April 22nd, 2013
WEYBRIDGE — A bill that could pave the way for the Vermont Secretary of Agriculture to develop a procedure for issuing licenses to farmers interested in growing industrial hemp was discussed at the legislative breakfast in Weybridge last Monday, April 15.
The bill, H.490, is in the House Agriculture Committee. Local Reps. Harvey Smith, R-New Haven, and Will Stevens, I-Shoreham, are members of that committee.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police are on the lookout for a man who shot 65-year-old Bernard Kimball outside his apartment on Jackson Lane in Middlebury a little after 1 a.m. on Saturday morning.
Police received a report of the shooting at 1:12 a.m. on April 20. Kimball was taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care for treatment of a single gunshot wound, where he underwent surgery.
BRISTOL — The Watershed Center (TWC) will hold its annual “Beltane” celebration on Sunday, April 28, at its Waterworks Property in Bristol. In Irish Gaelic, the month of May is known as Mí Bhealtaine or Bealtaine, and the festival as Lá Bealtaine (“day of Bealtaine” or, “May Day”).
MIDDLEBURY — The UD-3 school board has begun to discuss ways of streamlining Middlebury Union high and middle schools’ staffing, programs and facilities in anticipation of a student body that’s pegged to decline substantially during the next four years.
BRISTOL — The One World Library Project, located at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, will present “Understanding Nicaragua’s Struggle with Poverty” on Thursday, April 25, from 7-8:30 p.m. Alex Tuck and Isabel Gamm, co-founders of the Vermont-based nonprofit organization People Helping People Global, will give a talk and head a discussion about the extreme poverty in Nicaragua and how PHPG is working to eliminate it.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Senate Government Operations Committee last Wednesday unanimously approved the Search and Rescue Bill, H.182, clearing the way for its passage in the full Senate as early as this week. However, the Vermont House must approve amendments made by the Senate committee before the new search and rescue protocol can be signed into law by the governor.
ADDISON COUNTY — Last year’s maple sugaring season may have ranked among the worst in recent memory. But in 2013, Mother Nature delivered in spades.
“This year broke all records,” said Tom Audet of Ledge Haven Farm in Orwell. “In quantity, quality and length of season, it was just a record breaker.”
Like Audet, sugarmakers across the county are reporting a record season.