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01/09/2020
Attention basketball fans: A panel discussion featuring Jackie MacMullan of ESPN, Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe, and longtime Sports Illustrated writers Jack McCallum and Addison County’s own Alexander Wolff will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in room 216 of the McCardell Bicentennial Hall on the Middlebury College campus. The highly decorated participants on this panel have a combined total of nearly 200 years of covering basketball. Listen to them address the state of the game, swap stories and take questions during this free event. The Middlebury Community Players will hold...

LONGTIME OTTER CREEK Bakery owners Ben and Sarah Wood, right, are passing the proverbial rolling pin to Ned Horton (second from left) and his manager, Chiyo Sato. Independent photo/John Flowers
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — Thirty-three years after creating and operating the Otter Creek Bakery in downtown Middlebury, Ben and Sarah Wood are ready to retire their aprons and cook up some new adventures. But worry not, those who have long been beguiled by the bakery’s intoxicating aromas and decadent pastries. The business will continue to do what it does best under new ownership. Addison County resident and coffee aficionado Ned Horton has purchased the bakery and will retain its workforce and eclectic menu. “It was time to do something new,” Sarah said of the couple’s decision to move on. “Ben has...
01/09/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — The annual Addison County Legislative Breakfast series will kick off on Monday, Feb. 3, and will convene on an almost-weekly basis through April. The legislative breakfasts were established around 40 years ago and offer a weekly opportunity for Addison County residents to network with area lawmakers about goings-on at the Vermont Statehouse. The Monday breakfasts begin at 7 a.m., then the discussion starts at 7:30 a.m. and lasts until 8:45 a.m. Breakfast will be available for purchase at all venues. The ensuing discussion is free. The breakfast series is sponsored by Bridport...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Public Utilities Commission (PUC) during the coming months will review plans for a proposed resource recovery center at 183 Industrial Ave. that would transform industrial wastewater into energy and potentially provide a low-cost heating source to businesses within Middlebury’s industrial park. At issue are plans for a Middlebury Resource Recovery Center that would be built by Salem, N.H.-based PurposeEnergy Inc. The centerpiece of the plan is an anaerobic digester that would extract energy from organic wastewater generated by a handful of Middlebury industrial park...

DERRICK COUNTER LOOKS over the burnt remains of his family’s mobile home off Route 7 in Leicester after a Jan. 2 blaze destroyed the home. The family escaped safely, but several pets perished. Brandon Reporter photo/Lee J. Kahrs
01/09/2020
LEICESTER — The Counter family of Leicester lost everything in a Jan. 2 fire that consumed their mobile home and killed several animals, but they are heartened by a community that is rallying in support. The mobile home was located toward the back of the property next to Champlain Beverage off Route 7 near the four corners by Leicester Central School. The blaze began in the area of a woodstove operating on an exterior porch just before 2 a.m. this past Thursday morning. The mobile home was owned by Derrick and Tonya Counter, who also own and operate Mountain View Automotive on the same...
01/09/2020
MIDDLEBURY — How are Scandinavia and Iceland confronting the challenges of climate change? Is there something about the culture or political structure that has put them at the forefront of efforts to reduce human impact on the climate? Learn the answers in “Climate Action and Social Democracy — Lessons Learned from the Nordic Countries.” The presentation will be held Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Ilsley Library. Last fall local climate activists Fran and Spence Putnam went on a five-week, self-designed study tour of Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Iceland for a first-hand look at their...
01/09/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Our Jan. 6 story about business composting and Vermont’s Universal Recycling Law inspired some feedback and questions from Addison County Solid Waste Management District residents.  ACSWMD’s Public Outreach Coordinator Jessie-Ruth Corkins took a moment to offer some additional information and clarification.  “People have called wondering how to handle meat scraps because they’ve heard meat and bones shouldn’t go in home compost piles,” Corkins said in an email to the Independent.  This is correct, she confirmed.  Residents and businesses practicing backyard composting are...
01/09/2020
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 information is available at youngwritersproject.org, sreid@youngwritersproject.org or 802-324-9538. The following poems were written for a general writing prompt:   Crystal Lake   Majestic mountains tower over crystal-clear water. Sky-scraping evergreens border the rocky shore,...
01/09/2020
MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott this week announced the appointment of Peter Reed of Braintreek to fill the Orange-Washington-Addison House District vacancy following the resignation of former Rep. Ben Jickling in August 2019.  Reed’s district includes the Addison County town of Granville.  “Peter understands the importance of economic development and growing our economy to address our state’s challenges, and those of the communities he’ll represent,” Scott said in a press release. “I believe his experience will bring an important perspective to the House and I look forward to working with him...
01/09/2020
BRISTOL — The Vermont Cannabis Organization will host Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman and a panel of industry experts to discuss the current status of cannabis tax and regulation legislation in Montpelier during a business networking event on Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, at Mary’s at Baldwin Creek in Bristol.  Mr. Zuckerman will be joined by attorneys Tim Fair and Andrew Subin, of Vermont Cannabis Solutions, Eli Harrington, founder of Greenbridge Consulting, Dave Silberman, attorney and legalization advocate, as well as Laura Subin, director of the Vermont Coalition to Regulate Marijuana. ...

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