November 25th, 2015
VERMONT — One of our native wildlife species historically played an important role on Thanksgiving Day. North America’s native wild turkeys were the ancestors of the Thanksgiving turkey on our dinner table.
Originally found only in the wild, turkeys now exist as meat-producing domesticated derivatives — the broad-breasted white, broad-breasted bronze, white Holland, Bourbon red, and a host of other breeds — all of them descended from our native wild turkey.
EAST MIDDLEBURY — The East Middlebury Memory Tree Lighting will take place on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m., with refreshments to follow at the East Middlebury Methodist Church.
To get some names honored on the tree, send $2/per name to Sandy Hayes, P.O. Box 225, East Middlebury VT 05740.
CHARLOTTE — A grant awarded to a local group aims to protect and improve water quality by helping landowners make their properties more resilient in the face of floods.
Lewis Creek Association was awarded $67,254 from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Clean Water Initiative Program to launch the new Ahead of the Storm (AOTS) water quality stewardship program that highlights pollution prevention.
MIDDLEBURY — The Congregational Church of Middlebury recently passed another major hurdle in its quest to build an 8,023-square-foot addition onto the north side of its historic place of worship at 27 North Pleasant St.
The Middlebury Development Review Board (DRB) has now given its OK to the project, pending resolution of a few parking and setback issues.
Editor’s note: Reporter Gaen Murphree covers the agriculture beat for this newspaper. In this new monthly column, she’ll be looking at an Addison County agricultural product up close and personal.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury Parks & Recreation Department officials are seeking donations and grants to build two bocce courts and a related pavilion on town recreation park land, just west of the warming hut.
Project supporters point to bocce as a popular, low-impact sport that is easy to learn and could appeal to all generations, from children to seniors. Middlebury resident Eric McFerran — a longtime bocce enthusiast — approached Parks & Recreation Director Terri Arnold several months ago about establishing some local courts for the sport.
MIDDLEBURY — More than 100 farmers and interested community members packed the American Legion Hall in Middlebury Nov. 19 to hear the Agency of Agriculture explain new farming rules designed to help clean up Lake Champlain.