Fifty years ago this week, newspaper readers in Addison County could buy a copy of the Addison Independent for 15 cents. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the Feb. 12, 1970, edition of the Independent:  • The spate of Middlebury burglaries continued as Benjamin’s dry cleaners was hit for a fourth and fifth time, despite police stake-outs in the building. No more money was stolen, but the building’s doors and windows were repeatedly damaged.  • The Vermont Department of Education approved a plan for an Addison-Panton elementary school district, which would teach 160 children...

LAST WEEK, STUDENTS from the Lincoln Community School dropped off “Kindness Rocks” — rocks painted colorfully with positive messages — at public gathering spaces around town.
LINCOLN — Some Lincoln Community School students visited the Lincoln Town Office one day last week. The students appeared with enthusiasm, quickly distributed “Kindness Rocks” all around the office (both inside and out), and then continued on their way to spread more positive energy around town, Town Clerk Sally Ober tells us. “All day long I have been finding rocks in unexpected places, and each time it makes me smile to see one,” Ober said. “Even though I knew these students were here, it feels like they performed a clever magic trick by tucking them into places where I have been surprised...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College’s Winter Carnival takes place the weekend of February 28-March 1. As in previous years, the carnival will include an ice skating show that features young local skaters. The show will be held at the college’s Kenyon Arena on Saturday, Feb. 29, following NESCAC women’s hockey payoffs (time to be determined) and again on Sunday, March 1, at 2 p.m. Readers can check for the Saturday show time. The ice show features skaters of all ages and abilities, including nationally competitive guest skaters, in a fun and music-filled event. The...
MIDDLEBURY — The VFW Fish Fry scheduled for Friday, Feb. 21, has been cancelled due to the death of the cook, Kevin Draper. Organizers offer their condolences to his family and friends.
MONKTON — If you are looking for something to occupy the children this week while they are on vacation, stop by the library with them to enjoy fun and crafts. On Thursday, Feb. 20, from 3 to 5 p.m., and Friday, Feb. 21, any time between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., the library will host some fun craft projects for kids. There will be a variety of materials set up for all ages and abilities to get their creative juices flowing and chase away the boredom. All are welcome. For questions call the library at 453-4471. If no answer, leave your name along with your phone number and someone will get back to...
SOUTH ROYALTON — Vermont Law School (VLS) and Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) in January launched the Vermont Legal Food Hub. Located at VLS’s Center for Agriculture and Food Systems (CAFS) in South Royalton, the program will match income-eligible farmers and business owners with skilled attorneys willing to provide free legal services. “A thriving local food system depends on the success of farms and food businesses,” said Sophia Kruszewski, director of CAFS’s Food and Agriculture Clinic. “Yet many of these businesses lack legal support. Our goal is to connect them with the assistance they...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Relocalization Network, known as ACORN, is following up November’s 4th Annual Producer Buyer Forum with its annual winter workshops series for farmers and food producers.  ACORN Board Member Annie Harlow is a main organizer of these workshops.  “This series of workshops is an integral way to engage and educate various stakeholders of our local foodshed with relevant and important information,” Harlow said. “It’s also a great way for folks to connect in the offseason.”  The March 11 Costs of Production workshop in Middlebury is a partnership between ACORN and Fat...

A MAN WEARING a black knit cap and sporting a distinctive moustache was caught by surveillance camera during a burglary at the West Addison General Store early Sunday morning.
ADDISON — Vermont State Police are trying to find the burglars who broke into West Addison General Store — WAGS — this past Sunday morning. At around 4 a.m. on Feb. 16, several motion alarms at WAGS alerted state police of an intruder. When troopers got there, they found that someone had forced their way into the story via the front bay window. Their initial investigation indicated that at least two people entered the business and stole an undetermined amount of cigarettes and beer. The subjects quickly departed the area in an older green Subaru, possibly a Legacy or Outback. This incident is...

VERGENNES CITY CLERK and Treasurer Joan Devine, seated, is retiring after 38 years on the job and plans to spend more time with her family, hobbies and volunteer work. Morgan Kittredge, left, will take over from Devine as of Feb. 28. Independent photos/Steve James
VERGENNES — At 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, Vergennes City Clerk and Treasurer Joan Devine plans to walk out of Vergennes City Hall and into retirement after 38 years as the city’s clerk and almost 42 years as a city hall employee. Devine, Addison County’s longest serving municipal clerk, admits it will feel strange. “I love my job. I have very mixed feelings leaving it,” she said in a Thursday interview, then laughing and adding, “It’s almost like who you are. When I go to the grocery store, everyone who sees me, it’s like, ‘Are my taxes due?’ Hello, can you have a sunnier thought than that...

DARLA SENECAL, LEFT, and Bill Mount are running to fill Peter Coffey's Bristol selectboard seat.
BRISTOL — Two seats on the Bristol selectboard will be up for election on Town Meeting Day, March 3. Incumbent Michelle Perlee is running unopposed to keep her seat for another three-year term, but selectman Peter Coffey, who has served on the board since 2016, has decided not to seek another two-year term. Two Bristol residents, Bill Mount and Darla Senecal, are running to fill that seat. An Alabama native, Mount moved to Bristol with his wife, Kristi, after they fell in love with the town in 2007. Mount served in the U.S. Army and National Guard and now works in the insurance industry....


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