Letter to the editor: Garden club explains local window box project

As Co-Presidents of the Middlebury Garden Club we are delighted to thank the Independent for the recent photos of some of our work in the town of Middlebury. While working on Main Street, pedestrians asked us a number of questions. So we appreciate this opportunity to tell the community a bit about this holiday project. Thirty-five of our 76 members worked at staggered times over a six-day period. We wore masks and safely distanced while decorating the window boxes and urns in front of businesses on Main St … (read more)

Video: All lit up

https://youtu.be/qzL9Z438AkI Buttolph Acres is all lit up for the holidays. Enjoy this tour through the Middlebury neighborhood. Want to show off *your* holiday display — and win some local currency ($50 in Middlebury Money, Bristol Bucks or Vergennes Gre … (read more)

COVID won’t stop HOPE’s holiday gifts

MIDDLEBURY — Just when it appeared that COVID-19 might play the role of the Grinch that stole Christmas from low-income families, Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) has creatively ensured that its Holiday Shop will stay in business to distribute fr … (read more)

Independent holding holiday decorating contest

ADDISON COUNTY — The Addison Independent is sponsoring an Addison County-wide holiday decorating contest called “Like the Lights.” Submit a photo of your home or business all decked-out for the holidays and then go onto the Addy Indy Facebook page for det … (read more)

Local schools forgo post-Thanksgiving interrogations

Editor’s note: This story first appeared in Monday’s Addison Independent newsletter and was updated Wednesday morning for the print edition. ADDISON COUNTY — Though the Vermont Agency of Education has given them the option to do so, officials in Addison C … (read more)

‘Soup, Pies and More’ to replace holiday bazaar

MIDDLEBURY — Like so many other organizations, the Congregational Church of Middlebury UCC has had to adapt to the new way a of operating due to COVID-19. After 95 years of festive holiday bazaars held at the church, this year things will be different. Th … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Holiday memories linked to food

“Dinner’s ready!” my Aunt Esther called, and all six of us — my two sisters, three cousins and I — raced down the long hallway into the kitchen, the pungent aroma of chicken soup whetting our appetites. My mother’s older sister Esther lived in Bayonne, N. … (read more)

VSP conduct saturation patrols to keep holidays safe

ADDISON COUNTY — In the past two weeks, Vermont State Police have conducted a number of saturation patrols in the area. Wednesday, Nov. 27, known as the busiest travel day of the year, marked the beginning of Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction … (read more)

Tune in to pet safety during the holidays

The holiday season has arrived and brings not only celebrations, presents and decorations but also concerns for pet safety. There are many dangers to be aware of as you begin to celebrate this year. These include specific types of plants, certain foods, a … (read more)