College to house undergrads at Bread Loaf

RIPTON — For the first time in its history Middlebury College will house undergraduate students at its Bread Loaf campus during the regular school year.“We will have a larger than usual student body this fall — about 2,800 students — and opening the Bread Loaf campus for residential housing and some classes is part of our planning process,” said Director of Media Relations Sarah Ray in an email to the Independent.Middlebury typically enrolls about 2,500 students each year, but the college received a record … (read more)

Farmers not complaining about the rain

ADDISON COUNTY – From a hot dry June to a shockingly damp July, the summer’s growing season has so far been a rollercoaster. But not necessarily in a bad way, farmers are saying.“Two inches of rain every week is double what we’d like, but it’s not bad,” s … (read more)

Mental health care ‘at crisis point’ with counselors overwhelmed

ADDISON COUNTY — While job openings gape across sectors statewide, scarce human resources can be a matter of life and death in the field of professional mental health support.“We’re at a crisis point,” said Rachel Lee Cummings, executive director of Couns … (read more)

Being elders: Generational stories can create community

ADDISON COUNTY— When Christopher Shaw was in his twenties, he had a wizened, old, long-distance sailor for a friend. A relentless chain smoker of Camel cigarettes, this man was one of a few elders in Shaw’s life at the time, and Shaw remembers his wily st … (read more)

Clippings: Everyone should read Sufi poetry

Language possesses magic.Right now, much of its power is tuned toward harm. So much of the English language has been curled, hammered and molded around colonialism. Our stories are heavy with capitalist urgency and linear processing, our metaphors are thi … (read more)

VUHS grad cooks his way to U.S. title

VERGENNES — One entire chicken. Saffron, bell peppers, walnuts, rice. Eight full dishes to be prepared and plated. Two carefully angled cameras. One on-site observer. Two hours and 10 minutes on the clock.Ready … GO!Eighteen-year-old Nima Mehregan, a budd … (read more)

Sheldon Museum founder is turning 200

MIDDLEBURY — Henry Sheldon purchased a Roman coin for one dollar in 1875.He was an inveterate collector, and the ancient coin was just one of many, many, many unique and special objects that the Addison County icon gathered together in his house in Middle … (read more)

Kids in masks? Local parents weigh in

ADDISON COUNTY — When Gov. Phil Scott last week announced that all state COVID-19 guidelines would be lifted since Vermont has vaccinated 80% of its eligible population, the recommendation that kids under 12 years old continue to wear masks indoors remain … (read more)

Bristol offering StoryWalks for families

BRISTOL — Walking through the Bristol woods this summer, hikers may find themselves straying into a story.In a collaboration between the Bristol Recreation Club and the Lawrence Memorial Library called Bristol StoryWalk, four different children’s books wi … (read more)

Gov. Scott says reopening is going well

MONTPELIER — It’s been a week since Vermont lifted all COVID-19 restrictions — and the skies didn’t fall. On the contrary, as Gov. Phil Scott emphasized in Tuesday’s press conference, new case numbers continue to decrease throughout the state, Vermonters … (read more)

Vermont returns to ‘normal’ as Scott rescinds state of emergency

MONTPELIER — Gov. Phil Scott this morning lifted all state COVID-19 restrictions.The State of Emergency, in place since March 13, 2020, will expire at midnight tomorrow.The order came after the announcement that Vermont yesterday became the first state to … (read more)