October 5th, 2015
MONTPELIER — Drivers need to be alert and cautious because moose are on the move, according to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
Moose are more likely to be crossing roadways at this time of year, especially after dark or early in the morning. The peak of their breeding season is late September and the first two weeks of October.
ADDISON COUNTY — Forty-five years ago, a lone male peregrine falcon spotted at Mt. Pisgah above Lake Willoughby was the last wild falcon left in Vermont. The last. The entire species had been wiped out (technically “extirpated,” not extinct), not only in Vermont, not only in the Northeast, but throughout its entire range east of the Mississippi.
This year, state wildlife biologists reported 44 cliff-nesting pairs producing a record 67 chicks — several in Addison County.
NEW HAVEN — With cooling temperatures and a fire-red sunset outside of Tourterelle Restaurant and Inn’s tented pavilion, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce recognized Two Brothers Tavern, Paul Ralston and the Middlebury Rotary Club with its top awards at the organization’s annual meeting last Wednesday evening.
Middlebury’s Two Brothers Tavern received the 2015 Business of the Year Award, which recognizes businesses that have grown, while providing excellent products or service and doing well by their employees and the community.
RIPTON — The Ripton Ridge Run celebrates its 28th year on Sunday, Oct. 11. The Ridge Run, a fundraiser for the Friends of the Ripton School, features a 5K run, a 10.4K loop run and a non-competitive 5K fun-walk. All races start and end at the Ripton Elementary School where there will be lunch, a raffle and awards.
STARKSBORO — The Clifford family of Starksboro has been running its dairy farm in Vermont almost as long as Vermont has been a state.
“Our dairy farm was founded in 1807. We’re one of the longest running dairy farms in Vermont and we’re proud of the contributions we’ve made in our community over the years,” said Jane Clifford, who runs the farm with her husband, Eric, the eighth generation.
MIDDLEBURY — Otter Creek Brewing this month will begin construction on a nearly 8,000-square-foot addition at its Exchange Street headquarters that will house a state-of-the-art, fully automated 120-barrel brew house that is expected to make OCB the largest brewery (by volume) in the state.
BRISTOL — Several local and regional urban forestry practitioners and community leaders have been invited to address the link between healthy trees and healthy communities at the fourth annual Vermont Tree Stewards Conference on Saturday, Oct. 10, in downtown Bristol.
Registration is $12 for the conference, which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Holley Hall, 1 South St. Anyone interested in the stewardship and management of the state’s urban and community forests is welcome to attend.
MONTPELIER — The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding successful bear hunters to make every effort to submit a bear tooth so wildlife managers can collect critical information on Vermont’s bear population.
Teeth submitted by hunters are used to determine the ages of bears. Department staff use age and sex data to estimate the number of bears in Vermont and to determine the status and health of the bear population. Envelopes for submitting teeth are available at all big game check stations.