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UPDATED: Six sent to hospital after explosion rocks aerospace plant in Vergennes

Posted on December 8, 2017 |
By John S. McCright and John S. McCright



VERGENNES — A handful of people were taken to hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries sustained in an explosion at the United Technology Corp. Aerospace plant in Vergennes just before noon on Friday.

An explosion rocked the Panton Road plant that makes equipment for the aerospace and defense industry.

News reports and observers said the blast was caused after dust accumulated in the ventilation filter system and it was ignited by an unknown source. Company officials did not confirm this for the Independent.

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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.

Independent photo/John S. McCright

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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.

Independent photo/John S. McCright

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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. 

Independent photo/John S. McCright

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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.

Independent photo/John S. McCright

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Leaf peepers

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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FAMILIES ENJOYED VIEWING the fall foliage from the chairlift at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl during the United Way of Addison County’s 50th birthday party this past Saturday afternoon.

Independent photo/John S. McCright

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At the party

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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VOLUNTEERS MATT AND MARDI HORNE collect for a raffle at a 50th birthday party for the United Way of Addison County at the Snow Bowl this past Saturday. Festivities, organized with the help of Middlebury UndergrounD (MUD), also included food and drink vendors, kids’ activities and a lot of socializing with friends old and new.

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Stairway to heaven?

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By John S. McCright



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 A METAL FIRE escape is suspended above Otter Creek in downtown Middlebury Tuesday morning just before a Nop's MentalWorks crane swings it into position on the south side of the Battell Building. 

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