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 (...

DOUGLAS ORCHARD OWNERS Bob, left, and Scott Douglas have worked with the Vermont Land Trust to preserve the 181-acre farm for future generations. Photo courtesy of Vermont Land Trust
SHOREHAM — For so many Addison County residents, Douglas Orchards in Shoreham holds a special place. For generations the orchard has been a go-to for apples, pears, strawberries, raspberries cherries and cider. Now the 181-acres of agricultural land will be preserved thanks to collaboration between the Douglas family and the Vermont Land Trust. Together they created a conservation easement to ensure that the land will remain available to future farmers. “The Douglas family orchard is an institution in Shoreham and Addison County,” said Al Karnatz, Champlain Valley farm director for the...

DANIEL COOPERIDER, Interfaith Climate Action Network; Lee Dowgiewicz, Co-op Insurance; Ben Marks, Acorn Energy Co-op board; Peter Lynch, Shoreham selectboard; Edwina Ho, landowner; and Nils Behn of Aegis cut the ribbon of Acorn Energy’s new solar array in Shoreham this past Saturday. Photo/Greg Pahl
SHOREHAM — After years of delays, the ribbon-cutting ceremony for Acorn Energy Solar 2 (AES2), the community solar project developed by the Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op of Middlebury, was held on Saturday, March 14, at 869 Watch Point Road in Shoreham. In addition to a large number of individual project participants and supporters, the ceremony was attended by representatives of the four main participating groups: Co-operative Insurance Companies of Middlebury, the Town of Shoreham, the Acorn Energy Co-op of Middlebury, and the Addison County Interfaith Climate Action Network (ICAN). ICAN is...
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Congregational Church will host a special series of concerts this spring. In this new venture, each month will bring a different musical event at the church. All the concerts will provide an opportunity for families to enjoy good music.  The Spring Concert Series will begin on Friday, April 3, at 7 p.m., with a piano concert by William Ogmundson from New London, N.H. An award-winning and Emmy–nominated composer and lyricist, Ogmundson is a classically trained solo pianist who has performed at venues throughout North America and Europe, including the Notre Dame...
RIPTON — Voters in three of the Addison Central School District’s seven member-towns support the notion that school board members should only be elected by their fellow townspeople, and that a local school should only be closed if a majority in its host community elect to do so. That was the takeaway in the towns of Ripton, Salisbury and Shoreham, which held non-binding votes on two petitioned referenda on March 3 that the ACSD board had declined to warn (due to legal advice) on its own ballot. Residents in a fourth ACSD town — Cornwall — defeated both questions at their annual gathering,...
SHOREHAM — “Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.” On Leap Day afternoon, with a blue sky and cold winter air, several families enjoyed sledding near the elementary school. The snow had a “crisp” top layer, so with just the slightest push to get started the children could get quite a nice little ride. Once their little cheeks were rosy red, we headed inside to the warmth of the Shoreham Congregational Church Fellowship Hall. There, they lined up from youngest to oldest (age 3 to 15), and one by one had an opportunity to give the piñata a few...
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents at their town meeting passed all the money items on their warning and decided to continue fielding social service agency donation requests by Australian ballot. Voters were asked if they wanted to return to fielding social service agency requests by voice vote, from the town meeting floor. They overwhelmingly rejected that switch (by voice vote), according to Town Clerk Julie Ortuno. Shoreham residents at their annual meeting also: •  Approved a fiscal year 2021 highway budget of $888,736, and a general fund request of $369,697. •  Agreed to bankroll a $30,000...
SHOREHAM — Shoreham residents will field a 2020 town meeting warning that includes multiple financial requests and referenda, including an article seeking $30,000 for a study to determine if the town-owned Farnham property is appropriate for quarrying. Shoreham officials have been seeking residents’ input on how to use a 312-acre piece of town-owned land in the village area, believing it could accommodate a variety of uses, including affordable housing, a nature trail and/or a small commercial development. In 1999 Shoreham residents voted 271-58 to purchase the Farnham land for $130,000....
SHOREHAM — The future, the present and the past walked into a bar. Things got a little tense. AROUND TOWN The floor restoration project at the Congregational Church is one step closer to completion. The pine boards (donated by Ed C. James) are sitting in the Fellowship Hall “acclimating” to the environment. The folks are anticipating a beautiful floor in just a few more weeks. If you know of someone unable to leave their home this winter who would appreciate a Tea and Cookie visit from the parishioners of St. Genevieve’s church, please contact Kathleen Brisson at 897-5625. Dog licenses are...


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