County officials take oaths of office

Rose Elmore pins the Adison County Sheriff’s badge on her husband, Michael Elmore, at the Mahady Courthouse in Middlebury this past Wednesday. Michael Elmore took the oath of office to become the county’s top elected law enforcement officer that day, as did the other elected county officials.Independent photo/Steve James ADDISON COUNTY — In Vermont, there aren’t many countywide offices, but there are some. This past Wednesday, Feb. 1, Addison County’s elected officials elected this past November were sworn … (read more)

Firefighters busy in extreme cold; blaze destroys a Middlebury garage

No one was injured, but a fire near downtown Middlebury on Saturday morning destroyed a garage and brought out 38 firefighters from three area towns in sub-zero temperatures.

Bitter cold cancels college ski-down at Snow Bowl; Febs to ski down campus sledding hill

Brrrrrr! Wind chills of minus 20 or colder force big changes in events planned for this weekend.

Middlebury placed on fast track for housing

Middlebury has earned a Neighborhood Development Area, or NDA, designation from the state for a large swath of property in its core village area.

Paid family leave seen as draw for workers

It’s a new biennium, but a return to a familiar battle for Rep. Robin Scheu.

Hannaford Career Center hires new superintendent

The Patricia Hannaford Career Center has hired a new superintendent: Nicole MacTavish, a longtime educator currently working in the Marshall Islands. School officials and MacTavish worked out final terms of a contract on Tuesday.

Farming group eyes collaboration

Faced with managing changes in best practices, business competition and climate change — not to mention the daily challenges of raising crops and animals — growers and ranchers who gathered at the Champlain Valley Farmers Coalition annual meeting in Middl … (read more)

Kid program fees made flexible

In an effort to make youth programming more accessible to families in the 5-town area, the Bristol Recreation Department will be implementing a new, “pay what you can” payment system for half of its youth camps this summer.

Lincoln couple share stories of African photo safari

On a snowy, below-freezing evening in Lincoln last week, Dale and Lucinda Cockrell shared with listeners at the Lincoln Library stories of their recent adventures in a much warmer climate.

By the way for Feb. 2

Porter Medical Center needs volunteer doulas, who provide guidance and support to pregnant women during labor.

New faces fill 5-town area Town Meeting Day ballots

Two communities in the 5-town area of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro will elect new selectboard members on Town Meeting Day after a handful of incumbents decided not to run again. 

City to get new mayor, contest for council

Vergennes will have a new mayor, at least one new member of the city council, and a new city representative on the Addison Northwest School District Board after voting on Town Meeting Day. 

Field set for March ACSD board contests

Town Meeting Day this March will feature three races involving four seats on the 13-member Addison Central School District board.

Legislative Breakfasts resume

The 2023 Legislative Breakfast series will debut in Vergennes on Monday, Feb. 13, at the St. Peter’s Parrish Hall, 85 Maple St.

Vermont not meeting its recycling goals

Vermont is still not meeting its goal of recycling and composting half its waste, according to a new report from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation.