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SALISBURY — Budget builders in the Vermont House have agreed to a funding plan that would grant the Salisbury Fish Culture Station a reprieve until at least 2022. The plan also includes money to study and possibly improve the hatchery’s water discharge system, which could further extend the life of a facility that needs to comply with new federal environmental standards in order to continue operations. The funding plan, as endorsed by the House Appropriations and Ways & Means committees, is in part contingent on a $2 increase in both the state’s hunting and fishing license fees, as well...

SUZANNE BYERS TALKS about her years in service to the community here in Vermont and in New Jersey during a March 27 ceremony honoring her for those contributions. Photo by Jason Duquette-Hoffman
MIDDLEBURY — Longtime community volunteer Suzanne Byers of Cornwall enjoys helping people. She expects nothing in return, except for perhaps a smile and an occasional “thank you.” So Byers was understandably overjoyed and flattered by the outpouring of “thank yous” and other kudos she received on March 27 at a special ceremony in her honor, courtesy of WomenSafe. The Middlebury-based nonprofit that assists victims of sexual and domestic violence in Addison County named Byers the 2019 recipient of its “Kimberly Krans Women Who Change the World Award,” in recognition of her tireless work for...

ENGINEER FRED MCKNIGHT talks with fifth- and sixth-graders at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro last week about indoor air quality, how to test for it, and how he writes many reports as a working scientist. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
STARKSBORO — Teacher Ruth Beecher has a keen ear for “teachable moments.” Last week, engineer Fred McKnight visited her grades 5/6 class at Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro and explained that after his firm, Turner Building Science and Design, collects indoor air quality data in the Mount Abraham Unified School District, he would summarize that data in a report. Beecher wanted to be sure her students had heard him correctly. “So you have to write reports?” she asked. Oh, yes, McKnight said, seeming to sense where Beecher was going. Her class, on the other hand, seemed less eager to go...
BRANDON — The board of the BLSG Mosquito Control District has approved a settlement proposal in the lawsuit between them and the Toxic Action Center. The lawsuit has cost the district $41,668 since it was first filed last summer. The BLSG, according to budget information in its annual report, spent $20,344 on legal costs in 2018. The district asked member towns for $25,000 in additional legal expenses in its budget request this year, which was approved by all five towns. “We filed additional information with the Agency of Natural Resources, which they accepted,” board chair Ben Lawton told...

This truck hauling an oversize load — a 250,000-pound propane tank — from New Mexico to New Hampshire burned out a transmission on Main Street/Route 22A in Vergennes trying to climb the hill after crossing Otter Creek last month. Photo courtesy of Matt Chabot
VERGENNES — The Addison County Transportation Advisory Committee and other officials will be at a public hearing and open house this Tuesday, April 2, in Vergennes to discuss a study on truck traffic through the Little City. At 6 p.m. at the Vergennes Opera House, consultants from Stantec Inc. will present their study on the impact of truck traffic through the heart of Vergennes. Representatives will be available for questions until 7 p.m., when the hearing will begin. The Addison County Regional Planning Commission and the Vermont Agency of Transportation have commissioned the study to...

Violet Nichols
VERGENNES — A Vergennes Union High School graduate has been hired as the new Addison Northwest School District Director of Learning and Technology. Violet Nichols will take over the position on July 1 after being chosen from what ANSWD Superintendent Sheila Soule called in a press release a “highly competitive applicant pool,” including six finalists chosen for interviews. A hiring team including Soule, two ANWSD principals, and three other district officials made the final decision on March 18, Soule said. Nichols has most recently worked as the Mathematics Instructional Coach in the Mount...

AMY ALFIERI IS the Wildlife Biologist at the Dead Creek Wildlife Center in Addison.
The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources recently asked four agency scientists to talk about their background to highlight the International Day of Women in Science. One of them was Amy Alfieri, who is the Wildlife Biologist at the Dead Creek Wildlife Center in Addison. Here’s what she said about her life in science. What’s your job? My job is to manage state lands, particularly wetlands and grasslands. I create, conserve and restore habitat (homes) and feeding areas (kitchens) for wildlife. I manage the water levels at Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area in Addison to promote wildlife food...
MIDDLEBURY — Community Barn Ventures will host the Vermont Business Ecosystem Meetup in Middlebury this Wednesday evening. People who are entrepreneurs, small business owners in Addison County or part of the entrepreneurial network are invited to come and share their thoughts and suggestions for amplifying the current business ecosystem. How can we build a more productive environment for entrepreneurs? What are the barriers or challenges? What’s missing from the pool of resources? The event will take place on April 3, 5:30-8 p.m. at 44 Main St. in downtown Middlebury. Hosts Stacey Rainey and...
MIDDLEBURY — Poetry will be celebrated in April with a variety of weekly special events at the Otter Creek Poetry Workshop. Ranging from readings to how-to-publish  talks, the events are open to the public. Each will be held on Thursdays from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Ilsley Public Library meeting room. The program is sponsored in part by the Ilsley Public Library with support from the Friends of the Library. The first workshop is on Thursdays, April 4. Paige Ackerson-Kiely, formerly of Vergennes, will read from her  third collection of poems “Dolefully a Rampart Stands,” published by Penguin in ...

OLD BONES WILL perform at the First Baptist Church in Bristol on Saturday, April 6, in a benefit for Bristol’s Village2Village Project Photo courtesy Old Bones
BRISTOL — Come out on Saturday, April 6, at 6:30 p.m., and help raise funds for Bristol-based Village2Village Project (v2v). The band “Old Bones” will offer up some feel-good country and gospel music at the First Baptist Church of Bristol. A collection at the event will benefit Village2VillageProject’s most vulnerable children in Uganda. “Old Bones,” a talented group of local country musicians, will be treating long-time fans and newcomers alike to their flavor of song and humor. New England audiences have enjoyed the songs and stories of “Old Bones” for years. They have played to packed...

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