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October 8th, 2012
ST. ALBANS — When the U.S. House of Representatives adjourned on Sept. 28 without passing a new Farm Bill, it not only left dairy farmers without a safety net, it raised the specter of chaos in agricultural markets.
In effect, Congress’s failure to act could trigger a so-called permanent law that, it is estimated, could raise the parity price of milk to the $40 per hundredweight (cwt.) range.
ADDISON COUNTY — Leonard Barrett can remember when he moved to his East Street farm in Bridport in 1970 with his parents and his brother. There were eight dairy farms on the street.
Today, his is the last one. By the end of next week, there won’t be any.
Across the nation, a confluence of factors is putting family-owned dairies — long the backbone of many rural American towns — out of business.
VERGENNES — When Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) officials were planning this year’s four-month trip through New York, Canada and Vermont for the museum’s replica canal schooner, the Lois McClure, there was little debate about the final stop.
The journey through canals, rivers and Lake Ontario, which ends this coming Friday, has recognized the region’s pivotal role in the War of 1812 between Great Britain and the United States, which had recently won its freedom from the crown — and the 200 years of peace that followed.
MIDDLEBURY — Her family and friends in her native Thailand call her by her given name, Chavaran Sriyan.
But to her colleagues and students at the Bridge School in Middlebury, she is simply known as “Angie.”
MIDDLEBURY — Sarah Kramer, the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning journalist behind The New York Times series “1 in 8 million” and “Coming Out,” will return to her alma mater, Middlebury College, this Thursday to share insights and experiences gleaned from her 15 years as a multimedia journalist.
Her talk, “Personal Narrative in the Digital Age,” will be the first in this year’s Meet the Press lecture series, and begin at 4:30 p.m. in Bicentennial Hall 220 on the Middlebury campus.
MONKTON — In the woods of the Willowell Foundation land in Monkton, artist Marela Zacarías is leading the local community in turning 1,024 square feet of reconstructed silo into a permanent sculptural mural installation. Zacarías’s project, called “Azimuth,” is part of a series of artist residencies at Willowell that interpret both pre-Columbian design motifs and Vermont’s natural environment. According to Zacarías, “Azimuth” “is meant to work as a meditation on transformation and an offering to nature.”
MIDDLEBURY — The 2012 Middlebury Arts Walk season winds down with the last event taking place on Friday, Oct. 12. This month will feature nearly 35 venues with a diverse variety of art from painters, photographers, potters and a calligraphist. Several venues are featuring artwork in honor of His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s visit to Middlebury.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Mairead Harris and Andrew Stein first met during a summer session at the Middlebury College Language School in 2007, where they were both studying Mandarin Chinese.
“We may have exchanged a couple of ni hao’s,” Harris recalled, referring to a Chinese greeting, “but we were at different levels and didn’t spend much time together.”
A year later, the two met again after they happened to join the same study abroad program in Hangzhou, China. The rest was history.