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Runners make friends during 550-mile race

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By ABAGAEL GILES



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GOSHEN — “It’s day two, and I’ve got stomach pains and hives,” Rachel Dunai said while resting on an inflated pool lounger on the floor of the Blueberry Hill Ski Center in Goshen this past Friday afternoon. Then she rose and headed back out onto the trail to run her second marathon of the day. 

“I’m a little allergic to exercise, so I’m doubling up my allergy pills,” she added.

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New pellet-fired equipment streamlines Goshen maple sugaring operation

Posted on March 29, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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GOSHEN — Sugaring season is off to a great start for Ethan West and his partner Annina Seiler.

Their operation, dubbed Republic of Vermont, doubled its taps to 4,000 this year, and West has just installed a new wood pellet-fired evaporator.

Since installing the new equipment, he’s faced one dilemma he didn’t expect.

“At first I was kind of bored, actually,” West said.

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A garden for all seasons

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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This is the dream of gardeners everywhere: A garden that will be beautiful in every season — and indeed in every month — of the year. While this may seem to be a somewhat unreachable aspiration, I can assure you it is not at all out of the question.

We winter-weary Vermonters are already anticipating the flowers that will grace our gardens throughout the coming season. And many of us are also eagerly making plans for the new plants we hope to add in 2018.

Ever-changing seasons

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Goshen town meeting wrap-up 2018

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



GOSHEN — After the annual potluck Monday evening, Goshen residents passed every item on the ballot in a relatively tame town meeting.

Voters will go forward with a general fund spending plan of $242,753, which represents a $9,936, or 4.2 percent, increase from last year’s approved budget of $232,817. Voters had thought they were voting on a $229,253 spending plan; the extra $13,500 will cover a new stainless steel sander and a new moldboard (the curved metal on a snowplow’s front end used to move snow) to improve care of town roads.

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2018 Goshen town meeting preview

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



GOSHEN — Goshen residents will consider small changes in their town and highway budgets during this year’s town meeting — both will see decreases.

After the customary 5:30 p.m. potluck at Goshen Town Hall on Monday, March 5, voters will gather at 7 p.m. to decide whether or nor to pass a general fund spending plan of $229,253, a 1.5 percent decrease from last year’s approved budget of $232,817.

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Native plants: Two books outline what to grow and how to grow it

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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DID YOU KNOW? Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury is acquiring all three books mentioned in this article on why and how to use native plants in our gardens.

 

We often hear of the importance of using native plants in our gardens.

First and foremost, native plants are extremely beneficial for the wider environment. In addition, since they are adapted to our climate, they should be easy to grow. And finally they help us create gardens with that elusive feeling of “belonging” in the wider landscape.

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Mathis receives national education award

Posted on February 15, 2018 |
By Adison Independent



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GOSHEN — Former Rutland Northeast Superintendent and Vermont Board of Education Vice Chair Bill Mathis of Goshen has been named National Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

Mathis is currently the managing director of the University of Colorado at Boulder’s National Education Policy Center. His colleague, Kevin Welner of the NEPC, was also named the Outstanding Public Educator by the Horace Mann League.

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From dreams to reality; making plans for your 2018 garden

Posted on January 25, 2018 |
By Judith Irven



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January is surely the quietest month of my gardening year. Outdoor chores are limited to a little pruning, and it will be three months or more before the first flowers of spring — snowdrops, daffodils, Lenten roses to mention just a few — start to push their way through the cold earth to greet the new season.

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Top 10, No. 10: Gun regulations draw fire

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



Two county communities hosted at times heated debates this year about where lines should be drawn between the right to shoot firearms and the right to neighborhood peace and safety.

The situations and the results varied.

In Whiting neighbors of a gun range that town officials said was illegal complained about noise and safety. About two dozen showed up at a zoning board hearing in July to oppose ongoing shooting at a Stickney Road range. The owner, Nicolas Iocco, said he no longer runs the range as a business, although he would accept donations.

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Lothrop-Neshobe merger panned: OVUSD explores options to address $1.6 million shortfall

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



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BRANDON — If a vote on whether to merge Lothrop and Neshobe elementary schools were conducted at the gym where a recent public forum was held, the result would likely be a resounding “No.”

The idea, which would send kindergarten through third-grade students to one school and fourth- through sixth-graders to the other, is one of two “Big Ideas” that were discussed at two public meetings in the Otter Valley Unified School District in the last week.

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