SHOREHAM — Barbara Wilson of Shoreham last week withdrew from the race for the Vermont House seat that represents her town plus Orwell, Whiting and Benson. “It is with great regret and sadness that I have had to make the difficult decision to suspend my candidacy for Addison-Rutland House Representative,” Wilson said in a July 28 press release. “This is due to recently being diagnosed and starting treatment for prolonged exposure to Lyme Disease.” Wilson said the chronic neurological symptoms and joint pain resulting from the disease make it difficult for her to effectively run for office at...
SHOREHAM — Two popular Shoreham orchards have come together under one owner. On July 8 Bill Suhr and Andrea Scott of Champlain Orchards announced that they had purchased Douglas Orchards and Cider Mill from Bob and Scott Douglas. “For the past 21 years I have been emulating our neighbors ... as they care for their family farm and orchards,” Suhr wrote in announcing the deal. “After years of discussions, we were able to officially purchase the 180-acre farm, allowing Bob & Terry, and Scott & Sue Douglas to officially begin a well-earned retirement.” Bob and Scott Douglas are the fourth...
Editor’s note: On June 24, the Shoreham selectboard sent a letter to the directors of the Addison Central School District, that followed up on an Aug. 29, 2019, letter to the school board committee that would ultimately make recommendations that could result in closing Shoreham Elementary School. Here are the two letters: 24 June 2020 This is an open letter to the School Directors of the Addison Central School District. At the end of August 2019, the selectboard of the town of Shoreham sent the enclosed letter to the Addison Central School District Facilities Master Plan Steering Committee....

THE FRONT OF the house as viewed from Elmendorf Road yesterday after the blaze.
SHOREHAM — An 85-year-old man was found dead inside a Shoreham home that burned yesterday morning, according to Vermont State Police. On July 20, at approximately 8 a.m. a passing motorist heard a loud explosion and saw a fire at 138 Elmendorf Road in Shoreham. The Shoreham Fire Department and several surrounding fire departments responded to the house fire. While extinguishing the blaze a body was found inside the house and the Vermont State Police were contacted to respond to the scene. Detectives from the Rutland State Police Barracks, members of the Addison County Fire Investigation Unit...
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Congregational Church will be holding an outdoor concert and strawberry mini-festival on Saturday, July 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Gazebo at the Town Green in Shoreham. Both events had been scheduled for times earlier in the spring, but were postponed due to the pandemic. The concert will feature Romy and Ben Munkres of Cornwall. Romy (fiddle, flute and feet) and Ben (piano, accordion, mandolin) have performed as a duo at dances and festivals in Vermont and New Hampshire, including Richmond’s Folk Night and the New World Festival in Randolph. They have both played...

SHOREHAM’S ANTHONY WARREN displays the checkered flag and the trophy he earned for winning the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman “Topless” feature in exciting fashion at Devil’s Bowl Speedway on Sunday. Photo by Bill McGaffin
WEST HAVEN — Shoreham’s Anthony Warren picked up the win in the O’Reilly Auto Parts Limited Sportsman 20-lap race to provide the local highlight in Sunday racing at Devil’s Bowl Speedway, with racing again held without fans present due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Warren, driving on his 12th wedding anniversary, edged cousin Anthony Ryan of Benson by taking the lead on the final lap’s first turn. Warren slid under Ryan as they hit the curve and held on from there, and it was the only lap he led as they dueled to the finish. Polesitter Johnny Bruno took third, and Brandon’s Matt Bilodeau...
SHOREHAM — For more than 40 years the Shoreham Congregational Church has welcomed folks from throughout the region to its late-June Strawberry Festival, where people would enjoy strawberry shortcake with whipped cream, strawberry sundaes, strawberry pie and more. But this year is different. Because of the COVID-19 virus, it is not safe to have the crowds of people come together for this event. However, the strawberries are still ripening, pandemic or not, so plans have changed. Church members will still obtain the strawberries and prepare them, but this year they will freeze the prepared...

ANDREW AND ELIZABETH Done were pleased with the way their business, the Shoreham Inn, had bounced back during the first week after reopening from the pandemic lockdown. While the Dones are hosting dinners outside, their 10-room hotel is currently allowed to lodge only in two rooms. Independent photo/Polly Heminway
SHOREHAM — As COVID-19 has closed bigger retail establishments, restaurants, hotels, lodges and inns across Vermont and the country, it’s also affected the hundreds smaller bed and breakfasts and country inns scattered throughout Vermont and New England. One such inn in Shoreham is coming out of the two-month state lockdown with an optimistic outlook. Two weeks into operating its dining service under limited circumstances, Shoreham Inn co-owner Andrew Done said business after about two to three weeks of curbside service and outdoor seating is “better than anticipated.” The Shoreham Inn,...

BISHOP CHRISTOPHER COYNE has decided that St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham should close, ending its 143-year run as a place of worship. A group of congregants had hoped to save the church through a myriad of spiritual and philanthropic events held during the past six months at the majestic building. Independent photo/John Flowers
SHOREHAM — Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, has decided to close St. Genevieve Church in Shoreham village. It has served as a place of worship for 143 years. Coyne last year identified St. Genevieve for possible closure in light of a decline in worshippers and the need for substantial renovations to the majestic church building at 3167 Route 22A. A core group of St. Genevieve parishioners has spent the past several months trying to fortify the building as a hub for worship, philanthropy and outreach, but diocese leaders decided earlier this month that it should no...

THE HESCOCKS, TIRZAH, left, Kathleen and Joe own and operate Elysian Fields, an organic dairy farm in Shoreham. Photo courtesy of the Hescock family
Like most Vermont dairy farmers, Joe and Kathleen Hescock, and daughter Tirzah, are committed to implementing good conservation and pasture management practices to prevent nutrient runoff and protect water quality. The family owns and operates Elysian Fields, an organic dairy farm in Shoreham that lies within the McKenzie Brook Watershed. This 21,000-acre watershed, located in southwestern Addison County, drains into an area of Lake Champlain with some of the highest total phosphorus concentrations of any part of the lake. Over the past five years the Natural Resources Conservation Service (...


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