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THE BARN OPERA’S new building, located near the Sanderson Covered Bridge off Pearl Street in Brandon, will double the current seating capacity.
08/15/2019
BRANDON — The melodious voices that make up the Barn Opera company will soon be getting a new home. After two years inside the barn of Brandon Music on Route 73, the opera will be moving to the west side of Brandon on Pearl Street. “We have looked at, trespassed in, and explored every barn larger than 20 by 40 feet in the area,” said Artistic Director Josh Collier. “At long last, we have found an absolutely perfect venue in a phenomenal post-and-beam dairy barn, adjacent to the Sanderson Covered Bridge.” Collier said that the intimate space of the current home of Barn Opera provided beautiful...
08/15/2019
Some children can unfortunately go hungry on weekends when they no longer have access to school breakfasts and lunches. The “Bites in a Bag” program aims satiate that hunger. Bites in a Bag provides healthy snacks for elementary school children, based on income eligibility. Snack bags (which include fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, yogurt and whole grain snacks) go home with students at the end of each week during the school year. About 45 students at Starksboro’s Robinson Elementary benefited from Bites in a Bag during the 2018-2019 school year. The program was funded by Have a Heart...
08/15/2019
LINCOLN — The Lincoln tax bills that just went out have increased for fiscal year 2020, but not by much. The town selectboard on Aug. 6 set the coming year’s municipal tax rate at $0.6501 per $100 of assessed property value, an increase of 1.15 cents, or 1.8 percent. Lincoln’s residential education tax rate for FY 2020 increased by less than a cent (or 0.6 percent) to $1.493, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District is not receiving the one-time tax discount of $0.08 it received last year as part of Act 46 school consolidation incentives. The nonresidential...

KELLIE THOMAS OF Taekwondo KICKS believes in teaching her students about helping the community and bringing kindness, confidence, physical fitness and self defense to the practice. It looks like the student with her agrees. Photo courtesy Taekwondo KICKS
08/15/2019
MIDDLEBURY — A local martial arts school, Taekwondo KICKS, is demonstrating that Taekwondo is much more than a martial art. Newly promoted 6th degree black belt, Kellie Thomas, says that she is trying to get her students to learn that you don’t have to be physical to be a hero. “I’m trying to get the students to understand that they do play a role in the community; that even the youngest child can do something to help out their neighbor.” To teach this lesson to her students, Thomas created a “Break-a-thon” fundraiser where her students will ask for pledges to break boards and donate the...
08/15/2019
ORWELL — Children ages 6 to 10 are welcome to come for an hour of Revolutionary story time on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at the Mount Independence State Historic Site in Orwell. The program runs from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The program, sponsored in collaboration with the Orwell Free Library, will include stories, hands-on activities, simple crafts, and some outdoor time if the weather permits. The theme is the American Revolution and history of Mount Independence.  Children who attend need to be accompanied by a responsible adult, and organizers recommend bringing snacks or a picnic to enjoy afterwords...
08/15/2019
Having a great day is as easy as pie at Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie and Ice Cream Social. Come hungry, and plan to enjoy live music and games on Sunday, Aug. 18, from 1-4 p.m. Rokeby Museum’s team of pie-baking volunteers has been perfecting the art of pie-making for 35 years. Peach, apple, berry pies of every kind — and in every combination possible — await visitors who love the taste of summer. And you can justify topping your slice with ice cream from Vermont’s own Wilcox Dairy, or helping yourself to a second serving.  All proceeds support the Ferrisburgh museum’s preservation and...

Spinnakers power the boats on the downwind leg during the 2018 Diamond Island Regatta. The Regatta returns this coming Saturday, Aug. 17. Photo / Rik Carlson
08/15/2019
Now in its seventh season, the Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina, will once again attract many of the fastest boats and best sailors from around Lake Champlain this Saturday, Aug. 17. As in past years, the event will be run as a benefit for the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum (LCMM) in Ferrisburgh. LCMM is dedicated to maritime education and the preservation and management of the lake’s historical shipwrecks and underwater cultural resources. Entry for the Diamond Island Regatta is free, with money raised through the sale of race-themed...

Commander Ron LaRose
08/15/2019
BRISTOL — At the American Legion Department of Vermont’s annual convention in South Burlington in late June, life-long Bristol resident Ron LaRose was named American Legion Commander for the Department of Vermont LaRose was born in Bristol in 1947, graduated from Bristol High School Class of 1964, and graduated from Vermont Technical College Class of 1966. LaRose has worked for the Agency of Transportation and Lee Lowell as a land surveyor, and later was self-employment as a land surveyor. He also worked fulltime for the Vermont Army National Guard for 27 years. He is presently partnered with...
08/15/2019
Vermont’s Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets has not put out legally required reports on pesticide use since 2013, blaming the lapse on a database change gone wrong. The reports that are publicly available on the amount of pesticides applied to golf courses, lawns, farms, utility corridors and other commercial uses come with the caveat that the data “are currently undergoing review and have not been verified.” According to Vermont law, the Secretary of the Agency of Agriculture must “make information reported to the Agency relative to the use of pesticides available to the public via the...
08/15/2019
MONTPELIER — A new record was set for Vermont cheeses at the prestigious American Cheese Society’s 36th Annual Awards competition (ACS) in Richmond, Va., early this month. Vermont producers, big and small, collectively took home 44 ribbons, marking Vermont’s best showing to date. Additionally, five Vermont cheeses were finalists for the Best of Show. A Bridport cheesemaker was among those earning distinction in the competition. Fairy Tale Farm of Bridport earned 2nd place for its Nuberu cheese. The cheesemakers described Nuberu as “a Spanish-style, 100 percent raw sheep or mixed-milk cheese,...

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