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08/23/2019
NEW HAVEN — A construction zone flagger is listed in critical condition at University of Vermont Medical Center with what Vermont State Police describe as “severe facial and internal injuries” after being hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Routes 7 and 17 at New Haven Junction on Friday, Aug. 23. VSP cited the driver — Jennifer Bergevin, 49, of Middlebury — for driving under the influence of drugs and grossly negligent operation with serious bodily injury resulting. Police said they were called to the scene at around 8:13 a.m. by a report of a traffic crash involving a pedestrian. Upon...
08/23/2019
SHOREHAM — In the early morning hours of Thursday, Aug. 22, officers from four law enforcement agencies went to the home of a Shoreham man and arrested him for his involvement in a 2013 armed robbery of a pharmacy in Middlebury. The U.S. Marshals Service, Middlebury police, Vermont State Police and the Addison County Sheriff’s Department arrested Christopher Hornbeck, 25, without incident. On July 24, 2013, at around 5:50 p.m. a man approached the counter at the pharmacy, displayed a handgun at his waist and demanded prescription drugs from pharmacy employees, according to police. He left the...

MANY PEOPLE HELPED advance a plan to build an anaerobic digester facility at the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury that will extract renewable natural gas from manure and food scraps. Pictured at a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm on Tuesday are, from left, Vermont Gas CEO Don Rendall, Vanguard Renewables CEO John Hanselman, Goodrich Farm managers Danielle Goodrich and Chase Goodrich, and Middlebury College Executive Vice President David Provost. Independent photo/Steve James
08/22/2019
SALISBURY — Founders of Salisbury’s Goodrich Family Farm could never have imagined years ago that the financial salvation of their enterprise would be found in the manure of their dairy cows and in food waste. But those unlikely ingredients — with a large measure of technology — will write a new chapter for the farm and potentially others like it throughout the Northeast. Goodrich family members on Tuesday joined Vermont Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts and leaders of Middlebury College, Vermont Gas and Wellesley, Mass.-based Vanguard Renewables in a ceremonial groundbreaking for a...

MIDDLEBURY REGIONAL EMS Director Teena Betourney, left, has turned over the organization’s administrative reins to former Deputy Director Kate Rothwell. Rothwell, a paramedic, will serve as interim leader as the MREMS board searches for a permanent director. Independent photo/John Flowers
08/22/2019
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Regional EMS (MREMS) board has once again looked within the organization’s ranks for new leadership. The board has picked Deputy Director Kate Rothwell to guide the county’s largest ambulance service during the search for a new executive director. Rothwell, also a paramedic and MREMS’s lead trainer, is taking the reins from Teena Betourney, who recently decided to pare back her duties as she contemplates retirement. Betourney will serve as the organization’s office manager and has pledged to assist in the leadership transition. The nonprofit MREMS has 51 full- and...
08/22/2019
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime Middlebury Union High School Principal William Lawson will retire at the end of this academic year. Lawson, who took the helm of MUHS in 1995, announced his retirement plans this month in order to give Addison Central School District officials ample time to recruit his replacement. MUHS, and indeed all schools in Addison Central, are transitioning to the International Baccalaureate program. That switchover is slated to be done by next June, and Lawson realizes the importance of installing a new MUHS leader with IB experience. “We want to make (IB) a solid part of the...
08/22/2019
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Tuesday agreed to write to the Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) in support of the proposed $39 million truck route through northern Vergennes. But the board might decide to include a condition that could endanger a project that VTrans officials say requires regional support. The board asked Chairman Rick Ebel to write a draft letter that would not only support the truck route but also seek a survey to establish the true boundaries of Vergennes and Ferrisburgh. That issue arose in 1996 after an amateur historian uncovered evidence that the...
08/22/2019
BRISTOL — Bristol officials have decided it’s time to take another look at expanding the Bristol Police Department’s coverage area to include the entire town. “We have to make a decision in four years about our building,” Bristol Police Chief Bruce Nason told the town selectboard on Monday, referring to the lease on the BPD’s current headquarters in the Bristol Works Complex, which expires in 2023. “If we are thinking about (expanding) town-wide and we are able to do that, that should (happen) first.” Currently the BPD polices roughly one square mile of Bristol Village. The expansion would...

HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE are expected at Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival screenings this Thursday through Sunday, as well as after-show talks, like this one last year with director Anna Lueck. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
08/22/2019
MIDDLEBURY — For four years, the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival (MNFF) has showcased many outstanding movies from folks just breaking into the industry. Now instead of simply giving aspiring filmmakers applause for their great work, the MNFF will be able to give a hand up to young moviemakers seeking to take their scripts from paper to the silver screen. With MNFF5 kicking off with opening night festivities on Thursday, festival founder and Producer Lloyd Komesar this week confirmed creation of the “MNFF Franklin Film Development Fund.” The fund is designed to stimulate the making of...
08/22/2019
Green Mountain Power (GMP) is warning customers about a rise in scam calls. The scammers are claiming to be from GMP and threatening to cut off power within just 30 minutes if you don’t pay immediately. GMP officials stress if you receive such a call, just hang up. These calls are not from GMP. Don’t provide payment or personal information, don’t engage with the caller, and don’t call them back. Call GMP Customer Service, toll-free, at 888-835-4672 to report a scam call and any details about it, such as the number it came from, the caller’s name, and what the caller said. Customers are also...
08/22/2019
BRISTOL — What began as nostalgia for the former Bristol Farmers Market has evolved into a concerted effort to launch a new monthly summer event in town — part market, part community gathering and part to-be-determined. “I loved the old Bristol Farmers Market on the green on Saturday mornings years ago,” wrote Bristol resident Amy Elkins on Front Porch Forum last month. “I would love to see it return.” Terri Mayer Thomsen agreed. “I also wish we had a Farmers Market,” Thomsen wrote in the same forum. “Is there anyone out there that feels the same way?” The answer, in short, is “yes.” And last...

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