VERGENNES NATIVE ALEXANDRIA Hall has made a name for herself in the writing world and recently won the prestigious 2019 National Poetry Series Open Competition for her collection titled “Field Music."
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VERGENNES — As far back as she can remember, Alexandria Hall considered herself a poet.
“Even before I could write I was creating these little books of stories that I just wrote for myself,” she recalls.
The work of this Vergennes native and member of the University of Vermont class 2015 is now receiving much wider attention — just four years removed from UVM, she has been named one of five winners of the prestigious 2019 National Poetry Series Open Competition for her collection titled “Field Music,” which will be published by Ecco, an imprint of Harper-Collins.
Hall grew up in Vergennes,...
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will require a study of the potential environmental impacts of a $2 million plan to keep the Middlebury River from jumping its banks in East Middlebury village. This environmental assessment is expected to be one of the final hurdles before a scheduled start to construction next summer.
The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday voted unanimously to cover the town’s 25-percent share of the estimated $5,274 assessment. FEMA will cover the rest.
The so-called East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project has been in the planning stages for...
MIDDLEBURY — Anticipated increases in wages and various insurance policies are expected to add $245,800 to a fiscal year 2021 Middlebury municipal budget that is still a blank canvas.
Middlebury Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay brought that sobering financial news to the selectboard on Aug. 27. She noted the $245,800 in increases amounts to 2.6 cents on the municipal tax rate, which the board recently set at 80.2 cents per $100 in property value.
Fiscal year 2021 will run from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021.
Ramsay attributed the looming budget challenge to four specific items:
• Contracted wage...
VERGENNES — In the aftermath of June’s chaotic public debate about police spending that sparked during the city’s budgeting process, the Vergennes City Council at its Aug. 27 meeting agreed to get an early start on a methodical approach to next year’s budget prep.
Council members at first sat down to deal with an agenda item labeled “Vergennes Police Department — Long Term Budget Strategy.”
Mayor Jeff Fritz said he hoped to begin talking now about the larger issue of how much to spend on the police department — by one measure it is close to 40 percent of city spending, exclusive of fee-based...
BRANDON — The town of Brandon has a new solid waste transfer station operator.
After months of negotiating with the current operators of the town’s garbage and recycling transfer station — Earth, Waste and Metal, or EWM — the two sides could not agree on contract terms. Recently the town signed on Wyman Timber to run the station starting this past weekend.
Selectman Tim Guiles has been negotiating with the previous company’s executives, Stephanie and Kevin Elnicki, over what responsibilities the town has regarding the infrastructure at the transfer station. Guiles said the company was feeling...
ST. ALBANS — A large group of local dairy farmers who voted to merge their Vermont milk marketing and processing cooperative with a national competitor are now waiting to see if the move will pay off.
Their hope is that the bigger operation will enable Vermont farms to send more dairy products into the international markets to create greater stability for co-op members after years of depressed bulk milk prices.
Representatives of the St. Albans Cooperative Creamery’s roughly 360 member farms late last month voted to authorize a merger between the independent cooperative and Dairy Farmers of...
MIDDLEBURY — StoryMatters, the storytelling group that meets regularly at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, will host another event next month.
“A Story Teller’s Gathering” will take place on Monday, Sept. 9, at 4 p.m. in Ilsley Library’s Community Room. Arrive as early as 3:45 p.m. for light refreshment and conversation.
The session itself will start at 4 p.m. with well-known local storyteller Hudson Tilford offering an assortment of stories. This will be followed by a period of sharing reflections on the meaning of story.
The experience will conclude with short tales from the assembled...
MONKTON — The Monkton Friends Methodist Church is in transition with the arrival of a new minister, Pastor Len Rowell. He is making a fresh investment in serving the community, a renewed commitment to our fall youth program, and even a new starting time for Sunday morning services, beginning Sept. 15 at 9 a.m.
The church is a group of people from different walks of life who gather for worship, ministry from the Scriptures, spirit-filled music in a variety of styles, and fellowship. This is a community church.
Whether long-standing or new residents, all are welcome. Regardless of background,...
Here at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury we have a new adult services librarian, Renee Ursitti, who is working with Chris Kirby on planning adult programs. As a result, we have a few really exciting programs coming up this fall.
We have lots of good stuff coming up, some of it a little different from what we usually do.
• Ilsley is sponsoring a new book club, “Loosely Bound,” designed for people who feel too busy to commit to a traditional book club. Readers can pick and choose which months to participate, based on their interest in the selected title and their availability. October’s...
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Solid Waste Management District is thanking people who stop by the District Transfer Station off Route 7 in Middlebury to recycle their plastic bags and film plastic. Since this program’s beginning nine months ago, the district has had more than 800 customers drop off plastic film amounting to 3,550 pounds kept out of the landfill. With the assistance and addition of plastic film from Middlebury College, a total of 6,049 pounds has been sent out for recycling.
With big numbers like those, the solid waste management district wants to keep the program going strong....