August 4th, 2011
FERRISBURGH — After netting a host of awards for high-quality milk and conservation farming practices, Cheryl and J.D. DeVos of Kimball Brook Farm in Ferrisburgh have a top prize to add to their trophy case: Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year for 2011.
LINCOLN — Nestled in a Lincoln nook, just between the western slopes of Mount Ellen and Mount Abraham, exists the axis of what the Halby family intends to be an innovative utopia: Zeno Mountain Farm.
The setting, which consists of a central farmhouse surrounded by a treehouse village, is home to a unique multi-age camp that its operators believe creates a comfortable atmosphere for people with disabilities to comfortably express their diverse natures.
GRANVILLE — In its most recent attempt to control costs, the United States Postal Service has singled out a host of post offices across the nation — including Granville and 13 others in Vermont — for potential closure.
After spending the next few months soliciting public feedback in each of the 3,600 locations under the microscope nationwide, the USPS will decide which post offices it will close.
MIDDLEBURY — Area farmers and a capable Middlebury College intern are working to fill some of the empty space at the Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) food shelf this summer through a “gleaning” program that is yielding a bumper crop of fresh vegetables and fruit.
WALTHAM — Waltham selectmen on Monday pegged the town’s municipal tax rate at 40 cents, a 2-cent hike in the rate to Waltham taxpayers for funding town road and office expenses.
Combined with Waltham’s drop in its residential rate for school taxes — by 14.94 cents to $1.2935 — town homeowners will be looking at lower tax bills over the next year.
BRISTOL — The numbers are in, and this year’s Three-Day Stampede is one for the records.
In its 21st year, Bristol’s Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fund-raiser has generated more than $102,000 in donations, smashing the previous record of $100,000 set in 2009.
“We’re already inching up to the $103,000 mark,” said event co-founder Bonita Bedard. “Donations come in that we don’t expect and we always get a little bit afterwards.”
BRANDON — What do you get when you mix a mother of three who had some sheep with an artistic hat maker in Vermont? Fabulousness, from the grass up.
Sam Stone of Brandon and Nora Swan of Ripton met five years ago when their sons were in the same play group. Two years into their friendship, Swan said she wanted to make something with sheep’s wool and Stone shared an idea she had to make baby booties, along with a book that told the story of each sheep in her small flock.
ADDISON COUNTY — What could be worse than poison parsnip taking over local fields of Queen Anne’s lace?
Possibly the arrival of its big, bad, cousin giant hogweed, which causes second degree burns similar to poison parsnip when its sap comes in contact with one’s skin and the sun.