July 18th, 2013
LINCOLN — A gathering of elders will take place at the Sunray Peace Village in Lincoln throughout the weekend of July 26. The annual event, now in its 29th year, will bring indigenous elders from around the world to the Green Mountains for a weekend of healing, teaching and ceremony.
WILLISTON — Standing with owner Lorenzo Whitcomb at the Whitcomb Farm, which has experienced crop-damaging flooding from over 20 inches of rain this season, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross recently urged Vermont farmers to take steps now to document damage, explore planting options for late-season crops, and reach out for help and advice to salvage the season.
MIDDLEBURY — Successful Middlebury Union High School field hockey coach Kelley Higgins has decided to step down after seven years, citing family reasons, and one of her former players, 2007 MUHS graduate Megan Sears, will replace her.
Higgins’ résumé includes the 2011 Division I championship, a trip to the final in Sears’ senior year, and semifinal berths in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Overall, her teams compiled a 56-39-19 record while playing in the Metro Conference, by far Vermont’s toughest league.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard is asking the Vermont Agency of Transportation to officially get behind a plan to replace the deteriorating Main Street and Merchants Row railroad overpasses with a tunnel, a concept that has been winning favor with a growing number of local residents and downtown merchants.
ADDISON — While Addison and Vergennes town officials recently set local tax rates, state officials also released school tax information that made the rate picture clearer for residents of four of the five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns.
ANwSU rates are up somewhat after a year of little or no increases in 2012.
An unknown remains Ferrisburgh, where a town-wide reappraisal that officials said was largely triggered by inaccurate assessments of lakefront property is just now winding up.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — Town leaders have applied for $1.85 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grants to pursue a series of improvements to the Middlebury River designed to prevent future flooding in East Middlebury.
MONKTON — For Monkton natives Galen and Moriah Helms and Starksboro native Sara Paule Koeller, what began as a quarter-acre garden on a family property in Monkton four years ago has expanded into a burgeoning farming and foraging business called Mountain Warrior.
MIDDLEBURY — When Jeanelle Achee, 22, won the Miss Vermont title this past June, perhaps the only person more excited than her in the South Burlington High School auditorium was 8-year-old Abigayle Pierro.