MANY USEFUL HERBS, including the pink Joe Pye weed shown here, grow along the Starksboro Creekside Trail off Route 116. On Saturday morning, herbalist Margi Gregory will lead a Guided Herb Walk along the trail, explaining the various uses of 10 of the herbs that grow wild there.
Photo courtesy of Margi Gregory
STARKSBORO — The Starksboro Creekside Trail, which makes a 1.5-mile loop around a short stretch of Lewis Creek off Route 116, has been getting some special attention lately.
“There are many wild, medicinal herbs growing along the (trail),” wrote Starksboro resident and practicing clinical herbalist Margi Gregory in a Front Porch Forum post last March. “I thought it would be fun, interesting and hopefully helpful to the community to begin a project to identify the herbs, mark them, learn how to harvest them sustainably, learn basic uses and safety considerations and create an educational tool...
STARKSBORO — The following arm’s-length real estate sales were recorded in Starksboro between October 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019:
• Oct. 1: Addison County Community Trust Inc. to Eric Bean, modular home at 90 Hillside Dr., $3,000.
• Oct. 12: Howard Bill Brydon to Nicholas H. Shepard, home on 2 acres at 164 Sam Stokes Road, $165,000.
• Oct. 19: George J. Thomas to Casey Ayers, mobile home at 20 Bluebird Lane, $18,500.
• Oct. 19: Thomas F. Usher to Jason Cousino, mobile home on 4.12 acres at 1181 Mason Hill North Road, $123,300.
• Oct. 25: Thomas P. Acquaviva to Justin Houle, home on 17.43...
KARIN ANN CALDWELL
STARKSBORO — On August 10, 2019, Karin Ann Caldwell passed after living with lung cancer for a year and a half. She had beautiful strong strides, positive therapies and months that came to a quiet standstill. Every day she braved this extremely difficult territory with faith and courage.
Karin was born in Indiana, PA on November 30, 1952 to Helen Pike and Drexell Caldwell. She attended high school in Indiana, and studied Health and Phys. Ed at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
In the early ’70s she moved to Vermont and became part of the Touchstone community in Starksboro. Days were spent...
STARKSBORO — An increase in education property tax rates will lead to higher tax bills in Starksboro this year.
On July 16 the town selectboard set the 2019–2020 municipal tax rate at $0.6011 per $100 of assessed property value, a decrease of 0.5 percent.
The rate includes $0.0012 to raise the amount granted as an exemption for disabled veterans.
The town’s residential education tax rate for fiscal year 2020 increased by 5.4 percent to $1.6413, in part because this year the Mount Abraham Unified School District is not receiving the one-time tax discount of 8 cents it received last year as...
PANTON/STARKSBORO — Two Addison County farms were among the 18 Vermont working lands businesses and service providers that were recognized in June at an event celebrating the Working Lands Enterprise Initiative. The initiative was created by the Legislature in 2012 to stimulate economic development in the agricultural and forestry sectors.
Gov. Phil Scott and Agriculture Secretary Anson Tebbetts recognized each grantee at the Intervale Center in Burlington. The location was chosen to emphasize the importance of working lands businesses to Vermont’s economy and heritage.
For 2019, the...
THIS IS A stretch of Lewis Creek in Starksboro that was recently protected by dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford, Vermont Land Trust and the Department of Environmental Conservation. The Cliffords gave up the right to dredge or build on the banks of the creek.
STARKSBORO — Dairy farmers Eric and Jane Clifford worked with the Vermont Land Trust and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation to protect 1.7 miles of Lewis Creek frontage on their farm.
The protections create a 33-acre “river corridor area”—land where the river can meander and change its course naturally, without disruption or constraint. While most of the land can still be farmed, the river cannot be dredged, and no structures can be built along the banks. In addition, land within 50 feet of the river must be kept naturally vegetated with trees and shrubs.
In the past,...
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...