'Commoners' take on conservation at Bristol gathering


SANDRA MURPHY CHATS with Elnu Abenaki Tribe citizen Melody Walker Brook, who appeared via videoconferencing at the Commons Conservation Congress at Mount Abe on Nov. 2. Brook, who spoke from her home in Virginia, emphasized the importance of helping people understand their connection to “place.” Photo by Jonathan Blake

BRISTOL — Melody Walker Brook, a citizen of the Elnu Abenaki Tribe, never thought she would move away from Vermont and the land of her ancestors.

Legislators hold climate policy forum in Midd


REP. AMY SHELDON (D-Middlebury) and five other members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus convened a climate policy forum at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury on Thursday evening. The Climate Caucus has been working since last May to develop legislative solutions to the climate crisis and are traveling the state to report on their progress. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

MIDDLEBURY — Members of the Vermont Legislature’s Climate Solutions Caucus are organizing a series of climate policy forums all over the state to share their legislative priorities for 2020 and bri

Downtown Middlebury rail project hits Main St.


DOWNTOWN MIDDLEBURY HAS been a beehive of construction activity this week as workers prepare the rail corridor for a tunnel that will replace the Merchants Row and Main Street rail bridges. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Both pedestrian and vehicular traffic in downtown Middlebury was slower than usual this week, as work on the $72 million rail bridges replacement project jumped from the train corridor

New clinic offers MUHS teens more options


PORTER PEDIATRIC PRIMARY Care staffers Dr. Paco Corbalan and Nurse Practitioner Monica Benjamin, shown with her daughter Winter, are spearheading a new in-school clinic that will serve Middlebury Union High School students beginning Dec. 5. The clinic will be open for around four hours each Thursday and will be based in the Hannaford Career Center. Independent photo/John Flowers

MIDDLEBURY — Porter Pediatric Primary Care and Middlebury Union High School have teamed up to launch a new health center that will serve students in a school setting.

Apples survive rainy start to the season


ACCORDING TO THE Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, Vermont produces around 1 million bushels (40,000 pounds) of apples each year. Statewide, pick-your-own orchards sell about 200,000 bushels and grocery stores sell another 300,000. Of the more than 150 varieties grown in Vermont, the McIntosh is the most important, accounting for about half of the state’s entire crop. These apples grew in Addison County this year. Independent photo/Steve James

ADDISON COUNTY — Kent Ridge Orchards in Cornwall did not have its best apple season this year, but it could have been worse.

When Davydov broke her hip in the woods, local first responders offered aid and TLC


DIEUWKE DAVYDOV, A talented cellist, suffered a painful injury in the woods last month, but thanks to a crew of skilled first responders she received prompt medical care and is expected to return to the stage soon.

Editor’s note: Cornwall resident Dieuwke Davydov shared this piece with Independent readers.

On Sunday the 13th of October I had quite an adventure:

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