Orwell


MEG MADDEN
ORWELL — Interested in mushrooms that grow in the wild? On Sunday, Aug. 22, starting at 1 p.m. at Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, join naturalist, mycologist, and professional photographer Meg Madden for a curiosity walk along the hiking trails. Madden will help you delve into the fascinating world of fungi and how to identify wild mushrooms. As a myco-educator Meg loves to share her knowledge of the natural world, particularly when it comes to all things fungi. Madden, a Middlebury native, channels her lifelong passion for art and nature into her colorful, textural, and...

DICK AND THELMA Buxton will celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary on July 20. Husband and wife, both 93, ran Buxton’s Store for four decades. Their grandson Andy and his wife Mary now run it. Independent photo/John Flowers
ORWELL — It all began with a casual wave shared by two teenagers on a sunny day back in 1944 in picturesque Shoreham. A moment of tenderness and innocence that was permitted to blossom far away from the din and carnage of the World War II battlefields in Europe and Asia. Dick Buxton and Thelma Brisson never thought back then their chance encounter would lead to a rock-solid marriage that’s lasted 75 years — and counting. It’s been such a fun ride that the Buxtons, now both 93, will return to the altar at St. Paul’s Church in Orwell later this month to have their marriage blessed. And they can...
ORWELL — Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell this month will host an illustrated talk titled, “Some Revolutionary Women of the Southern Lake Champlain Valley.” The program on Saturday, July 24, at 1 p.m., will provide context on women during the American Revolution and introduce some of the resilient women of Vermont’s southern Lake Champlain Valley during the war. How did the war interrupt their lives? What were their contributions leading to settlement and as founders of their new towns and the new nation? Speakers will be site administrator Elsa Gilbertson and site interpreter...

ORWELL’S TIM LADUC points to the sky in remembrance of his late mother, Barbara, following his emotional win in the Sportsman Modified feature at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night. Photo credit: Barry Snelling
WEST HAVEN — Orwell driver Tim LaDuc won the Sportsman Modified main event at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Saturday night, while fellow Orwell racer Ray Hanson took a Mini Sprint feature, and three other county drivers claimed second- or third-place finishes. Tim LaDuc drove to his win in a 19-year-old backup car borrowed from fellow competitor Brian Whittemore (who finished ninth) to notch his first victory in two years. In order to score the 54th win of his career at Devil’s Bowl, LaDuc dueled longtime rival Vince Quenneville of Brandon for the lead in the second half of the race. Quenneville’s...
ADDISON COUNTY -- An individual associated with Middlebury Union High School has tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement Wednesday afternoon from MUHS Principal Justin Campbell. "Luckily, this individual was not in school when contagious and is following all of the guidance from the VT Dept. of Health," Campbell wrote in an email to the MUHS community. "We have been in contact with local and state health officials and all are in agreement that there are no additional restrictions or precautions needed at MUHS." According to the Addison Central School District COVID-19...

STERLING MUTH OF Orwell shows off a donation of holiday ornaments that will go to a low-income family that gets a free Christmas tree through Northern Roots Tree Farm, a nonprofit that he and his wife Evelyn Muth created.
ORWELL — Sterling and Evelyn Muth are blessed with two wonderful children, Addy, 2, and Porter, 4. The two little scamps are coming to know the unbridled joy of Christmas morning, tearing downstairs at the crack of dawn to kneel at the shimmering tree and windmill through wrapping paper to reveal Santa’s bounty. Along with the religious symbolism for some, it’s about making lifelong memories steeped in togetherness and the spirit of giving. And the centerpiece of their yuletide fun is the Christmas tree. But the Muths realize that not every family can afford a tree. So they’re working to help...
ORWELL — The Orwell Village School in the fall of 2022 would start sending its seventh- and eighth-grade students to Fair Haven Union High School under a plan that’s being considered by the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD) board. That move is part of a major reorganization proposal within the district aimed at saving taxpayer dollars amid an ongoing trend of declining enrollment and rising public school expenses. The Addison Central, Addison Northwest and Mount Abraham Unified school districts are facing the same problems and are also exploring school closures and/or...
The “Free Orwell Community Thanksgiving Meal” this past Thursday was such a kind and generous gift to the residents of Orwell. Thank you to the Orwell Village School hosts and the OVS Booster Club sponsors, all of our community members were offered a turkey feast! Makes me proud to be a citizen of this thoughtful village, more than doing their part during this tough COVID holiday! Lynda Hutchins Orwell
ORWELL — Six loose cows appear to have been shot and killed Friday night in Orwell, according to a press release issued by Vermont State Police Saturday. The cows had been running wild most of the summer and fall, said Brian Kemp, who owns Mountain Meadows Farm in Sudbury/Whiting, in an email to the Independent. “No one knows whose they were, even though it had been put on social media,” he said. “No one ever came forth to claim them.” On Friday night, just short of 11 o’clock, troopers responded to a report that several people in a pickup truck were shooting cows on a property in the town....

IMAGINE CANNONBALLS HURTLING from Mt. Defiance across Lake Champlain to where you stand on Mt. Independence. Learn about it at the Mt. Independence Hike Into History on Sunday, Oct. 11, from 1-4 p.m. Photo courtesy of Mt. Independence State Historic Site
ORWELL — Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, on Sunday, Oct. 11, the last day of the season, from 1-4 p.m. Stephen Zeoli, president of the Mount Independence Coalition, will be your guide. It is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15. Pre-registration is required — call 802-948-2000, space is limited. Facial masks and social distancing are mandatory. Zeoli is known for his story-telling and special knowledge. He will relate the stirring story of Mount Independence and its important role in the American Revolution...

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