Green Mountain Adventures Opens on Main Street

By Sophie Slotnick, Contributing Writer

May 3, 2017


Filed under Local, Showcase

If you did not notice on your last run or walk through town, there is a brand new storefront along Main Street. At the beginning of April, Middlebury Mountaineer, previously located next to Leatherworks, moved to 56 Main Street. In addition to shifting locations of his shop, owner Steven Atocha decided...

Recent Study Reveals Decline in Vermont Bird Populations Over the Past 25 Years

Recent Study Reveals Decline in Vermont Bird Populations Over the Past 25 Years

By Paul Donelon, Contributing Writer

April 26, 2017


Filed under Local

In the spring, summer and fall, Vermont is filled with the sounds and sights of numerous birds and their songs – but according to a new study by the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, Vermont’s total bird population has declined 14.2 percent since 1989. 13 species of Vermont birds studied significantly...

Vermont House Bill Tackles Issues of Racial Bias

By Amelia Pollard

April 26, 2017


Filed under Local

As one of the whitest states in the country, Vermont is attempting to adjust for racial bias after data has surfaced surrounding discrimination in traffic stops. The demand for legislative action has stemmed from a state-based non-profit called Justice For All. According to a study conducted by the...

Middlebury Foods in the Spotlight

By Ellie Greenberg

April 20, 2017


Filed under Local

Tables are set up in a line, speed-dating style—only instead of dating, think farming. Around 30 Vermont growers (consisting of produce and livestock farmers, cheese makers and product makers of soup and energy bars) gathered at the Buyers and Growers Forum in Middlebury in March of 2016. Hosted by...

HomeShare Vermont Celebrates 35th Anniversary

By Amelia Pollard

April 20, 2017


Filed under Local

Last year, Geoff, a 24-year-old graduate of St. Michael’s College with a degree in Philosophy, was looking for affordable housing in Vermont. Del, an 89-year-old retired G.E. and I.B.M. employee, was seeking a housemate willing to provide company. The two were united through HomeShare Vermont, a nonprofit...

Vermont Senate Passes Shield Law Bill

By James Finn

April 20, 2017


Filed under Local

A Vermont state senate committee voted unanimously on March 22 to pass a media “shield” bill. The bill will protect Vermont journalists from having to disclose sensitive information obtained in interviews in court cases, particularly confidential information obtained from sources off the record,...

Vermont Senate Unanimously Approves Energy Act

Vermont Senate Unanimously Approves Energy Act

By Ethan Peterson-New

March 23, 2016


Filed under Local, Showcase

On Friday, March 11, a Vermont Senate energy committee approved the Energy Development Improvement Act, which will implement siting procedures for renewable energy, offering subsidies to developers and more involvement from local communities. The act was approved unanimously by a 5-0 vote, and now...

Porter Hospital CEO Resigns Amidst Budget Crisis

By Harry Cramer

March 23, 2016


Filed under Local, Showcase

On Friday, March 18, Lynn Boggs resigned from her position as CEO of Porter Hospital in Middlebury. After just eight months on the job, Boggs will be replaced by Fred Kniffin, whom the board of directors has chosen to serve as Acting President and CEO. “Thank you for the opportunity to serve as...

Middlebury Celebrates 8th Annual Chili Festival

By Rebecca Walker

March 16, 2016


Filed under Local

On Saturday, March 12, the 8th annual Vermont Chili Festival was held  in downtown Middlebury.  From 1 to 4 p.m. the sun was shining and the street was filled with around six thousand Vermonters on the hunt for chili from top restaurants and caterers, as well as good entertainment provided by local...

Are Americans Still ‘Feeling the Bern?’

Are Americans Still ‘Feeling the Bern?’

By Harry Cramer

March 16, 2016


Filed under Local

Super Tuesday is called “super” for a reason. Out of all the primaries, March 1 alone awards candidates on the Democratic side a total of 862 delegates, the largest chunk given in one day. Winning a majority on Super Tuesday is therefore a strong indicator of a candidate’s chance of nomination....

Toxic Chemical Enters Private Wells in North Bennington

By Harry Cramer

March 16, 2016


Filed under Local

Last Wednesday, March 9, Governor Shumlin visited North Bennington to hold a town hall style meeting with residents and discuss the ongoing water contamination crisis. Shumlin announced that water in the Bennington area had been contaminated by a carcinogen known as perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, and...

Stories Find New Life at Monroe St. Books

By Wendy Walcoff

March 10, 2016


Filed under Local

You may have passed it by on your way to Burlington, or you might have turned the car and parked like we did. Monroe St. Books is an unabashed, yet not entirely flashy, used bookstore on Rt. 7 North, lined floor to ceiling with peeling paperbacks and once-loved hardcovers. Upon entering the store,...

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