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VERMONT FAMILY FORESTS will have the West Barn on the Wells Farm in Lincoln restored from foundation to rooftop. Photo courtesy of Vermont Family Forests
LINCOLN — Built in about 1860, the West Barn at Vermont Family Forests’ Anderson Wells Farm is one of the oldest barns in Lincoln. It’s also the most prominent of the Wells Farm buildings you see from Quaker Street. This summer, that vista will change a whole lot as the West Barn undergoes a much needed, major, foundation-to-rooftop renovation. The West Barn is a bank barn, meaning that it was built into the side of a hill — a design that allows two floors of the building to be accessed from ground level. The settlers who built the barn framed it with hand-hewn timbers atop a loose fieldstone...
BRISTOL — This newspaper reported earlier that Bristol Community Gardens (BCG) was seeking a new spot. Well, now it has one — off Hewitt Road — and now BCG organizers are looking for new gardeners to tend the small plot when it gets going at the end of the month. There’s room for around eight new people. For $25, gardeners can use a 400-square-foot plot for the 2021 season. BCG has a working compost system, water at the site and shared tools. BCG uses organic gardening practices and is committed to being a responsible steward of the land. Those interested in joining BCG may contact Catherine...
ADDISON COUNTY — Young Writers Project is an independent nonprofit that engages students to write, helps them improve, and connects them with authentic audiences in newspapers, before live audiences, and online. YWP also publishes an annual anthology and The Voice, a digital magazine with YWP’s best writing, images, and features. More info: youngwritersproject.org or contact YWP at sreid@youngwritersproject.org or (802) 324-9538. This month, Young Writers Project presents General Writing as well as a notable poem from our recent writing and visual art contest, “A Celebration of Trees.”   To...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will reopen to the public on May 9 and remain open for the 2021 season until October 24, 2021. Starting May 9, Rokeby Museum’s permanent exhibit “Free & Safe,” interpretive trail, and the agricultural outbuildings will be open free for members or with paid admission for non-members. Opening May 30, the Museum’s 2021 Seasonal Exhibit, “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer” will open to the public. This exhibit explores Rachael Robinson Elmer as a modern artist navigating the expanding profession of commercial artistry in the early 20th...
LINCOLN — Now that the snow is melting and the spring weather is here, please be on the lookout for children walking and riding bikes to and from school. The Lincoln Community School has a lot of children riding bikes and walking to school from 7:30 to 8 a.m. They ride and walk home from 3:15 to 3:30 p.m. Please use caution. Thank you! FROM THE TOWN CLERK It’s mud season! Many dirt roads are turning to mush, soup, and slop. If you do not live on one of these roadways, please help by driving around on paved surfaces instead. The people who must use these dirt roads to get home will appreciate...
ADDISON COUNTY — Funding is now available to nonprofits and municipal organizations through the Walter Cerf Community Fund at the Vermont Community Foundation. The Walter Cerf Community Fund makes grants to address charitable needs in the state of Vermont. Priority interests are the arts, education, historic preservation, and social services. Recognizing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of local nonprofits, the fund is temporarily expanding its criteria to also include general operating requests. Approximately 70% of funds available will be awarded to programs and...

SLOW DOWN AND be cautious when travelling at night in early spring or to take alternate routes to avoid driving near ponds and wetlands where salamanders and frogs are crossing during their breeding season. Photo courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife
MONTPELIER — Vermont Fish and Wildlife is asking drivers to slow down and be cautious when travelling at night in early spring or to take alternate routes to avoid driving near ponds and wetlands where salamanders and frogs are crossing during their breeding season. “One of the benefits of checking out amphibian road crossings,” says Fish and Wildlife herpetologist Luke Groff, “is that you can see many individuals and species in a short period and small area, and some species may not be seen the rest of the year. The spotted and blue-spotted salamanders, for example, belong to a group called...

THELMA MINER (LEFT), a longtime Brandon resident, enjoys a safer life at home thanks in part to her homeshare housemate, Anna Hardt. Photo by Karen Pike
BRANDON — Years ago, Thelma Miner, who is now a feisty 91-year-old, made her daughter Marie Perry promise that she would remain in her Brandon home for as long as possible. A nursing facility was off the table. But when Thelma began suffering memory loss, Marie knew it would take a team to fulfill that promise, especially with her living more than an hour away.  Four days a week, home health aides come in to make sure Thelma exercises and eats her lunch. Thelma’s son and daughter-in-law live next door so they can regularly check-in and watch out for any deviation from Thelma’s daily routines...
MIDDLEBURY —  Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley is recovering following a heart attack suffered during the morning of Friday, April 2. During a brief email exchange with the Independent Monday morning, the chief said he also sustained a sprained knee and three broken toes during his collapse from the cardiac event — his second since helming Middlebury PD 30 years ago. The chief said he underwent successful emergency surgery at University of Vermont Medical Center. “The folks at UVM were fabulous, as was Middlebury Regional EMS and our two officers who were first responders,” Hanley said. “...
BRANDON — The Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union is handling two new COVID cases at the Neshobe School in Brandon as cases continue to spike in Vermont. The development led Superintendent Jeanne Collins to declare April 5 and 6 remote learning days for all Neshobe students. In her email message to parents on Easter Sunday, Collins apologized for the short notice. “While the close contacts have yet to be tested, given the number of classrooms involved and the increase in numbers in both the school and the community, we have decided to move the school into full Distance Learning for Monday,...

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