PETERSON QUALITY MALT has purchased Nordic Farms, the iconic dairy farm off Route 7 in Charlotte that sold its cows and equipment at auction last March. Independent file photo/Angelo Lynn
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MONKTON — Peterson Quality Malt, which opened Vermont’s first malt house in Monkton five years ago, has purchased Nordic Farms, whose big, red-roofed barn stands at a high-profile location off Route 7 in Charlotte, and will move operations there early next year.

Peterson and its new equity partner, Hotel Vermont in Burlington, purchased the 583-acre former dairy for $2.4 million.

“One of the hardest things was crossing the county line,” malter Andrew Peterson acknowledged. “It’...

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BRANDON — Brandon-area residents are encouraged to step up to the microphone and wow the crowd with their dulcet tones for a chance to win $1,000 as the first annual Brandon Idol singing competition gets underway at the start of the new year. Until then, the Brandon Recreation Department is expecting dozens, if not up to a 100 (wouldn’t that be grand), of contestants to get ready for the big audition.

On Jan. 12, 2019, seven finalists will be chosen from all those who willing to strut...


MIDDLEBURY CENTER ERIC McCord hauls down one of his 16 rebounds against Skidmore on Saturday. He was also top scorer for the Panthers with 18 points in the 71-54 win. Photo by Steve James
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MIDDLEBURY — After giving up more than 90 points in back-to-back losses and being outrebounded at Plattsburgh on Tuesday, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team restored order vs. visiting Skidmore on Saturday.

While snapping that brief two-game skid with a 71-54 victory, the Panthers held the 4-3 Thoroughbreds to 32 percent shooting and outrebounded them, 48-44.

With Tuesday’s loss at No. 10 Plattsburgh, the Panthers stand at 6-2 heading into two road games on Dec. 17...


UVM RESEARCHER ARASH Ghalehgolabbehbahani, shown at a test plot in New Haven growing saffron flowers last month, says that an acre of Vermont land could generate more than $100,000 worth of the precious spice. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
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NEW HAVEN — Thanks to a partnership between Peck Electric and University of Vermont, flowers that produce the most expensive spice in the world this fall were blooming in the shade of a few New Haven solar panels.

It’s too soon to tell whether saffron, which retails for between $3,000 and $9,000 a pound, will become a viable crop in Vermont, but three years of testing by UVM’s North American Center for Saffron Research and Development have produced promising results. The flowers from...


MARY HOGAN ELEMENTARY School students perform a short scene from “The Magic Flute” during a presentation at the school last week. Several students created the fantastical masks that students will wear in the Opera Company of Middlebury’s production that opens Thursday at Town Hall Theater. Below right, Town Hall Theater Executive Director Doug Anderson acts with a large monster mask/puppet. Independent photos/Trent Campbell
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MIDDLEBURY — More than a half-dozen Mary Hogan Elementary School sixth-graders will magically transform into a variety of colorful, whimsical creatures as part of the Opera Company of Middlebury’s staging of the much-celebrated “The Magic Flute” at the Town Hall Theater this Thursday through Saturday.

It will indeed be a string of creative “firsts” for the children. The Magic Flute will mark their debuts in an opera. And it will be the first time they will have designed their own...

BRANDON — Brandon-area residents are encouraged to step up to the microphone and wow the crowd with their dulcet tones for a chance to win $1,000 as...
BRANDON — The school board for the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union looks to keep a lid on spending in its upcoming budget. At their Nov. 29...
VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council last Tuesday heard from Addison County Community Trust Executive Director Elise Shanbacker that the planned 24...
VERGENNES — Every year as the holidays approach, the staff at WowToyz in Vergennes takes a break from packing toy orders for their customers to...

CLAY SCULPTURES BY Marcia Parker are on display at the Middlebury Studio School. There will be a closing reception for the artists this Thursday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m.
MIDDLEBURY — Marcia Parker and Marshall Eddy are showing their pottery at Middlebury Studio School at 2377 Route 7 South. The school will host a...

PETERSON QUALITY MALT has purchased Nordic Farms, the iconic dairy farm off Route 7 in Charlotte that sold its cows and equipment at auction last March. Independent file photo/Angelo Lynn
MONKTON — Peterson Quality Malt, which opened Vermont’s first malt house in Monkton five years ago, has purchased Nordic Farms, whose big, red-roofed barn stands at a high-profile location off Route 7 in Charlotte, and will move operations there early next year. Peterson and its new equity partner...
December 11, 2018

Letters - OPINION - Columns

  • December 11, 2018
    Middlebury’s museums are an overlooked, but very enjoyable, pastime. The art museum at Middlebury College offers some stunning and educational exhibits throughout the year; the Jackson Gallery on the lower floor of the Town Hall Theater prominently features area artists and is open for guests...
  • December 11, 2018
    It was Damber who told the story. “Although my mother has chronic migraine headaches, she loves to work and wants to help. My father works the night shift so that he can help in the store during the day. My youngest sister, who is in Essex Middle School, also helps out.” “In 1992 we fled to...
  • December 11, 2018
    On behalf of Dinners with Love, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Vergennes Lions Club for donating Thanksgiving meals to some of the families in our Addison County program who needed a little extra love this time of year. Each week, Dinners with Love provides meals, donated by...

Arts & Leisure


  • Roger Ailes in “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” (2018).
    December 11, 2018
    Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes — Running Time: 1:47 — Rating: R How I wish “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes” could be seen by everyone in America. Right-wing thinkers will be at a loss to condemn it as partisan because it is composed of live footage of the participants...
  • December 11, 2018
    (Knopf Publishing Group) We meet Washington “Wash” Black at a young age, an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation around the year 1830. He is fortuitously called to serve as manservant to the plantation owner’s cousin, Christopher “Titch” Wild — inventor, eccentric, abolitionist...

  • THIS SELF-PORTRAIT BY Paul Gauguin is among the works considered in the film “Gauguin: The Full Story,” which will screen at Town Hall Theater twice on Wednesday.
    December 11, 2018
    As part of the Great Art Wednesdays series, “Gauguin: The Full Story” will be screened at Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater at 11 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12. “Gauguin: The Full Story” is the first full-length biography of one of the world’s most popular yet controversial artists...

Sports


  • MIDDLEBURY CENTER ERIC McCord hauls down one of his 16 rebounds against Skidmore on Saturday. He was also top scorer for the Panthers with 18 points in the 71-54 win. Photo by Steve James
    December 11, 2018
    MIDDLEBURY — After giving up more than 90 points in back-to-back losses and being outrebounded at Plattsburgh on Tuesday, the Middlebury College men’s basketball team restored order vs. visiting Skidmore on Saturday. While snapping that brief two-game skid with a 71-54 victory, the Panthers held...
  • December 11, 2018
    MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team coasted past visiting Skidmore on Saturday, 71-45, as the Panthers concluded their first semester with an 8-0 record. The Thoroughbreds fell to 2-7. The second quarter was pivotal. After a late bucket by Alex Huffman put the Panthers up...
  • December 11, 2018
    ADDISON COUNTY — Thirteen members of the Mount Abraham, Otter Valley and Middlebury union high school field hockey teams received postseason recognition from the Metro Conference or Marble Valley League B Division coaches. Mount Abe senior forward Jalen Cook and senior goalie Chessley Jackman...

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