MONKTON — Attention Monkton residents: the town’s Municipal Building Committee wants to hear from you. The Building Committee has been working for over a year to determine what kind of facility the majority of Monkton residents want and exploring design concepts. The next step is putting out a request for proposals, but the committee wants more feedback on some basic design concepts put together by the committee. When is the last time you visited the Russell Memorial Library? Have you ever stopped in at the Town Hall? Now’s your chance. The committee will host an open house at the Monkton...

RICHARD RHEAUME, REPRESENTING R&L Rubbish, accepts a plaque with challenge coins, from Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose for the work R&L has done to go “above and beyond” for the Bristol Fire Department.
BRISTOL — This autumn the Bristol Fire Department recognized a couple of local businesses for their longtime support. Desabrais Dry Cleaning, owned and operated by Lucie and Steve Noble, and R&L Rubbish, owned and operated by Richard Rheaume and Louis Poirier, have “truly gone above and beyond for the town of Bristol and their fire department,” said Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose. “Desabrais has been providing dry cleaning services at no cost to the department for as long as I can remember,” LaRose explained. “As the department uniform coordinator I can tell you I have personally been...
VERGENNES — Vergennes Union High School has released its Honor Roll for the first Quarter. Congratulations to the following students for their hard work. HIGH HONORS 12th grade: Kylie Comeau, Bethany Delgadillo, Bess Gramling, Jack Halpin, Marin Howell, Mae Kile, Morgan Lynk, Sarah Peterson, Hannah Philbrook, Dylan Rapoport, Madeline Smith, Carter Visicaro, Caitlin Walsh and Cedar Winslow. 11th grade: Luke Bergmans, Adelaide Brooks, Leah Croke, Benjamin Curtis, Alder Donovan-Cook, Sophie Hatch, Marlie Hunt, Rory Patch, Emily Rooney, Dalylah Sorrell-Cushman, Zander Wildasin and Kai Williams....

MARY HOGAN ELEMENTARY School students perform a short scene from “The Magic Flute” during a presentation at the school last week. Several students created the fantastical masks that students will wear in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production that opens Thursday at Town Hall Theater. Below right, Town Hall Theater Executive Director Doug Anderson acts with a large monster mask/puppet. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
MIDDLEBURY — More than a half-dozen Mary Hogan Elementary School sixth-graders will magically transform into a variety of colorful, whimsical creatures as part of the Opera Company of Middlebury’s staging of the much-celebrated “The Magic Flute” at the Town Hall Theater this Thursday through Saturday. It will indeed be a string of creative “firsts” for the children. The Magic Flute will mark their debuts in an opera. And it will be the first time they will have designed their own attire for an on-stage performance. Thanks to the tutelage of Mary Hogan art teacher Alyce Schermerhorn,...

PRESIDENT PATTON PRESENTS the Citizen’s Award to State Rep. Betty Nuovo.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton presented the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards for outstanding community service to State Rep. Betty A. Nuovo, D-Middlebury, and posthumously to David M. Sears, the Cornwall public servant and voice of Middlebury College athletic teams. Middlebury honors local citizens for exemplary community service, volunteerism and engagement with community issues in a tradition that dates to the college’s bicentennial year in 2000. Nominations come from members of the community, and a committee of faculty and staff makes the final...

BINGHAM MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY School students Morgan Jenne, left, Jackson Jacobs, Shawn Woodhouse, Lachlan Sears, Aven Frankovic and Ronan Young work together last Thursday to identify valuable assets on a map of Cornwall for a community mapping project at the school last week. Below right, Jens Hilke, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, checks in with Cornwall School students. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
CORNWALL — Being a kid is great, but it can also be a bummer. Grown-ups are always telling you what to do. “Do your homework.” “Eat your Brussels sprouts.” Yuck. But children at the Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall this past Thursday got a chance to tell adults what to do — specifically as it relates to the future development of their town. The students participated in a state-sanctioned “community values mapping project” — the first school in Vermont to do so — that will give them input into how Cornwall identifies, protects and nurtures its most valued resources, ranging from...
The Addison Independent is proud to publish the Students of the Week from area High Schools each week. The students are chosen by teachers and administration from each school who would like to recognize their exceptional engagement in the high schools they attend. The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an online subscriber? Click to login. Click here to learn more about our subscription options. If you have a print subscription, you can now add an online subscription at no additional charge! Just email us with your name and mailing address to set it up...

MIDDLEBURY — It was in March that Dr. Fred Kniffin agreed to assume what was then the unenviable hot seat as Porter Medical Center’s interim CEO. Porter employees and the greater community were up in arms about recent layoffs, financial problems, physician defections and the controversial tenure of Lynn Boggs, who had just resigned. What a difference seven months can make. Kniffin, during his brief stint as Porter’s top executive, has helped stop the proverbial bleeding at Porter medical Center. The organization recently won state approval for a very conservative fiscal year 2017 budget....

A 1970 Chevy Chevelle owned by Josh Munson of Williston went home with the Best in Show trophy at the Better L8 Than Never car show held in Bristol Sept. 25. Photos courtesy of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce.
BRISTOL — Classic car owners were in for a treat at the 12th annual Better L8 Than Never car show, held on Sept. 25 in Bristol. The event is co-hosted by the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and the Snake Mountain Cruisers, a Vermont classic car club based in New Haven. Perhaps it was the warm weather and clear skies, or else just the draw of the slick lines and careful care of some of the nicest classic cars in the area, The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an online subscriber? Click to login. Click here to learn more about our subscription...
MIDDLEBURY — All Addison County farmers, local food producers and the general public are invited to attend the Addison County Candidates Forum on Food and Farm Policy. Hosted by ACORN, Tandem and Middlebury College, the Forum will take place on Oct. 19, from 7-9 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers. Are you an online subscriber? Click to login. Click here to learn more about our subscription options. If you have a print subscription, you can now add an online subscription at no additional charge! Just email us...


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