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...
A few weeks ago, I happened to be listening in on a Shoreham selectboard meeting while Abby Adams, our town librarian, was presenting her proposed budget for next year and summarizing the library’s accomplishments for the year. I was so amazed. Despite the fact the library building had been closed to the public since March, the services that the library provided to our community were exemplary.
Abby’s presentation got me thinking about the critical role that our community serves for the children living in Shoreham. On several occasions, I have heard members of the Addison Central School...
COSMO “COZIE” D’EREDITA
EAST DORSET — Cosmo Edward “Cozie” D’Eredita peacefully passed away on December 19, 2020, at the Vermont Veteran’s Home.
He was born October 26, 1934, the son of Anthony D’Eredita and Dorothy Sembrat. Cosmo grew up in Syracuse, N.Y., graduating Syracuse High School. He entered the Air Force in January 1955 where he worked as a jet engine mechanic, stationed in South Africa. He was honorably discharged.
He married Ruth Kimpel and had three daughters, Robin D’Eredita (Mitch, Jason, and Natalie), Cheryl Walker (Eric and Michael) and Sandy Yates (Zachary and Stacy). While in Syracuse, Cosmo...
SHOREHAM — Due to staffing challenges, the Shoreham Elementary School will be moving to fully remote learning beginning tomorrow, Wednesday, January 13, according to an email from Principal Michael Lenox. The decision was made in response to an increase in COVID activity in the school community. Too many staff, students and families need to be tested and quarantine while awaiting results to meet the school's staffing needs this week. "We are hopeful that we will get the results and be able to confidently reopen next Wednesday, January 20," said Lenox.
Breakfasts and lunches will be delivered...
SHOREHAM — Shoreham Democrat Ruth Shattuck Bernstein always knew she’d eventually run for the Vermont House. But the timing never seemed right.
Three young children to raise, bills to pay.
She filed her political quest under “some day.”
Well, “some day” is here, and it arrived based on several unanticipated events, according to Bernstein. They include the potential closure of Shoreham Elementary School, ongoing erosion of the state’s farming industry, and, most recently, a decision by fellow Shoreham Democrat Barb Wilson to withdraw from the race to represent the Addison-Rutland district,...
SHOREHAM — After closing down more than a week ago to manage an outbreak of COVID-19 among its staff, Champlain Orchards is open again for pick-your-own apples.
"It’s been quite a week here at Champlain Orchards, but we’ve all persevered thanks to the love and support we’ve received from you," wrote orchard officials in an email to their customers Saturday morning. "Our staff has completed our third round of testing and we are relieved to report that no additional positive tests have occurred."
The Shoreham orchard, which is owned and operated by Bill Suhr and Andrea Scott, closed abruptly on...
This story, originally published on Monday, October 5, was updated on Wednesday, October 7. The total count of cases among seasonal apple pickers is now up to 28, according to an email from the orchard.
SHOREHAM — Champlain Orchards closed temporarily, after 27 seasonal apple pickers tested positive for COVID-19.
The Vermont Department of Health (VDH) reported Monday morning that there were 26 positive cases at the Shoreham orchard, and at a Tuesday morning press conference Commissioner of Health Mark Levine announced that a late-arriving batch of test results revealed one additional case....
On July 26 I sent a note to each ACSD board member asking each to find a way to receive input from constituents more successfully than the present and to respond to me. It’s a lengthy note, but the gist is important and in essence it is similar to the publisher of
this paper’s editorial of a year ago, Aug. 30, 2019, which says, “the district benefits greatly from having seven vibrant, small towns with thriving schools. The ACSD needs to make sure it weaves that consideration into its discussion — and provide ample room and attention for individual towns to express their desires.” None of...
ANNIKA SALENJUS, A viticulture intern, prunes grapevines recently introduced at the former Rich Farm off North Orwell Road in Shoreham. It’s part of Bhakta Farms, the brainchild of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey co-founder Raj Bhakta. The vineyard, and a former Shoreham orchard, will produce fruit for premium brandies.
Independent photo/John Flowers
SHOREHAM — It’s one of those stunning, late-August afternoons to which Vermonters subconsciously transport themselves when the mercury dives below zero in early February. The sun is grudgingly obeying its celestial mandate as it ebbs on the western horizon of the Champlain Valley, all the while gently kissing a network of verdant tendrils that together form a new vineyard off North Orwell Road in Shoreham.
Soaking up this panoramic tableau is Raj Peter Bhakta, who’s looking forward to the day the vineyard surrenders its fruit for his vision of a thriving business that will produce a world-...
Raj Peter Bhakta gives a tour at the WhistlePig farm in Shoreham in 2014.
Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
SHOREHAM — One of the founders of WhistlePig Rye Whiskey in Shoreham this week was announced as the winning bidder for the former Green Mountain College property in Poultney, an asset he plans to maintain and operate for educational purposes.
Raj Peter Bhakta on Aug. 18 submitted a winning bid of $4.55 million for the college property, which ceased operations in 2019.
The 185-year-old college succumbed to declining enrollment. The campus featured 22 buildings and 447,000 square feet of office, dormitory and other indoor space.
The property was appraised for $20 million in 2016.
Bhakta set up...