JESSE BROOKS IS director of prevention at the United Way of Addison County.
ADDISON COUNTY — Driving around Addison County it might be hard to believe that our youth are engaging in risky behaviors.
Coming into Bristol, you’ll see packs of teens waiting to use their student discount in a line at Cubbers restaurant during the school week. Many of the students are there to grab a quick bite to eat before practice, while other students wait for their fall musical rehearsal to begin.
In Vergennes, the entire elementary school participates in ‘Walk and Roll’ to school once a month. For the students who live too far to walk (or roll) from their home, the bus drops these...
BEE'S WRAP WAS honored as the Addison County Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Business of the Year at the annual breakfast meeting last Thursday. Chamber President Rob Carter and Emily Gaynor presented the award to Sarah Kaeck, center, owner and founder of Bee’s Wrap.
Photo courtesy of Joanna Banks-Morgan
MIDDLEBURY – The Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized a local business, individual, and non-profit organization with awards during its annual meeting held on Oct. 24, at the Middlebury Inn.
Bee’s Wrap, located in Middlebury, received the 2019 Business of the Year Award, which recognizes businesses that have grown, while providing excellent products or services while doing well by their employees and the community.
Bee’s Wrap started with a question facing many families and home cooks: How can we eliminate plastics in our kitchen in favor of a healthier, more sustainable way to store...
THESE NUMEROUS SMALL portraits make up Rebecca Kinkead’s “A Neighbor Project,” which will adorn the Cornwall artist’s studio and will occasionally be loaned for exhibit.
Independent photo/Steve James
CORNWALL — Cornwall resident Rebecca Kinkead had imagined a solitary artistic career. It was going to be her, her art supplies, a beautiful setting and hours to toil away amid the sounds of chirping birds and the wind caressing the bushes in the meadow fronting her idyllic home.
But that scene got old very fast.
“I was supposed to be relishing this solitude, but I was like, ‘I need people,’” Kinkead said during a recent interview.
So she came up with what she called “A Neighbor Project,” through which she invited friends, neighbors and strangers to sit on her front porch and have their...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College and Encore Renewable Energy have shifted the proposed location of a 5-megawatt solar farm that would be built off South Street Extension, spurring objections from around a dozen people who turned out at an Oct. 24 informational meeting about the project.
The solar farm in question had originally been slated for 30 acres of college-owned land off South Street Extension. But planners have elected to site the solar arrays further east of that original spot, in a location closer to the Eddy Farm for Horse & Rider. College officials described the location as...
MIDDLEBURY — Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op will host an educational session on electric cars this Wednesday, Oct. 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Addison Country Regional Planning Commission Offices at 14 Seminary St. in Middlebury.
Dave Roberts, the Drive Electric Vermont Coordinator, will give an overview of the types of plug-in electric cars available in Vermont, the different options for purchasing or leasing new or used models, purchase incentives, and charging options at home and on the road.
Taborri Bruhl, an electric vehicle owner for over six years, will speak about his experience with...
BRISTOL — After surveying town residents, the Bristol Town Wide Police District Committee (PDC) decided at its Oct. 23 meeting to recommend maintaining the status quo.
“It was good to get feedback and comments from people,” said Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason, even though the committee decided not to add more police officers or expand its coverage to the entire town.
Nason said he plans to present the committee’s findings to the selectboard at its Nov. 4 meeting.
But it may not be the end of the district expansion discussion, he said.
“I think there is potential for this issue to be...
VERGENNES — After the Vergennes City Council concluded a highly preliminary department-by-department budget review of city spending with a brief look at the police force at its Oct. 22 meeting, Vergennes City Manager Matt Chabot offered council members a highly speculative 2020-2021 potential spending increase of $60,888, or 2.7 cents on the municipal portion of the tax rate.
Chabot immediately qualified the figures, pointing out that any increase in the cost of health insurance won’t be known until early next year, nor will many other variables. The figures did assume no changes to police...
VERGENNES — Faced with an almost 100 percent increase in the amount of delinquent taxes from the same time as 2018, the Vergennes City Council at its Oct. 22 meeting approved the use of agreements that will allow property owners behind on their bills to make payments on installment plans.
City Manager Matt Chabot said the amount owed the city by delinquent taxpayers now stands at a little more than $39,000, compared to about $21,000 a year ago.
Council members unanimously approved a flexible template that would allow delinquent taxpayers to sign and date a document called the “City of...
MIDDLEBURY — Area residents have a chance to engage in some Halloween fun while supporting a good cause.
The organization, Community Bridges, and the Turning Point Center of Addison County are together hosting a community costume party on Friday, Nov. 1, from 4-8 p.m. at Middlebury VFW Post 7823 at 530 Exchange St.
The suggested admission donation of $5, or two non-perishable food items, will benefit the non-profit Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE’s) holiday shop, as well as the food boxes HOPE gives low-income families for either Thanksgiving or Christmas.
The holiday shop, based...
BURLINGTON — Today the Preservation Trust of Vermont (“PTV” or the “Trust”) named Liz Gamache of St. Albans as its Interim President. Gamache takes the reins as the organization’s second leader in its storied 39-year history, following the passing of PTV’s beloved founding president, Paul Bruhn.
Started in 1980, the Trust works to protect, restore and revitalize the buildings, businesses and gathering places that make Vermont so special. From barn grants to general stores, from village greens to State and Main, PTV’s work reaches every corner of Vermont.
“It is hard to imagine the...