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09/02/2019
SHOREHAM — Online registration is now open for Shoreham’s Orchard Run at Apple Fest, which will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, at 10:30 a.m. The 5K run/walk and 10K run will take place during the morning of Apple Fest, which is held at the Shoreham town green and gazebo. Orchard Run and Apple Fest are fundraisers for the Friends of the Platt Memorial Library. Previously known as the Apple Blossom Derby, this fun run/walk will begin at the elementary school (130 School Road). Walkers and runners will wind their way through back roads and apple orchards on a loop course back to the village....
09/02/2019
Hot summer days make most of us want to get out and enjoy nature, often bringing along our dogs. It is important to be aware of algae blooms and the potential life- threatening consequences of human and animal contact with them. Algae are tiny plant-like organisms that are found in all types of water. They are essential to the earth because, like plants, they produce oxygen we need to survive. They are found worldwide — from ponds, lakes, and streams in Vermont to the hot springs of Yellowstone to oceans and even under the ice caps in sea water. When the conditions are right — warm weather,...

NESHOBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
09/02/2019
BRANDON — As the new school year started this past Wednesday, students saw some new faces in the classrooms of the Brandon-area schools. These new faces are the dedicated faculty and staff that greet students every morning. These individuals spent many days over the summer working to come together with veteran teachers and staff to become a team. These are the new faculty and staff in Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union/Otter Valley Unified Union. NESHOBE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: (L to R): • Tami Munford – Teacher: Spanish • Molly Bull – Guidance Counselor • Gwen LaPorte – Paraeducator   OTTER...
09/02/2019
MONTPELIER — Starting Sept. 1, Vermonters must be at least 21 years old to purchase and possess tobacco products or paraphernalia. The new law also includes tobacco-substitute products, such as e-cigarettes. Health officials say the increase in buying age will help protect youth from nicotine addiction and potentially toxic chemicals. Commonly known as Tobacco 21, the new law is expected to reduce smoking rates over time and ultimately save lives. An estimated 95 percent of adult smokers started smoking by the time they reached age 21, so restricting access to these products will help prevent...

BILL MARTIN OWNS a home and a business in Monkton. His business, Greentree Real Estate, has a North Ferrisburgh ZIP code, but his nearby home has a Hinesburg ZIP code. Martin gave up on such confusion a long time ago and rented a P.O. box at the Monkton Firehouse. Independent photo/Steve James
08/29/2019
MONKTON — The United States Postal Service sometimes makes living in Monkton a real pain in the butt. Packages get misdelivered. Real estate gets wrongly listed. Other towns get credit for the accomplishments (and occasionally the misdeeds) of Monkton’s residents and businesses. Monktonites get stymied at the Department of Motor Vehicles. And more troubling: When there are emergencies in Monkton, haggling sometimes has to happen before a 911 dispatcher can establish the caller’s exact physical location. The Independent asked Monkton residents for their thoughts, and they had plenty to say. “...
08/29/2019
VERGENNES — Addison and Ferrisburgh residents will almost certainly be asked this fall if they will vote to close the two towns’ elementary schools. The Addison Northwest School District board is recommending the school closures as part of its plan to consolidate district education in Vergennes Union High and Elementary schools next year. According to a statement released after an Aug. 22 ANWSD board retreat, board members have not made the final decision to request town-wide votes in the two communities to stop educating students in the two central schools. But the board is leaning toward...
08/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a fiscal year 2020 residential property tax rate of $2.34 per $100 in property value. That’s an astounding 50 cents less than the fiscal year 2019 residential rate of $2.8414, but Middlebury taxpayers shouldn’t do cartwheels thinking they’re in store for a huge discount for municipal and public education services this year. That’s because Middlebury just completed a town-wide reappraisal of properties. Residential and commercial assessments that on average had slipped to 88 percent (or lower) of true market value have now...

THE DOCUMENTARY FILM “Reversing Roe,” which screened during the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival this past weekend, presented protesters on both sides of the abortion debate. Director Ricki Stern told her Middlebury audience that she wanted to show how government has chipped away at women’s rights to abortion.
08/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — People in some groups opposed to abortion are targeting clinics that provide the procedure, even shooting and killing doctors and activists who promote a woman’s right to choose to continue a pregnancy. Dr. Colleen McNicholas, the sole remaining abortion provider in the state of Missouri, explained to a crowd at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater this past Friday for a screening of the documentary film “Reversing Roe,” that every clinic that provides abortions has a domestic terrorism FBI agent assigned to it. The agent assigned to her clinic in Missouri surveys her house regularly,...

MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE STUDENTS make a recent delivery of reduced-price, locally produced foods. Photo by Nora Peachin
08/29/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Foods — a Middlebury College student-run nonprofit that for the past six years has been placing reduced-price, locally produced foods into the hands of scores of Addison County residents — will be making its final deliveries on Sept. 13 and 15. “After a long and thoughtful discussion, we’ve determined that continuing retail operations is no longer the best way for us to serve folks in Addison County and surrounding areas,” reads a statement from Middlebury Foods leaders on middlebury-foods.myshopify.com. “We feel honored to have had the chance to participate in and...

Image of Heritage Family Credit Union robber from surveillance camera.
08/29/2019
BRANDON — The lone man robbed the Heritage Family Credit Union in Brandon on Monday afternoon. Brandon police are asking merchants in the area to examine $100 bills they receive in case they find one from the robbery. One of the bills was a $100 bill that was torn and taped as a repair. Police asked that If someone gives you taped bill please try to remember anything about their appearance and any identifying info that may be of assistance, including the license number and make of car they may get into. Please call the Brandon Police Department at 247-5723 A man wearing a dark, two-toned...

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