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SHOREHAM —  The month of August was originally named Sextilis in Latin since it was the sixth month in the ancient Roman calendar. The name of the month was changed to August in honor of Caesar Augustus in 8 BCE. Augustus was Julius’ great-nephew and the first of the Roman Emperors. He was credited with Pax Romana, which was a period of approximately 200 years in Roman history that is identified with increased and sustained inner peace and stability. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could have another period of peace: A Pax Americana? WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN Maple Fest 2020 was held on Feb...
SHOREHAM —  In 45 B.C., Julius Caesar and his astronomer, Sosigenes, calculated the need for a leap year every four years to make up for the discrepancy between the lunar and solar calendars. While he was at it, he chose to rename the month of Quintillis after himself, so now we have July. AROUND TOWN Platt Memorial Library holds preschool activity time Monday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and a drop-in craft from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. If you know of someone unable to leave their home this winter that would appreciate a tea and cookie visit from our friendly St. Genevieve/Bernadette...
VERGENNES — May Small, formerly of Shoreham, passed away peacefully at Ringer’s Home Care in Vergennes, on Jan. 2, 2020, surrounded by loving family. For a full obituary of this remarkable woman, please visit gregorycremation.com/blog/2020/1/7/may-weeks-small. A Memorial service will be scheduled for later this year.
SHOREHAM — Why did the scientist install a knocker on his door? He wanted to win the No-bell prize.  UPDATE ON PAST EVENTS  Thank you to all those who contributed food for the Christmas Food baskets. On Dec. 22 members of the Shoreham Congregational Church and the Shoreham Elementary School joined efforts to sort donated food items and create the baskets, which were delivered before Christmas.  Thank you also to all those who contributed unwrapped gifts to be donated to the HOPE Holiday Shop. These were made available to parents who needed a little extra help during the holidays.  Additional...
SHOREHAM — Leaders of the Burlington Catholic Diocese continue to consider the fate of St. Genevieve Church, and will now see if the town of Shoreham might have a use for the venerable, 143-year-old building at 3167 Route 22A, at the junction with Route 74 West. Bishop Christopher Coyne late last month was expected to recommend whether St. Genevieve should remain open or close, and potentially be taken down. The church — which is open for weekly Saturday mass during May through October — is in need of major repairs to its foundation and choir loft, as well as new stained-glass windows. The...
SHOREHAM — My friend said to me: “What rhymes with orange.” I said, “No it doesn’t.” UPDATE ON PAST EVENTS Last Saturday evening, Dec. 14,  the Addison County Gospel Choir (about 30 singers from various churches in Addison County) entertained an audience in the church sanctuary with beautiful and fun a capella Christmas music at the Shoreham Congregational Church. Following the concert, the crowd enjoyed ice cream and treats while they visited in the church Fellowship Hall. WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN Non-perishable food items, or monetary donations will be accepted for Christmas Baskets at...
SHOREHAM — Because of the generosity of townsfolk and the volunteer efforts of staff of Shoreham Elementary School and the Shoreham Congregational Church, ten families received an abundance of donated food items, including turkey in Thanksgiving baskets. There were even several boxes of non-perishable food items remaining to use for Christmas boxes. Thank you to all who helped with this project. At the Shoreham Annual Christmas Memory Tree lighting ceremony last Sunday afternoon a group of about a dozen townsfolk sang Christmas carols, enjoyed hot cocoa and ate cookies. Then we stepped...
SHOREHAM — Knock-knock! Who’s there? Wooden shoe. Wooden shoe who? Wooden shoe like to know. WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN Platt Memorial Library Preschool holds activity time Monday mornings from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and drop-in craft time from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday. The Shoreham Congregational Church and the elementary school are assembling Thanksgiving Baskets for those in need and are looking for donations. Suggested items include canned vegetables and fruit, potato mixes, stuffing mixes, gravy, pasta and sauce, cereals, canned tuna, canned meat, peanut butter, jelly/jam, muffin or...
Have you got Shoreham news? Contact Gail Wood at 989-2454 or woodfamily@shoreham.net. SHOREHAM — Welcome back! The Shoreham news section of the Addison Independent has been a “no show” for a number of years, but we're back now. Look for this section in the Thursday edition each week. This column will try to share Shoreham specific news and events with you. WHAT’S HAPPENING AROUND TOWN St. Genevieve/Bernadette Parish members are continuing their warm clothing drive for area migrant workers. Donate your clean, new or lightly used warm clothes at the Shoreham Town Office collection box (Monday...

PARISHIONERS OF ST. Genevieve Catholic Church in Shoreham are expanding the congregation’s mission in an effort to persuade the Burlington Diocese to keep their place of worship open. Volunteers are filling up a church annex with warm winter clothes for folks in need, including local migrant farmworkers. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Brisson
SHOREHAM — A group of St. Genevieve Catholic Church parishioners are infusing new energy and offerings at their place of worship — including food and clothing charities for those in need — in an effort to convince the Burlington Diocese to keep it open. Christopher Coyne, bishop of the Burlington Catholic Diocese, is scheduled to recommend on Nov. 26 whether the 142-year-old St. Genevieve church should remain open or be closed, and potentially be razed. He’ll make his recommendation to the diocese’s Presbyteral Council, which will advise him in making a final decision that will likely come in...

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