MUHS grad takes journey from Ukrainian conflict to Yale University

Diana Herasim’s young life has surged like a comet, blazing a path from the rubble-strewn cities of war-torn Ukraine to the sprawling green farmland of a sedate Champlain Valley.

Middlebury OKs hike in water & sewer rates

The Middlebury selectboard has endorsed new water and sewer rates for fiscal year 2025 that will add around 20 cents and 15 cents, respectively, to the daily cost of those services for the average customer.

Middlebury police plan to purchase new drone

Middlebury police will soon boost their nascent Unmanned Aerial System program with a new drone equipped with thermal imaging technology, which will enhance the department’s ability to find missing persons at night.

St. Stephen’s gas-line easement request stirs up controversy

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church officials recently made what they thought was a pro-forma request to the selectboard for an easement across the town green for a natural gas service line to feed their 200-year-old place of worship off Main Street.

British journalist, 97, was eyewitness to U.S. history

At age 97, Joyce Egginton is finally able to relax after decades of writing on deadline for myriad newspapers and book publishers. On this sunny day in Middlebury, she generously welcomed a fellow scribe to her well-appointed apartment at the Residence at … (read more)

Wendy Baker off to fast start as new ACSD chief

While Wendy Baker is new to the Addison Central School District, her recent hire as the ACSD’s new superintendent is somewhat of a homecoming.

Primary election slate comes into focus

Aug. 13 primaries will be needed to whittle down the field of Democrats and Republicans vying for the two seats representing the Addison-4 House district, as well as for the two seats representing Addison County, Rochester, Huntington and Buel’s Gore in t … (read more)

Mt. Abe graduation: From a pandemic to an eclipse

For almost 50 years now, the maroon gowns, black caps and diplomas have remained a constant for graduating classes at Mount Abraham Union High School.

Mental health aid evolves post-COVID

For workers at Counseling Service of Addison County, the pandemic is still very much “a thing,” and they’re tailoring their programs and outreach to help restore peace of mind for their clients and the community as a whole.

SVUUSD needs a fifth budget vote

After residents of the Slate Valley Unified Union School District on Thursday, May 30, defeated — for the fourth time — a proposed fiscal year 2025 preK-12 spending plan, the SVUUSD will likely hold a fifth budget vote in less than two weeks.

UPDATED: ACSD picks principals for three schools

The Addison Central School District Board on Tuesday endorsed the hiring of three new principals to lead the Bridport, Cornwall and Shoreham elementary schools.

Starksboro Democrat Herb Olson runs for House

Longtime lawyer Herb Olson spent a very memorable 15 years of his career (1987-2003) as a member of the Vermont Legislative Counsel, helping state lawmakers draft bills targeting healthcare, economic development, taxation and other weighty policy issues.

Leahy wows crowd with witty recollections

Patrick Leahy grew accustomed to standing in bright lights and being put on the spot during his almost 50-year career representing Vermont in the U.S. Senate. But this was different.

ACSD and its teachers sign contract

The Addison Central School District and its teachers’ union this week tentatively agreed to a new contract for educators that will, among other things, afford them base-pay increases of 6%, 5% and 3% during the next three academic years.

Legislators point to action on housing, environment, school funding

Local lawmakers on Monday listed a series of initiatives they believe will define the 2024 legislative session — including plans to address the state’s housing crisis and make Vermont better prepared to deal with major storm events — though they said it r … (read more)