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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.
Janelle Higdon makes brooms on a 19th-century Shaker vice — in a garage out behind a Middlebury law office. An Addison Independent video.

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