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August 29th, 2016
HYDE PARK — The Lanphear Family Farm, a 530-cow Holstein dairy in Hyde Park, has been named the 2016 Vermont Dairy Farm of the Year. The award is presented annually by University of Vermont Extension and the Vermont Dairy Industry Association in cooperation with the New England Green Pastures Program to an exemplary Vermont dairy farm.
This farm, owned by Kirk and Katrina Lanphear, was recognized for its well-managed herd, high-quality milk production, sound management practices and strong work ethics.
MIDDLEBURY — On Sept. 2, the Champlain Valley Agency on Aging (CVAA) holds its first Friday meal at the Middlebury VFW. Arrive after 11 a.m. for a special barbecue with burgers, Caesar salad with chicken breast, Vermont Bread Company wheat buns, potato salad, vegetable pasta salad and strawberry shortcake with cream for dessert. Certified organic regular and decaf coffee provided by Vermont Coffee Company. Suggested donation $4, advance reservations required. Call CVAA at 802-865-0360 ext. 1070 to reserve. For more information about CVAA, visit www.cvaa.org.
BRISTOL — How can private landowners enhance the wild functions and values of their forests while harvesting trees and maple sap? On Sept. 24, several local conservation organizations will team up to explain and demonstrate tools and techniques of ecologically beneficial forest care in a free, one-day workshop in New Haven and Monkton.
MONTPELIER — Vermont’s bear hunting season starts Sept. 1, and hunters can improve their chances if they scout ahead of time to find fall foods such as wild apples, beechnuts, acorns and berries — where bears will be feeding.
BURLINGTON — Backyard composting is a cost-effective way to reduce waste — and keep organic matter out of the landfill — while improving your yard and garden soil. And it’s easy to do.
You can learn the basics in four short weeks through an online Master Composter course offered by the University of Vermont (UVM) Extension Master Gardener program through GoToWebinar. Classes will be held from 6:15-9 p.m. on Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 6 and Oct. 13.
MONTPELIER — It’s back to school season for would-be hunters.
With most hunting seasons just around the corner, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is urging new hunters to sign up now for a hunter education course.
Classes fill up quickly, but securing a spot is easy with Vermont Fish and Wildlife’s online Hunter Education Program registration system. All would-be hunters, trappers and bowhunters are required to complete their respective course before purchasing their first license.
MONTPELIER — The championship games for all three high school football divisions will be played at Rutland High School again this year, on Nov. 12, even though Castleton State University offered up Spartan Stadium.
Bob Johnson, associate executive director of the Vermont Principals’ Association, announced the schedule on Thursday when speaking to sports journalists at the VPA’s annual Media Day.
MIDDLEBURY — At its first public meeting to discuss a possible affiliation with a bigger health care provider, Porter Medical Center officials last Wednesday answered serious questions about the future of the Helen Porter nursing home, as well as about other aspects of the partnership.