Shoreham


THIS IMAGE SHOWS the concept of an affordable/workforce housing development on Shoreham’s town-owned land off Main Street (at the bottom of the image) and Route 22A (to the right). A local ad hoc committee and the Addison County Regional Planning Commission are exploring the housing concepts, which will be showcased for public feedback at the Sept. 19 Shoreham Apple Festival. Graphic courtesy of Addison County Regional Planning Commission
SHOREHAM — This year’s Shoreham Apple Festival will boast more than the usual celebration of fruit, families and fun. The highly anticipated event on Sept. 19 will also invite the public to view and give feedback on the potential for a large piece of town-owned land in the village to host a mixed-use development that would include affordable housing for individuals and families. The focus is the so-called Farnham property, a 326-acre parcel in Shoreham Village that borders a sizable stretch of Route 22A and a small portion of Main Street. Town voters in 1999 agreed to purchase the land for $...
SHOREHAM — Organizers of the Annual Jamaican Hymn Sing at the Shoreham Congregational Church over the weekend announced tht the Sept. 26 had been cancelled. Ginny VanHazinga of the church said a renewed concern about COVID-19 was driving the decision. "For over 40 years, the Shoreham Congregational Church has hosted an annual Jamaican Hymn Sing, where the Jamaican workers in the many local apple orchards would gather together for an evening of song and worship through music," VanHazinga told the Independent. "Last year, all social gatherings were cancelled due to the pandemic. This year, out...
Federal law enforcement officials have accused a Center Rutland man of robbing a Wallingford Cumberland Farms at knifepoint and indicate that he is a suspect in a series of similar armed robberies at convenience stores, including in Shoreham, Brandon and possibly Middlebury. The Office of the United States Attorney for Vermont announced that 31-year-old Joey Miles Sherwood had been arrested on Monday for the Aug. 1 knifepoint robbery of the Cumberland Farms store in Wallingford. Sherwood appeared by a video link from jail at a Tuesday afternoon hearing before U.S Magistrate Judge Kevin J....

Surveillance video image of armed robber in Shoreham on Saturday.
SHOREHAM / BRANDON — Police are investigating armed robberies in Shoreham and Brandon this past weekend, where stores captured images of the assailant wearing the same sweatshirt at both crime scenes. The first robbery took place Saturday morning, Aug. 21, at the Shoreham Service Center (Maplefields) at the corner of Routes 22A and 74 East in Shoreham. State police report that a man spent several minutes shopping in the store at around 5:45 a.m. He went to the counter to purchase a bottled beverage, coffee, and other items and he requested cigarettes from the clerk. Then he displayed a knife...

A security camera at the Jolley Shortstop on Court Street in Middlebury captured these images of a man who robbed the gas station at knifepoint Monday night just before midnight. Anyone with information on the robbery is asked to contact Middlebury police at 388-3191.
UPDATED MIDDLEBURY — Police are looking for men suspected of being involved with armed robberies in Middlebury and Shoreham on Monday evening. Middlebury police are searching for a man who robbed the Jolley Shortstop gas station at knifepoint in Middlebury just before midnight on Monday, Aug. 9. According to Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, the suspect is described as being white, about 5 feet, 8 inches tall, with slender build with dark hair, wearing jeans covered in paint, a long-sleeved white shirt and a bandana across his face. Store officials told police the man walked into the store...

Fort Ticonderoga Ferry. File photo/Trent Campbell
SHOREHAM — The Fort Ticonderoga Ferry, which provides 7-minute-long ferry rides across Lake Champlain from Shoreham, Vt., to Ticonderoga, N.Y., has not yet reopened this summer. Longtime ferry owners Michael and Alison Matot this past winter sold the ferry to Neil Genson. The cable-drawn ferry, which accommodates 18 vehicles per trip, normally begins running in April or May, but its start was delayed this year. A report by WCAX last month said that the new owner was being trained, and the ferry would be returning to business by Memorial Day weekend. But the ferry is not running, and Genson...
Mark your calendars for the Shoreham Strawberry Festival on Thursday, July 1, from 6-8 p.m., at the Gazebo on the Shoreham Town Green. The Shoreham Congregational Church will serve its famous strawberry shortcake with Vermont strawberries and real whipped cream. Romy and Ben Munkres of Cornwall will provide music for this event.  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 with the Young Tradition...
The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park is gearing up to to celebrate the many new pieces in the park including Susan Teare’s art installation, “Find Your Own Space,” on June 18, from 5 p.m. to sunset, with a rain date of June 20.  The site-specific installation was created by the artist, Teare, in collaboration with her son, Kirk, and is one of the newest pieces at the open-air sculpture park in Shoreham. Susan is an artist based in Essex Junction. Kirk is a rising senior at the University of Colorado at Boulder and is studying environmental, product, and lighting design. The Lemon Fair Sculpture Park...

PAULINE STEVENS AND long-time employee Parker Goepel harvest pumpkins from a field at Golden Russet Farm that has been over-seeded with vetch. Once the harvest is complete, the field is covered with vetch and ready for winter. Photo credit: Judy Stevens
“Regenerative agriculture” may be the latest term to describe a system of sustainable farming that has become popular with the environmentally conscious consumer, but for some farmers, it’s simply the most obvious path. Will and Judy Stevens established Golden Russet Farm on a rich, loamy plot of land in Shoreham in the fall of 1984. They went straight to work designing holistic systems that would not only yield productive vegetables, but also support the health and vibrancy of their soil for the long haul. The farm obtained organic certification in 1987, which, among other things, mandates...
MIDDLEBURY AREA — Probable and confirmed cases of COVID-19 have cropped up this week at schools in Middlebury, Cornwall and Shoreham. Due to health information disclosure rules, the schools could not say whether the cases were among students, teachers or other staff members. On Friday morning Principal Heather Raabe of Bingham Memorial Elementary School in Cornwall announced that a member of the school community has a presumptive positive case of COVID-19 and was in school this past Monday, Jan. 25, which considered contagious. “Presumptive means that the individual has not yet received a...

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