Weybridge


WEYBRIDGE NATIVE MOLLY SMITH has been spending most of her waking hours making face masks for donation and for sale during the COVID-19 pandemic. Photo courtesy of Molly Smith
WEYBRIDGE — Molly Smith has learned firsthand that if you give, you can receive a lot in return. The talented clothing designer and maker decided to produce and donate face masks around a month ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic took the starch out of her family’s online clothing business, Mary Lynn O’Shea Studio, named for her mom. Smith is still making free masks for the health care industry, but has also seen her own line of snazzier masks take off and provide her with a much-needed income during the pandemic. Smith, now 30, was just a child when she began accompanying her mom to craft and...
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge has a cure for coronavirus cabin fever — its Third Annual Haiku Contest.   “We need to be nurturing our spirits as well as our bodies in this difficult time,” explains Julia Alvarez, the town’s co-poet laureate and founder of the three-year-old contest. “You don’t have to write directly about this strange and surreal time because you are living it. It will get in your haikus if you open your hearts and imaginations,” says the poet and novelist of the “haiku cure.”  “In times like this, when many of us are quarantined, cooped up, and spending a lot more time in nature, we...

THESE HORSES ARE cared for at the Morgan Horse Farm in Weybridge, which promotes the Morgan breed. The public will have a chance to weigh in on a future facilities master plan at some point after the coronavirus scare is passed. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
WEYBRIDGE — Area residents will get a chance to help shape the future of the University of Vermont Morgan Horse Farm, a beautiful, Weybridge facility that celebrates one of the most acclaimed animal breeds of the Green Mountain State. Officials at the farm had hoped to host the public on campus this Friday, March 20, but postponed that event until sometime in the future after fears of the spread of coronavirus have settled down. The scheduled event was a community design workshop aimed at giving the Morgan Horse Farm input for its new master plan — a blueprint for how the historic facility...

JOHN CHAMBERLAIN SPEAKS to the crowd in the Weybridge Elementary School gym/cafeteria during Monday evening’s annual town meeting. Independent photo/John S. McCright
WEYBRIDGE — Weybridge residents passed all items on their nine-article town meeting warning, including a $190,000 request for a new tandem plow truck for the highway department. The fiscal year 2021 Highway Department budget of $519,400 and General Fund request of $169,480 both passed unanimously by resounding voice votes. Other requests OK’d at Weybridge’s town meeting included: •  $25,000 to support the Weybridge Volunteer Fire Department. •  $10,000 to continue the town-sponsored volunteer recycling program. •  A combined total of $27,675 for various Addison County nonprofits that serve...
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...

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