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FERRISBURGH — A public meeting next Tuesday could determine if the Vermont Agency of Transportation eventually makes improvements to the North Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 with Old Hollow and Stage roads — and whether those improvements are a full set of traffic lights, a roundabout, or more modest changes.

That Jan. 15 meeting at 6:30 p.m. in Ferrisburgh’s town office building will include a preliminary presentation from VTrans on those options and their cost, effect on safety...

1 week 2 days ago

BRANDON — School administrators are assuring parents of students at Neshobe Elementary that they are taking steps to mitigate the dangers of elevated radon gas levels in the Brandon building.

In the district’s letter to parents last Wednesday, Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Superintendent Jeanńe Collins said these screening values are not an immediate health concern to students or staff as there is no known acute health effects associated with exposure to radon.

“The...

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MIDDLEBURY — The Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury enters 2019 on a high note, with two recent grant awards and a strategic plan that will sharpen the focus of the free medical service for the next three years.

The awards include a $20,000 Ben & Jerry’s Foundation “Vermont Economic Justice” grant, and a $15,000 financial commitment from the Walter Cerf Community Fund.

Heidi Sulis, executive director of the ODC, said the grants will help the clinic boost its wide range of...


BRENDA MYRICK, A watercolor artist in Bristol, breaks into new mediums. Her Tibetan Terrier Maizie keeps her company at her home studio. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
1 week 2 days ago

BRISTOL — When you’ve been doing something for more than 30 years, chances are you’ve experienced some changes. Brenda Myrick knows the feeling. In fact, she’s in the middle of a shift right now.

“I’m at the point where I’m ready to stop painting watercolors the way I used to,” explained Myrick, who primarily painted commissioned portraits of loved ones — people, and pets, too.

Her style was classic. Myrick painted layer, upon layer with thoughtful color and strokes to build an...


KATHY SWANSON AND Vince O’Connell, creators of the award-winning feature film “Farmer of the Year,” pause on the red carpet at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival last year. The Marquis Theatre in Middlebury will host special screenings of the film twice this Wednesday, Jan. 9.
1 week 2 days ago

MIDDLEBURY — The award-winning comedy-drama “Farmer of the Year” will be screened in Middlebury this week.

When Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson “retired” and sold the business they’d created (a company that manufactured custom cycling and Nordic ski clothing for clubs and teams), they could have moved south to golf and do water aerobics year-round but instead they moved to Northern Vermont (Craftsbury Common) so they could cross country ski from November through April. Then, one...

BRANDON — School administrators are assuring parents of students at Neshobe Elementary that they are taking steps to mitigate the dangers of elevated...
MIDDLEBURY — The Open Door Clinic (ODC) in Middlebury enters 2019 on a high note, with two recent grant awards and a strategic plan that will sharpen...

KATHY SWANSON AND Vince O’Connell, creators of the award-winning feature film “Farmer of the Year,” pause on the red carpet at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival last year. The Marquis Theatre in Middlebury will host special screenings of the film twice this Wednesday, Jan. 9.
MIDDLEBURY — The award-winning comedy-drama “Farmer of the Year” will be screened in Middlebury this week. When Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson “...
FERRISBURGH/NEW HAVEN — The latest potential customer for the Vermont Green Line — a proposed high-voltage power transmission line intended to bring...
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Supreme Court has rejected an Orwell man’s appeal of his 2017 conviction on a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a minor...
FERRISBURGH — A public meeting next Tuesday could determine if the Vermont Agency of Transportation eventually makes improvements to the North Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 with Old Hollow and Stage roads — and whether those improvements are a full set of traffic lights, a roundabout, or more...
January 8, 2019

Letters - OPINION - Columns

  • January 8, 2019
    Burlington Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo refuses to identify a driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in the North End earlier this month. The Chief says the driver won’t be charged with a crime; was traumatized by the accident; is as much of a victim as the dead pedestrian; and (as such) is...
  • January 8, 2019
    Once upon on time, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. I learned important lessons about setting goals and navigating to a far off destination that — while very real — was not yet in sight. I learned to pick out a star and steer by it. The star was not the destination, but it pointed...
  • January 8, 2019
    The editorial in the Dec. 31 edition of the Independent, “Bristol’s rocky road with VG,” makes an important point about “the growing recognition of the environmental harm caused by the fracking process to extract natural gas and its diminished value as a fuel with a lower...

Arts & Leisure


  • BRENDA MYRICK, A watercolor artist in Bristol, breaks into new mediums. Her Tibetan Terrier Maizie keeps her company at her home studio. Independent photo/Elsie Lynn Parini
    January 8, 2019
    BRISTOL — When you’ve been doing something for more than 30 years, chances are you’ve experienced some changes. Brenda Myrick knows the feeling. In fact, she’s in the middle of a shift right now. “I’m at the point where I’m ready to stop painting...

  • Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney in “Vice” (2018).
    January 8, 2019
    Vice — Running Time: 2:12 — Rating: R Moviemakers have fallen so in love with the new tools at their disposal that they are using them at a tough cost to the audience: confusion. “Vice” is a prime example. The political figures of our era are shown at different ages...
  • January 8, 2019
    (Berkley Books) Seraphine’s life has long been defined her family, born, as she was to influential parents and grandparents, as one of the infamous Summerbourne twins. Their lives and legacy are shrouded in mystery, shaped by the house itself, rife with rumors. Her older brother barely...

Sports


  • MOUNT ABE SENIOR Jalen Cook tries to dribble past Tiger Ashley Sunderland in the first half of Friday’s game in Middlebury. The Eagles won, 52-17.
    January 8, 2019
    ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham outpaced Middlebury on Friday to highlight local high school girls’ basketball play last week. In other action, the Eagles and Tigers each dropped games earlier in the week, while Vergennes and Otter Valley each split two games. EAGLES VS. TIGERS On...

  • MIDDLEBURY UNION HIGH School junior Carly Burger swings through a move on the uneven bars during Thursday’s gymnastics meet at MUMS. Burger placed in all five events. Independent photo/Steve James
    January 8, 2019
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School gymnastics team picked up its first win of the season on Thursday, 94.0-87.25 over Randolph in a meet held in the Middlebury Union Middle School gymnasium. The Tigers were buoyed by five top-six finishes by senior Lian McGarry, including one...
  • January 8, 2019
    ADDISON COUNTY — Mount Abraham knocked off Otter Valley to highlight local high school boys’ basketball action last week. Elsewhere, Vergennes dropped a pair of contests, OV lost another road game, and Middlebury picked up a tight home win. EAGLES OVER OTTERS On Wednesday Mount Abe...

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