UPDATED: Slate Valley school spending fails for 3rd time

The absence of an approved FY’25 spending plan pushes SVUUSD closer to the prospect of having to borrow funds to at least begin the next budget cycle, which begins July 1.

Orwell voters field third Slate Valley budget on May 9

Orwell residents will join neighboring towns in Rutland County in making a trip to the polls on Thursday, May 9, to take a third crack at passing a fiscal year 2025 spending plan for the Slate Valley Unified Union School District (SVUUSD).

Orwell gears up for summer Food Fest

Orwell’s scenic town green will host three farmers markets this summer that will showcase local growers while offering residents and visitors a bounty of fresh food.

Mt. Independence to offer springtime history walk on May 4

ORWELL — Enjoy a spring guided history walk to learn about and see remains of the Revolutionary War defenses at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Saturday, May 4, from noon to 4 p.m. This is the perfect time of year to go off trail a … (read more)

Olmstead to lead wildflower walk at Mt. Independence

It’s time for the annual guided walk to look for spring wildflowers at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell on Sunday, April 28, from noon to 2 p.m. Amy Olmsted, a nursery professional for over 25 years, leads this informative walk. Olmste … (read more)

Citing salary, Rep. Andriano passes on re-election

Rep. Joe Andriano, D-Orwell, has announced he won’t seek re-election to another term representing the Addison-Rutland House district, citing the financial compromise of holding public office as a major reason.

Orwell dairy farm gets new conservator

After six years of leasing land for his dairy business, first-generation dairy farmer Jon Lucas bought and conserved 390 acres of Orwell farmland, wetland, streams and woods, through the Vermont Land Trust.

Orwell aims to replace park seats

The town of Orwell has one of most picturesque town greens in the county. The only blemishes on the Rockwellian portrait are the current benches and tables, which are around 40 years old and in rough shape.

Miss Vermont Earth encourages girls to be strong

Bella Williams from Orwell was crowned Miss Vermont Earth in 2023. Now she’s starting a nonprofit that aims to “help young girls around the globe get access to the encouragement, education and healthcare they deserve.”

Outright VT signs agreement to purchase Orwell’s Camp Sunrise

Outright Vermont has signed an agreement to buy Camp Sunrise, a 146-acre parcel of lakefront property in Addison and Rutland counties, from the Boy Scouts of America (GMC).

Dr. Charles Edmund Callahan Jr., 72, Orwell

Organist and noteworthy musician Dr. Charles Edmund Callahan Jr., 72, died Christmas Day, December 25, 2023, at the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.

Company gets ready to bury power line in Lake Champlain

Elizabeth Frank enjoys a nice view of Lake Champlain from her Orwell residence. But something far more unusual — and alarming — has commanded her attention during recent weeks

Historical event set this weekend at Mt. Independence

Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell, will host its annual “Soldiers Atop the Mount” encampment on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 2 and 3.

Local goat farmers explore benefits of extended lactation

“If each goat milked longer, we could essentially make more milk over time with fewer goats, also fewer replacements to raise, a plus for the environment.”

Letter to the editor: Don’t forget Orwell grads

Yes, it’s true, but often forgotten, the town of Orwell is in Addison County. The Addison Independent’s coverage of the four high schools, they say are located within Addison County was wonderful and much appreciated. Note though that Otter Valley is in R … (read more)