Orwell


EMILY CASEY OF Orwell, will give a talk on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m., about her new collection of essays “Made Holy.” The conversation will take place at the Ilsley Library in Middlebury in conjunction with an exhibit of eight pieces of artwork done by Vermont artists to represent portions of one of Casey’s essays. PHOTO / LESLIE TWITCHELL
ORWELL — Emily Casey didn’t always like essays. “I had always thought of essays as boring, nature stories… that just didn’t appeal to me,” she said in a conversation last week. “But when I was in college other people were really pushing the boundaries of what an essay could be… Braided essays really spoke to me — with a theme weaving through thoughts.” Casey, a 2012 MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, didn’t always like telling the truth either. “The publishing of my book ‘Made Holy’ coincided with the truth of telling about my own recovery,” she said. “The day the book...

LEGISLATORS FROM THE area recently visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell to see Vermont Universal Pre-K Program in action. Pictured, left to right, are: Meg Baker, pre-k coordinator for Addison County, Rep. Caleb Elder of Bristol, Sarah Kenney of Let’s Grow Kids, Linda January, director of Otter Creek Child Care Center in Middlebury, Rep. Kate Webb of Shelburne, Rep. Peter Conlon of Cornwall, Sen. Ruth Hardy of Middlebury and Rep. Jessica Brumsted of Shelburne.
MIDDLEBURY/ORWELL — A group of legislators from several committees last week visited pre-kindergarten programs in Middlebury and Orwell as they explored the current status of universal pre-k in Vermont and possible changes to the law that created it. The group visited the public pre-k program in Middlebury at Mary Hogan Elementary School and private programs at Quarry Hill School, Otter Creek Child Care Center and Mary Johnson Childrens’ Center, as well as the MJCC pre-k program housed at the Orwell Elementary School. The tour was organized by House Education Committee Chair Rep. Kate Webb of...
ORWELL — The GFWC Orwell Fortnightly Club will have a table at the St. Paul’s Bazaar in Orwell on Saturday, Dec. 7. The group is pleased to offer its Christmas Pet Stockings again for your family and friends to give to their special furry creatures on Christmas morning. Filled with American made snacks and toys they are $15 each. “We are looking forward to seeing you at the bazaar,” said Fortnightly member Linda Oaks.
ORWELL — Kenneth Calvin Snyder, age 94, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, at Helen Porter Health and Rehabilitation Center in Middlebury. Ken was born in Mystic, Conn., on Nov. 17, 1924. He was the son of Zenas Sylvester and Matilda (Weimer) Snyder. He grew up in Connecticut, where he received his early education and his passion for the water. He was an excellent swimmer and diver and owned several boats over the years. He attended the University of Rhode Island for Electrical Engineering and then received a degree in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, where he met his...
Thank you to Jeremy and Jordan from Northlands Job Corps. Jeremy and Jordan brought their students from the Job Corps to Orwell and worked for two days cutting trees and brush at the Orwell Village Cemetery. Trees were cut, brush was cut and chipped and everything was hauled away. Great job done. Looks Great. Town Clerk Betty Walker on behalf of the Orwell selectboard

Photo by Sarah Pope
ORWELL — Fans of ferns will have the opportunity to learn more about them when forest ecologist Lynn Levine leads a talk and walk on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. Levine will show participants how to identify ferns of the Northeast. The program runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Levine is author of the recent book, “Identifying Ferns the Easy Way: A Pocket Guide to Common Ferns of the Northeast.” She will start the program in the auditorium with an orientation and introduction to ferns. Then she will lead a walk along the paths and trails at Mount Independence...

TIM LADUC OF Orwell won the Casella Waste Management "Ron Casey Memorial" Sportsman Modified Shootout feature on Saturday to open the Interstate All Battery Center Vermont 200 Weekend at Devil's Bowl Speedway. Photo/Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Orwell’s Ken LaDuc provided the local highlights at Devil’s Bowl Speedway this past weekend, picking up his first win of the season on Saturday and then becoming the top area finisher in the dirt track’s Vermont 200 feature on Sunday. LaDuc took fifth in that major Sunday 200-lap race, with Middlebury’s Justin Comes in sixth in a race won by New York driver Rocky Warner. On Saturday Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau picked up a second-place finish, and Middlebury’s Jake Barrows nabbed a fourth. SATURDAY ACTION LaDuc, no stranger to Victory Lane at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, has been mired in...

RICHARD EITELMAN
ORWELL — Richard Kimball Eitelman, 90, of Orwell died Saturday evening, August 24, 2019, at his residence. He was born on March 7, 1929, in Schenectady, N.Y., the son of Kenneth and Pauline (Wendalawski) Eitelman. Mr. Eitelman relocated to Orwell in 1957 where he owned and operated a dairy farm and riding stable for many years. He also owned and operated Dick’s and Glenda’s Beverages in Vergennes until 1990. He married Barbara Nolan on March 7, 1989. Mr. Eitelman was a member of the Vermont Trappers Association, the National Rifle Association, and the Lake Champlain Walleye Association. He...
ORWELL — Children ages 6 to 10 are welcome to come for an hour of Revolutionary story time on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program, sponsored in collaboration with the Orwell Free Library, will include stories, hands-on activities, simple crafts, and some outdoor time if the weather permits. The theme is the American Revolution and history of Mount Independence.  Children who attend need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, and organizers recommend bringing snacks or a picnic to enjoy afterwords...
ORWELL — Hike into history at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, Aug. 4. The site offers a special guided walk around the trail system, from 2 to 4 p.m., led by Mount Independence Coalition president Stephen Zeoli. It is included in regular site admission of $5 for adults and free for those under 15.  Stephen 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 and in the making of our nation. It was built as an American defense of New England against...

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