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Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023



Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project hits substantial completion

As of Friday, Sept. 10, the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project has officially hit the first milestone of its final stages, a phase called “substantial completion.” According to Jim Gish, the community liaison for the project, this phase is characterized by the Vermont Agency of Transportation’s ...


Vermont begins planning for 250th anniversary of 1776

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. ...

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Addison County leads the state in vaccination rate

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 ...


Local Abenaki Chief Don Stevens talks land acknowledgement

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 the Western Abenaki and calls for the remembrance of the Indigenous community’s “connection to [the] ...


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

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 a longtime gathering spot for college students and the greater Middlebury community. The restaurant celebrates ...


MiddKids and townies: It’s complicated

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 of both groups: current Middlebury College students who also call the town home. Alice Ganey ’24, ...


Behind the wheel: Cars shape the Middlebury experience

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, ...


Rotary Club donates $10,000 to Kickstart Middlebury

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 Middlebury.  “One of the reasons why we were so excited to support Kickstart Middlebury is that ...


Sugaring gets a late start in Vermont due to cold weather

Sugaring, the process of creating maple syrup, started around three weeks later this year than is typical for the industry. As a result, there has been a 50–70% drop in maple syrup production throughout Vermont and southern Canada.  “This year, we didn’t collect any sap until the third week ...


Government and private grants support local Middlebury restaurants

Local businesses in Middlebury have faced revenue losses due to declining traffic, reduced hours and limited services throughout the pandemic. However, while many businesses in town continue to struggle, some local restaurants have been able to successfully apply for federal, state and local aid packages.  Haymaker ...


Vermont Coffee Company sold to Stonewall Kitchen

Vermont Coffee Company, supplier of coffee to the college, is being sold to Stonewall Kitchen, a large specialty-food company based in Maine. It currently operates a cafe in downtown Middlebury and has product distributors throughout the Northeast.  Middlebury resident Paul Ralston established the ...


Brunch is back at Vergennes Laundry

Vergennes Laundry, a gourmet bakery, coffee shop and restaurant, reopened its doors in January, with a new owner, atmosphere and a philosophy that centers community-building. Nadia Dole, a chef and business owner, bought the business in September 2020 and moved to Vergennes. Dole also owns a film and ...


Woodchuck Cider brand returns to local ownership

At less than 7% of its acquisition price, The Middlebury-based Vermont Cider Company (VCC) — best known by Middlebury students and residents for its popular product Woodchuck Hard Cider — has been sold to Northeast Drinks Group in a recent deal completed on April 9. Northeast Drinks Group was ...


Why Vermont adopted its BIPOC vaccination strategy

State health officials have ramped up efforts to prioritize the vaccination of Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities, which are disproportionately affected by Covid-19. In addition to higher rates of infection and hospitalization from Covid-19, BIPOC vaccine rates are lagging behind ...