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03/26/2020
You might have recently seen posts on Front Porch Forum urging folks to make masks for area health care workers. While Porter Medical Center officials said they appreciate the generous offer, they’re asking prospective mask-makers to hold off for now. Porter spokesman Ron Hallman said the hospital is currently seeking final guidance from University of Vermont Health Network clinical leaders on how the masks should be fabricated. “There are many conflicting messages out there regarding the clinical efficacy of these masks, but also a recognition that nobody knows right now how the current...
03/19/2020
Be advised, folks looking to do business at their local municipal offices: Many of those offices in Addison County have closed for in-person visits due to the coronavirus. Municipal workers will still be on the job, albeit behind closed doors. Transactions will need to be done electronically, by phone, fax or mail. Check ahead before heading out to your town office. Attention Middlebury Volunteer Ambulance Association (now known as Middlebury Regional EMS) alumni: This November the MVAA will celebrate its 50th anniversary providing emergency medical services to 10 towns in Addison County. The...
03/12/2020
Attention Lincoln residents: Organizers of the local “Neighbor to Neighbor” want your ideas on how to expand the mission of the charitable farm stand, which is nestled between the United Church of Lincoln and Brown family property in Lincoln village. The stand is open to folks who want to leave produce, or take some if they need it. The stand has benefitted many in Lincoln and beyond — not only by the food it dispenses, but stories shared with neighbors when they talk about it. Founders of “Neighbor to Neighbor” are seeking more input on what the effort could become in the future. Anyone with...
03/05/2020
Spring forward — it’s worth the tradeoff. Don’t forget to move your clocks forward one hour before going to bed this Saturday night, since Daylight Savings Time starts Sunday morning. You may loose an hour of sleep, but you will appreciate the extra hour of daylight in the late afternoon. A large collection of slightly used donated books will be available for purchase at very low prices at the “Friends of Ilsley Library Sale,” to be held this Saturday, March 7, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Middlebury library. The sale will include offerings from all genres for all ages, including board...
02/27/2020
How sweet it is to be marching into spring with the onset of sugaring season in Starksboro and kick it off with a free community supper this Sunday, March 1, from 5:30-7 p.m. The supper, which will be held at the First Baptist Church of Starksboro at 2806 Route 116, will gives participants a chance to celebrate with folks in the New Community Project, the First Baptist Church, the local library, and, of course, with your neighbors. It will feature discussion about the history of sugaring in Starksboro. The free meal is also intended as a celebration of the arrival of spring, sugaring, and a...
02/20/2020
You can look for another familiar face on national TV this coming Monday evening, Feb. 24, when Bristol native Willoughby Morse is scheduled to appear on the NBC show “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” A 2012 graduate of Mount Abraham Union High School, Morse has been playing drums in various bands since middle school, including the quintet Madaila. Now he’s setting the beat for singer-songwriter Caroline Rose, whose namesake band — including Morse — is scheduled to perform on “Late Night,” which begins at 12:35 p.m. The WinterFest events planned for Middlebury on Sunday were cancelled because of...
02/13/2020
Folks who attended Vergennes Union High School in the early 1980s may recognize a familiar name from Sunday night’s Academy Awards presentation. VUHS graduate and professional animator Jeff Pidgeon received an Oscar for his part on the Pixar team that created “Toy Story 4.” Jeff worked on the production team and as the voice “Aliens” on the film that won for Best Animated Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards. A photo on Jeff’s Facebook page shows him proudly holding up the golden statuette. Environmentalist, author and activist Bill McKibben will speak during the Sunday service at the...
02/06/2020
Vermont’s jobless rate was 2.3% for the month of December, with Addison County’s rate pegged at the same 2.3% rate during that month, according to information released recently by the Vermont Department of Labor. The comparable United States rate in December was 3.5%. Waterfowl hunters who haven’t yet removed their hunting blinds from state waters must do so before Feb. 15 on Lake Champlain, or by May 15 on inland waters (including Lake Dunmore) according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. These state deadlines are designed to protect natural areas and to prevent boating accidents...
01/30/2020
Soon the spring will bring bare Middlebury sidewalks — all the better to view a poem that will be permanently etched into the sidewalk at the bottom of the front steps leading into the Ilsley Library. The poem, written by Ted Scheu, is the first winner of a “Word on the Street” contest spearheaded by the Middlebury UndergrounD group. David Hohenschau was key coordinator of a competition that led to the selection of Scheu’s poem, titled “My Place to Fly.” If your poem didn’t make the cut this first time, there will be more opportunities. Other poems will adorn Middlebury’s sidewalk-scape....
01/23/2020
Come fill your belly for a great cause. The New Haven Fire Department will hold a pancake breakfast this Sunday, Jan. 26, 7-10:30 a.m. at the town hall on North Street. This is the department’s 25th year putting on the monthly breakfasts, and to celebrate it will be adding a new item to the menu each month. Items include plain or blueberry pancakes, French toast, pure Vermont maple syrup, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, home fries, coffee, tea and juice. Did you make a New Years resolution to get to the gym more in 2020? Maybe you promised yourself to give back to your community more this...

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