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09/10/2020
MONKTON — Monkton’s 2020 municipal tax rate turns out to be 4.5 cents lower than what the selectboard estimated it would be back in March. On Aug. 31 the board set the 2020 town property tax rate at 39.37 cents per $100 of assessed property value, a decrease of 1.82 cents, or 4.4%, from 2019. As reported in our Aug. 6 story, the tax cut was accomplished in part by reducing current-year paving expenses and by rolling costs related to the town hall and library project into the bond that will be used to pay for that project. But Monkton residents will not see an overall reduction in their...
09/10/2020
NEW HAVEN — A volunteer effort is under way to establish a free food pantry in New Haven. There are similar pantries in Monkton, Lincoln, Bristol and Starksboro.  This will be a place where people who are struggling with food insecurity will be able to access nonperishables to feed their family.  Organizers are currently searching for exterior paint for this project. If you have exterior primer, paint or other painting supplies available please reach out to Darcy Tardie at dltardie@yahoo.com.
09/10/2020
MONKTON — Monkton Library Porch Pick Up continues! Stop by, call, email, or put a hold on books (from the online catalog) to make your selections and pick up from 3-7 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. They are happy to serve you. Also, watch for pop-up book sales on the lawn this week and into the fall during pick up hours. They’ll have many adult and youth titles to sell. Book sales will not happen in the rain. Please plan to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Did you learn any magic over the summer? We’d love to hear feedback from the families who participated in “Become a...

DICKIE AUSTIN
09/10/2020
This is the first of two stories in which we introduce readers to the 14 candidates for Vergennes City Council. Read the second here. VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, and in mail-in balloting before then, Vergennes residents will pick four new Vergennes City Council members from possibly the most crowded field in city history.  After the mayor and three councilors resigned between Aug. 1 and 10, 14 candidates filed to be on a ballot for a special election that the remaining three councilors and city officials set for Sept. 22. The ballot includes both veterans of the city’s public sector and...

AFTER TWO YEARS building up the Turning Point Center of Addison County and its substance abuse recovery offerings, Stacy Jones has stepped aside as executive director.
09/10/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Turning Point Center of Addison County (TPC) at 54 Creek Road in Middlebury is searching for a new executive director to coordinate programming for people recovering from addiction. The new hire will succeed Stacy Jones, who in two short years did a lot for TPC, a nonprofit that provides a safe, friendly and substance-use-free environment for those in recovery — and their family members — to meet for peer-to-peer support, social activities, workshops, coaching, education and advocacy. She served the organization as a volunteer for five years prior to taking on the top...
09/10/2020
BRISTOL — With the COVID-19 pandemic, parents still don’t know what trick or treating will look like this year, so an outdoor event may be just the thing for the community.  The Brendon P. Cousino Med47 Foundation is planning a haunted forest in Bristol this Halloween. Organizers Garry and Cindy Cousino have a chunk of woods off Route 116 that will fit the bill. They’re hosting a planning meeting about the proposed haunted forest on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.  Tentative plans call for the haunted forest to be held Oct. 23-25, 30 and 31, with pre-packaged candy handed out from 4-6 p.m. for the younger...
09/10/2020
ADDISON — The Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison is hosting a modified Northeastern Open Atlatl Championship day on Saturday, Sept. 19. This is the 25th year of the annual event and will be a highlight also of the modified Vermont’s September Archaeology Month.  Contestants and visitors must pre-register. Call 802-759-2412 and leave a message. Everyone must be prepared to practice social distancing (at least six feet) and must wear face masks. Consider bringing a picnic lunch and an outdoor portable chair for your comfort. The Chimney Point field, on the shore of Lake Champlain,...

THIS ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING shows the planned 11,550-square-foot building that the U.S. Forest Service will build off Route 4 in Mendon thanks to a $6 million appropriation secured by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.
09/10/2020
MENDON — Saying that the Green Mountain National Forest will “finally be able to put” its Rutland-area Supervisory Office “where it should be,” Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office and GMNF officials on Thursday will announce plans to build a new $6-million facility on Route 4 in Mendon. Construction will begin next spring, and it is expected to be completed by fall 2021. The new Forest Service building will house about 65 part- and full-time employees and provide a more appealing visitor center. “It will be a gateway to greeting visitors” on a highly traveled state corridor, Leahy said of the new...
09/10/2020
What will Halloween look like in 2020? For more than a decade, families in Middlebury have looked forward to Spooktacular, a downtown festival with costumes, games and a trick-or-treating parade, usually held the Sunday before Halloween. We can’t gather that way this year because of the pandemic. But that doesn’t mean we should give up our dreams of a community celebration. Here’s what the Better Middlebury Partnership is working on, according to Karen Duguay: Instead of making trick-or-treating one more thing lost in 2020, let’s rally together and make it really special for our local kids...
09/10/2020
Know a kid who could benefit from one-on-one mentoring this fall? Lucky for you, Middlebury College is offering its Community Friends program, which matches Addison County 6- to 12-year- olds with trained college students. The program was started in 1960 and is currently in its 61st year of operation. After getting matched with a student, mentees begin to meet regularly one-on-one with their mentor for about two hours each week. The mentor and mentee coordinate the timing of that meeting, based on mutual availability. In non-pandemic times, mentors and mentees often play games, construct...

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