In our latest video from the Middlebury construction zone, we talk to project manager John Whitaker about the next big phase: the installation of the precast concrete tunnel pieces.
The removal of Middlebury's Main Street bridge this past Monday marked the beginning of a 10-week intense phase of the rail tunnel construction project. For those who love cranes and dump trucks, it's a 24/7 big-dig show. But if you just want to walk into town and get to the post office... you might have to navigate some new detours. Megan James shows you how!
Oh, and in case you were wondering, businesses are still open!
On Monday, July 13, crews removed Middlebury's Main Street bridge to make way for the construction of a new rail tunnel. The bridge removal marked the start of a 10-week intense period of construction in downtown Middlebury. Businesses remain open!
The Addison Independent is teaming up with Middlebury Community Television this summer to produce weekly video dispatches from the rail bridges project in downtown Middlebury. In the first one, we talk to project manager John Whitaker about the 300-ton crane that was erected last Monday.
CHEDDAR, A BIG orange cat that hangs out at the Middlebury Animal Hospital, is one of several felines that “work” at businesses around Addison County. Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, has created a program called “Paws on the Job,” which places hard-to-adopt cats in places where they can be useful.
Independent photo/Megan James
MIDDLEBURY — Jackie was a feral stray cat when she arrived at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, two years ago. Severe flea dermatitis made her back almost completely furless. “It took about four months before anybody could even touch her,” recalls feline coordinator Michelle Shubert.
Shubert, who is soft-spoken and gentle with the shelter cats, started spending her lunch break with Jackie every day, “slowly befriending her with treats,” she says. Gradually, the cat began warming up.
Two years later, she is still at Homeward Bound — she’s been there longer than any other...
If you’ve walked around downtown Middlebury at dusk this winter, you’ve seen them: thousands of crows streaming across the sky, gathering in trees, raucously caw-cawing. What are they doing? How many are there? Have there always been so many crows in Middlebury?
We got in touch with Ron Payne of the Otter Creek Audubon Society, to get the scoop on the flock. “I haven’t gotten a good count this year, but from what I’ve seen, the flock doesn’t seem larger than it has been in the past few years,” he admitted. “But big flocks in the village are still a relatively new thing, only becoming common...
At Quarry Hill School in Middlebury, November is all about Stone Soup. Three- and 4-year-olds spend the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving immersing themselves in the classic tale — and preparing for a feast. They chop vegetables, make bread, churn butter, decorate stones and write menus and invitations. It all culminates in a big party, with songs and soup, at school with their families.
Every October for the last two decades, Jim Apgar has carved a giant pumpkin, hoisted it onto the roof of his truck, strapped it down with rope and netting, rigged it up with lights, and driven the whole thing around Lincoln, Vt.
Amy Oxford invented an ergonomic rug-hooking needle in 1995. Since then, she's been running her business and teaching rug hooking from an old farmhouse in Cornwall, Vermont. But recently, business has been booming — ever since #oxfordpunchneedle started trending on Instagram.
Carol's Hungry Mind closed for good on August 8, 2018. The coffee shop on Middlebury's Merchant's Row has served as a bustling gathering place for more than 13 years. We stopped in to chat with owner John Melanson, and his loyal regulars, on the last day of business.