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The Outside Story: A snakeskin can be a useful predator deterrent

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Susan Shea



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If you have a woodpile, you may have come across a shed snakeskin — a translucent, onion skin-like wrapper imprinted with the snake’s scale pattern. Or perhaps you’ve seen one along a foundation or stone wall. Why do snakes shed their skin?

Most animals, including humans, shed skin cells, explained herpetologist Jim Andrews, who coordinates the Vermont Reptile and Amphibian Atlas. “The difference is that humans are continually shedding skin. Snakes shed only periodically; hence they shed the entire skin at once.” 

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Woodchuck has big plans for new Middlebury facility

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy told stories to a group of 50 invited media and friends gathered outside the new 100,000-square-foot Woodchuck cidery and bottling facility in Middlebury on Wednesday of how Woodchuck Hard Cider was part of the “holy water” he keeps in stock at his prestigious office in the halls of Congress.

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UVM program trains next generation of farmers

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



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ADDISON COUNTY — It’s no secret that Vermont’s farmers are aging, but a program run by the University of Vermont Extension aims to inject new blood into the state’s backbone industry.

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Addison to mull town plan change

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



ADDISON — Addison residents on Aug. 12 will have a second and most likely final chance to weigh in on a town plan update that the town’s planning commission has said would allow Addison to adopt some new zoning laws that have been on hold since late last year.

On next Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Addison firehouse, the selectboard will hold a public hearing on the update, which includes many new factual updates and maps, changes made to conform with state laws, and new sections on town history, education, economic development, and recreation and tourism.

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All gardening is landscape painting

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Judith Irven



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The well-known garden quote, penned over 200 years ago by landscape designer William Kent, that is the headline for this week’s column still rings true today. Creating a beautiful garden is akin to making pictures where you, the artist, get to choose the plants and manipulate them on your canvas to create a vibrant glorious whole.

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Farm safety workshop held at Blue Spruce Farm

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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BRIDPORT — Local farmers and farm workers gathered at Bridport’s Blue Spruce Farm in late July for a farm-safety training workshop that consisted of basic farm first aid training, a talk on power takeoff (PTO) safety, and a hands-on fire extinguisher exercise.

The two-and-a-half-hour workshop was sponsored by Co-Operative Insurance Companies in conjunction with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture and University of Vermont Extension.

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Middlebury board approves zoning changes

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — At their July 29 meeting, members of the Middlebury selectboard voted unanimously to approve a series of amendments to the town’s zoning bylaws.

Planning officials at a July 22 pubic hearing described the proposed zoning amendments as primarily housekeeping, to improve language for better clarity and to establish consistency with the objectives of the 2012 town plan.

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Field Days is here! Kids, animals, food and fun

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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NEW HAVEN — For Alexis Ouellette of Weybridge, the Addison County Fair and Field Days means more than maple donuts and the Ferris wheel.

Ouellette, along with throngs of children and teens from age three to 18, participates in the 4-H Dairy Cattle competitions that form an integral part of the agricultural fair experience.

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Investors on motorcycles look to to spur local businesses

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



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MIDDLEBURY — A group of bikers rumbled into town on their motorcycles Monday morning with a unique goal — to hear pitches from entrepreneurs and owners of business startups looking for advice and capital. The group that gathered at the Middlebury Inn was made up of about a dozen venture capitalists and entrepreneurs with experience in early-stage business investment in Vermont.

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Teen earns Scouting's highest honor

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



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VERGENNES — When Joshua Cook received his Eagle Scout badge this summer, he felt thrilled.

At age 19, he had finally completed what he had set out to accomplish at the age of 12. When he accepted his Eagle Scout badge in a ceremony at American Legion Post 14 in Vergennes on June 29, it was a culmination of an effort that lasted throughout his teenage years.

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