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.
Something special happened in Middlebury last weekend. Folks in Buttolph Acres and at EastView were drawn out of their homes and into the streets by an old-fashioned traveling show. Created by Town Hall Theater’s Courageous Stage and performed on a mobile platform, "Doc Lyle Sol's Medicine Show" encouraged pan-banging, music-playing, and cheering from audiences — who were appropriately spaced out and masked — along its route. The original work is a modern twist on the 1800s medicine show, as Doc Sol, a classic “snake-oil salesman,” pulls out all the stops to sell the crowd a miracle cure for...
Every evening at 7 p.m. since March 26 up to two-dozen residents have gathered in the Vergennes Union Elementary School parking lot to begin a nightly car parade through downtown, honking their horns and banging pots and pans. They are greeted by residents, who come out on porches or into front yards to play saxophones, bang their own pots and pans, wave flags — do whatever they can to take a break from staying inside all day to flatten the coronavirus curve. Video by Andy Kirkaldy
VERMONT — UVM Health Network produced this PSA featuring Dr. Tim Lahey. It urges people to stay home while the COVID-19 pandemic continues. This is a critical message UVM health network is hoping to share as we try to stop the spread of the virus. 
FERRISBURGH — Ferrisburgh Central School kicked off 2020 with a two-week residency with circus artist Troy Wunderle of Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures. The kids were mesmerized by Wunderle, who taught different circus skills and brought them to the brink of joyful chaos with his humor one second and serious direction the next. The residency culminated in this performance at the Vergennes Union Middle School gym. The residency was made possible by the FCS PTO, Ferrisburgh families, teachers and staff, and the generous support from the Vermont Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts,...
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County's Humane Society, has just launched a new program called Paws on the Job, which aims to match some of the shelter’s less adoptable cats with local businesses looking for rodent control — and a morale boost. They’re calling these kitties “Working Cats.” Learn more about the program and meet some of the fine felines already "working" at some Addison County businesses. Click here to read our story.
On Thanksgiving night, Vermont game warden Eugene Stearns responded to a call in Lincoln, where a loon was stranded in a field. The next morning game warden Dale Whitlock released the distinctive water foul into Lake Champlain. In this wonderful video Whitlock tells the story, provides fun loon facts, then helps the bird into the water, where it swims and dives and calls and dives again. Video courtesy of Julianna Parker.


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