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In-person voting before the Covid-19 pandemic allowed for townspeople to debate policies and offer amendments to measures on the ballot.

Departing from tradition, Middlebury to use mail-in voting for Town Meeting Day

By Aidan Wertz February 4, 2021
Following a decision by the Vermont legislature to allow mail-in voting for town meetings, Middlebury has decided to skip the annual in-person meeting and vote on all measures by ballot.
Middlebury’s One Dollar Market originally opened in the lot that currently contains Subway in the late 1990s.

The One Dollar Market and its iconic owner celebrate 25 years in Middlebury

By Guilia Shaughnessy February 4, 2021
Middlebury’s One Dollar Market, thought to be the last independent dollar store in all of Vermont, is celebrating 25 years of business this year.
Karen Duagay of the Better Middlebury Partnership hopes to hold more in-person events in 2021, such as the Very Merry Middlebury event pictured here in 2019.

Better Middlebury Partnership and Neighbors Together aid community distressed by pandemic

By Acadia Klepeis February 4, 2021
During a year like no other, community organizations like the Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) and Neighbors Together have been vital in helping businesses in the town of Middlebury overcome financial challenges brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the ongoing Bridge and Rail Project.
Administrative officials have been hard at work creating a function space that includes academic classrooms, a cafeteria, and spaces for extracurricular activities.

Burlington High School will relocate to old Macy’s store in wake of toxic chemical clos

By Maggie Reynolds February 4, 2021
Burlington High School is set to re-open on March 4 in a renovated building that was once a Macy’s department store in downtown Burlington.
Ripton votes to leave Addison school district

Ripton votes to leave Addison school district

By Julia Pepper and Ariadne Will January 28, 2021
Ripton voted on Jan. 12 to leave the Addison Central School District (ACSD) in an effort to keep its elementary school open amid declining enrollment, budget cuts and potential school consolidation. The town of Weybridge voted to stay.
The Giving Fridge: Buy a plant, give a meal

The Giving Fridge: Buy a plant, give a meal

By Aidan Wertz January 28, 2021
The Giving Fridge, a plant-filled storefront occupying a once-vacant spot in downtown Middlebury, offers a unique pop-up initiative that allows customers to support local restaurants, combat food security and buy plants — all in one convenient location. 
President Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani holds a press conference following the November 3 election.

Local police on alert after Middlebury rescinds Giuliani’s honorary degree

By Lucy Townend and Becca Amen January 28, 2021
Following the riots at the Capitol on Jan. 6, local police departments, including the Middlebury Police Department, are being extra vigilant about threats of far-right terrorism.
Vermont anticipates a COVID-19 vaccine ahead of its FDA review on December 10th.

Select Vermonters may receive Covid-19 vaccine by year’s end

By Jack Summersby December 3, 2020
High-risk Vermonters could receive a Covid-19 vaccination as soon as early December, State Commissioner of Health Mark Levine announced last week.
The Middlebury Snow Bowl opened this week without limitations on the number of skiers but with substantial changes to base camp operations.

Despite restrictions, Snow Bowl stays positive heading into winter

By Florence Wu December 3, 2020
The Middlebury Snow Bowl is scheduled to open on Dec. 2 and will be open weekly Wednesday through Sunday; Rikert Nordic Center will be open seven days a week. 
The apple crop at Sunrise Orchards in Cornwall, VT.

Covid-19 can’t squash Addison County farms

By Sophie Hiland December 3, 2020
Fears about grocery shopping and meat shortages drove Addison County residents to avoid grocery stores, and many turned instead to local farms and businesses that would deliver produce and other foods to them.
Projections of the daily amount of money spent per person in Addison County, Vermont, and the USA over the next decade. Source: World Data Lab.

Addison County’s search for solutions to population decline

By Marco Fengler December 3, 2020
Addison County could see a population decline of up to 7% as well as a stagnating economy over the next decade, according to World Data Lab projections.
Mara Strich ’22, currently holding the Miss Otter Creek title, will compete in the Miss Vermont competition next May.

Mara Strich ’22 competes for Miss Vermont as Miss Otter Creek

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes November 19, 2020
Cooped up with her family in upstate New York and facing an interminable period of quarantine boredom, Mara Strich ’22 searched for a project she could focus her restless energy on. She decided to apply to the Miss Vermont competition in early September and was accepted a week later.
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