MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has announced the dates of their 2020 Open Door Microchip and Nail Trim Clinics. The clinics will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 15, April 11, June 20, Aug. 24 and Dec.12, from 10 a.m. to noon.  A microchip is a small electronic chip (about the size of a piece of rice) that is inserted under the skin between a pet’s shoulder blades that contains all of the owner’s contact information. Most veterinary offices and shelters have the ability to scan for this chip and quickly identify the owner. The entire process takes less than two...
BRISTOL — Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) has discovered that the tax estimates it originally released at a Jan. 20 budget forum were incorrect due to an accounting error. The Bristol-area district’s 4-cent tax-rate discount awarded for agreeing to unify was erroneously included on two separate spreadsheets while calculating those rates, said district Business Manager Floyd Davison. MAUSD officials estimate if the voters on Town Meeting Day back the $31.4 million spending proposal and a $250,000 reserve fund, thus applying $500,705 from the surplus, tax rates could increase by a...
VERMONT — Vermont’s spring snow goose hunt will be held from March 11 through April 24. Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a Conservation Order to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species. Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order in 2020. The...
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library will host an information session about being a hospice volunteer on Saturday, Feb. 29, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Personnel from Bayada Hospice will be on hand for a meet-and-greet to learn about the rewards of volunteering for hospice. Hospice volunteers have a large impact on people’s lives, sharing their talents and helping those at the end of their lives. “Our volunteers are respected members of the care team, whether they walk a client’s dog, help them write letters, garden, sing/read to them, join our Joy Patrol, or just offer a friendly ear and...
VERGENNES — Habitat is the key limiting factor for wildlife. Maintaining and connecting habitat is important for the movement of wildlife. With that in mind, Vermont Coverts will offer a Woodlands for Wildlife 2020 Cooperator Training workshop to teach landowners and others about how to improve habitat for wildlife, maintain connected landscapes and improving forest health May 8-10 at the Common Ground Center in Starksboro.  The weekend retreat provides an opportunity for those who care about woodlands and wildlife to learn about the resources available to help them define and reach their...

STUDENTS NILAH FITZGERALD, Reese Lisko, Sawyer Garthaffner, Calvin Almeida, and Emma Dwire from from Addison Central school were among those invited to the State House as winners of the National Red Ribbon Drug Free Contest. Photo courtesy of Martha Hafner
MONTPELIER — Students from Addison, Lowell, Salisbury and Wells were treated as honored guests at the Vermont Statehouse on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The students were winners of the Red Ribbon Drug Free Poster Contest, great enthusiasts with their school spirit week, and contestants in the National Red Ribbon Photo Contest. The students were given a tour of the Statehouse led by Guy Page, editor of The Chronicle.  Former Gov. Jim Douglas was available for a photo opportunity as was Jay Hooper, the Youth Caucus leader. Having started his four years as a representative at 22, he is one of the...

Tom Buzzell and Kathleen Kilbourne
Editor's note: Due to inclement weather, the BES Principal Finalists meet and greet with the community scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 6, was postponed. The event was rescheduled for this Thursday, Feb. 13, 5:30-7 p.m. at Bristol Elementary School, between the music room and the library. Light snacks will be provided. BRISTOL — Two candidates with ties to Bristol Elementary School and more than a decade each of experience as a principal are the finalists to be the school’s next principal. One is the current BES interim principal, Tom Buzzell, and the other is now the principal of Addison Central...

SCOTT HARDY IS spearheading an effort to bring bike trails to MacIntosh Park in Vergennes by this summer. Hardy is a member of the Addison County Bike Club board, which is helping coordinate the work. Hardy and the club will also be seeking volunteers to help build trails. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Vergennes-area residents should be able to ride their mountain bikes on a new trail network right within city limits by this summer. Shelburne resident Scott Hardy — whose future plans call for a move to Vergennes — has spearheaded an effort to build new bike trails on the city’s wooded MacIntosh Park, which lies on the east side of Comfort Hill in the city’s north end. The Vergennes City Council blessed the project late last year by supporting a $5,000 grant Hardy successfully applied for along with the Addison County Bike Club (ACBC), of which he is a board member. The club and...

LILY BRADBURN, LOCAL food access coordinator for HOPE, makes selections at the organizations’ Middlebury food shelf this past November. Bradburn warns that proposed changes to federal food assistance programs will mean fewer food benefits for Vermonters and less money in the Vermont economy. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Local human services providers are bracing for changes in rules governing the biggest federal food assistance program — changes they say would result in fewer people qualifying for benefits like food commodities and free school meals. Proposed changes would limit flexibility for Vermont to adjust food assistance when the economy turns sour, end the state’s ability to support people who face high childcare or rent expense, and treat Vermonters’ utility expenses as if they were the same as those of Americans in warmer states. In the end, the changes would mean thousands of...

TOWN HALL THEATER Executive Director Mark Bradley is leaving the Middlebury organization after 18 months working to make it a more sustainable institution. He is shown here in October at an arts award ceremony with Anna Marie Gerwitz (left), former executive director of the Flynn Music Center, and Susan McClure, executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Independent file photo/Steve James
MIDDLEBURY — Town Hall Theater will soon have a new top administrator. Executive Director Mark Bradley, who has guided THT during a significant recent organizational transition, is bidding the theater and the town a bittersweet farewell on Feb. 21. “It’s been a good year and a half,” Bradley said. “It has been an intense period, helping Town Hall Theater transition from a ‘founding organization’ to a ‘sustaining organization.’” Bradley began his job as THT’s top administrator in August 2018, after a stint as the Assistant Director of the Lebanon (N.H.) Opera House. He succeeded THT founder...


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