New Route 7 lights installed in Ferrisburgh, will be activated soon

FERRISBURGH — Work to install traffic lights at the North Ferrisburgh intersection of Route 7 and Stage and Old Hollow roads resumed on Wednesday, and the lights could start flashing as soon as this weekend and be fully operational by next week. The project contractor was back on the job Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a Wednesday email from Agency of Transportation Project Manager Taylor Sisson to Ferrisburgh officials and other stakeholders. “They are hoping to turn the signal on tomorrow and have it … (read more)

Pesticides threatening pollinators, lawmakers punt on limit to bee-killing poisons

People who tend to honey bees warn that Vermont needs to get serious about regulating neonicotinoid poisons. Legislators passed up their chance to do so.

Police improve response to rising number of mental health calls

Middlebury police have seen the number of calls requesting mental health-related help rise from 54 in 2018 to 259 in 2021.

ANWSD/MAUSD merger blueprint considers school closure

New draft articles of agreement would serve as the founding document for a proposed merger between the school districts in the northern half of Addison County.

State OK’s Lincoln’s withdrawal from MAUSD

The Vermont State Board of Education on Wednesday approved Lincoln’s plan to withdraw from the Mount Abraham Unified School District.

Bristol police seek to add a mental health staffer

The Bristol Police Chief is asking the selectboard to find money for a mental health counselor to help out on some Bristol police calls.

ANWSD mulls return of Addison’s elementary school to the town

ADDISON/VERGENNES — The future of the former Addison Central School could be decided at the Addison Northwest School Board’s June 13 meeting, and one way forward could lead to Addison’s former elementary school building ending up back in the hands of the … (read more)

New Haven man doubles Homeward Bound fundraiser with big check

WVTK’s Ca$h for Paws fundraiser got a surprise call that netted a big donations for animal aid.

After 30 years, MUHS’s Dieman is ready for new challenges

Assistant Principal Cathy Dieman is leaving MUHS after 30 years at the Middlebury school.

Rokeby lands several major gifts

FERRISBURGH — The Rokeby Museum recently garnered more than $130,000 in new funding. A $75,000 anonymous gift will enable the Rokeby to continue sustainable growth, said officials at the Ferrisburgh institution. Starting this month, an anonymous donor is … (read more)

Four in running for state’s attorney

MIDDLEBURY — The Addison County Democratic Committee has forwarded three names to Gov. Phil Scott to consider as he prepares to appoint a new state’s attorney to replace Dennis Wygmans, who held that job until May 7. As the Addison Independent went to pre … (read more)

Two finalists interviewed for Shoreham principal job

SHOREHAM — The search for a new Shoreham Elementary School principal is down to two finalists, one of whom needs little introduction to the Addison Central School District Community. The candidates are Middlebury Union Middle School Assistant Principal Ka … (read more)

Gov. Scott launches fourth bid for Vermont’s top office

Gov. Phil Scott is running for a fourth term. Hours after he announced his reelection plans in a news release Tuesday morning, Scott told reporters in Montpelier that he “carefully considered (his) options” when deciding whether to seek another two years … (read more)

City council will make minor tweaks to zoning regs, not big changes

VERGENNES — The Vergennes City Council has agreed to make small changes to the zoning and subdivision regulations update awaiting their approval, but won’t make big changes that could significantly delay implementation of the rules. At their May 10 meetin … (read more)

Orwell youth is third in Growing Works of Art contest

ORWELL — Elise Menguc, a third- grade home school student from Orwell, received third prize in UVM Extension’s 2022 Growing Works of Art contest. For the contest students from throughout Vermont were invited to submit an original story and artwork. The th … (read more)