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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...
08/01/2019
Organizers of the 3rd Annual Downtown Middlebury Block Party on Aug. 14 are in need of some volunteer help to pull off the event, scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Helpers are needed for the dunk tank (where taunting is allowed!), to spin cotton candy, grill delicious food, paint faces, help set up and pick up... There are lots of options and shifts to choose from. Check them out and sign up online at forms.gle/BKsC9gokgfjr4ttD9. Some fine performers will be donating their talents at a special Aug. 7 concert in Middlebury to benefit immigrants living in the community and those making the transition at...
07/25/2019
The Shoreham Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, July 25, is slated to review revised plans for a 7,545-square-foot Dollar General store to be built on a 1-acre parcel on the east side of Route 22A. The ZBA gave a conditional approval to the store plan — submitted by Shoreham BTS Retail LLC — back on March 17. But Shoreham officials explained the plan must undergo another review in light of the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s requirement that developers shift the proposed store driveway from the southern end of the lot to the northern end. The ZBA meeting is slated for 6 p.m. at the...
07/18/2019
Thanks to the hard work of many volunteers, Bristol’s “River Bend Trail,” from the former Coffin Factory site to the local fire station, is now open. Folks who want to check it out and help with final spruce-up work can gather behind the fire station off West Street this Saturday, July 20, at 8 a.m. Bring gloves and a five-gallon plastic pail to pick up any garbage you might find. Organizers said the trail primarily needs feet walking on it to break it in. Bristol’s public trail is now around three miles long. Work will soon begin on the next trail segment, from Basin Street to South Street....
07/16/2019
The American Legion Department of Vermont convened its 100th Annual Department Convention on June 27 to 29 in South Burlington and elected a variety of officers for fiscal year 2020. Among them was Ronald LaRose of Post 19 in Bristol, who was elected Department Commander. Jeremy Revell, Squadron 19 in Bristol, was elected Senior Vice Commander of Sons of The American Legion. Please don’t forget about the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf this summer. The Middlebury-based nonprofit provides a variety of services to area low-income families. Summer is a time in which food...
07/09/2019
Law enforcement agencies are conducting impaired driving checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout Addison County from July 3-7 as part of the Vermont Governor’s Highway Safety 4th of July Holiday Campaign. Officers will also be vigilant for distracted driving offenders as well as those who are not wearing seatbelts. Make sure to drive responsibly, wear your seatbelts, don’t drink and drive and don’t use your cell phone while driving. Along with their usual story hour and summer programs, Bixby Library’s Youth Services will have two additional offerings this summer. During the Vergennes...

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