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There’s been a lot of blaring on social media about the horn in the former Bristol Fire Department station that used to sound — quite loudly — at noon. Some folks have been yearning nostalgically for a return of the horn, which was installed in 1925. Others have been chiming in with “good riddance.” Well, Bristol Fire Chief Brett LaRose recently weighed in with this explanation of why the horn was retired: “It has been six years since the fire horn last blew at the noon hour. When the new West Street Fire Station was constructed, as part of the history of the fire department the fire alarm...
If you are planning to vote by mail in next Tuesday’s Primary Election but didn’t get your ballots in the mail by now, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos suggest you skip the postal service and drop the completed ballot off in person. You can drop it at your town clerk’s office (if it’s open) or at the polling place on Election Day. The Middlebury town clerk’s office is not open to the public at all, but Middlebury Town Clerk Ann Webster, for instance, said voters can use the small payment drop box outside her office. But the best bet is to turn in a ballot on Tuesday at the Recreation...
True, downtown Middlebury is full of construction, but it’s also replete with hidden gems for children to find. Kids can pick up a map and collection bags in the ATM area of the Main Street branch of the National Bank of Middlebury and then hunt for gems until Saturday, Aug. 8. Please do not take more than 25 gems per child; leave some for your fellow gem hunters. After they’ve found at least 15 gems, kids can turn in their bags at the National Bank of Middlebury and receive $10 in Middlebury Money in exchange. Exchanges can happen at the bank drive-through on Seymour Street during the week...
The Bristol Trail Network is teaming up with RiseVT to encourage people to walk regularly. The BTN supported a month-long Walking Challenge last year that drew several dozen folks in and around Bristol. This year, walkers will receive encouragement and prizes. And this year, a BTN map is available. Typically, “Rise & Walk” is a group walking program that kicks off each session with a quick talk from a healthcare provider on a range of health topics. In the virtual environment, participants will receive Monday, Wednesday, Friday emails with a recorded 5-minute health talk and encouragement...
Vermont, like everywhere else, is trying to test as many people as it can for COVID-19, in order to find out who has it and stop them from infecting others. The Department of Health has been running a series of free pop-up testing sites around the state. In Addison County the DOH office in Middlebury — 156 South Village Green — hosts tests every Friday. Capacity is limited, however, and you need to sign up beforehand. To claim a spot head online to and scroll down to “Health Department Pop-Up Testing Locations” and follow the prompts. Testing involves a technician...
If you haven’t figured out a strategy for managing your food waste separate from your trash — as was mandated by a new law that went into affect July 1 — give the Addison County Solid Waste Management District a call at 388-2333, or visit the ACSWMD website at for various tips to make the process as efficient as possible. The district is also offering a contest for folks who show diligence in composting food scraps. Participants are asked to peel the produce stickers off their food scraps and place them on an entry card that can be found, along with contest rules, at...
People throughout Addison County and beyond are showing their financial support to the Snell family as it seeks to repair the Tourterelle Restaurant on Route 7 in New Haven following a big fire last month. As of Wednesday morning an online gofundme campaign had raised $49,200 toward a goal of $50,000 established for the post-fire repairs. The fire caused substantial damage to the restaurant kitchen. Those interested can head to the gofundme site for Tourterelle at and see if they make the goal by Thursday and help push them way beyond. The New Haven Conservation Commission has...
The Middlebury College Track & Field team is collecting donations for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Vermont. For every dollar donated, members of the team will each exercise one minute. The ACLU works to support citizens’ Constitutional rights, including freedom of speech, criminal justice reform, racial justice, women’s rights, and much more. The Middlebury Student Government Association will match donations. The participants’ goal is to raise $1,000. Folks are asked to respond quickly, as the fundraiser ends Saturday, June 27. People can learn more here:
Nikki Bowdish, a baker who lives on Peterson Terrace in Middlebury, recently started a small home bakery and has joined in the “Bakers Against Racism” bake sale. Caroline Corrente, whose Haymaker Buns is in Middlebury, has also signed on with the 1,000-plus bakeries worldwide that are selling cookies, cakes and other baked goodies to fight racism. Businesses participating Bakers Against Racism will give 100% of the proceeds to specific causes and organizations: Bowdish to Black Trans Travel Fund and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Corrente to Black Lives Matter and The Equal...
Gov. Phil Scott is accepting applications from those interested in serving on a newly created Vermont Racial Equity Task Force. The Task Force will among other things evaluate structures of support for racially diverse populations, including a focus on the racial disparities in health outcomes highlighted by COVID-19; review current state and federal law on hate speech and freedom of speech while considering changes to state law to clarify the path for prosecuting harassment, hate speech and other bias-motivated crimes; and study and present options to encourage Vermonters from diverse,...


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