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Lucy Townend

Lucy Townend, Senior Local Editor

Lucy Townend '22 is a local editor and copy editor.

She previously served as a contributing writer. Townend is an International Politics and Economics major and is studying French.

During the summer of 2019, Townend interned with Congresswoman Scanlon’s district office, where she helped resolve constituent complaints and drafted constituent correspondence. In addition to her work with The Campus, Townend is also involved in Middlebury Consulting Group and Oratory Now, an organization focused on training and research in oral expression.

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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.

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

February 4, 2021

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

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

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.
Rainbow Pediatrics, located on Court St, was founded in 2000 by Jack Meyer, MD and offers patient care to anyone from infancy to twenty-four years old.

Rainbow Pediatrics stops in-person operations due to Covid-19 case

November 13, 2020
A staff member tested positive for Covid-19 on Nov. 2.
Representative Peter Welch sits on the floor of the House of Representatives with Representative John Lewis while protesting against gun violence in 2016.

U.S. Congressman Peter Welch talks race, climate change, and bipartisanship

October 29, 2020
Looking toward a likely win in his re-election bid this year, The Campus sat down with Congressman Welch to reflect on over a decade of work in the House of Representatives.
Civil rights activist Angela Davis will speak to the college community roughly a week before Election Day.

Civil rights activist Angela Davis to speak at Middlebury

October 22, 2020

Civil rights activist Angela Davis will speak to the college over Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. The event will be largely audience-driven, focusing on pre-submitted questions...

Petition calls for the inclusion of students abroad in July housing draw

July 13, 2020

Over 160 students have signed a petition requesting that the college allow students currently abroad to participate in the July housing draw with other students.  The petition came after an announcement...

With the statewide primary taking place on Aug. 11,  followed by the general election on Nov. 3, candidates tried to set themselves apart while also lodging hits at incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott, who is running for his second term.

Democratic gubernatorial debate: Candidates call for systemic change

June 25, 2020
Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, former Vermont Secretary of Education Rebecca Holcombe and attorney Patrick Winburn, the three gubernatorial candidates, discussed issues including re-opening the state, police reform and climate change.
While Middlebury chemists Ben Corson and Roger Stoughton discovered CS gas in Warner Hall in 1928, the compounds used in modern-day tear gas have not changed much since it started to be used in the riot control industry in the 1950s.

Tear gas traces its roots back to Middlebury

June 15, 2020
In 1928, Ben Corson and Roger Stoughton were investigating the reaction between carbonyl compounds and malononitrile in Warner Hall at Middlebury College when they discovered 2-chlorobenzylidene malononitrile (CS). Even though it garnered little attention when published in the Journal of American Chemistry Society, CS gas is now one of the most widely-used components in tear gas, a riot control agent that has been used in recent weeks on protesters against police brutality and systemic racism.
Work has restarted on Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project, as crews continue to install minipiles this week after being shut down by the state since March 25.

Hope in Middlebury for derailed construction project

May 14, 2020

After a period of indefinite delays due to the pandemic, the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project has received approval from the state to restart on Monday, May 11. The project was first shut down on...

Royal Oak, opened in May of 2019, serves artisan coffee out of their shop on Seymour Street. Matt and Aless opened the business after meeting in a coffee shop in Connecticut.

[Photo] Serving Middlebury, family style

April 22, 2020

Royal Oak, opened in May of 2019, serves artisan coffee out of their shop on Seymour Street. Matt and Aless opened the business after meeting in a coffee shop in Connecticut.

Construction has been halted on the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project as Stay Safe, Stay Home order stops non-essential activities. Town officials appealed to the state to resume the project on April 2.

Middlebury Bridge and Rail construction delayed temporarily

April 16, 2020
The Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project was delayed on March 25 by Governor Scott's Stay Safe, Stay Home order.
Businesses have resorted to delivery or curbside pick-up as Governor Scott’s recent Stay Home, Stay Safe order forces businesses to drastically change the way they operate.

Town businesses lay-off staff, offer curbside service following state-wide Stay Home order

April 2, 2020

Middlebury businesses are facing increasing hardship after Governor Phil Scott issued a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order for the state of Vermont on Tuesday, March 24. Issued as an amendment to the...

Businesses on Main Street and across town have been confronted with major roadblocks this past week due the outbreak of Covid-19. All restaurants in town were forced to halt dining services on Tuesday by a state mandate, and many retailers have seen a sharp decline in customer sales.

Local business takes hit from mandated closures and quarantined public

March 20, 2020
As Middlebury College students evacuated campus and Covid-19 broke out in Vermont, town businesses saw a decline in sales and were forced to close or reduce staff.
A Middlebury resident poses a question to the selectboard during the Middlebury town hall.

All articles are approved in annual Middlebury town meeting

March 5, 2020
The two most contentious articles of the night were Article 4 and Article 2, both of which allocated additional extra-budget funds to first responder services.
Construction continues underneath the Main Street Bridge as part of the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project.

