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July 25th, 2013
MIDDLEBURY — The local human services agency Helping Overcome Poverty’s Effects (HOPE) is trying to recruit some new tenants to generate the necessary rent to help pay off and maintain the organization’s John V. Craven Community Services Center off Boardman Street in Middlebury.
LEICESTER — Faced with the relentless encroachment of milfoil and unpredictable financial assistance from the state to battle that problem, the Lake Dunmore/Fern Lake Association (LDFLA) is seeking to raise at least $1.725 million to permanently endow the ongoing effort to clear nuisance aquatic weeds from the two bodies of water.
“This would provide the nucleus of a successful program today, and into the future,” LDFLA Treasurer Jay Michael said on Monday of that new campaign, called “Lakes Alive — Now and Forever.”
LINCOLN — Alison Zimmer doesn’t get much rest these days. Between her fulltime job as a physical therapist, raising her 10-year-old daughter, and competing nationally — and now globally — as an independent professional mountain biker her schedule does not leave much room for downtime.
“I don’t ever rest in the sense of real rest, (like) sitting on the couch. But after a big weekend I definitely take two days where I don’t go for a run, I don’t go for a ride,” the 33-year-old Lincoln resident said.
BRISTOL — The Bristol Farmers’ Market is poised to undergo what some board members said are some necessary changes in order to improve its structure in the coming months.
STARKSBORO — Twelve years ago the property on Robert Young Road purchased by Price and Marijke Niles for their retirement was full of grass, brambles and brush.
“It was so bad, the real estate agent told us not to buy it,” Marijke Niles, 67, recalled. “But we fell in love with the big rock, the view and the pond, and I wanted a big open space where I could garden.”
VERGENNES — While eight Vergennes Union High School students and their teacher floated down Otter Creek this week on the rafts they built in their summer school class, the larger program that helped launch them could face an uncertain future.
BURLINGTON — The Vermont Department of Health has announced that West Nile virus was detected in mosquitoes collected on July 10 from a trap in Leicester. This is the first detection of West Nile virus this year in Vermont.
Eastern equine encephalitis virus has not been detected so far in 2013.
West Nile virus is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito, and three people became ill with the infection in 2012.
VERGENNES — Earlier this month, students in the Building Machines summer school class at Vergennes Union High School started chatting about Mark Twain’s stories of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer’s exploits in a small Mississippi River town.
Class member Malcolm Donovan-Cook described what happened next in a course taught by Ferrisburgh resident Peter Stapleford, and for which seven 7th-, 8th- and 9th-graders had signed up to spend time working with Lego robotics and computer programming.