Oct. 1 and 15: Ferrisburgh Selectboard Meetings, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4: First Friday Movies “The Public” 6 p.m., Bixby Library. Oct. 5: LCMM James Wakefield Rescue Row, Burlington Waterfront 9:30 a.m. Oct. 12 and 26: Ferrisburgh Grange King Pede card parties, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20: History of Beekeeping in Vermont, 3 p.m., Rokeby. Oct. 26: Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m., Fire Department, Route 7.   FERRISBURGH — On Saturday, Oct. 26, the Ferrisburgh Fire Department’s annual pancake breakfast fundraiser will be serving up lots of pancakes and Vermont maple syrup. The pancakes will be on the griddle as of...
VERGENNES — Did you know that according to some studies between 2 and 6 percent of the population struggles with hoarding disorder? In Addison County that could be as many as 2,000 people.  The Addison County Hoarding Task Force will present a one-night screening of David C. Coffin’s film “Beyond Hoarding” with panel discussion to follow on Sunday, Oct. 6, 3-5 p.m.  The event will be held at the Vergennes Opera House. Donations will be accepted.  “Beyond Hoarding” takes a fresh look at hoarding through the experiences of people afflicted with this compulsion, according to Mental...
VERGENNES — Champlain Valley Christian Reformed Church will host a huge rummage sale/bag sale this coming weekend. The sale will take place at the church at 73 Church St. in Vergennes on Friday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 5, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.  All items are overstock clearance from Your Turn Resale Shoppe in Vergennes.  For more information call Mandy at 802-989-9201. 
BRISTOL AREA — Like many neighboring communities in Addison County, the Mount Abraham Unified School District is facing significant challenges such as declining student enrollment and aging facilities. On the district website, the Community Engagement Committee posted a notice saying, “We need to figure out, together, how to address these challenges and give our kids the education they deserve.” A group of school board members and community volunteers is sponsoring a series of interactive, professionally facilitated conversations this fall. There will be one in each community in the 5 Town...
ADDISON COUNTY — September is Falls Prevention and Awareness Month in Vermont. Age Well with Tai Chi Vermont is offering many opportunities for older adults and others to participate in Fall Prevention programs with Tai Chi classes around Addison County. Falls are not a normal part of aging and they are preventable. Awareness of the tools available is one of the first steps to learning how to be safe when navigating through daily household, social, work and shopping activities. Confidence gained through gently strengthening muscles for safe stepping and maintaining balance are a few of the...
MIDDLEBURY — Given recent developments in Washington, D.C., a talk this week at Middlebury College will have particular relevance. On Thursday, Oct. 3, at 4:30 p.m. Princeton University professor and CNN Political Analyst Julian E. Zelizer will explore the roots of our turbulent political scene. The talk, titled “Political Polarization and the Road to the Trump Presidency,” will take place in Dana Auditorium on College Street. Zelizer, who is Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton, is considered by some to be one of the country’s leading...

ADDISON — An Addison man has been charged with a hate crime, stemming from allegations he deflated the tires of a vehicle belonging to an employee of the organization Migrant Justice and left a voicemail at that nonprofit asking its representatives to stay away from area farms, back in August. Chase Atkins, 24, of Addison has been cited with misdemeanor disturbing the peace by telephone, with a hate-crime enhancement. Police said the case relates to an ongoing investigation into several suspicious incidents and vandalisms in the Bridport area during the month of August. Police allege Atkins...

YOUNG PEOPLE WERE predominant among the estimated 500 who showed up at College Park in Middlebury this past Friday for the local edition of the Global Climate Strike. Many of the strikers were students at Middlebury College — and younger — demanding action to make the Earth safe for them to grow up on. Photo by Benjy Renton
MIDDLEBURY — “We are not going home satisfied. This is just the beginning.” These inspiring words were spoken by Middlebury College sophomore and climate activist Connor Wertz during a rally at College Park in downtown Middlebury this past Friday, Sept. 20. The roughly 500 people at the Middlebury event were part of a worldwide effort — a global Climate Strike — to persuade governments to take real action to stop climate change. In Middlebury, as in other protests around Addison County and Vermont, those gathering with signs, slogans and songs included adults of all ages, as well as children...

AFTER A FULL school day of climate change workshops and Peace One Day celebrations at Vergennes Union High School on Friday, dozens of students and community members kept the momentum going by staging a climate rally and “die-in” on the Vergennes City Green. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
VERGENNES — On Friday, thousands of people in Vermont and millions of people worldwide went on strike and rallied to demand that action be taken to address the climate crisis. At Vergennes Union High School, however, students decided to combine climate action with one of the school’s beloved annual traditions so that their community could “lean in” instead of “walking out.” Since 2005, VUHS students have led a Peace One Day event every Sept. 21 to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace. Because the event would have fallen on a Saturday this year — and because the U.N. chose “...

TOWN HALL THEATER Artistic Director Douglas Anderson recently won a statewide award from the Vermont Arts Council for his many contributions to the Middlebury theater and to the community at large. Independent photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Douglas Anderson has had an eclectic professional career. Educator. Writer. Producer. Director. And let’s throw in “quote machine” for good measure. “You make plans for the future, but the future is something that happens to you,” the ubiquitous founder and artistic director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater said last Tuesday of his unscripted career path. Little did Anderson know in 1997, when the Town Hall Theater (THT) was a mere concept scribbled in his notebook, that 22 years later he would be receiving a statewide award for his contributions to the arts and to his community...


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