HOPE forbids rummaging in its Dumpster


THE NONPROFIT HELPING Overcome Poverty’s Effects has put up “no trespassing” signs on the Dumpster at its Middlebury headquarters, in response to Dumpster-diving incidents that they say pose liability issues. Meanwhile, some of those who’ve been doing the diving contend that HOPE is throwing away donated stuff that could be repurposed for low-income people. Photo courtesy of Brenda Dutton

MIDDLEBURY — One person’s trash is another one’s treasure, the old saying goes.

Welch bemoans gridlock, urges local action


U.S. REP PETER Welch discussed legislative gridlock, President Donald Trump and a variety of other issues during an appearance at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meetinghouse in Middlebury on Monday. Independent photo/Steve James

MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Congressman Peter Welch on Monday in Middlebury urged Vermonters to uphold the tenets of democracy and community service in face of a White House and U.S.

Mt. Abe takes interdisciplinary approach to ecology


MONKTON EIGHTH-GRADER ANNA BELLE Hunt, left, and her Starksboro classmate Makayla Emmons carefully handle a monarch butterfly that was discovered during a field trip to the Bristol Peace Garden last week. Their class at Mount Abraham Union Middle School is taking an interdisciplinary approach to learning about monarchs and other threatened species. Independent photo/Christopher Ross

BRISTOL — When one of a pair of monarch butterflies escaped captivity and flew off toward a corner garden at Mount Abraham Union High School last week, Jocelyn Foran’s eighth-grade ecology students

Ripton pitches shed to get salt away from river


RIPTON CURRENTLY STORES municipal salt and sand in this pile next to a branch of the Middlebury River off Peddler’s Bridge Road. The town wants to build a new structure off Lincoln Road where it will be able to safely house its salt/sand reserves. Independent photo/Steve James

RIPTON — Ripton officials hope to soon begin negotiations for a 2.63-acre parcel off Lincoln Road that would host a shed to contain the town’s road salt and sand reserves, which are currently tarpe

$780K bond would aid Addison Town Hall restoration


A VANDAL STRUCK Addison’s former — and possibly future — town hall on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Town officials were unnerved because an arsonist set fire to the Grange Hall in Ferrisburgh in 2005 as planning was under way to renovate it into a town office building and community center. Vermont State Police are investigating the graffiti applied to the Addison building along Route 22A in Addison Four Corners that similarly could be eventually restored for use as a town office and community center. Anyone with knowledge of the Addison incident may reach VSP at 388-4919. Photo courtesy of John Spencer

ADDISON — Addison residents will vote on Sept.

Bristol plagued by thefts, break-ins


PHOTOS TAKEN FROM security camera footage at the Maplefields on West Street in Bristol show the suspect in a burglary that occurred there in the early morning hours of Sept. 4. Photo courtesy of the Bristol Police Department

BRISTOL — The Bristol Police Department and the Vermont State Police are investigating a number of recent break-ins and thefts in and around Bristol Village.

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