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10/10/2019
You are invited to participate in a discussion about the lives of migrant workers in Vermont. The talk, led by author and UVM Anthropology Professor Teresa Mares, will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society headquarters on Charles Avenue in Middlebury on Thursday, Oct. 17, 6:30-8 p.m. Mares’s new book, “Life on the Other Border: Farmworkers and Food Justice in Vermont,” explores the vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farm workers, and analyzes the inequities, fear and invisibility experienced by those who sustain the state’s dairy industry. The...
10/03/2019
The St. Ambrose Knights of Columbus is hosting a Knights in Italy spaghetti dinner on Friday, Oct. 4, at St. Ambrose Church in Bristol. Proceeds from the dinner will go toward assisting those affected by recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Dorian. The menu includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti with sauce, garlic bread, salad, beverages, and dessert. The cost for the meal is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under, and $25 for a family. If you’re unable to make the dinner but would still like to contribute to the Knights’ efforts, checks can be mailed to the St. Ambrose Rectory at...
09/26/2019
Come cheer on the Middlebury College Panthers at home field hockey, soccer and football games this Saturday, Sept. 28. Bring along non-perishable food items in support of Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf as part of the athletic teams’ food drive. HOPE is in particular need of cereals, snacks, baking ingredients, condiments, soups, peanut butter and canned beans. All are welcome to the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum at 4472 Basin Harbor Road in Ferrisburgh for its free “member day” this Saturday, Sept. 28. Come from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and take advantage of everything the...
09/19/2019
As part of the ongoing downtown Middlebury rail bridges project, Kubricky Construction workers expect to close Merchants Row to through traffic this Friday, Sept. 20, so that Maine Drilling & Blasting can complete installation of mini-piles in the area around the Merchants Row Bridge. Parking on Merchants Row in front of the Battell Block will remain open throughout the week. In the 2019 Addison County Rescue special section in this past Monday’s edition we had hoped to include all of the medical first responders in the area, but there was one whose roster didn’t arrive in time for...
09/12/2019
United States Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., is coming to Middlebury next week to talk with constituents. He will be available to answer questions at a special appearance on Monday, Sept. 16, at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society meeting house at 2 Duane Court. The Addison Independent is sponsoring the gathering, slated for 5-6:15 p.m. Welch will deliver roughly 20 minutes of comments to open the meeting and will then take questions from the audience. His appearance is free and open to the public. Please use the nearby Middlebury Union High School parking lot if the CVUUS’s limited...
09/05/2019
Thinking about becoming a volunteer and giving some of your time to the community? Here is a great place to start: The inaugural Volapalooza Volunteer Fair on Sunday, Sept. 8, from 2-5 p.m. at the Town Hall Theater in Middlebury. Come meet representatives of local nonprofits in our area that need your help. Speaking of volunteers, the non-profit organization Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) needs helpers to pick up surplus food at Shaw’s Supermarket on Friday mornings and at Hannaford on Tuesday mornings. If you’re interested in one or both days, please call 388-3608. Thanks to the...
08/29/2019
The Middlebury Planning Commission will kick off its effort to create a downtown master plan at a special gathering next Wednesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 7 p.m. at the town offices at 77 Main St. Folks can show up a little earlier, at 6 p.m., for light refreshments and look over interesting historical photographs of the downtown in years past. Come express how you’d like to see the downtown grow after the rail bridges project ends in 2021, and how you think Middlebury could better capitalize on the downtown’s many assets. Brian Wright of the Town Planning and Urban Design Collaborative will...
08/22/2019
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is warning customers about a rise in scam calls. The scammers are claiming to be from GMP and threatening to cut off power within just 30 minutes if you don’t pay immediately. GMP officials stress if you receive such a call, just hang up. These calls are not from GMP. Don’t provide payment or personal information, don’t engage with the caller, and don’t call them back. Call GMP Customer Service, toll-free, at 888-835-4672 to report a scam call and any details about it, such as the number it came from, the caller’s name, and what the caller said. Customers are also...
08/15/2019
Some children can unfortunately go hungry on weekends when they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches. The “Bites in a Bag” program aims satiate that hunger. Bites in a Bag provides healthy snacks for elementary school children, based on income eligibility. Snack bags (which include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt and whole grain snacks) go home with students at the end of each week during the school year. About 45 students at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary benefited from Bites in a Bag during the 2018-2019 school year. The program was funded by Have a Heart...
08/08/2019
It’s time once again for the Green Mountain Timekeepers Society to take up residence on the porch at Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison. Anyone who wants to learn about their historic clock or pocket watch, and perhaps how to get it going again, can stop in at the site on Sunday, Aug. 11, from noon to 4 pm. If preferred, bring a photograph of the watch or clock. This program is included in the admission to the site ($5 for adults, free for children under 15). As school consolidation in Addison Central School District moves forward, a group of concerned citizens has formed to explore...

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