Independent photo/Angelo Lynn
RIPTON — A group of 15 volunteers, including nine Moosalamoo Association board members, met this past Saturday morning in Ripton to demolish a broken down trail bridge on the Oak Ridge Trail. The 20-foot hemlock bridge, located northwest of Forest Road 92A off Goshen Road, had collapsed and fallen into the small brook it crosses.  The crew removed the collapsed bridge, then replaced it with a new bridge supported by three 20-foot trusses sistered together with six new 2x12x20 pressure-treated timbers donated by rk Miles Lumber. The company also donated flashing, screws and expanded steel mesh...

LAST SATURDAY IN Bristol 17 volunteers helped dismantle the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 posts for a brand-new ring. The newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, which is overseeing the project, hopes to bring horse shows, clinics and other events back to the town. Photo by Martha Chesley
BRISTOL — Last Saturday’s chilly, gloomy weather may have been terrible for things like sunbathing, but it was perfect for the newly formed Bristol Horse Ring Committee, whose members spent the day doing a heck of a lot of work outside. From 8 a.m. until 4 p.m., with a keen sense of the legacy they were perpetuating, 17 volunteers dismantled the old horse ring on Liberty Street, dug new postholes and installed 75 cedar posts — with the bark still on them. “Our mission is to honor the history of the horse ring and to promote events there,” said Bristol horse trainer and Horse Ring Committee...

AN APPEAL THIS month for arts and crafts materials from the Addison County community rendered enough supplies to create 80 individual art packs that were distributed to families in Addison County last week.
ADDISON COUNTY — Area early childhood educators are pooling together their resources to launch a community arts and crafts project for families stuck at home during the pandemic.  The first part of the project began the week of April 6 when the Addison County Parent Child Center asked for donations of arts and crafts materials. They received enough donations to put together 80 individual art packs to be distributed to Addison County families.  The project is providing sensory/art materials for teens and younger children with both short-term goals of relieving stress and long-term goals for...
ADDISON COUNTY — In conversations with area residents about neighbors, some names standout as noteworthy volunteers. Here are some efforts that came to our attention recently, and comments passed on about their efforts. Vaneasa Stearns at the Lincoln General Store was one of the first people in Lincoln to start developing a plan for how to get groceries to people who would not be able to go out to get them. She is doing deliveries, curbside service, offering more fresh produce and other food items. She also acts as an information center and graciously assists people who need help by...
MIDDLEBURY — Ilsley Public Library will host an information session about being a hospice volunteer on Saturday, Feb. 29, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Personnel from Bayada Hospice will be on hand for a meet-and-greet to learn about the rewards of volunteering for hospice. Hospice volunteers have a large impact on people’s lives, sharing their talents and helping those at the end of their lives. “Our volunteers are respected members of the care team, whether they walk a client’s dog, help them write letters, garden, sing/read to them, join our Joy Patrol, or just offer a friendly ear and...
MIDDLEBURY — For the past few years, the Middlebury resale shop Junebug has been donating children's outerwear to local families who couldn't otherwise afford it. Last year the program, called Cozy Kids, outfitted 120 children. “It’s very tailored, it’s very specific, it’s very local, and it’s been very effective,” said Junebug's Maria Graham. This year they're anticipating even more requests from local families — and they're seeking donations and volunteers. Read more in John Flowers' article.

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