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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 services to the underinsured and uninsured, including migrant farm workers and those who simply can’t afford basic...

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 “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 long, cold night while watching a bad movie they started thinking they should apply to some film schools and nine...
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. It was in January of 2017 that an Addison County jury convicted Rein Kolts on the felony charge, relating to allegations he had repeatedly engaged in nonconsensual sexual acts over a two-year period with a girl whom court records identified as his niece. The victim — then in her early teens — told authorities in 2014 she had been sexually assaulted by Kolts more than five times at the defendant’s Orwell home and once in Chester during the...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury and Weybridge officials have picked a contractor to build more than 2,000 feet of new sidewalk that will link Seymour Street to Otter View Park off Pulp Mill Bridge Road. It’s a $760,000 project that’s scheduled to be completed next summer, according to Addison County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Adam Lougee, who is managing the project for the towns of Middlebury and Weybridge. Once installed, the new sidewalk will provide added safety for walkers and joggers who routinely exercise along what is a scenic, undulating route that includes up-close...

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 closing reception for the artists this Thursday, Dec. 13, from 4 to 6 p. m. Refreshments will be served. Parker has been a potter and sculptor for many years. Using terracotta, low-fire clay, she pinches and coils the clay into native inspired vessels. Her whimsical wheeled toy animals and masks recall the work of ancient cultures. Eddy, a former art teacher at Middlebury Union High School, has a broad range of artistic interests. He is a painter,...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Union High School has announced its honor roll students for the first quarter of the 2018-2019 school year. The list includes: NINTH GRADE High Honors: Camilla Adelman, Megan Balparda, Viviana Hammond, Anya Hardy-Mittell, Sophie Larocque, Camille Maglienti, Clare Molineaux, Zoe Noble, Astrid Olsen, Holly Staats, Alex Tolgyesi, Alexa Whelan, Brian Whitley and Kaya Wright. Honors: Thomas Ash, Julia Bartlett, Noah Berg, Natasha Berno, Skylar Broughton, Caroline Browdy, Carlisle Brush, Zachariah Burrows, Ainsley Busby, Talia Cotroneo, Megan Daly, Jocelyn Deering, Ivy Doran...
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Showing Up for Racial Justice is continuing the second season of its Seeing Color/Seeking Justice film series at the Marquis Theater in downtown Middlebury. “The Hate U Give,” the second film of this year’s series, will be shown on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 4 and 7 p.m. The film stars Amanda Stenberg as Starr Carter, a teenage girl whose childhood best friend is killed by a police officer during a traffic stop. Based on the best selling young adult novel by Angie Thomas, the film opens with Starr remembering the day she and her two brothers got “The Talk” from their dad....
Several area organizations lent their support at last Monday’s Middlebury selectboard meeting to a proposal to build a multi-use gravel pathway from the Middlebury Union Middle School to East Middlebury. The pathway would depart the existing Trail Around Middlebury just south of the high school lacrosse field on Creek Road heading south on that existing gravel road, eventually cutting across to the east side of Route 7 and continuing to Route 125 and East Middlebury sidewalks. Because it is relatively flat, and the path would be 4-feet wide or so, it would be ideal for family bike outings...

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
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 attire for an on-stage performance. Thanks to the tutelage of Mary Hogan art teacher Alyce Schermerhorn,...

FRED KNIFFIN
MIDDLEBURY — It was in March that Dr. Fred Kniffin agreed to assume what was then the unenviable hot seat as Porter Medical Center’s interim CEO. Porter employees and the greater community were up in arms about recent layoffs, financial problems, physician defections and the controversial tenure of Lynn Boggs, who had just resigned. What a difference seven months can make. Kniffin, during his brief stint as Porter’s top executive, has helped stop the proverbial bleeding at Porter medical Center. The organization recently won state approval for a very conservative fiscal year 2017 budget....

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