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CONSULTANTS ARE DEVELOPING maps — like this one — of a potential “Triangle Bike Loop” that would connect Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. Area residents will be able to share their views at a public meeting in New Haven this Thursday, Aug. 15. Plans call for a final route to be solidified by next February. Then advocates will look for funding to make the route a reality. Map courtesy of SE Group
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NEW HAVEN — County residents on Aug. 15 will be able to shape a newly proposed bike route that would link Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes. The public meeting, to begin at 7 p.m. in the New Haven Town Hall, will be led by consultants from SE Group of Burlington. The company was selected to design the proposed tri-town route that, when completed, “will provide a safe and enjoyable rider experience, increase connectivity between communities along the route (New Haven, Waltham, Weybridge, Ferrisburgh), and establish a sustainable and valued recreation resource,” according to Mike Winslow,...
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SALISBURY — The Salisbury landfill will stop accepting trash on Sept. 1, thus ending its more than 30-year run and its status as the state’s last operating unlined landfill. And while closure plans are going smoothly, Salisbury still needs to find a hauler to run a mini transfer station at the landfill. Residents will then be able to bring their trash and recyclables to the there for transport to the Addison County Solid Waste Management facility in Middlebury. “All of the haulers in Addison County are so busy,” Selectwoman Pedie O’Brien said. “I think a lot of it is that so many people are...

NEW HAVEN RESIDENT Linda Sweeney, shown this past December with stuffed animals she made out of her late husband’s clothing, recently suffered injuries in a bike accident. She said the helmet she was wearing saved her life. Independent file photo/John S. McCright
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NEW HAVEN — Two weeks ago a bicycle helmet saved Linda Sweeney’s life. “I am here to BEG anyone that rides a bike to wear a helmet,” she said in a Facebook post last week, which she shared with the Independent. “It matters!!!” On July 29, the New Haven resident crashed on her bicycle somewhere near Twin Mountain in Carroll, N.H. “I’m not sure what happened,” said the post, which Sweeney had dictated to a friend. “I apparently hit railroad tracks traveling fast and went down. I was out for at least 20 minutes and a kind passerby called 911.” Sweeney was transported to Littleton Regional...
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VERGENNES — According to Tim Noonan, the executive director of the Vermont Labor Relations Board, he will oversee an election at the Vergennes Police Department either later this month or in early September. The vote will determine if the officers of the city police force will unionize. City officials in July made it official they would not oppose the officers’ wish to affiliate with the New England Police Benevolent Association (NEPBA), a union that represents many law enforcement agencies in New England, including in Vermont. The proposed union includes non-supervisory personnel only, and...

BUZZ IS BUILDING for Lincoln musicologist Dale Cockrell’s new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” which will be published Aug. 13. The cultural study brings to life the decades of American music that led to the birth of ragtime and jazz. Photo courtesy of Dale Cockrell
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LINCOLN — In the acknowledgments section of his new book, “Everybody’s Doin’ It,” Lincoln author Dale Cockrell muses on how strange it is to put the words “sex” and “musicology” in the same sentence. “Many seem not to think at first that the two can coexist in a mutual frame of scholarly mind,” he writes. “But after the initial shock and an additional explanatory sentence or two, everyone seems to brighten with something to say about music or (sotto voce) about sex or both.” Cockrell, who taught music history at Middlebury College from 1979 to 1985, does more than just rub a couple of...

Barbara Kopple
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The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival will welcome two more special guests at the 5th Annual Festival, Aug. 22-25: Barbara Kopple and Ricki Stern. And announces a Female Biopic Series. Barbara Kopple Returning honoree, iconic documentarian, and two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple (“Harlan County U.S.A.,” “American Dream”) will show her latest film, “New Homeland,” at this year’s fest on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 1:30 p.m, at Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Kopple will discuss the film following the screening in a Q&A session with film historian Kate Hearst. Beloved by MNFF...
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Albert Zaccor of Bridport, a teacher at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol, is bringing back lessons designed to engage and promote students’ understanding of Holocaust history from the nation’s leading Holocaust education conference this summer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Zaccor was one of 260 participants from all over the country who attended the museum’s annual Arthur and Rochelle Belfer National Conference for Educators, a three-day workshop for teachers hosted by the museum in late July. The 2019 conference is a vital part of the museum’s...
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MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury’s Merchants Row Bridge is closed to drivers and pedestrians between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 12.  The closure is to allow Maine Drilling & Blasting to install four mini-piles across the bridge entrance as part of the effort to stabilize the rail abutment in preparation for next summer's excavation. There will be no impact on street parking in front of the Battell Block or on access to the lower Battell parking lot. Pedestrians walking between the Battell Block and Town Hall Theater during the closure period are asked to use the Town Green. For any...
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MIDDLEBURY — An Addison County jury on Aug. 7 convicted a Vergennes man of lewd & lascivious conduct with a child under the age of 16. The defendant, 39-year-old Steven R. Desjardin, is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 14. Vergennes police were notified on Oct. 14, 2018, of a possible sex offense reported to have occurred in the city. Following an investigation conducted by Detective Ruth Whitney of the Addison County Unit for Special Investigations, Desjardin was arrested and charged with the lewd & lascivious offense. Police described the victim as a girl between the age of 8-10....
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ADDISON — For a number of summers, Chimney Point State Historic Site has run a “Preschoolers at the Point” program. Parents can bring their preschoolers (ages 3 to 5) to enjoy story and craft time at the site at no charge. This month the site will host preschoolers on Friday, Aug. 16, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. The August program relates to this year’s exhibit from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Heritage Partnership, “Salmon and People in a Changing World,” about the return of Atlantic Salmon to Lake Champlain. There will be stories and children can try their hand at “gyotaku,” Japanese...

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