Top Ten 2022: Living with COVID

After a bad winter, we mostly learned to live with COVID over the course of the year and for most of us it became more of a constant drone in the background rather than a pounding drumbeat in our face.

Top Ten 2022: Towns foster local schools

A handful of Addison County towns worked tirelessly this year to keep or gain control of their local elementary schools in an effort to ensure they’d stay open amid declining enrollment and rising education costs.

Top Ten 2022: Housing crunch worsens

Addison County’s — and Vermont’s — dearth of affordable housing has been well-chronicled during the past three decades. And 2022 added another sad chapter to a housing dilemma that began to touch all segments of the market.

Top Ten 2022: It was a lively election

Here in Addison County there was somewhat of a “blue wave” that swept Democrats into every single one of Addison County’s allotted seats in the Vermont House and Senate.

Top Ten 2022: Passenger rail returns

2022 saw the return of passenger rail service to Addison County with the expansion of Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express train, which now moves people between New York City and Burlington each day. 

Top Ten 2022: Childcare shortage affects families

Childcare centers have for years been waging a battle to attract and retain educators, while providing enough slots to meet the needs of Addison County households.

Top Ten 2022: ANWSD/MAUSD merger defeated

Despite their optimistic findings, the committee’s drafted articles of agreement sparked concerns from many community members, particularly regarding how potential school closures and consolidations would be handled in a merged district.

Top Ten 2022: Vergennes finds a big sewer fix

For years the troubled Vergennes wastewater collection and treatment system has had a distressing habit of overflowing and then dumping sewage-laced stormwater into Otter Creek, with amounts at times running into hundreds of thousands of gallons. 

Top Ten 2022: Police arrest sheriff

The hammer came down on June 28, when troopers after a months-long investigation arrested Newton on charges of felony sexual assault, second-degree unlawful restraint and domestic assault.

Top Ten 2022: Recreational cannabis sold legally

Smoking or even possessing cannabis became illegal in the United States for the most part during the Great Depression. Generations of American lived in a society that looked down on and jailed people found with cannabis.

Top Ten 2022: Online

The Addison Independent news team picked the top 10 stories you just read, but how would readers pick Addison County’s top 10 stories of 2022? One measure is to see what you, dear readers, clicked on in 2022.

Top 10 of 2021: COVID concerns continue

The biggest story of our lifetimes dragged on through all of 2021 as the story of COVID-19 followed an arc through the year.

Top 10 of 2021: Some towns want their elementary schools back

School consolidation and closure continued to dominate local public education discussions this past year, as districts searched for solutions to the long-term problems of declining enrollment and rising education costs.

Top 10 of 2021: Dearth of workers leaves some businesses scrambling

Addison County businesses started waking up from their collective, COVID-induced slumber in early 2021, when state and federal authorities began to lift pandemic restrictions. But those same businesses encountered another problem: a shortage of workers.

Top 10 of 2021: Hard year puts some students in crisis

Students arrived on the first day of the 2021-2022 school year believing they’d be able to get rid of their masks after a couple of weeks. Four months later, they’re still wearing masks, seven-plus hours a day, five days a week.