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BOYS AND GIRLS Club of Greater Vergennes volunteer Carol Safori serves up dogs and burgers on Wednesday at the organization’s Armory Lane clubhouse during the club’s 20th birthday celebration. Independent photo/Steve James
07/09/2019
VERGENNES — There were many reasons for more than 100 people of all ages to gather on this past Wednesday evening at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes’ Armory Lane headquarters. The biggest was to celebrate the youth organization’s 20th anniversary. The club, the brainchild of the late Sam Allo, officially came into being on July 4, 1999, and opened its doors soon afterward in the Vermont National Guard Armory, nearby on Monkton Road. Youth clubs can be hard to establish, never mind nurture through two decades. Jill Strube, the Vergennes-area club’s director for the past three...

MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT ART Howard is mourning the death of his son, who passed away unexpectedly in Manchester, N.H., on June 19. Howard is praising Middlebury Police Officer Chris Mason for delivering the news in a compassionate and respectful way. Independent photos/John Flowers
07/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Art Howard was happily tapping away on his computer at 7 a.m. on June 21 when he heard a knock at the door. It was Middlebury Police Officer Chris Mason. “I jokingly said, ‘I didn’t do it,’” Howard said in reaction to the officer’s impromptu visit. Now 74 and temporarily confined to a wheelchair, Howard certainly hadn’t been on a crime spree. But his good-natured joshing quickly evaporated when he saw that Mason wasn’t playing along with the joke. “He looked at me and I could tell it wasn’t good news,” Howard recalled somberly. “It’s Scottie, isn’t it?” he asked Mason, referring...

MEMBERS OF SHOWING Up for Racial Justice demonstrated their patriotism in the Bristol 4th of July Parade on Thursday by protesting U.S. migrant-detention policies at the southern border. Draped in the same style of “space blankets” that are distributed to children at those facilities, protestors carried signs, passed out flyers and received applause every step of the way. Independent photo/Steve James
07/09/2019
BRISTOL — Dozens of people organized under the banner of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) marched in the Bristol Fourth of July Parade on Thursday, to protest both U.S.-run concentration camps on the southern border, and the increasing presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in Vermont. The marchers ranged in age from three and a half to 76, and they carried signs with messages like “Keep families together,” “No cages for kids” and “Asylum seekers are not criminals.” “I don’t think there was anything more patriotic that I could have done today,” said SURJ organizer...
07/09/2019
BRISTOL — Water and sewer bills are going up in Bristol Village. According to the rates set by the Bristol selectboard on June 24, “normal users” will see about a 6 percent increase in the water portion of their bills, and a 5 percent increase in the sewage base rate. In terms of dollars, this translates — again, for “normal users” — to about $1.25 per month for water (or about $15 per year) and about $8.22 per quarter for sewage (or about $32.88 per year). Customers with higher flow rates, however, will see much steeper increases. According to Bristol Town Clerk and Treasurer Jen Myers, the...
07/09/2019
BRISTOL — Karen Wheeler of Bristol and Patrice Wassmann of Lincoln will host a walk-a-thon in Bristol this Saturday, July 13, as part of their ongoing efforts to raise money for a Haitian orphanage. Like the rest of Haiti, L’Orphelinat Notre-Dame de Perpetuel Secours, which is an institution eight miles north of Port-au-Prince that currently home to 26 children, has struggled to recover from a devastating earthquake that struck the country in 2010. Wassmann and Wheeler are members of United Church of Lincoln, which has sponsored the orphanage since 2011. In fact, the two are known at UCOL as...
07/09/2019
VERMONT — After the group Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) raised the flag of protest against current U.S. immigration policies, more protests in the Green Mountain State are planned. Lights for Liberty, a loose coalition of grassroots activists from long-standing immigrants’ rights organizations, has organized a day of protest for July 12. As of press time, more than 450 communities in the United States had signed up to host events, including eight in Vermont. Though none are currently scheduled in Addison County, SURJ organizer Caitlin Gildrien said she expects her group will organize...
07/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Firefighters Association will be hosting the 130th Annual Vermont State Firefighters Association (VSFA) Convention in Middlebury on July 19 and 20, 2019. The convention will bring together hundreds of firefighters from across Vermont and neighboring states. The public is encouraged and invited to attend these events.  The convention will begin with a memorial service to honor fallen firefighters at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 3 Main Street. The service will be held on Friday, July 19, at 5 p.m. The convention will feature fireworks at dusk on Friday, July...
07/09/2019
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Union High School has announced uts honor rollfor the final quarter of the 2018-2019 academic years. Those named to the roll include: GRADE 9 ACADEMIC Highest honors: Beau Carpenter, Tyler Chasse, Annabelle Doucet, Isabelle Gilley, Grace Harvey, Genevieve Jackman, Abigail Johnson, Carter Monks, Jessica Nault, Carly Rougier, Ryan Stoddard and Sophie Venman. High honors: Caleb Atkins, Laura Bonar, Elena Bronson, Ava Doherty-Konczal, Annika Funke, Neil Guy,Molly Laurent, Karen Meyer and, Riley Wells. Honors: Isabella Bluteau, Henry Cogswell, Julia Colo, Kaia Companion,...
07/09/2019
MONKTON — Vermont Reads is a Vermont Humanities Council program in which citizens throughout the state are invited to read the same book and participate in community activities related to the themes of the book The Vermont Humanities Council 2019 selection is the graphic novel “March: Book One.” The book is the first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and award-winning graphic artist Nate Powell. Lewis was chairman of the Students Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights...
07/09/2019
MIDDLEBURY — If you live in Addison County and buy your groceries here, you are probably well aware of Homeward Bound’s summertime message: Don’t leave dogs in hot cars. The sandwich board signs are up and the humane society is banging the drum, once again.  “We know that most people don’t intend to put their animals in harm’s way. They innocently think that a trip into the grocery store will only take a few minutes. What they don’t realize is that on a summer day, even with their car windows open, the temperature inside can reach triple digits in less than 10 minutes, putting their animals...

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