Migrant farmworkers face food insecurity


UVM ANTHROPOLOGY PROFESSOR Teresa Mares, holding her new book on migrant farmworkers and food justice, is joined after a talk Thursday at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury by folks from event sponsor Middlebury Natural Foods Co-Op. She is shown, from left, with MNFF board member Louise Vojtisek, Glenn Lower, Emily Landenberger and board member Lynn Dutton. Independent photo/Abagael Giles

MIDDLEBURY — Migrant farmworkers in Vermont are more likely to be food insecure than most Vermonters, but the reasons why are not as simple as having too few financial resources.

Midd, Vergennes prepare for passenger rail


WORKERS IN DOWNTOWN Middlebury on Wednesday continue to prepare the rail bed and surrounding property for a tunnel that will make the track suitable for passenger rail service, which is slated to start in 2021 if all goes well with the tunnel project. Independent photo/ John S. McCright

MIDDLEBURY — The chief of Vermont’s rail and aviation division said passenger train service to Burlington — with stops in Vergennes and Middlebury — is likely to commence in 2021, barring any unfor

A local farm gives animals a 'Second Chance'


LIZ HURLBURT OF Second Chance Farm gets a hug from Stan and Dorothy Zbornak, two mini donkeys named after characters from the TV show “Golden Girls.” Since launching Second Chance Farm in Addison this summer, Liz and her husband, Noah, have acquired more than 100 animals, many of which are considered endangered. Every animal on the farm has a name and a story. Photo courtesy of Second Chance Farm

ADDISON — A lot has happened in the six months since Liz and Noah Hurlburt first entertained the idea of having a farm.

New travel website aims to aid area nonprofits


MIDDLEBURY RESIDENT ANDY Dosmann has founded TripHeroes.org, a nonprofit travel website. Dosmann said it functions like other well-known travel-booking websites and trips can be arranged at a low cost, with the added bonus that local charities will be kicked back funds every time a customer uses the site. Photo courtesy of Elisabeth Waller Photography

MIDDLEBURY — One Middlebury resident has figured out a way to make flying the skies friendly to charities.

New apartments planned for Vergennes


THE OWNER OF the historic Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes and its Annex along West Main Street hopes to rehabilitate the two buildings and create 23 apartments. The city has given its approval for the proposal, and it has earned $330,000 from the state in tax credits to support what could be a $3.45 million project. Photo by Holly Weber

VERGENNES — Longstanding efforts by the owner of the long-vacant Haviland Shade Roller Mill overlooking the Otter Creek falls in Vergennes could finally be paying off.

Autumn adds a touch of drama to Lemon Fair Sculpture Park


'LIGHT RING' BY Bruce White (foreground) acts both as a work of art and a window onto its surroundings. In the middle distance John Clement’s “Hot Tamale” coils into itself, while Peter Lundberg’s 30-foot, 60,000-pound “Leap of Faith” seems to hold up the sky. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

SHOREHAM — Every July, when the Lemon Fair Sculpture Park in Shoreham opens for public use, the fine summer light seems to clarify every detail of the large-scale artwork gathered there.

48 years later, Lynne Schulze's sisters are still searching


ANNE SCHULZE, LEFT, and Janet Schulze Swain search through the Addison Independent archives for scraps of news about their sister, Lynne Schulze, a Middlebury College student who disappeared from town on Dec. 10, 1971. Almost 48 years later, investigators continue to seek answers into what happened to Schulze. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — The Schulze family puts together an annual calendar matching photos with the birthdates of the many members of the Connecticut-based clan.

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