STARKSBORO — A Hinesburg man will answer to charges of driving under the influence of drugs in connection with a collision between his truck and an ATV on Route 116 in Starksboro that resulted in the deaths of two people Friday night. Vermont State Police said 20-year-old Bayly LaRock was driving a 2016 Chevrolet truck north on Route 116 at around 10:18 p.m. when he collided with an ATV that had just pulled onto the road from Freedom Acres. The Honda ATV was being driven by Tracy Bedell, 21, of Starksboro, with a passenger identified as Robert Lowell, 18, of Huntington. Police said LaRock was...

CHAMPLAIN VALLEY HOPS in Starksboro is the largest hops operation east of Michigan. Co- founders Peter Briggs, left, and Julian Post, center, along with their new sales and marketing lead Max Licker, dream not only of reintroducing this beer-brewing ingredient back into the state, but also of a Vermont beer with 100% Vermont ingredients. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — Treasure awaits the brewers and beer enthusiasts who will be heading out to Champlain Valley Hops Saturday afternoon for the “Drive Thru Exbeerience,” but it won’t be immediately visible to them as they turn off Route 116 and into the driveway. To find that treasure they’ll have to drive past the sprawling farmhouse and the big barn, down the dirt-gravel road and around the bend a ways. But for sure they’ll know when they’ve found it. Not only will they see a welcome table set up by the Vermont Brewers Association, but they’ll also see 27 acres of second- and third-generation...

STARKSBORO RESIDENT GRETA JENNISON, 14, has wanted to be a lawyer “since about third grade.” For her Eighth-Grade Challenge at Mount Abraham Union Middle School, she researched criminal law and discovered the Innocence Project, which works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — When Mount Abraham Union Middle School student Greta Jennison began work on her Eighth-Grade Challenge last winter, she had no idea that her interest in the legal profession would evolve into a project that would enhance her neighbors’ understanding of racial injustice. As millions of people all over the world gathered last month to protest the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minneapolis, Jennison was planning a Zoom presentation by Huwe Burton, a Black man from the Bronx who was recently exonerated after serving 19 years in prison — for a murder he did...
STARKSBORO — A 30-year-old man was injured after “a weapon was discharged inside the residence” at 38 Hillside Drive in Starksboro Friday morning in an incident Vermont State Police are calling a “weapons offense.” At 6:51 a.m. troopers from the VSP New Haven barracks, along with detectives assigned to the Criminal Division, responded to the residence after receiving “a suspicious complaint that had originated in the town of Starksboro,” according to a press release issued by state police Friday afternoon. The victim was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, where...
STARKSBORO — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Starksboro between July 1, 2019, and Jan. 31, 2020: •  July 2: Miles A. MacArthur to Ashley Little, mobile home at 106 Birch Lane, $10,000. •  July 3: Brendan Moore to William O. Snell, home on 1.53 acres at 1430 Jerusalem Road, $345,000. •  July 8: Estate of Donald Carl Dolliver Jr. to Deborah Devolder, home on 10 acres at 1027 Big Hollow Road, $233,750. •  July 19: Marjorie Porter to Nickolas O. Bissonnette, 1.75 acres at 1818 Robert Young Road, $30,000. •  July 30: Ronald A. Orvis to Daniel W. Marsh II, 5.63 acres...

OLD PEELING WALLPAPER meets new paint job at a line above the right window of the Starksboro Village Meeting House last fall. Volunteers managed to remove all the wallpaper, repair the walls and put up a coat of fresh paint before winter came, and this spring plan to add a second coat. Photograph courtesy of Starksboro Village Meeting House
STARKSBORO — After decades of infrequent use, the 180-year-old Starksboro Village Meeting House is re-emerging as a central community space. All it needs now is for people to come and make use of it. “Our big goal is to get more people involved in the building,” Meeting House trustee Keegan Tierney said in a recent interview. There may be some confusion about just what the building is, and for whom it’s being renovated, he acknowledged. “It’s a public building,” he said. “It’s dressed up as a church, but it’s not a church. I think some folks might be intimidated by the churchiness of it.”...
STARKSBORO — The results are in, and the National Geographic Society has named Reed Cousino, a 5th-grader at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro as one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2020 National Geographic GeoBee State Competition. The contest will be held at the Equinox Resort and Spa in Manchester on Friday, March 27. This is the second level of the National Geographic GeoBee competition. To determine each school champion, GeoBee competitions were held in schools throughout the state with students in the 4th through 8th grades. School champions also took an online...
STARKSBORO — On Town Meeting Day, three selectboard candidates running unopposed in Starksboro all won at the polls. Incumbent Greg Cota won another three-year term. Greg Hahr won election to the remainder of the term he’d been serving as an appointee. And newcomer John Painter won a seat that was vacated by Keegan Tierney. Caleb Elder was re-elected for a three-year term on the Mount Abraham Unified School District board. The MAUSD budget and an additional article passed easily. Starksboro voters, along with MAUSD voters from four other towns, approved a $31,399,182 budget for the coming...
STARKSBORO — Starksboro will hold its annual meeting in the Robinson Elementary School multipurpose room on Saturday, Feb. 29, at 9 a.m. Voting by Australian ballot to elect town and school district officers, approve the unified school district and regional technical school budgets, and choose presidential primary candidates will take place on Tuesday, March 3, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., also at the Robinson School. At Saturday's town meeting, Starksboro voters are asked to approve $1,036,072 in General Fund town spending next year, a 1.7% increase. If approved, contributions to the Fire...

Francis E. Tatro
STARKSBORO — Francis E. Tatro, 69, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. He was born May 28, 1950, in Burlington, the son of Lloyd and Barbara Larose Tatro. He was a member of Sons of American Legion Post 19 in Bristol and the Eagles Club in Vergennes. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening and playing pool and golf. Francis is survived by his wife Joanna; two daughters, Mona and Nicole and her husband Tom; two sons, Seth and his wife Amanda and Nate and his partner Melissa; six grandchildren, Evan, Dom, Abby, Natalie, Justin and Kaleigh;...


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