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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 throughout the week — not just when attending a show upstairs; and you can spend the better part of an hour (or a day) at the excellent exhibits of the Vermont Folklife Center (next to Two Brothers Tavern), which currently features an exhibit on NOFA’s Vermont Farm Kids and another on Growing Food,...
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 Nepal from Bhutan, where the political situation was worsening. We lived in a refugee camp in eastern Nepal for 17 years without electricity, running water, not enough for food and shelter. Basic needs were provided by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Red Cross, the United Nations, and...
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 local restaurants, to hospice patients and their families. These meals offer comfort, relief, and even joy during a stressful and uncertain time. But we are typically unable to offer meals on holidays when most of our restaurant partners are understandably closed. The Lions Club donation meant that...
Winter is a terrible time of year. It’s cold. It’s dark. You have to spend a half hour putting on heavy clothing just to walk to the mailbox. We all have chronic seasonal depressive disorder. And many of us flee to Florida to escape. I do not. I would not. For me, winter is a difficult season, but it is also the season of magic. The first snowfall. The suddenness of darkness after the clocks change. The whiteness of the winter snow in the moonlight. The terrifying lostness when suddenly you find yourself in a snowstorm, surrounded by whiteness with no idea where to go — and then you find your...
Lying in State   Isn’t it his dog we’re drawn to, his yellow lab retriever?   Lying in the Rotunda. Close to his flag-draped, military coffin.   Trained to stay, until she’s called to be of service. Somehow   she knows he’s still here. And that wheelchair, against the wall,   was his, too. A trainer thought to bring, to let her feel less   anxious. To sense, if called, it was her job to sit under his shaking   hand. Which she can’t see, it’s her leash he’s holding, inside the metal   box. With the bone, he told her, he’d keep for her eternity.   — Gary Margolis, Cornwall
Take a knee for the millions kidnapped from Africa and packed into the holds of slave ships. Take a knee for those slaves who worked for NOTHING other than maybe food, clothing, and shelter. Take a knee for the tens of thousands who were kept and bred like animals for their white slave-owner’s profit. Take a knee for those women raped by their white slave-owners. Take a knee for those lynched. Take a knee for those killed by police for being black. Take a knee for the black veterans of the Civil War,  WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, who faced Jim Crow in the South and North — if they were lucky...
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...
Vermont’s congressional delegation this week released a joint statement expressing concern over upcoming operations with Vermont by the federal Border Patrol. That organization, overseen by Customs and Border Protection, watches over the boundary between Vermont and Canada and, since 1953, has operated up to 100 miles into the interior of the country. That means every now and agenda we see border checkpoints in strange places — like on 1-91 near Windsor several years ago. (A similar incident happened in Addison County in which the Border Patrol arrested a local migrant worker and threatened...
Congratulations to not only the Democrats and independents that almost completely swept Addison County in the recent election, and increased their majorities in the Vermont legislature, but to all the folks that came out to vote for the best candidates to take our state forward in addressing some of the critical issues facing us in the coming two years and beyond. Now that the mostly isolated governor shouldn’t be an impediment, the legislature should finally pass a Paid Family Leave Bill, Toxic Chemical Reform, and a strong Lake and Waterways cleanup bill, hopefully with Scott’s cooperation...
Before my family came to live in Middlebury in 1994, we lived in Pittsburgh for two years. In fact, we lived on a one-way cobble stone road in Squirrel Hill. I have fond memories of living there. The local Elementary and High schools, a sizeable park, and countless businesses were within walking distance of our house. I remember learning to play Street Fighter on an arcade game at one of the local newsstands. I am a life-long Unitarian Universalist and have Jewish relatives. We had some Jewish neighbors, including a young man a couple years older than me who we befriended. The main friends I...

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