LINCOLN — The Burnham Music Series presents Matt Flinner, Jamie Masefield and Will Patton on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 7:30 p.m., at Burnham Hall. The trio brings together three of Vermont’s finest mandolinists for a rare evening of bluegrass, jazz and roots music in the unique setting of three mandolins. Joined by journeyman bassist Pat Melvin, the group performs music of Bill Monroe, Django Reinhardt, J.S. Bach and everything in between, all with the flair of virtuosity and originality. Adults are $10, kids and teens are free. This year the library is planning to have a larger presence at the...

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH enjoys a snack during the Christmas Bird Count held on Dec. 15. Spotters counted 102 of these charmers during the count. Photo/Gary Starr
MIDDLEBURY — In this year’s annual Christmas bird count in Middlebury, 41 field birders and 17 observers at feeders located and identified 28,839 birds of 62 species on Sunday, Dec. 15. This is ten fewer species than we found in each of the last three years and 4.6 species lower than our average of 66.6 over the last 31 years; however, the total number of individual birds is almost 12,000 above average. We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair river in eastern Bridport and covering from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east to New York State on the west and...
BRISTOL — Vermont State Police are searching for the person who broke into a gas station and convenience store on Route 116 South in Bristol Wednesday night and stole something. Police report that the assailant gained entry into the Bristol Country Store at 3191 Route 116 South at around 9:40 p.m. on Jan. 8. Police said the person — wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with a hood, dark colored gloves, and dark-colored pants and shoes — stole “several store items.” Anyone with information regarding this burglary is asked to contact the state police at the New Haven barracks; the phone number is...
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are searching for an armed bandit who fired his gun — twice — while robbing Mac’s Convenience Store in East Middlebury on Monday night. At about 10 minutes before 9 p.m. on Jan. 6, a man wearing a green coat, gloves, and dark-colored pants and shoes entered Mac’s displaying a handgun and discharged a round into the floor, according to Middlebury Police Sgt. Mike Christopher. The man then confronted the clerk and removed cash from a register drawer. Upon leaving the store, the man fired another round from the handgun into the interior ceiling prior to...
GRANVILLE — A Granville resident was killed in a house fire early Sunday morning. State police have not positively identified the remains of the victim. The Granville Fire Department reported that one resident of the home, 37-year-old Nathan Twitchell, was unaccounted for. The Granville Fire Department and other area departments responded to a 4:30 a.m. report of a fire at 210 Post Office Hill Road in Granville on Sunday. Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze, but at around 1:30 p.m. investigators found human remains within the debris of the house. The remains were sent to the...

WORKERS ARE BEGINNING to frame in the third story of the affordable housing project under construction on Armory Lane in Vergennes. The 24-unit building, to be completed by late summer, will offer apartments to people with earnings both above and below the county’s median income. Independent photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Construction of the affordable-housing project on Armory Lane in Vergennes is going strong, and the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT) next month will start accepting applications for August occupancy of the building’s 14 one-bedroom, nine two-bedroom, and one three-bedroom apartments. “Currently we are on budget and on schedule for construction completion in July,” said Elise Shanbacker, executive director of ACCT, which will manage the building and is a partner in the project with Housing Vermont. Seventeen of the building’s 24 units will be reserved for households earning 60...

DAVID MERRILL, DIRECTOR of dining services at EastView, says the 120-resident retirement community in Middlebury generates a significant amount of food waste every year. Kitchen buckets such as this one are the first stop for kitchen scraps. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
ADDISON COUNTY — On July 1, 2020, everyone in Vermont will be required to keep their food scraps out of the trash. The ban is the latest phase of the state’s Universal Recycling Law (Act 148) to be implemented — the same law that in years past banned recyclables and yard scraps from landfills. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) defines “food scraps” as “parts of food items that are typically discarded rather than eaten: peels, rinds, cores, eggshells, seeds, pits, bones, coffee grounds (and filters), loose-leaf tea, and fats/oils/grease,” as well as, “food that was...

WE RAN THIS front page on November 7, 2019, after both Addison and Ferrisburgh voted to reject the ANWSD's school closure proposals.
ADDISON COUNTY — A lot can happen in a year. Each January we sit down to discuss the stories we have covered over the last 52 weeks to decide which had the biggest impact on our community. Here are the 10 stories from 2019 that we felt rose to the top. Click on the headlines below to read the full stories. 1. What's the future of small, rural schools? In 2019 all three of Addison County’s unified school districts wrestled — or began to cast a wary eye on — the thorny issue of how to deal with their small rural schools in an era of declining enrollment and a state funding system that...

LINCOLN RESIDENT MARY Simons recently led a group of journalism students on a nationwide tour of tiny home villages, a source of affordable housing that they hope Addison County communities will embrace. Here is one of four tiny house models that have been placed in downtown Middlebury businesses as part of a scavenger hunt aimed at getting people to a Jan. 29 screening of videos from the students’ tiny homes tour. Photo courtesy of Mary Simons
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Simons is a journalism educator, but she wants her young charges to do more than simply write a narrative. She wants them to become players in bringing their stories to a good conclusion. And this year, that happy ending would lead to more affordable housing in Addison County. Simons, a Lincoln resident, runs a journalism program called “Conversations from the Open Road” aimed at Vermont high school and college students. Participants seize onto an issue and then travel to a part of the country that is enacting what Simons described as “inspiring solutions” to that conundrum...

MT. ABE GRADUATES Lane Fisher, left, Cora Funke and Martha Bruhl shared their experiences with travel and community support at a talk hosted by the One World Library Project at Lawrence Memorial Library on Thursday. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
BRISTOL — Although they’ve taken different paths since high school, three recent graduates of Mount Abraham Union High School agree that the place where they all got their start has profoundly affected their lives. “The community in Bristol and Addison County and Vermont has really shaped how I am today,” 2018 grad Martha Bruhl said during a talk at Lawrence Memorial Library this past Thursday evening. “Vermont has really changed who I am.” The New Haven native joined fellow Mt. Abe grads Cora Funke (class of 2019) and Lane Fisher (class of 2016) to discuss their journeys since leaving...


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