June 2nd, 2011
RIPTON — The Ripton planning commission this summer is scheduled to field an application for 10 cabins on part of a 112-acre parcel at 2430 North Branch Road. The 10-unit planned unit development is being considered by property owners Carol and Marty Kulczyk. Tentative plans call for the cabins to be rentals and confined to a 24-acre segment of the 112-acre parcel. The Kulczyks would like to build the cabins — ranging from 400 to 600 square feet — in four phases, according to recent planning commission minutes. Each cabin would have a bathroom and an efficiency kitchen.
BRISTOL — Bristol residents have consistently expressed that they are concerned about the safety of children, joggers and bicyclists that frequent the stretch of Route 17/116 between downtown Bristol and Lincoln Road.
A “pedestrian feasibility study” will be conducted throughout the summer to provide the town with several options for constructing a pedestrian path along this precarious stretch of road.
SHOREHAM — The Wood family in Shoreham later this month will add another honor to a growing list of conservation awards they’ve received for their dairy farm.
In a ceremony at the farm on June 26, the Lake Champlain Basin Program will award Gail and Loren Wood and their four grown children the title of LCBP Vermont Farm for 2010.
ADDISON COUNTY — In early October, 12 Vermont teenagers from 4-H clubs across the state will be heading to the 57th Annual National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, Wis. Five of those teens are from Addison County: Andrew Levesque and Katy Tracey of the New Haven Dairy 4-H Club, Chelsea Plouffe and Sara Ingwersen from Mountain View 4-H Club, and Kristyn Jerome of the Mt. Independence 4-H Club.
The Addison County organizer for the trip is Cindy Kayhart of Chalker Farm in Weybridge.
BRIDPORT — For many teens, life’s all about hanging out with friends, sports, getting a job and coordinating weekend festivities.
For some Addison County teens, it’s about working and helping out on the farm. Although not every person who grows up on the farm takes an interest in the field, there are those who are passionate about farming and continue the generational trend in Vermont and care for their surroundings and their future.
VERGENNES — A year after losing a heartbreaking first-round Division II home playoff game in extra innings, the No. 7 Vergennes Union High School baseball team on Tuesday won one in dramatic walk-off style.
Senior DH Andrew Lucia ripped a clutch seventh-inning single to left field, and senior co-captain Dylan Bresnick raced around from second base to score and give the Commodores a 3-2 win over No. 10 Windsor.
I don’t usually get excited about catching a nine-inch trout. At least not when the trout was almost certainly a stocked fish, and I’m fishing a favorite stretch of my home river where I’ve already caught 1,000 trout in my lifetime.
But this was different for two reasons.
Here’s a question to ponder: Can Americans afford to tip-toe gingerly into the future, or are we being flung headfirst into an era of rapid change and the challenge before us is to react as proficiently and studiously as possible to position ourselves for a more secure future?
For better or worse, the latter seems to dictate the times.
• Climate change is upon us and scientists keep shortening the window of opportunity to right the wrongs we’ve done.