State board to Ripton: You’re on your own

The Vermont State Board of Education (VSBE) on Wednesday morning officially granted Ripton’s wish to become independent from the Addison Central School District. Now comes the hard part.

Firefighters could see pay increase

Two of the county’s largest fire departments have taken steps to boost compensation for their members.

Hooper makes a run for Middlebury board

Andy Hooper looks at the current state of national politics and shakes his head. But he still has confidence in local government — where people tend to work together for the common good of constituents — and he wants to be a part of it.

Ilsley leaders hoping boiler will hold on

Ilsley Public Library officials are withdrawing their request for a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system for the building, in view of a major rise in project cost estimates and the conundrum of where to relocate services while the work is … (read more)

Willem Jewett remembered as energetic and personable lawmaker

Former State Rep. Willem Jewett died last week after using a prescription obtained through Act 39, a “death with dignity” law that he helped establish and sought to improve, right up to his death.

New canning facility could add 25 jobs at Aqua ViTea

Beverage maker Aqua ViTea is looking to substantially increase its canning capabilities, allowing it to hit a new gear in its kombucha production while also giving it the capacity to become a major incubator for small startup beverage companies.

ACSD to ask for 5.3% increase in spending

The Addison Central School District board on Monday unanimously agreed to present voters with a 2022-23 budget of $41,578,089 that reflects $34,594,034 in local education spending — a 5.3% increase compared to this year.

Artim to leave Middlebury selectboard after 12 years

MIDDLEBURY SELECTMAN NICK Artim will step down on March 1 after more than 12 very eventful years. MIDDLEBURY — Nick Artim stepped onto Middlebury’s political stage a dozen years ago with a desire to do his civic duty and leave the community a better place … (read more)

Middlebury weighs town spending

The Middlebury selectboard on Jan. 25 will finalize a fiscal year 2023 (FY23) budget proposal that — if approved by residents on Town Meeting Day — would result in a property tax increase of no more than 3 cents per $100 in property value.

Back-to-the-landers built a groovy lifestyle and business

After more than three decades of building a successful woodworking business and store from scratch, Merle and Kathryn Schloff are ready to rediscover in retirement the sense of wanderlust that brought them to Vermont in the early 1970s.

Will town meetings be held in person?

With at least 200 new COVID-19 cases each day in Vermont — and sometimes more than 1,000 a day — municipal officials are again sizing up the prospect of in-person town meetings. It’s a decision they must make by late January in order to meet town meeting … (read more)

New eatery debuts on College Street

Members of the Stocker family believe they have what it takes to make a success of the long-running market and deli at 54 College St. in Middlebury.

Ripton, Lincoln eye school collaboration

Dissatisfied with the pace and effectiveness of talks toward a possible compromise with the Addison Central School District, the Ripton School Board is exploring a public education union with the town of Lincoln.

Funds sought for MUHS kitchen fix

The kitchen’s deficiencies include failing sewer drains, failing flooring (that contains asbestos tiles), an outdated electrical system, improper wall surfaces, inadequate refrigeration and an inefficient layout of the space.

Danforth seeks more space, newer technology

Danforth Pewter is seeking a $425,000 grant through the Vermont Capital Investment Program that would allow it to grow its Seymour Street campus and acquire a laser engraver.