September 26th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — A new grant will direct more than $600,000 to Addison County over the next five years for programs aimed at preventing local teens and young adults from abusing alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs.
After years of fighting the opiate epidemic in Vermont at the point where people need help cleaning up, one local leader charged with spending the new grant money is happy to open a new front in the battle.
“Let’s really (attack) the root causes,” said Kate McGowan, executive director of the United Way of Addison County.
ADDISON — The fifteenth annual Dead Creek Wildlife Day will take place Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area, Route 17 West in Addison.
SUDBURY — The Miller Hill Farm in Sudbury has seen everything from Abenaki hunting encampments to dairying and subsistence farming to a retail/wholesale plant nursery. For current owners Carl Phelps and Nan Jenks-Jay, restoring the historic property a few hundred yards west of Otter Creek has been both a labor of love and an effort to keep a working farm working.
“We bought the place in 1998,” said Phelps. To which Jenks-Jay quipped, “It had 18 outbuildings and every barn had three feet of manure in it.”
VERMONT — Thirty Vermont 4-H club members competed at the Eastern States Exposition 4-H dairy show in West Springfield, Mass., Sept. 15-18, walking away with several championships.
Two Addison County youths captured first place ribbons: Addy Parsons of Weybridge and Jonathan Flores-Torres of Ferrisburgh.
VERGENNES— Local screenwriter Jay Dubberly will lead a new six-week class at the Bixby Memorial Library on Mondays from 6-8 p.m. The course will focus on preparing would-be writers for the grueling process of writing a longer work.
STARKSBORO — It’s a golden early fall day. Across from the beaver pond along a stretch of Route 17 where it snakes toward the spine of the Green Mountains stand two acres of trellises, each row as high as a house. Twirling up 18-foot lengths of twine, 2,000 hop plants reach toward the sun, laden with cones (the name for those blossoms that make beer taste so good to some).
BURLINGTON — National 4-H Week, from Oct. 2-8, recognizes the role that 4-H plays in helping young people “learn by doing” through club work, community service and activities that cultivate strong leadership, citizenship and life skills.
FERRISBURGH — The following arms-length real estate sales were recorded in Ferrisburgh during the final nine months of 2015 and the first six months of 2016:
• April 21, 2015, Robert Blanchard to Diane Nadon and Tyson Blanchard, home at 189 Old Hollow Road, $187,500.
• May 1, 2015, Kody Murray to Lauren Cynewski, home at 2494 Sand Road, $116,900.
• May 13, 2015, Melissa and Randy Smith to PennyMacHolding LLC, home at 6808 Route 7, $165,400.