Weybridge


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...

WEYBRIDGE RESIDENT SUSAN Humphrey has written a book called “The Path to Fernglade,” which charts the tragic death of her son and her grieving process through 10 years of letters she wrote about the experience. Photo courtesy Susan Humphrey
MIDDLEBURY — Dan Humphrey packed a lot of living in his 26 years. Educator, teacher, musician, athlete, husband. He was an inspiration to his family, friends and many others who marveled at his ability to face a terminal illness with bravery, dignity and at times, a touch of humor. His mom, Weybridge resident Susan Humphrey, is keeping her son’s memory alive with a book that not only eulogizes and celebrates Dan, but also provides emotional nourishment for those dealing with mind-numbing loss. The book, “The Path to Fernglade,” contains reminiscences, poems and letters that Susan sent to...
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents thought they’d dispensed with their 2020 tax bills last October. But the taxman cometh again, this time requesting retroactive payment of taxes that were understated last fall due to what local officials are calling “incorrect education tax rates incorporated in the 2020 tax bill.” “In August 2020, the Department of Taxes changed the procedure for publishing tax rates for individual towns,” reads a notice sent to Weybridge taxpayers recently. “The town made an error in translating the information. The result of the error is that the property tax rate for...
WEYBRIDGE — Every March, Duclos & Thompson Farm holds an open barn event for the community, and thousands show up to mingle with the new lambs. The event was cancelled this year because of the pandemic, but the lambs are as cute as ever.

NEARLY 100 ACRES of wetlands and streams have been protected by Monument Farms Dairy in Weybridge with help from state and federal investments.
WEYBRIDGE — Monument Farms Dairy in Weybridge recently protected 97 acres along the Lemon Fair River for water quality and wildlife habitat and conserved 160 acres of adjacent farmland. Three organizations — the Vermont Land Trust (VLT), Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) — this month announced that the land along the river was enrolled in the NRCS ACEP Wetland Reserve Easement component. A family-owned dairy and milk processing business since 1930, Monument Farms is the only large-scale milk processor in Vermont that sells...

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