College staff brace for summer road closures in town

March 5, 2020

The Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project, promising a passenger rail from Rutland to Burlington by 2021, will necessitate road closures on Merchants Row and Main Street between May 4 and Aug. 5. The...

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

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

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,...

Homes First is a Middlebury-based grassroots organization focused on bringing a tiny house village to Middlebury as a solution to a lack of affordable housing.

Tiny houses in Middlebury gain ground

December 5, 2019

The nationwide tiny house movement has come to Middlebury in the latest solution to affordable housing. Homes First, a grassroots organization founded and based in Middlebury, is hoping to bring a...

Sheldon Museum features ‘Conjuring the Dead’ exhibit

Sheldon Museum features ‘Conjuring the Dead’ exhibit

November 7, 2019

The Henry Sheldon Museum celebrated its exhibit, “Conjuring the Dead,” with an array of spooky festivities on the night of Wednesday, Oct. 30. Among the hair-raising activities were fortune telling,...

Tiny House Fest offers big solutions to big problems

Tiny House Fest offers big solutions to big problems

October 31, 2019

WARREN — The solution to the affordable housing crisis may come in small sizes. Hundreds gathered at the Tiny House Fest despite pouring rain on Sunday, Oct. 27 to engage in discussion and celebrate...

Bridge and rail development projects in the town of Middlebury are still underway. Despite worries about the impacts of construction, merchants are remaining hopeful about carrying on business as usual.

Middlebury businesses on the right track despite construction concerns

October 17, 2019

With several years of work remaining on Middlebury’s Bridge and Rail Project, downtown merchants are determined to outlast dwindling patronship that has posed a challenge since the project began. The...

New Health and Wellness team (from left to right) Erin Goodrich, Emily Wagner, Madeline Hope, Kevin Karackas and Barbara McCall will focus on violence prevention, holistic wellness and mental health, amongst other health topics.

Health and Wellness Education Office expands staff, programming

September 26, 2019
Health and Wellness Education added three full-time employees and one part-time employee. The expansion will help the office further develop existing programs and focus on new initiatives.
c.	Editor in Chief of the Addison Independent, Angelo Lynn (above), c0-moderated the forum with Campus Managing Editor James Finn ’20.5.

[Photo] Welch discusses Washington politics, encourages local action

September 26, 2019

c. Editor in Chief of the Addison Independent, Angelo Lynn (above), c0-moderated the forum with Campus Managing Editor James Finn ’20.5.

The extension of Triangle Park at the corner of Main St. and Merchant’s Row is one of many above-ground renovations that will accompany the new passenger rail system through downtown Middlebury.

Bridge and Rail Project: construction slated to wrap up in 2021

September 19, 2019

Construction on the Middlebury Bridge and Rail Project continued through the summer, with further work set to take place throughout the next year. The $71 million Bridge and Rail Project, overseen...

Robin Huestsi of Round Robin and Hannah Davis of Just Bear Different.

‘Bundle’ Finds New Love in the Old at Reloved and Maker’s Market

May 9, 2019

Bundle recently hosted the Reloved and Maker’s Market on May 5 at its downtown location. The market featured items such as handmade jewelry, herbal medicine and secondhand clothes from artisans and...

Vermont ranked top in gender equality, according to an annual Bloomberg report.

VT Ranked Top in Gender Equality, But Experts Say There’s Work to Do

April 18, 2019

Vermont has been ranked number one overall for 2019 in Bloomberg's annual report on gender equality. This is the third year in a row that Vermont has led the rankings in the yearly report. The state...

Nancy (right) and Mary Beth (left) participate in the ReBag workshop at Bundle.

‘Bundle’ Pops Up on Main Street, Aims to Revitalize Downtown

April 11, 2019

MIDDLEBURY - Bundle, a new organization recently installed at 60 Main St., hopes to bring the community together to revitalize the downtown area through pop-up stores, workshops and galleries. Karen...

Caroline Costello handing off a large classic mediteran sub and a salad to a volunteer from Dinners with Love.

Dinners With Love Brings Joy to Patients and Families in Hospice Care

March 7, 2019

Every Thursday night across Vermont, volunteers deliver hundreds of meals to hospice patients and their caregivers with Dinners with Love, a Brandon-based non-profit organization.     Dinners...

College Park, one of the possible locations for the farmers’ market.

Middlebury’s Farmers’ Market Considers Relocation to College Park

January 17, 2019
The discussion of where or if the Middlebury Farmer's Market will move continues.

Former Dartmouth Students Accuse School of Failing to Protect Them from Sexual Assault

November 29, 2018
Former Dartmouth students come forward to accuse Dartmouth of doing little to prevent sexual assault, but the college responds with assertions that the campus is committed to the safety of all of its community members.
“Everyone Loves a Parade,” the controversial mural on Church Street Marketplace.

Controversial Burlington Mural Prompts Debate Over City’s History

November 15, 2018
The vandalism of the controversial mural "Everyone Loves a Parade" highlights the exclusion of the history of people of color and the Abenaki.
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