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March 4th, 2013
MONTPELIER — Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to put mandatory labels on genetically modified food products.
On Friday, the House Agriculture Committee, after weeks of testimony, passed H.112, or the “GMO labeling bill,” by an 8-3 vote. H.112 requires producers to put labels on raw agricultural and processed, packaged food products that are genetically engineered. The bill will go to the House Judiciary Committee for review, then to the floor for a vote.
MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Supervisory Union officials got two doses of good news last week: Formal ratification of a new one-year contract with local teachers, and settlement of a longstanding lawsuit that had been filed against the district by former ACSU Superintendent Lee Sease.
MIDDLEBURY — After serving more than three decades as Middlebury’s town planner, Fred Dunnington will literally sail into retirement come July 1.
Dunnington, 59, and his longtime partner, Dorothy Mammen plan to set sail this summer for adventures on the high seas — though they promised that Middlebury will remain their home port.
RIPTON / HANCOCK — The best collegiate skiers in the country will receive the red-carpet treatment this week when they arrive in Middlebury for the NCAA men’s and women’s Alpine and Nordic skiing championships, March 6-9.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership announces the fifth annual Vermont Chili Festival, taking place on Saturday, March 9, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Named one of the Top 10 Winter Events for the past four years by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, the event includes street jugglers, face painting, entertainment for kids, live music, a beverage tent, and award-winning chili, all located on the streets of historic downtown Middlebury.
BRISTOL — The Lawrence Memorial Library is celebrating its eighth year of the “Books for Babies” program, in which a new picture book is dedicated to each baby/toddler born to a family in Bristol in the previous year. Thanks to joint funding support from the (now retired) Bristol Outlook Club and Wells Mountain Foundation, the library was able to purchase books for all 39 babies born during 2012. Families may come in and select one of the 39 books to receive a bookplate bearing their child’s name.
MIDDLEBURY — The Better Middlebury Partnership (BMP) has extra reason to celebrate as it prepares to stage this Saturday one of its most popular annual events, the Vermont Chili Festival, which will bring thousands of people to Addison County’s shire town.
BRISTOL — Pete Sutherland is well known as a folk musician and songwriter, but he is gaining recognition for his artwork in the genre of cut-paper collage. The WalkOver Gallery in Bristol will exhibit his collages from March 1-29, with an opening reception on Friday, March 8, from 5-7 p.m.