp plants, including propagation, storage, drying, testing, processing and wholesale distribution. The Middlebury Development Review Board is slated to hear an official pitch from representatives of Satori Seven South LLC and its parent company, Satori Investment Partners (SIP) LLC, on Monday, July 26, at 7 p.m., at the Middlebury town offices. “We see the building as a great space to continue our investment in cannabis, primarily around...

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