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Reenactors gather on the battlefield to recreate moments from the Battle of Hubbardton, the only battle fought on what is currently Vermont soil.

Vermont begins planning for 250th anniversary of 1776

By Becca Amen May 20, 2021
Vermont is looking years ahead to July 4, 2026, which marks the 250th anniversary of the ratification of the Declaration of Independence. This past December, Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order establishing a 15-member commission to plan the semiquincentennial celebration of U.S. independence.

Addison County leads the state in vaccination rate

By Florence Wu May 20, 2021
Addison County is the leading county in the leading state for Covid-19 vaccination rates, with 81% of people having received their first dose of the vaccine in Addison County. In Vermont,  71.8% of the population has received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 
Pictured above is an event held by People’s Kitchen in downtown Burlington on May 2 in which free food was distributed to community members.

The People’s Kitchen Fuels Vermont Workers Center

By Amelia Seepersaud May 20, 2021
The Vermont People’s Kitchen, a Burlington-based community kitchen, provides food for the community and fuel for action.
Jon Rooney (right) and Dan James (left) are part of a third and fourth generation of a family of dairy farmers that have run Monument since the 1930s.

In a fluctuating milk market, Monument Farms Dairy sticks to values

By Julia Pepper and Lucy Townend May 13, 2021

Monument Farms Dairy has undergone years of change since becoming the college’s leading dairy provider in the 1950s. While this year was more tumultuous than most, the farm handled its challenges...

Chief Stevens hopes to continue to work with Middlebury College to allow members of the Abenaki Nation to access the college’s land.

Local Abenaki Chief Don Stevens talks land acknowledgement

By Maya Heikkinen May 13, 2021

This year, Middlebury College officially instituted a land acknowledgement to be read during all official college ceremonies. The statement recognizes that the college sits on land that belonged to...

Mister Up's, located on Bakery Lane under the Cross Street Bridge, runs entirely on solar power.

Mister Up’s celebrates 50 years of brews under the bridge

By Maggie Reynolds May 13, 2021

Tucked away on Bakery Lane, below the Cross Street bridge crossing Otter Creek, is a Middlebury landmark: Mister Up’s. Founded in 1970 by Middlebury native Ronald Mainelli, Mister Up’s has been...

Some student excursions before Covid-19 took students across state borders into the Adirondack Mountains of New York state.

Biting into crunchiness culture: Midd students engage with the outdoors

By Charlotte Gehring and Lucy Townend May 13, 2021

MiddKids have long been known for swinging their Nalgene bottles, sporting Patagonia and engaging with the outdoors — all characteristic of what is considered “crunchy.” And while this outdoors-...

Nick Wilkerson ’22 has lived in Middlebury since he was two years old and has always enjoyed participating in community sporting events.

MiddKids and townies: It’s complicated

By Giulia Shaugnessy and Ideal Dowling May 13, 2021

What do local residents of Middlebury, often referred to on campus as “townies,” really think of Middlebury College students? Perhaps the best people to answer this question are those who are members...

Liza Toll ’24 poses enthusiastically next to her Toyota Prius before leaving for her first year at Middlebury.

Behind the wheel: Cars shape the Middlebury experience

By Charlie Keohane May 13, 2021
While students with cars enjoy day trips around Addison County and grocery shopping at Hannaford, students without cars on Middlebury’s rural campus have historically faced a set of travel-related hurdles. And this year, these challenges have expanded to include traveling to vaccine appointments, some of which are hours away from campus. Having a car on campus shapes fundamental aspects of the Middlebury experience — and sometimes widens existing gaps in access. 
Alejandra prepares all food by hand out of a make-shift kitchen in her garage.

Behind Sunday Tacos, Alejandra savors home from Mexico to Middlebury

By Sophia McDermott-Hughes May 6, 2021

Stuck on campus for the entire semester, many students long for home-cooked meals and the warm smile of someone preparing food just for them. Alejandra’s Tacos supplies both, accepting orders for...

Better Middlebury Partnership is an organization that works to support local businesses through various support programs and events.

Rotary Club donates $10,000 to Kickstart Middlebury

By Lucy Townend May 6, 2021

The Rotary Club of Middlebury donated $10,000 this spring to Kickstart Middlebury, a program that will offer start-up cash and other support to new businesses looking to occupy storefronts in downtown...

According to its website, Vermont Electric Cooperative is committed to finding innovative solutions to energy while delivering responsible rates to members.

Vermont Electric plans for carbon neutrality by 2023, renewable energy by 2030

By Jack Summersby May 6, 2021

Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) plans to reach carbon neutrality by 2023 and transition fully to renewable, carbon-free energy sources by 2030, according to an announcement released last month....

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