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Count committee to aid Census Bureau for county-wide enumeration

Migrant workers are one demographic that the Middlebury/Addison Complete Count Committee is attempting to help the U.S. Census Bureau enumerate ahead of the 2020 Census. Above, migrant workers demonstrate at Hannaford’s on Route 7 for the ethical purchase of Vermont dairy products.

By TONY SJODIN

March 5, 2020

The Campus reported last week that the college was collaborating with a local committee to ensure a complete headcount for the 2020 Census. The Middlebury/Addison Complete Count Committee, established last spring to directly aid the U.S. Census Bureau, is conducting similar efforts across all of Addison County. Dana...

Amending the constitution: Vermont senators consider Green Amendment

Christopher Bray (D-Addison) is the lead sponsor of Proposal 9, a proposed amendment to add language concerning a clean environment to the Vermont Constitution. In Vermont, 28 amendments have been ratified since 1870.

By KAITLYN GIROUARD

March 5, 2020

The Vermont Senate read a proposal to add the right to a clean environment to the state constitution this month. This “Green Amendment,” sponsored by Senator Christopher Bray (D-Addison), would give Vermonters the “right to clean air and water and the preservation of the natural, scenic, an...

Middlebury voting guide

By HATTIE LEFAVOUR

February 27, 2020

This voting guide answers typical questions about the primary process and voting in Middlebury.

Activists flood Burlington City Hall to halt future ICE collaboration

Over 130 activists packed into Burlington City Hall last week to show support for a resolution to end collaboration between the Burlington Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

By SOPHIA MCDERMOTT-HUGHES

February 27, 2020

BURLINGTON — Over 130 activists, including 20 Middlebury students, rallied in support of a proposed resolution to end collaboration between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Burlington City Police Department at the Burlington City Council Meeting on Feb. 18. The resolution aims to close four loopholes wit...

Planned Parenthood of Northern N.E. continues to provide health care after federal cuts

Last August, Planned Parenthood of North New England withdrew from federal funding agreements due to Title X rule changes. Although the Middlebury office does not perform abortions, it lost funding as a member of the PPNNE network.

By BECCA AMEN

February 27, 2020

After the Trump administration enacted updates last August to Title X funding stipulations in a move to severely limit access to abortion care, Vermont refused to yield. The Vt. Department of Health Services and the Planned Parenthood of Northern New England (PPNNE) made the choice to forgo federal money, instead c...

No country for powder hounds: warmer temps threaten Vermont’s ski industry

In Vermont, the average high winter temperature has been rising by a sixth of a degree Fahrenheit per decade, according to NOAA data. Local skiers have noticed warmer days on the slopes in the last few years.

By FLORENCE WU

February 27, 2020

It’s a fact no ski resort, snow maker, liftie or snow hobbyist wants to hear: the temperature profile of Green Mountain winters is changing. Vermont has seen a decrease in average annual snow coverage since 1960, with the average high winter temperature rising at 0.64°F per decade, according to the National Ocea...

Investigations into last month’s Mac’s Market robberies continue

Last month, Mac’s Market in East Middlebury, on the corner of Route 116 and 125, was robbed twice.

By KARI HENKEN and LUCY TOWNEND

February 27, 2020

Investigations are ongoing as police look for suspects in an armed robbery in East Middlebury.  The initial incident occurred on the night of Jan. 6, when a man wearing green and dark-colored clothing, carrying a handgun, entered Mac’s Convenience Store a few minutes before 9 p.m. The suspect fired a round int...

Middlebury’s town meeting is on March 2. What should you expect?

The Middlebury “floor meeting” will take place on Monday, March 2, preceding the “Australian ballot” on March 3. Some community members have brought attention to the declining attendance at the annual floor meetings, weighing ballot-voting more heavily than the older form of live deliberation.

By HATTIE LEFAVOUR

February 20, 2020

The town meeting, a Vermont tradition conceived earlier than the state itself, is fast approaching. Occurring annually in nearly every Vt. town, the meetings provide Vermonters a chance to congregate as a local community to deliberate and vote on budgets, election of town officials and civic issues. Middlebury’s “fl...

Vt. youth turning to state mental health services in record numbers

Page 7 of the BBF 2020 Report, which depicts the growing use of mental health services by children in Vermont over time.

By ANNA WOOD

February 20, 2020

The number of children using mental health services in Vermont has doubled over the past two decades, according to a recent task force report from Building Bright Futures, a Williston-based non- profit. The report found that in 1999, roughly 1,700 children ages nine and under used mental health services in Vermont. Despite the state’s shrinking population, 3,322 children used the same services in 2018. Building Bright...

Sitting down with the new Director of Addison County Restorative Justice Services

Jean Stone, Executive Director of ACRJS, assumed leadership in December 2019. Since joining the organization, she has focused part of her work on garnering more volunteers.

By COURTNEY CRAWFORD

February 20, 2020

Jean Stone, Addison County Restorative Justice Services’ (ACRJS) new executive director, hopes to recruit new volunteers to help with the organization’s rehabilitative practices. Restorative justice, at its core, grapples with the concept of community and every citizen’s role in it. As a proce...

Stonecutter Spirits serves last drinks

For the last 7 years, Stonecutter Spirits have produced gin and whiskey from their distillery on Exchange Street. The company ceased production this year.

By HAEUN PARK

February 13, 2020

Stonecutter Spirits ceased its gin and whiskey production, permanently closing both its Middlebury tasting room and its Burlington cocktail bar, Highball Social.  According to co-founder Sivan Cotel, the company began evaluating its options in the fall of 2019 and officially closed their two locati...

School consolidation movement divides rural VT

Those in opposition to school consolidation within the county have been vocal in newspaper editorials, board meetings and demonstration.

By ARIADNE WILL

February 13, 2020

Rural Vermont schools are consolidating with larger schools under the guidelines of Act 46, a bill passed in 2015. “It is the conclusion of a multiyear process to create more sustainable and efficient school governance structures and improve access to quality PreK-12 education for all Vermont students,” rea...

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