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07/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Milk and Honey Quilters’ Guild is inviting quilters throughout the area to display their quilts in the guild’s fifth biennial show to be held on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center. “Quilting in the Land of Milk and Honey is a great opportunity to display your quilting talents and share your passion for quilting with others in this non-judged show” says show co-chair Priscilla Leng. The Middlebury Recreation Center offers a large and open space with plenty of room for quilts of all sizes; the guild encourages quilters of all skill levels, including local youth...

OSCAR SCHROEDER AND his steamboat, ca. 1900.
07/29/2019
SALISBURY — Bill Powers will bring to life a photographic steamboat tour of Lake Dunmore at the next meeting of the Salisbury Historical Society on Wednesday, Aug. 7, at 7 p.m., at the Salisbury Congregational Church. Powers’ presentation is based on the adventures of Oscar Schroeder who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, operated a steamboat on the lake. It includes more than 200 pictures, along with commentary on many of the views. Some of the photos include the glass factory, Loyal Kelsey’s farm (now Branbury Beach), Cove Point Pavilion, former hotels and tea houses, Satan’s Kingdom, and...
07/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — With the downtown bridge project, Middlebury is experiencing change on a large scale. This is not the first time such changes have occurred. With this in mind, Story Matters and the Ilsley Public Library will host “Back in the Day,” a special storytelling event to share stories of downtown Middlebury in days of yore, at Bundle, 60 Main St., on Monday, Aug. 5.  Anyone who remembers downtown Middlebury in the 1940s, ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s is invited to join in this story telling exchange — or just come and listen. No doubt there will be recollections of the time when pharmacies...

ARTIST DAWN WAGNER created this hat out of paper. She will be lead a paper hat-making workshop for kids at the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30-3 p.m. Kids can then wear their hats at the Mad Hatter Tea Party following the workshop.
07/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — A Mad Hatter Tea Party and Hat Workshop is coming to the Sheldon Museum on Sunday, Aug. 11, from 1:30- 3 p.m. Artist Dawn Wagner will conduct this fun-filled afternoon of extraordinary paper hat-making, offering a chance for families to celebrate summer and enjoy the beauty of the Sheldon Museum’s garden. Children will create up-cycled masterpieces perfect to wear to the Mad Hatter Tea Party that afternoon. Tea will be served in the garden, weather permitting. Wagner, who currently resides in Vergennes, left Addison County to pursue a career in theatre stagecraft in New York City...
07/29/2019
A good friend was in touch; her son was enduring allergic reactions to mosquitos and, like any good parent, she sought solutions. I told her that the most practical, non-toxic way to deal with the problem was to consider a mosquito’s lifecycle, and interrupt it where it starts.  Mosquitoes begin their lives in eggs laid singly or in rafts, in most cases on the surface of water. We purchase mosquito egg rafts at Saint Michael’s College to run student experiments with the hatching larvae.  A female mosquito, potentially using your blood or mine for energy, delicately alights on the water to lay...
07/29/2019
ADDISON — The John Strong Mansion and Museum is open for the season.  The Vermont Daughters of the American Revolution invite all to visit the home of Revolutionary War patriot John Strong. The home was built in 1796 and housed five generations of the Strong family. The tour includes period room displays and the story of a Colonial family’s life in the northern wilderness.  Guided tours are offered from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Special tours are offered by appointment. Adult admission is $5, seniors and students $3, families $10.  The...

Russ Reilly in 1987
07/26/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has announced the death of the school’s longtime former men’s basketball coach and athletic director Russ Reilly; he died Wednesday, July 24. Reilly worked fulltime for the Middlebury College athletics department for 29 years. In the year before his 2006 retirement, he returned to coaching men’s basketball as a volunteer assistant and continued in that role for the past 13 seasons. “Russ was a pillar of the college and local communities because of his huge heart and equally big smile and laugh,” said Middlebury Director of Athletics Erin Quinn. “He set the...

ANNAJO SMITH IN yellow sunglasses leads her New Haven Fire Department teammates in a water polo contest vs. firefighters from the Vergennes department during the Muster Games competitions that were part of the Vermont State Firefighters Association Convention in Middlebury this past weekend. Independent photo/Steve James
07/25/2019
MIDDLEBURY — More than 150 firefighters representing departments from throughout the state converged on Middlebury this past weekend to associate, learn, compete and honor the best among themselves. It was the 2019 Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA) Convention, held July 19-20 at various locations in Addison County’s shire town. The gathering included a memorial service, annual business meeting, guest speakers, the judging of fire apparatus, muster games, live demonstrations of firefighting techniques, an awards banquet and a fireworks display on Saturday evening. Several Addison...

COURTESY OF THE USDA Census for Agriculture
07/25/2019
ADDISON COUNTY — One need only look around to see that the rural landscape in Vermont is changing as the number and type of farms changes. A recently released big-picture look at our farm economy shows that agricultural production appears to be changing faster in Addison County than it is in Vermont as a whole. More giant and tiny farms but fewer mid-size ones, less cropland in production, fewer cows but more milk — all these trends are shown in the latest USDA Census for Agriculture. The U.S. Department of Agriculture conducts the census every five years and compiles statistics at the...
Roger Schmidt, massage, voyeur
ROGER SCHMIDT ADDRESSES addresses Superior Court Judge Alison Arms at the courthouse in Middlebury during his sentencing hearing on voyeurism charges on Monday morning. Independent photo/John Flowers
07/25/2019
MIDDLEBURY — It’s just a handful of footsteps from the visitors’ gallery to the prosecutor’s desk in courtroom 1 of the Frank Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury. But it must have seemed like a mile to each of the six women who courageously took their spot before an Addison County judge on Monday to tearfully recount how the man sitting just 10 feet away from them had promised to relieve their physical pain through massage therapy, only to instead condemn them to a lifetime of emotional trauma after having videotaped them in various states of undress during sessions at his Middlebury office. “I...

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