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September 26th, 2016
SHOREHAM — The Shoreham Historical Society will host a presentation Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Platt Memorial Library by retired apple grower and former Shoreham Apple Coop member Sanford (Sandy) Witherell, Jr., titled “Shoreham Cooperative Apple Producers Association — Its Rise And Fall.”
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College hosts the live performance event Cocoon, inspired by the popular storytelling phenomenon The Moth, on Friday, Oct. 7, at the Mahaney Center for the Arts. Six handpicked storytellers will tell a diverse range of stories around the theme of “revelation.” The audience is invited to a reception with the storytellers after the show.
NEW HAVEN — About 30 Vermonters paced across a pasture off Field Days Road last Monday, looking at sightlines, scanning for orange flags marking boundaries, and trying from various perspectives to reimagine the 27 acres as the site of a 2.2MW solar development.
In the 16 months since Green Peak Solar LLC filed for permission from the Vermont Public Service Board, the Next Generation Solar Farm project has generated plenty of controversy.
MIDDLEBURY — The tenth annual Way to Go! Smart Trip Challenge kicks off on Sept. 26. More than 9,000 Vermonters throughout the state have signed up so far, a projected carbon savings of nearly 440,000 pounds. There’s still time to take part in this effort to reduce driving costs, air pollution and traffic. Individuals and teams may sign up at www.waytogovt.org.
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.