WEYBRIDGE — This year’s Weybridge town meeting is shaping up as a straightforward affair. The nine-article warning features the usual financial requests, with the exception of a $190,000 ask to buy a new tandem plow truck for the highway department. The selectboard is pitching a highway department budget of $519,400 for fiscal year 2021. That’s up slightly from the $511,900 in spending that voters approved for the current year. The general fund request comes in at $169,480, which is up around $12,630, or 8%, from the current $156,850 spending plan. Other requests on the town meeting warning...
Duke was adopted from Homeward Bound in May of 2019. Duke loves to play, sniff, protect his new home and go for walks. He is a great cuddle buddy, loves to sit on the couch and watch the world through the large picture window. It took some time for Duke to adjust to his new home, but he has become a loyal pal to all! Dukey is always up for an adventure, whether it’s a car ride, a walk, playing in the brook outside his house or in the deep snow. He has a keene nose and picks up interesting scents wherever he goes. Just look into his eyes, all your troubles will soon fade away. Gotta go,...

“MIDWIVES” BY WEYBRIDGE author Chris Bohjalian is being staged by the George Street Playhouse, and the play co-stars his daughter, Grace Experience. Pictured, left to right, are Monique Robinson, Ryan George, Grace Experience and Ellen McLaughlin. Photo courtesy of T. Charles Erickson
WEYBRIDGE — Former Lincoln resident and Mount Abraham Union High School student Grace Experience Blewer is just approaching her late-20s and is racking up stage credits at a torrid pace. “Alicia” in “The Thanksgiving Play” with The Lyric Stage Company. “Agatha” in “Frankenstein” with the Cardinal Stage Company. “Emily Webb” in “Our Town” with Heartwood Regional Theater. And on it goes. But the diminutive powerhouse is now performing in a play that will occupy a special place in her heart, no matter what comes next. She’s playing the role of “Anne Austin” in the George Street Playhouse stage...

THESE WEYBRIDGE WOMEN have joined forces to reshape the school closure debate in the Addison Central School District. Pictured here, left to right, are Amy Mason, Jennifer Phelps and Julia Barry. Independent photo/John S. McCright
WEYBRIDGE — Three Weybridge women have joined forces to infuse two ingredients they believe have been in short supply thus far in the school closure debate in the Addison Central School District: financial statistics and conversation that prioritizes students’ needs. “We want to be doing what works best for children, particularly our most vulnerable children, and we want that to be at the very heart of our school board’s planning and decision making process,” said one of the women, Julia Barry. She and her friends Amy Mason and Jennifer Phelps have a combined seven children attending either...

TOM ADELMAN OF Weybridge, released a new CD “Updated Just Now” under the name Camden Joy on Jan. 1. Independent photo/Steve James
WEYBRIDGE — Typically when we meet someone new, we have a brief interaction with them and part, assuming a basic understanding of who they are, what they do and perhaps a few commonalities we share. It’s not a bad assumption — perhaps one we’re all accustomed to living in a rural community where most of us know a little too much about one another anyway — for better or worse. Meeting Tom Adelman last week was nothing of this sort. He came into the office to offer a new CD he released on the first day of the New Year. “A review would be great,” he said unassumingly. But there was something...
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge author Doug Wilhelm’s 17th book for young readers, “Street of Storytellers,” has won the 2019 Young Adult Fiction Book Award from IPNE, Independent Publishers of New England.  Also honored at IPNE’s annual conference in Marblehead, Mass., in early November was a book that Wilhelm edited and compiled, “China in Another Time.” The photo-illustrated memoir of the late Stowe resident Claire Lintilhac’s life in China from 1899-1950, “China in Another Time” was named a finalist for IPNE’s 2019 Narrative Nonfiction Book Award.  “Street of Storytellers” is set during Christmas...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT GALE Hurd, center, has agreed to donate a 55-acre grassland off Sheep Farm Road to the Otter Creek Audubon Society, and Middlebury Area Land Trust will hold a conservation easement on the property. Shown with Hurd (center) are MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague and OCAS President Ron Payne.
WEYBRIDGE — A Weybridge resident has ceded her ownership of a 55-acre parcel of grassland off Sheep Farm Road so that it will remain forever open to wildlife and humans alike. In a transaction that became official on Nov. 1, resident and former selectwoman Gale Hurd deeded the property to the Otter Creek Audubon Society, while the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) received a related conservation easement — all for $10 each. The land would have easily fetched six figures had it been sold on the open market, according to MALT Executive Director Jamie Montague — some of the parcel lies within...

WEYBRIDGE AUTHOR DOUG Wilhelm stands with a local man in Herat, Afghanistan, in 2007. The fort behind them was built by Alexander the Great in 330 B.C. and is known as the Citadel of Alexander. Wilhelm will give a talk and reading of his latest book, “Street of Storytellers” at the CVUUS in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. Courtesy photo
WEYBRIDGE — As a young adult novelist, Doug Wilhelm knows that if you don’t pull the reader in right away, “you're done.” Nothing is different about the way he starts his 17th and newest book, “Street of Storytellers,” which he’ll share in a discussion and reading at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. The book opens into the strange and intriguing world of Peshawar, a crossroads city in Pakistan’s North West Frontier. This is where 15-year-old Luke and his father have just arrived. Their relationship is strained by a recent divorce and his father...

SUSAN GINGRAS IS the featured quilter this year for the biennial Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild show that will take place on Oct. 12 and 13 at the Middlebury Recreation Center.
MIDDLEBURY — Coming up on Oct. 12 and 13, the Milk & Honey Quilters’ Guild will host their annual show at the Middlebury Recreation Center on Creek Road. Guests are invited to come marvel at more than 90 quilts made by members of this Addison County group. Each year the Guild picks a featured quilter, who gets their own space to exhibit as many quilts as they can fit. This year, Susan Gingras of Weybridge was selected for the spotlight. “They picked me when I wasn’t there,” laughed Gingras, referring to one of the monthly meetings the Milk & Honey Guild holds for its members. “I’ll be...

THE 1ST VERMONT Cavalry reenact cavalry tactics used during the Civil War at last year’s Cavalry Day at the UVM Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge. This year’s Cavalry Day will take place this Saturday, Sept. 21, beginning at 10 a.m. Photo courtesy UVM Morgan Horse Farm
WEYBRIDGE — Many Vermonters know that the Morgan horse is Vermont’s state animal, but they may not be aware of its important connection to the Civil War. The University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm will host its second annual Cavalry Day this Saturday, Sept. 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can journey back in time to learn about the Morgans’ contribution to the nation through historic re-enactments, informative talks and exhibits led by the 1st Vermont Cavalry.   The story begins in 1861, when the 1st Vermont Cavalry rode south to aid the Union effort in the Civil War. All of their more...


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