June 11th, 2012
RIPTON — Ripton Elementary School will soon prove that it is literally willing to go the distance to stabilize — and even increase — its student enrollment.
Ripton school directors last week agreed to run a new bus service to Hancock and Granville this fall to give families in those Route 100 communities extra incentive to attend Ripton Elementary.
MIDDLEBURY — At a meeting in Middlebury last Wednesday evening, the crowd was bullish on hemp as a cash crop.
MIDDLEBURY — Tom Anderson has spent the past 15 years coordinating recreation programs for Middlebury-area residents.
Now, at age 63, Anderson wants to have some outdoor fun on his own time.
“I guess after all these years, it’s time for me to recreate a little,” Anderson said with a smile on Tuesday. “I love to hike, snowshoe and kayak.”
MIDDLEBURY — When Karen Lykins of Middlebury woke up last Saturday morning, it was to find Lily, her three-month-old Sheltie puppy, surrounded by bodily fluids on the floor. She brought the dog to the veterinarian right away, but just a few hours later, Lily had died of liver failure.
FERRISBURGH — In each of the past two years, the town of Ferrisburgh has set aside a day each summer to gather and celebrate as a community, calling the event Ferrisburgh Day.
This year presents Ferrisburgh and its residents with an extra reason to gather, the 250th anniversary of the town charter. Officials essentially decided to combine Ferrisburgh Day with a birthday celebration on Saturday, June 23.
EAST MIDDLEBURY –– The East Middlebury Historical Society is hosting an open house Thursday, June 14, to display its exhibit for the Vermont History Expo before moving it to the site.
The Expo is held at the Tunbridge Fairgrounds next weekend. The theme for this year’s Expo is Vermont in the Civil War.
East Middlebury Historical Society’s Peggy Peabody said Vermont played a bigger role in the war than most people realize and the town itself has a close connection to the war.
It’s not surprising the draft of the updated Middlebury town plan has sparked the strong reactions it has. That’s because the planning commission did a significant rewrite, and added much depth and substance to the document.
That rewrite made it lengthy: 199 pages, not to mention another 24 pages of maps and charts and footnotes.
Vermont cooks and gardeners can get a little obsessed. We spot one another across a room and pull off to the side to swap stories and how-tos and what-ifs. We prowl Field Days in search of secrets to those blue ribbons. After all, we’re trying to grow better carrots and tweak that recipe for chocolate cake. We’re insatiable learners. We’re tinkerers. And, yes, we’re show-offs.