By the way for May 17

The upcoming transfer of The Diner property on Middlebury’s Merchants Row to the Town Hall Theater is prompting longtime customers of the much-loved eatery to recall fond memories of having consumed some hearty meals there through the decades. The 80-year-old landmark drew a loyal clientele through the days when it was known as Steve’s Park Diner. Catelin Harwood, current co-owner of The Diner, said more than 15 patrons have stepped into her office in recent weeks “sharing heartfelt stories and regaling memories of decades past being spent at The Diner,” which closes next Sunday, May 27. But in the meantime, it will be business as usual. Then on Memorial Day, the Diner will open for a liquidation sale from noon to 4 p.m., during which people can buy everything from memorabilia to large equipment. It will be a chance for fans to make peace with the eatery’s closing and buy a piece of what has been a local tradition. Please share your Steve’s or Diner memories with the Independent for a future article. Email them to [email protected].
A workshop appropriately titled, “Lettuce Talk about Composting,” will take place on Saturday, May 19, from 10-11:30 a.m. at the Weybridge Elementary School library, sponsored by the town’s Energy Committee and presented by the Addison County Solid Waste Management District.  Learn to start your own backyard composting system, or improve the one you’ve already got.  It’s free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. RSVP to Fran Putnam at [email protected].
The Addison County Sheriff’s Department during the period of May 21 to June 1 will be stepping up its patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” program focusing on aggressive driving and seatbelt protection. So make extra sure to buckle up when you take the wheel. Do it for your own safety and for the people who love you. And also because it’s the law.
The new(ish) Middlebury Town Office building and its builder will be honored Thursday for its sensitivity to the environment. Bread Loaf Corp. — the builder — at 2:30 p.m. will present the Vermont Green Building Network’s award for Vermont’s Greenest Commercial Building to the townthe Middlebury Town Offices in a brief ceremony at the town offices. The presentation will coincide with the Vermont Town and City Management Associations Spring Conference and a tour of the net-zero ready town office facility. After the brief presentation, John Dale from Bread Loaf will lead a tour of the town offices for the attendees of the Vermont Town and City Manager’s conference.
Middlebury is in the midst of its latest reappraisal of townwide properties, and Town Assessor Bill Benton is enlisting homeowners’ help in ensuring a smooth process. Any Middlebury property owner who has yet to receive, or reply to, a request for an inspection as part of the reappraisal should call Monica Sanchez at 458-8005 to schedule an appointment. Benton said the reappraisal is now around one-third done, with most of East Middlebury and the Case Street area completed.
Romy and Ben Munkres, the sister-brother traditional musicians from Cornwall, were recently in Scotland traveling with Young Tradition Touring Group (25 young musicians). The tour culminated in the Munkreses and others playing at a traditional music festival in Edinburgh. Upon their return to the Green Mountain State, Romy found out she had won the Young Tradition contest, which earned her a $1,000 prize and opportunities for representing YTV such as at the New World Festival in Randolph.
Supporters of affordable housing have an opportunity to further the cause and sample some award-winning cider. The Woodchuck Cidery at 1321 Exchange St. in Middlebury will host the third annual “Sip to Support Affordable Housing” event on Saturday, June 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. The event will include four 2-ounce samples of Woodchuck Hard Cider, appetizers, music, a silent auction and raffle. Proceeds will benefit the Addison County Community Trust’s efforts to develop and sustain low-cost housing in the area. For more information, call the Community Trust at 877-2626, ext. 104.

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