SHOREHAM — The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense. AROUND TOWN The floor restoration project at the Congregational Church is one step closer to completion. The pine boards (donated by Ed C. James) are sitting in the Fellowship Hall “acclimating” to the environment. The folks are anticipating a beautiful floor in just a few more weeks. If you know of someone unable to leave their home this winter who would appreciate a Tea and Cookie visit from the parishioners of St. Genevieve’s church, please contact Kathleen Brisson at 897-5625. Dog licenses are...

MEMBERS OF VERMONT INTEGRATED ARCHITECTURE (VIA) along with their partners received two awards at Efficiency Vermont’s recent Better Buildings by Design Conference held in Burlington on Feb. 5-6. Shown at the conference are, front row third and fourth from left, Megan Nedzinski and Andrea Murray of VIA, and back row third from right, Ashar Nelson of VIA. Photo courtesy of Efficiency Vermont
MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Integrated Architecture, P.C. (VIA) of Middlebury accepted two awards at Efficiency Vermont’s Better Buildings by Design Conference held in Burlington on Feb. 5-6. Efficiency Vermont recognized VIA’s work on the Shelburne Pierson Library and Historic Town Hall with its Best of the Best Honor Award for a large commercial project. The project also won the first ever Better Buildings People’s Choice Award. Completed in the summer of 2019, the new library and renovated town hall provide a 21st-century community center that combines the best of current technology with a...
Hi! My name is Ally Lawton, and I just turned 63 a couple of days ago (that’s 9 in human years). Although I don’t live in Addison County, I visit frequently to see my doggy nieces, Yuki and Ruby, who live in Middlebury, and we have a lot of fun together. Once, I was feeling particularly brave (and hungry), I ate some delicious cheese right off the coffee table when my owners were watching! Although I love cheese, my other favorite food is salmon. When I wake up every morning, I dig under the covers trying to find my special black pillow then make my owner chase me for it. It’s probably my...

STATE REP. DIANE Lanpher, D-Vergennes, is flanked by VUHS students Clarinda McAllister, left, Audrey Tembreull, Calder Rakowski and Grey Fearon at the Vermont Statehouse earlier this month, where the students represented the Vergennes Fusion afterschool program.
MONTPELIER — Four students in the Vergennes Union High School-Fusion afterschool program traveled to the Vermont Statehouse on Feb. 13 to meet with the legislators and learn about how laws are made during the Vermont Afterschool & Summer Learning Day. Youth Ambassadors Audrey Tembreull, Clarinda McAllister, Calder Rakowski and Grey Fearon had an opportunity to meet afterschool peers from across Vermont, participate in a youth advocacy and empowerment workshops, eat lunch at the Vermont History Museum, and tour the Statehouse. The students from the various Vermont afterschool programs went...
LINCOLN — Is your compost pile frozen solid? Are you out of space in your compost bin because it’s frozen? Don’t give up! Lincoln Compost Ambassador Sally Ober says. You can make an extra compost bin by drilling holes in the sides and bottom of a trash can that has a lid. Cover layers of food scraps with a hefty layer of browns like wood shavings (available at farm supply stores), dry leaves, straw and shredded paper or cardboard. Or, bring your food scraps to your town recycling and trash drop-off or the ACSWMD Transfer Station in Middlebury. More info is online at

ORWELL RESIDENTS BOB Bogdan, left, Tim Short and Jean Audet were among more than 20 people who made a show of support in front of their town hall on Wednesday. Slate Valley Unified Union School District officials are considering razing the building as one option to make way for an addition to the village school. Independent photo/Steve James
ORWELL — Jean Audet has always been enamored of the historical significance and visual beauty of the Orwell Town Hall, a stately, Greek Revival edifice that has stood vigil over the village green during the past 179 years. But when she passes by the Main Street building these days, she hears the echo of a verse from Joni Mitchell’s 1970 tune, “Big Yellow Taxi.” “They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.” Audet is among a group of Orwell residents concerned their town hall might soon be razed and removed as part of a plan to fix and-expand the adjacent town school (see story). Around $6...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury residents on Town Meeting Day will be asked to bond for up to $5.35 million to bankroll three projects: replacing aging water mains in the Court Square area, fortifying the banks of the Middlebury River to prevent future flooding in East Middlebury, and renovating former sewer plant buildings into storage space for the town police department. The three separate requests add up to $5.35 million, but Middlebury residents won’t be on the hook for nearly that much because the selectboard has put together a financing plan that includes a large federal grant and surplus...

BRISTOL — Bristol Elementary School Interim Principal Thomas Buzzell has been selected as the school’s next permanent principal, Mount Abraham Unified School District Superintendent Patrick Reen confirmed this week. Reen said the search committee’s weeks-long process concluded on Friday, Feb. 14, the day after Buzzell and the other finalist, Addison Central School principal and BES alum Kathleen Kilbourne, spent the day visiting the school and meeting with parents and community members in the evening. Reen said the news that Buzzell had accepted a contract was welcomed at a school-wide...

THE BROTHER-SISTER TEAM ON Caroline and David Larocque of East Middlebury won the mixed-grade prize at the Bixby Library on Monday in the Lego Contest and Exhibit for “The Doctor’s House.” The Bixby and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes sponsored the event. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — From “Planet Earth” to “Star Wars: The Last Star Fire,” the main floor of the Bixby Library contained a universe of imagination on Monday evening, not to mention dozens of Lego sculptors and many more of the artists’ family members. What filled the space under the library’s stained-glass dome was the awards reception for the second annual Vergennes Lego Contest and Exhibit, jointly sponsored by the library and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. After the contest got off to a good start in 2019, with 28 entrants, the count this year rose to 60 participants. They...
ORWELL — Residents in Orwell and the other five towns in the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) will vote on a $59.5 million bond referendum on March 3. The money would pay for a new, 8,200-square-foot addition for the Orwell Village School, as well as construction of a new district middle school and major upgrades to Fair Haven Union High School. The proposal is the culmination of almost two years of research by an SVUUSD committee charged with researching ways to expand educational opportunities for students and pitch ways to address the costs of deferred maintenance to...


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