September 4th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — About 20 Ferrisburgh residents at last week’s Ferrisburgh selectboard meeting heard representatives of a Massachusetts company describe how a proposed $600 million underground power line that would run through Ferrisburgh would affect and — company officials said — benefit their town.
LINCOLN — Community members brought questions straight to the source last week, when the Lincoln Community School Board hosted a question-and-answer session on the new Vermont law encouraging school consolidation with a lawmaker who helped shepherd Act 46 through the Legislature.
“We thought that a community forum on an important piece of legislation like this is always just a good starting point for any community going through changes,” said Rebecca Otey, Lincoln Community School Board chair.
FERRISBURGH — Neighbors of an almost completed Ferrisburgh manure pit are upset about its potential impact on their quality of life and about the pit approval process, and they have protested to the Agency of Agriculture, the Ferrisburgh selectboard and their elected state representatives.
The farmer and state officials say the pit not only follows all regulations, but it is environmentally sound and sited as far from neighbors as is practical.
VERGENNES — After some rocky times during the recent recession, the Vergennes Main Street nonprofit Sweet Charity is enjoying its most productive year.
The eight-year-old charitable venture, run by members of the Women of Wisdom organization, has in the first seven months of 2015 given away more than $30,000 that was raised from the sales of donated furniture, decorations and other household goods out of its Ryan Block storefront.
BRISTOL — The Tour de Farms is one of Vermont’s oldest cycling farm tours and is set in Addison County’s rolling farmlands — voted New England’s best biking by Yankee magazine. Over 3,000 people have ridden the tour over the last 7 years in Shoreham and Orwell.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison County Transit Resources (ACTR) has just eclipsed the 2 millionth rider mark, a substantial achievement for a non-profit organization that got its start 23 years ago coordinating individual rides for transportation-challenged residents.
CORNWALL — Brian Kemp will serve the balance of late Cornwall Selectman Dave Sears’ term until Town Meeting Day next March.
Cornwall selectboard members picked Kemp at their Sept. 1 meeting, according to Cornwall Town Clerk Sue Johnson. Resident Frank Broughton had also been in the running to fill the seat.
Kemp is the manager of Mountain Meadows Farm, an organic beef operation in Sudbury. He is also president of the Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition
MIDDLEBURY — Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, is hosting Woofstock: Walk for the Animals, on Saturday, Sept. 19. This is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year.
Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Memorial Sports Center in Middlebury. The 2-mile walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Dogs are invited and encouraged to participate. The event will culminate with a 40th birthday party for the shelter, complete with cupcakes, party favors and music.