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Nighttime fire destroys home on Butternut Ridge in Middlebury

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



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MIDDLEBURY — A late night fire Saturday at a home in the Butternut Ridge neighborhood off Route 116 in Middlebury drove a family into out into single-digit temperatures, sent two people to the hospital and apparently claimed the life a family pet.

The Middlebury Fire Department received a report of a fire at 200 Butternut Ridge Drive, the home of the Randall family, at a little after 11 p.m. on Jan. 13.

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Lost history

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By John S. McCright



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CHARGED BED SPRINGS are among the wreckage left over after a fire that claimed a Middlebury home this past Saturday night. Read the story by clicking here.

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Mt. Abe wrestlers defeat CVU, Otter Valley

Posted on December 27, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



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HINESBURG — Mount Abraham wrestlers made history on Dec. 20 when they traveled to Hinesburg for dual meets with host Champlain Valley and also with Otter Valley.

For the first time in many years Eagles wrestlers defeated CVU in a head-to-head dual, 54-24. A total of eight matches were contested, with the rest of the weight classes decided by forfeit. Mount Abe won five of the matches wrestled and CVU won three.

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Weekend fire in Monkton claims home but no lives

Posted on December 14, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



MONKTON — A couple in Monkton were rousted out of their beds in the middle of the night this past Saturday by a fire that claimed their home but not their lives.

“What saved them was the smoke alarms; that’s what woke them up — that and the CO detectors,” Monkton Fire Chief David Layn said of the fire at the home of Rob Durand and Lisa Gorham at 151 Cat Tail Lane.

Layn described the blaze as a chimney fire that broke though into the structure’s attic. The house was a total loss.

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Cold-weather construction

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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A CONSTRUCTION WORKER passes a doorway into the new, 40-unit apartment complex being built in the Middlebury South Village this month. The so-called “workforce housing” promises to offer affordable rents for its one- and two-bedroom units; they should be available for occupancy next spring.

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Noted explorer dies in plane crash in area

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



PITTSFORD — An 89-year-old Massachusetts man who led an extraordinary life of exploration and excitement died on Wednesday evening while traveling to see his family in Starksboro for Thanksgiving.

Norman L. Baker of Windsor, Mass., was piloting a four-seat Cessna airplane when it crashed in Pittsford. He was the only person on board.

“My dad absolutely loved flying,” Dan Baker of Starksboro told the Independent on Friday afternoon. “He’d rather fly that plane to see friends and family than drive a car.”

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Monkton firehouse open Wednesday for storm refugees

Posted on November 1, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



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MONKTON — While this week’s windstorm felled many trees and knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of Vermonters, it also brought out the best in some people.

Town Clerk Sharon Gomez opened the Monkton Firehouse off State’s Prison Hollow Road as a respite center on Wednesday for those who still didn’t have electricity. Anyone is welcome between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. to come take a shower (bring your own towel, please), have a cup of coffee or chicken noodle soup, and play a kids’ game if you like.

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Blow down

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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A NEIGHBOR TAKES a photo of a massive old pine tree a the five corners in Middlebury that blew down in the wind storm that struck Addison County on Sunday night and Monday morning. An estimated one-third of Vermonters were affected by the storm — that includes more than 45,000 homes and businesses representing more than 112,500 Green Mountain Power customers.

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Last gasp

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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WHAT A DIFFERENCE a week makes — these trees in Middlebury showed the best of fall folliage just a week ago. 

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Fall forage

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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AFTER A WARMER than normal October the clover and other forage raised for cattle feed continues to grow in this Middlebury field. Some farmers were cutting hay and spreading manure on fields even last week.

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