MONKTON — A great deal will be going on in Monkton. Leading up to this past weekend’s Halloween festivities, the Russell Memorial Library handed out special treat bags to kids who stopped by. Halloween Trunk-or-Treat was held at the library instead of the usual Monkton Friends Church due to the construction of the new town offices and limited parking near the church.  LIBRARY NEWS For the front porch pick-up at the Russell Library, you can stop in and request help in selecting a book or go online to search and put a hold on the books you want. You may also send an e-mail to russellmemlibrary@...

SCOTT HARDY SPEARHEADED the effort to bring bike trails to MacIntosh Park in Vergennes. Independent file photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — Trails are ready for use by mountain bikers and hikers on the wooded, city- owned, 12-acre MacIntosh Park that runs along Comfort Hill’s east side in northern Vergennes. “Most of the trails have been roughed in, and the outer loop is pretty well finished,” said Scott Hardy, an area resident who has been a key organizer of the effort to develop the wooded park into a recreation destination. “My hope is throughout this fall we’ll have all the trails cut in, and we’ll just improve them as we go along.” Hardy, who owns property near the park, said as well as the half- mile outer...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will continue to be open for weekends throughout the fall. The museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays from Oct. 31-Dec. 6 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This will allow visitors to see the ongoing exhibits such as “Free and Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont” which details the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830s. Also add to your visit a tour of the grounds and outbuildings and exploring the Museum’s extensive hiking trails. In addition, check back to Rokeby’s website for updates on the museum’s plans for...
MONTPELIER — Hunters are gearing up for the start of Vermont’s traditionally popular 16-day regular deer season, which begins Saturday, Nov. 14, and ends Sunday, Nov. 29.  A hunter may take one legal buck during this season. The definition of a legal buck depends on the Wildlife Management Unit (WMU). A map of the WMUs is on pages 22 and 23 of the 2020 Vermont Hunting & Trapping Guide available from license agents statewide.  In WMUs C, D1, D2, E1, E2, G, I, L, M, P, and Q a legal buck is any deer with at least one antler three inches or more in length. In WMUs A, B, F1, F2, H, J1, J2, K...

BRISTOL AMERICAN LEGION Post 19 Adjutant Alan Smith touches one of the 600 Memory Bricks that have thus far been installed at the Veterans’ Memorial site on the Bristol Town Green. The Memorial Walk has space for another 2,400 bricks, which can be ordered through Post 19. Independent photo/John Flowers
BRISTOL — Bristol American Legion Post 19 continues to offer folks a solid, long-lasting way to symbolically honor a loved one. The post is offering “memorial bricks” on which a loved one’s name and a brief message can be etched. The Legion annually installs a new crop of bricks — close to Memorial Day or July 4 — at the wonderful Memorial and “Memory Walk” on the Bristol Town Green at the intersection of North and Main streets.  The Legion has appropriately dubbed the tribute “a walk in the shadows of veterans, close friends and family members without regard for politics, petty grievances or...
ADDISON COUNTY — Starting on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, veterans of the U.S. military and Gold Star Families will be granted free access to national parks, wildlife refuges and other federal lands. The move, announced by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt last week, follows the introduction of the Gold Star Families Parks Pass Act in Congress earlier this year by Democratic, Republican and Independent members of Congress. “With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect...
ADDISON COUNTY — The Farmer Veteran Coalition (FVC) later this month will host a national virtual conference that promotes itself as being at the forefront of the military-to-agriculture movement. The Farmer Veteran Stakeholders Conference will be held online Nov. 18 and 19 to help spread the word about the growing movement to support the veteran men and women who choose to continue their service to the country by feeding it. The gathering returns for the sixth year. A national nonprofit that helps veterans pursue careers in agriculture, FVC mentors members of our armed forces who seek new...
MONKTON — During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Monkton Friends Methodist Church has decided that instead of its usual holiday bazaar, it will be using an online order form to order ahead for doughnuts, chocolates and other items from its kitchens this year. Go to for a link to the order form. Please order by Nov. 15. Pick-up is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Monkton Friends Methodist Church parking lot at 78 Monkton Ridge.
MIDDLEBURY — Community promoters know that Halloween is a BIG deal for kids and they didn’t want to let the coronavirus ruin the holiday. So the folks at the Better Middlebury Partnership, in association with Addison County Home Health and Hospice, planned a Drive-Through Trick-or-Treat in Middlebury. Business members of the Partnership sponsored 19 stops at local businesses and prominent locations. Then kids dressed in their costumes, climbed into their cars and minivans and parents drove them to each of the stops where volunteers doled out individually bagged selections of candy. All those...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has adjusted its spring 2021 schedule in response to concerns from the campus community about a late start and a shortage of school breaks, according to a campus-wide announcement last week from Provost Jeff Cason and Acting Dean of Students A.J. Place. Students had originally been scheduled to begin spring term classes on March 1, and work straight through to May without a spring break. Classes will now start on Feb. 24, and details about the timing, duration and logistics of a spring semester break will be announced in coming weeks. The new schedule brings...


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