Weybridge


THE NEW WALKING trails on the Morgan Horse Farm enable horse-loving Vermonters Makenzie and Emily to see the farm’s iconic Vermont State Animal up close during a recent family visit to the Weybridge farm. Photo courtesy of Margot Smithson
WEYBRIDGE — Thanks to the hard work of four summer interns from the University of Vermont, the Addison County community has a new way to engage with the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge: exploring 1.1 miles of walking trails. The project, according to Operations Coordinator Margot Smithson, evolved from the farm’s 2018 strategic plan. “We wanted to create additional educational opportunities for UVM students and think more broadly about the Weybridge farm,” she said. The horse farm sits on 200 acres, many of which have a history of logging. The farm uses the pastures for its horses, obviously,...

FORMER WEYBRIDGE SELECTMAN Don Mason has been spearheading an effort to exhume human remains from the deteriorating Stow Cemetery and reinter them in the Old Weybridge Hill Cemetery off Route 23. Stow Cemetery, located off Gooseneck Bend Road, is losing remains to the adjacent Otter Creek. Independent photo/John Flowers
MIDDLEBURY — The Weybridge selectboard is proving attentive to all of its residents — even those who haven’t paid taxes nor drawn breath for more than 150 years. At issue are the roughly 20 residents of the old Stow Cemetery at the end of Gooseneck Bend Road. The cemetery has been giving up its dead to the at-times ferocious and unforgiving Otter Creek, with which the disheveled burial ground shares a border. “This problem has existed for many years,” noted former Weybridge Selectman Don Mason, who has become one of Stow Cemetery’s most active angels. “We’re sitting here at what was the...
WEYBRIDGE — The life-size bronze Statue of Justin Morgan, the first Morgan horse, that stands at the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm turns 100 years old this fall. An event on Oct. 2 to celebrate the occasion will be hosted onsite. Guided by an original program from the statue-unveiling field day in 1921, event organizers have worked to replicate the day and encourage those attending to bring a picnic blanket and chairs for the affair. Events start at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.. The first program at 10 a.m. will be learning about Morgan horse conformation from a professional Morgan...

WEYBRIDGE WRITER DOUG Wilhelm, left, shares a meal with Afghan friends in Kapisa Province, northeast of Kabul, while working in Afghanistan in 2007. The Afghan friend on the right is now hiding from the Taliban while trying to secure a visa to the United States.
I’ve been emailing with a friend I once worked with, a musician who’s in hiding in Afghanistan. He helped me a lot, years ago when we worked together out of Kabul on a project, and now I don’t know how to help him at all. I’m not even sure it’s safe to share his name. At least I’d like to share the story. In winter 2007 I was hired to spend a month in the country, which I had visited years before, to travel around, do interviews and write accounts of the impacts of a three-year project that was helping to build grassroots representation in the new Afghan government. The project, funded by the...

WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR CHRIS Bohjalian recently published “Hour of the Witch” — a historical thriller that follows a young Puritan woman as she not only fights to escape an abusive husband, but also the mortal snares of witchcraft. Photo / Victoria Blewer
Looking for a summer novel? Lucky for us, Weybridge author Chris Bohjalian published “Hour of the Witch” just last month. But don’t expect this book to last more than a week on your bed stand — five bucks says you’ll be up into the wee hours of the morning, devouring every detail of this gripping historical thriller. (I know, I was!) Set in 1662 Boston, we meet 24-year-old Mary Deerfield and quickly learn the power and cruelty of her husband, Thomas Deerfield. “When Thomas, prone to drunken rage, drives a three-tined fork into the back of Mary’s hand, she resolves that she must divorce him to...

CHRISTINA JOHNSTON WILL soon reprise her role as principal of Weybridge Elementary School, which she helmed for 26 years prior to leaving for a job at Middlebury College in 2019.
WEYBRIDGE — The next principal of Weybridge Elementary School will need no introduction to the community she’s about to serve — again. Addison Central School District Superintendent Peter Burrows confirmed Christina Johnston will move into the job, which she vacated two years ago in order to take a job as a lecturer in Education Studies at Middlebury College. It should be noted that Johnston will maintain her role at the college as she returns to helming the school — on a part-time basis — that she had led for 26 years prior to her departure in 2019. Johnston will succeed current Weybridge...

NICOLE CARTER WILL step down as principal of Weybridge Elementary School to become the new Director of Student Services for the Addison Central School District.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Central School District has made a hire from within its own ranks to succeed Director of Student Services Vicki Wells, who recently agreed to become the new principal of Neshobe Elementary School in Brandon. Current Weybridge Elementary School Principal Nicole Carter will move into the student services director position at the end of this academic year. Carter, who’s helmed Weybridge Elementary for two years, was one of eight candidates for the student services job, according to ACSD Superintendent Peter Burrows. Carter became a classroom teacher in California 22...
WEYBRIDGE — With folks spending more time in their yards and gardens over the past year, the Weybridge Energy Committee is offering an outdoor event for community residents to share seeds and plant starts and to learn about electric lawn and garden equipment. Just in time for planting, the Weybridge Energy Committee is hosting a Community Seed Swap/Electric Equipment Demo on Saturday, May 22, from 9 to 11 a.m. on the lawn at the Weybridge Congregational Church, 2790 Weybridge Road. Anyone can participate, whether or not they have seeds to contribute. First-time gardeners are encouraged to...
"Life during the COVID epidemic," the theme of Weybridge’s Third Annual Haiku Competition, attracted 178 wide-ranging reflections from 28 writers across Vermont and several states. “We need to be nurturing our spirits as well as our bodies in this difficult time. These haikus have done that,” Julia Alvarez, founder of the competition, commented in announcing the winners. Alvarez and Jay Parini, both acclaimed novelists and poets, are co-poet laureate’s for the town of Weybridge. As in past competitions, there are “winners,” but Alvarez has also created 28 categories reflecting the breadth of...

NEW HAVEN RESIDENTS Taborri and Susan Bruhl, along with their two daughters, have had a total of nine Nissan Leaf electric vehicles over the past eight years, including the three pictured here. They installed charging stations and increased their solar capacity to “fuel” them. Photo courtesy Taborri Bruhl
ADDISON COUNTY — Taborri Bruhl and his family in New Haven know a few things about electric vehicles (EVs). “My wife, Susan, and I have driven EVs since 2013, when we leased two Nissan Leafs,” Bruhl told the Independent. “We loved the cars, and when the leases were up we turned them in and leased two more in 2015, and then two more again in 2018, and then my wife just traded that one in for a 2021 Leaf.” Counting their two daughters, who are also leasing them, the family has had a total of nine Leafs over the years, Bruhl said. And each model has been better than the one before. Susan’s...

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