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06/18/2020
BRISTOL — As Mount Abraham Unified School District officials iron out plans for in-person classes this fall, they are ready to go with some limited student contact this summer. MAUSD summer programs — including Expanded Learning, Summer Meals and special education programming — will get under way later this month, albeit with significant modifications because of the ongoing pandemic. Enrollment for the Summer Expanded Learning Program (ELP), which will begin at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School on June 29, is already closed, according to ELP Director Mandy Chesley-Park, who spoke in an...
06/18/2020
As high school seniors all over Addison County celebrated graduation, young people filled the headlines 50 years ago this week. Here are some of the top stories that appeared in the June 18, 1970, edition of the Independent: •  Fourteen-year-old Donna Marie Parent of Shoreham won sixth place at the National Junior Chicken Cooking Contest in Princess Anne, Md., for her baked chicken with maple syrup batter. Her prize was a “brand new gas range.” •  High school student Jack Sheehan of Middlebury won a “surprising” first place in the pole vault at the New England Track Meet in Andover, Mass. He...
06/18/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes Union High School’s Racial and Social Justice Alliance has organized an anti-racism event on the Vergennes green for this coming Saturday, June 20, that will consist of a series of discussion groups. From 4 to 5 p.m. attendees can choose to join any of the discussions, each of which organizers said would focus “on a different dimension of race either in our community or the broader United States.” Those who attend are asked to wear masks. Everyone is invited. According to an email from organizers, discussion topics could include “color blindness and white fragility,...
06/18/2020
VERGENNES — The Vergennes city pool will open on July 1 on a reservations-only basis to season-pass owners, members of the Vergennes Champs Swim Team, and attendees of summer camps based in Vergennes, according to a plan approved by the Vergennes City Council on Tuesday. Season passes will only be sold to residents of Vergennes, Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton and Waltham. Exceptions will be made for swim team members. All will have to sign up in advance for 90-minute blocks of time. Previously officials had discussed two-hour blocks, but City Manager Dan Hofman clarified this week that pool...
06/18/2020
VERGENNES — The Addison Northwest School District should run a surplus for the current fiscal year, according to Director of Finance and Operations Elizabeth Jennings. Jennings reported a probable surplus in a report to the ANWSD board she wrote last week, and discussed it at Monday’s board meeting.  She did not mention the amount of the surplus in those reports, but told the Independent on Tuesday that while there are still many moving parts to account for between now and the end of the district’s fiscal year, June 30, the fund balance might reach six figures.  In her report, Jennings...

Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
06/18/2020
RIPTON — A group of 15 volunteers, including nine Moosalamoo Association board members, met this past Saturday morning in Ripton to demolish a broken down trail bridge on the Oak Ridge Trail. The 20-foot hemlock bridge, located northwest of Forest Road 92A off Goshen Road, had collapsed and fallen into the small brook it crosses.  The crew removed the collapsed bridge, then replaced it with a new bridge supported by three 20-foot trusses sistered together with six new 2x12x20 pressure-treated timbers donated by rk Miles Lumber. The company also donated flashing, screws and expanded steel mesh...
06/18/2020
SHOREHAM — For more than 40 years the Shoreham Congregational Church has welcomed folks from throughout the region to its late-June Strawberry Festival, where people would enjoy strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie and more. But this year is different. Because of the COVID-19 virus, it is not safe to have the crowds of people come together for this event. However, the strawberries are still ripening, pandemic or not, so plans have changed. Church members will still obtain the strawberries and prepare them, but this year they will freeze the prepared...

MICHAEL MURPHY
06/18/2020
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival is welcoming back one of its favorite honorees, the distinguished film actor Michael Murphy, for the next edition of the Craven Conversations on Wednesday, June 24, at 7 p.m. EDT on Zoom.  In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mr. Murphy has worked with an array of heralded filmmakers, including Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Tim Burton and Paul Thomas Anderson.  Among his dozens of film credits, highlights include “The Arrangement,” “M*A*S*H,” “McCabe & Mrs. Miller,” “Nashville,” “The Front,” “An Unmarried Woman,” “Manhattan,” “The...
06/18/2020
PANTON — The town of Panton is seeking between $3,000 and $4,000 in donations to complete a deep-water boat ramp in Arnold Bay, a project that has been years in the making.  Selectboard Chairman Howard Hall and Town Clerk Pam Correia said many donations are already in hand, including a pledge of eight loads of concrete, wire and labor from Vorsteveld Farm LLC.  The project was first proposed to the town selectboard more than two years ago by a group of local residents, who said they believed they could organize donated labor and materials if the town served as a permit applicant for the ramp...

BOTH KIDS AND adults can make these seed balls, which are fun to create and make planting flowers easy.
06/18/2020
Dig in at a barbeque. The Bristol 4th of July Committee is hosting its annual chicken barbeque fundraiser on Saturday, June 27. The barbeque will take place at the Bristol American Legion and be conducted via drive-through pick-up. Just pull up and they’ll take care of the rest. Serving starts at 1 p.m. and continues until the food is gone.  One meal includes a half-chicken (cooked onsite by the Sons of the American Legion), potato salad, baked beans, and a roll. The price per meal is $12. Proceeds go toward the 2021 Bristol 4th of July Celebration.   Compete in athletic events. Help yourself...

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