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09/10/2020
Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Vergennes does not stay in Vergennes. I am not a resident of Vergennes but I might as well be. I live in Ferrisburgh. Like many in the neighboring towns of Panton, Addison and Waltham, Vergennes is our downtown. It is our gravitational center. Our children go to school there. We shop there. We dine there. We work there. We recreate there, and we interact and gather there with one another as a larger community. So it has been with great disappointment that we have all watched the events of the summer unfold in Vergennes. It has been particularly frustrating...
09/08/2020
I have a confession to make: With five children in our family, I can no longer remember important individual milestones. Were you to ask me at what ages each of my children walked, talked, cut their first tooth, I couldn’t say. I could give you a range, which would be, “Somewhere between the ages of birth and two.”  I love my children deeply for the individuals that they are; ask me today about their personalities and tastes, and I’ll tell you in detail. But past details have all receded into the fog of thirteen years of sleep deprivation. I cannot recall my fourth child’s first word, what...
09/03/2020
Not all that long ago you could take a two-week vacation, as a newspaper editor, and not miss that much. It’s not as if the world didn’t keep turning while away from the office, but rather that the world’s stage wasn’t in the constant chaos it is today.  As on most summer hiking trips, this year we were blissfully without Internet service, or even cell service, for much of the time — having to make a trip of 10 minutes by car to reach suitable places to poach connectivity for those necessary connections to the office and family back home. The absence of that daily news, the silence replacing...
09/03/2020
For most people in Vermont (by most here, I mean white) racism is something you know exists, but it’s easy to think it doesn’t happen here and isn’t something you have to be concerned about. The fact that Vermont has such a small population of People of Color and Black people limits the extent to which we as white people observe racism and limits our second-hand experiences of it as well, like hearing about it from our non-white friends. This limited scope can cause us to be blinkered to what is going on and believe that we are doing a good job, or that it isn’t really an issue in Vermont. ...
09/03/2020
If I seem a bit on edge these days, it’s because I’m a new mother, and I’m worn out. When I last wrote, we had just acquired four babies for our lonely pet turkey, Gobbles. But she turned up her beak at them, as we figured she might, and they became ours (mostly mine) to raise. So much for the empty nest. For the first couple of weeks, the turkey poults lived 24/7 in a large black rubber water tub in our dining room. Now they spend the daylight hours in the old goat barn, outdoors but safe from bullying chickens and a dog who looks at them the way I look at sticky buns.  At least once a day,...

LARRY AND LYNN Schuyler visited St. Paul’s Episcopal church in Vergennes in the fall of 2019. Larry looked through church records and got to visit the town where his great-grandfather Stephen Bates had once been the chief police for 26 consecutive years.
09/03/2020
History has become a controversial topic, and rightly so. Much of what children and teenagers are given in the United States details history primarily centered around white supremacy and the patriarchy. This is true at national and local levels. Recently, a story was uncovered in Vergennes that exemplified that very fact.  The key to understanding this issue is that it is local as much as it is national — something that I did not fully grasp until now. For the nation to be able to remember the history that has been omitted, the importance of researching our respective small-town communities...
09/03/2020
On behalf of the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project team, I want to thank the National Bank of Middlebury and the Middlebury community in general for its cooperation and for its support of the men and women of our construction crew who are working to rebuild Middlebury’s downtown. Recently, as covered in the Addison Independent, the National Bank held a cookout for both the day and night shift crews, a total of some 60 workers. This is just one of the many ways in which the downtown community and the citizens of Middlebury have made us feel part of your town in the four years we have been...
09/03/2020
Dear fellow residents of Vergennes, The field for our city’s Sept. 22 special City Council election is crowded, with 14 citizens running for four City Council seats. I am grateful to all 14 candidates for their willingness to serve and their desire to move our city forward in a positive direction. Four candidates for City Council have identified a goal of making Vergennes welcoming to young people and families from diverse backgrounds: Huizenga, Small, Austin, and Murray-Killon. This goal is my goal and for that reason I will be voting for these four candidates. I moved to Vergennes two...
09/03/2020
As a Middlebury alum and current public health practitioner, I understand how difficult it is to make decisions that ensure the well-being of students, staff, and community. From a public health standpoint, the college is following the recommendations set forth by the State, but from a behavioral standpoint, there is no way that you will be able to control what will inevitably be an unsafe situation for the entire community. Controlling the actions of students has always been difficult, even prior to the global pandemic. When has Middlebury successfully stopped students from breaking rules?...
09/03/2020
With the Vergennes City Council Special Election on Tuesday, Sept. 22, we don’t have time to waste. We’re Ian Huizenga, David Small, Dickie Austin and Jill Murray-Killon, and we hope you’ll vote for us in the Special Election. The last few months have been challenging for the entire Vergennes community. Lately, some residents have lost confidence in our city’s governance and management. We believe we can repair fractures, welcome change, and restore trust to create a vibrant future for everyone in Vergennes. While we each bring different views and roles to the table, we share attributes that...

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