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11/04/2019
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) announced its financial summary for the 2019 fiscal year. VEDA approved 231 new loans, providing $87.9 million in financing assistance to Vermont entrepreneurs, manufacturers, small businesses and agricultural enterprises.  “It was a record year for our small business loan programs, with over $10.5 million in approved financing for a key sector that drives job creation and our state's economic vitality. Our loan programs provide access to capital at affordable rates for small businesses," said Cassie Polhemus, VEDA's Chief...

THE 60 CREWS that competed the Oct. 26 Head of the Weir rowing event in Hull, Mass., head toward the starting line for the 5.5-mile competition. Eight of the boats contained crews affiliated with Ferrisburgh’s Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Photo by Richard Green/Courtesy of the LCMM
11/04/2019
HULL, Mass. — Vergennes Union High School, Rice Memorial High School and adult rowers in the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Champlain Longboats Program competed successfully on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the annual Head of the Weir event in Hull, Mass., a few miles south of Boston The crews rowed in boats built by high school students from Middlebury and VUHS in tandem with the LCMM longboats program. Program director Nick Patch describes building the boats as a five-month intensive project for which the students get credit from their sending school. The Head of the Weir features a challenging 5...

PARISHIONERS OF ST. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham are expanding the congregation’s mission in an effort to persuade the Burlington Diocese to keep their place of worship open. Volunteers are filling up a church annex with warm winter clothes for folks in need, including local migrant farmworkers. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Brisson
10/31/2019
SHOREHAM — A group of St. Genevieve Catholic Church parishioners are infusing new energy and offerings at their place of worship — including food and clothing charities for those in need — in an effort to convince the Burlington Diocese to keep it open. Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, is scheduled to recommend on Nov. 26 whether the 142-year-old St. Genevieve church should remain open or be closed, and potentially be razed. He’ll make his recommendation to the diocese’s Presbyteral Council, which will advise him in making a final decision that will likely come in...

MERYL SIEGMAN’S HANDS show some of the puncture wounds she suffered while shielding her puppy from an attack by bear-hunting hounds in the Green Mountain National Forest near the Ripton-Goshen border earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Meryl Siegman and Ron Scapp
10/31/2019
RIPTON — On Saturday, Oct. 19, around mid-day, a pack of bear hunting dogs attacked two hikers and their puppy on the Catamount Trail in the Green Mountain National Forest near the Ripton-Goshen border.   Former Ripton resident Meryl Siegman, 65, and her husband, Ron Scapp, 64, who have been hiking in the area for more than 30 years, had completed roughly one-quarter of their intended walk when they heard barking, they told the Independent.   “Almost instantaneously we were swarmed by five dogs,” Siegman said.   Scapp described them as “big hound dogs, in the 60- to 80-pound range, wearing...
10/31/2019
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard is urging town residents to oppose the Addison Northwest School District’s proposal to close Ferrisburgh Central School. “Your selectboard under the leadership of Vice Chair Jessica James voted tonight to send out a letter to all Ferrisburgh residents urging them to oppose closing FCS,” selectboard member Clark Hinsdale wrote in a Facebook post Tuesday night. The Independent obtained a copy of that letter just before deadline. “What the (school) district is proposing is more than school planning; it is community and regional planning,” wrote...

ADDISON INDEPENDENT PHOTOGRAPHER Trent Campbell is still recovering from strokes he suffered a year ago.
10/31/2019
MIDDLEBURY — One year after suffering the first of two strokes, Addison Independent photographer Trent Campbell continues his long road to recovery in hopes of once again immortalizing the people, places and scenes of Addison County. “I’m getting stronger,” he said during a brief phone interview on Tuesday. “I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.” That said, Trent realizes it might be a while before he emerges out the other end of that tunnel, as evidenced by an update his wife Nikki posted on Oct. 21 on his Gofundme webpage, which has been re-energized to help the couple cover...
10/31/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents at next year’s town meeting will again be asked to use some of the $2.5 million in accrued local option tax surplus to reduce property taxes. Town leaders will spend the next few months asking residents how much of the surplus should be used, and for what specific purposes. “If we do want to go forward in using that money, what policy would you like to have, and what minimal balance would you like to carry going forward to plan contingencies for the bridge?” Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay asked at Tuesday’s selectboard meeting. “There are a number of...
10/31/2019
VERGENNES — Bixby Free Memorial Library Director Masha Harris parted ways with the Vergennes institution last week after a little more than a year for reasons that remain unclear. Bixby Board of Trustees Chairwoman Paula Moore told the Independent on Monday she could not discuss a personnel issue. “It’s a personnel matter, so I can’t give you any comment. And that’s basically what I’ve instructed everybody to say,” Moore said. “She resigned her position effective immediately, and that’s it.” Moore would not comment on whether the board asked Harris to resign or whether it was Harris’ choice...
10/31/2019
VERGENNES — Vergennes residents will soon have the chance to weigh in on a new city charter that could change Vergennes voting hours, pave the way for the city council to propose local option taxes, create longer terms for city council members and place the city clerk under the supervision of the Vergennes city manager rather than the council. Those, according to Mayor Jeff Fritz, are the major changes Vergennes City Council members are considering in a proposed new charter they will probably adopt at their Nov. 12 meeting, with residents’ consideration to follow. Fritz said the process would...
10/31/2019
Sleep-deprived folks will get a bonus hour of slumber this coming Sunday morning, Nov. 3, at 2 a.m. That’s when the clocks fall back one hour for daylight savings time. Remember to re-set those clocks before you hit the hay on Saturday night. A reminder from Middlebury police: The town’s winter parking ban begins this Friday, Nov. 1, and extends through April 1. The ban prohibits parking between midnight and 6 a.m. on town streets and in municipal parking lots. Vehicles parked in violation of the ban are subject to ticketing, towing and impounding at the owner’s expense. There are designated...

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