Businesses prep for new composting law


DAVID MERRILL, DIRECTOR of dining services at EastView, says the 120-resident retirement community in Middlebury generates a significant amount of food waste every year. Kitchen buckets such as this one are the first stop for kitchen scraps. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

ADDISON COUNTY — On July 1, 2020, everyone in Vermont will be required to keep their food scraps out of the trash.

Top 10 stories of 2019


WE RAN THIS front page on November 7, 2019, after both Addison and Ferrisburgh voted to reject the ANWSD's school closure proposals.

ADDISON COUNTY — A lot can happen in a year. Each January we sit down to discuss the stories we have covered over the last 52 weeks to decide which had the biggest impact on our community.

Teens have big ideas for local tiny houses


LINCOLN RESIDENT MARY Simons recently led a group of journalism students on a nationwide tour of tiny home villages, a source of affordable housing that they hope Addison County communities will embrace. Here is one of four tiny house models that have been placed in downtown Middlebury businesses as part of a scavenger hunt aimed at getting people to a Jan. 29 screening of videos from the students’ tiny homes tour. Photo courtesy of Mary Simons

MIDDLEBURY — Mary Simons is a journalism educator, but she wants her young charges to do more than simply write a narrative.

2019: A year in review


MEGAN HEDLEY OF Benson cuddles her son, Sawyer Jensen Porter Downey, the first baby born in Addison County in 2019. Sawyer, who weighed 7 pounds, 4.6 ounces and is 22 inches long, was born at 2 a.m. on Jan. 1, the day after his due date. Hedley added “Porter” in honor of the hospital, where her own mother used to work. Sawyer’s three-year-old sister, Jocelyn, had mixed feelings about the baby before he was born but was excited once she met him. Independent file photo/John S. McCright

Editor’s note: The slower pace in the last week of the year is a good time to look back over the past 12 months and recall where we’ve been before diving into the 12 months ahead of us. 

Fixed costs, fewer kids affect ACSD budget


PETER BURROWS, SUPERINTENDENT of the ACSD, said it’s becoming increasingly difficult for school districts to build effective budgets when they keep losing students and, at the same time, must absorb salary and health care costs that are rising on average by 3.5 percent each year.

MIDDLEBURY — Declining student enrollment and rising costs — including an anticipated 12.9-percent bump in employee health insurance premiums — are in part driving a potential 5.23% increase in edu

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