January 9th, 2017
ORWELL — Buxton’s Store, a fixture on Orwell’s Main Street fixture, is set to return to being a Buxtons’ store.
Orwell couple Andy and Mary Buxton are ready on Monday to sit down and buy the store and the home that goes with it from Doug Edwards, who has owned and operated the grocery (and more) store for the past decade. Edwards bought Buxton’s Store in 2006 from Andy Buxton’s grandparents, Dick and Thelma Buxton, who ran the business for about 40 years.
ADDISON COUNTY — Pilgrims have been journeying to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, for over a thousand years. This past summer, a handful of local travelers were among the hundreds of thousands estimated to have walked some part of the “Way of Saint James” pilgrimage in 2016 alone.
Several of these Vermonters will discuss their experiences on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route (or simply the “Camino”) at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library this Thursday at 7 p.m.
BRANDON — Katherine Burdine is living the dream of any writer who has ever toiled away in obscurity. Armed with a three-book deal from Random House, the 29-year-old is just weeks away from the release of her debut novel, “The Bear and the Nightingale,” on Jan, 10.
And she’s local. After spending the bulk of her twenties traveling, living and working everywhere from a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii to a boarding school in France, Burdine has settled in Brandon and is currently working on her second novel.
VERGENNES — Vergennes Mayor Bill Benton last week said he would run for a third — and what he called a final — two-year term as the city’s top elected official.
Benton said a number of efforts are about to pay off — including Otter Creek basin projects, city pool upgrades, and work to improve downtown pedestrian and bicycle safety — and he wants to see them through.
“We’ve gone through all this planning. Hopefully the fun begins now because the implementation will happen,” he said.
ADDISON COUNTY — This year 42 field birders and 13 observers at feeders located and identified 24,073 birds of 72 species in during our Middlebury Christmas Bird Count on Sunday, Dec. 18.
We survey a 15-mile-diameter count circle centered on the Lemon Fair in eastern Bridport and covering from the A & W Root Beer stand on the east, to New York State on the west, and from Snake Mountain on the north, to Richville Dam on the south. The Middlebury count is one of over 1,800 held throughout North and Central America.
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences last month named Chuck Ross director of UVM Extension. Until this month, Ross served as secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, a position he held since 2011 and the beginning of Gov. Shumlin’s time in office.
Prior to his role as secretary, Ross served for 16 years as state director and senior advisor under U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.
MIDDLEBURY — Mark Orten, the dean of spiritual and religious life at Middlebury College since July 2016, delivered his inaugural address late last year at the Robert A. Jones ’59 House.
Orten made a strong case for encouraging the growth of religious and spiritual engagement at Middlebury, and set forth his vision for the future here — a vision that includes the creation of an interfaith house for students, i.e., “an intentional living-learning community … a model for how we might live (together) in the world.”
MIDDLEBURY — The Vermont Community Loan Fund (VCLF) has announced the launch of SPROUT, a low-interest, deferred payment loan program for working lands entrepreneurs. The new financing program was created to meet the capital needs of Vermont farms, food producers and processors, foresters, forest products businesses and others in the start-up and early stages of operations. Earlier this year, SPROUT received start-up support from the Working Lands Enterprise Board.