ZOE NOBLE AND ASTRID OLSEN
MIDDLEBURY — Two Middlebury Union High School students, Zoe Noble of Middlebury and Astrid Olsen of Cornwall, have been named Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program.
About 16,000 semifinalists throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements...
ROCHESTER — Bald Mountain Theater is calling for submissions for its annual Krampusnacht show, a celebration of both the light and the dark.
Anyone who would like to contribute to one of the theater’s most popular yearly events can submit a piece no more than two pages long dealing with some of the darker aspects of the winter solstice season. Previous Krampusnacht shows featured horror stories, tales of family dynamics around the holiday season, urban legends, and stories about finding hope in the darkness. Humor is always welcome. Drawing inspiration from real life and then adding an...
STEVE AND JANE Costello recently found some baby possums with their mother, who was killed on the road by an automobile, and took them to Howling Mountain Wildlife Rescue in Starksboro, where they are being rehabilitated.
Photo by Steve Costello
One recent day did not go as planned, but after starting with sadness, tension and adrenaline, it came to an end with an incredible feeling of happiness.
With plans for tailgating and Castleton University football, I was up early for an 8-mile run. Not quite 1.5 miles in, I came upon a mother possum, dead in the road, one lifeless baby beside her, two others wriggling on the pavement, and a pouchful more crying and trying to nurse.
I didn’t have a phone, so I ran home, and while my wife Jane put together a box with a blanket, towel and gloves, I started looking for an animal rehabilitator....
ADDISON — Although the Addison Northwest School District Board does not believe the town of Addison’s required public meeting before the Oct. 5 town-wide revote on ANWSD was legally warned, its board chair said the district will not challenge an unfavorable result.
“The district will not call into question this vote,” ANWSD Board Chair John Stroup told the Independent. “I don’t think the district could even do that. A person does that. A person goes to Superior Court and files.”
Addison residents will on Tuesday, Oct. 5, for a second time vote on whether to leave ANWSD. They supported staying...
RIC KASINI KADOUR’S digital collage “Museums of the Future” sets the tone for the “Elephant in the Room” lecture series at the Sheldon Museum, which will explore the role of museums in today’s society.
MIDDLEBURY — What is “the elephant in the room” at museums? What topics do cultural heritage organizations shy away from, obscure or feel ill-equipped to address? Whose stories are told and whose are missing? Do we reflect our communities? How can institutions with historical collections make meaningful programs for 21st-century audiences?
The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History next week will convene the first in a series of virtual lectures by national artists, scholars, curators and cultural visionaries to explore these questions and to open a dialogue between museum makers and goers....
VERMONT — The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is providing a list of 29 certified leashed tracking dog owners who volunteer during the hunting seasons to help hunters locate deer or bear that have been shot during hunting season but not yet recovered. Seven of those trackers are in or near Addison County.
The leashed tracking dog owners, who provide their services free of charge, must pass an extensive exam administered by Fish and Wildlife to be certified and licensed to provide their services.
This complete list, which may be updated during hunting seasons, is available online at...
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District has been awarded a $238,000 grant through Act 67, a law the Legislature passed in the spring that used federal money to fund “the implementation of Community School Programs that provide students with equitable access to a high-quality education.”
The district will establish a mentoring program, expand afterschool programming, provide more meals to food-insecure families, enhance mental health supports, increase community partnerships, and focus on equity issues, according to an ANWSD press release.
The Community Schools Act is funded by...
VERGENNES — Vergennes City Manager Ron Redmond and Police Chief George Merkel have written or are writing letters to the U.S. Department of Labor supporting the current operator of Northlands Job Corps in its effort to obtain a new contract to stay on the job.
But on Tuesday the Vergennes City Council declined to make a formal endorsement of Educational Training Resources’ bid to remain the operator of the federally funded job-training center for disadvantaged youths on Macdonough Drive.
Councilors at their Sept. 28 meeting said they would review the letter Redmond planned to write on...
WALTHAM — After a year that saw a more significant tax increase, Waltham residential taxpayers are looking at a more modest hike in their 2021-2022 property tax bills.
Including modest increases in both the municipal and school portions, the Waltham residential rate will rise by 2.66 cents to $2.0479 per $100 of assessed property value.
That translates to almost $27 more per $100,000 of assessed value. The increase in the 2020 rate was closer to 13 cents, or $130 per $100,000.
Those increases only fully apply to those who pay on the assessed value of their property. About two-thirds of...
LINCOLN — The Share the Warmth: A Winter Outerwear Giveaway will take place on the Bristol town green on Saturday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon. If you are in need of clothing for the upcoming winter season, please stop by and take what you need. There will be coats, snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, gloves, scarves and socks. All items are free. This event is sponsored by the 5 Town Partnership.
Donation item collection will begin Monday, Oct. 11, and continue through Wednesday, Oct. 20. The drop-off area for Lincoln is at the church. Please use the lower level entrance/door. Any size...